Due West: Immersive Arts Festival releases its final program for 2017

Due West: Immersive Arts Festival releases its final program for 2017


An immersive experience in Melbourne’s inner west, the previously-announced program promised art across multiple forms in often-unexpected locations – a promise it’s definitely delivered upon. So far, we’ve heard of Sherlockian cabaret A Scandal in the Weimar, an intimate guerrilla opera cruise by BK Opera that floats along the Maribyrnong River with a series of live events, projections and guided street talks in a Footscray-based residential street for The Right Side of the Tracks, and a much-anticipated performance at the iconic Franco Cozzo furniture store.

Joining these exciting ventures shall be a host of unique events, including Fridays Are Better Than Mondays – an immersive Friday night of art, music, and poetry at the Footscray Community Art Centre. Enjoy an artist talk and exhibition with Arika Waulu – member of the Warriors of Aboriginal Resistance (W.A.R) – as well as sets by T.A.Z (Temporary Autonomous Zone), The CoreTet, and The Hacketts and a spoken word showcase including Soreti Kadir, Aisha Trambas, and Piriye Altraide.

Ever wanted to see a fire tornado? The Waterside Blacksmithing & Metal Art Association has forged an alliance with the BiGfiSh Workshop to present Fire on Earth, where you’ll see a huge twisting column of roaring flame dancing into the night sky, complete with public forging demonstrations, live music, and family friendly fun. Want to dip boxing gloves in paint and punch onto a vertical stretched canvas? Get together with local boxing identities and champions for The Art Of Fighting, which coincides with 10 Minute Dance Parties (that offers live music, food, and beverage).

As well as performance from Bad Apples Music artist Philly, celebrate the evolution of culture and expression with Culture Evolves’ inter­active songwriting and dance work­shops, a collaboration between local artists Phillip Murray, Neil Davis and Brent Wakins alongside friends Adrian Eagle and DJ Marze.

Witness The Night Circus, a moving performance across three iconic Footscray sites – with aerial performers, a power house troupe of idiosyncratic circus women and a factory site alive with choir-evoking ghosts (there’s also an adult’s pop-up circus workshop after, if you want a go for yourself). Rhythm Works also presents a specialised and inclusive rhythm-and-dance program for those with individual learning differences and special needs.

Yarraville’s Sun Theatre will partner with Copper Pot Seddon to present curated Spanish food and beverage for the new release of Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon’s comedy The Trip To Spain. Finally, sip mulled wine in the heart of Footscray while watching projections, live music, special performances and gorgeous city views at one heck of a closing night party.