FUSE Festival Returns in March to Celebrate Community Creativity

FUSE Festival returns to the streets, parks, venues, theaters, galleries and public spaces of Darebin next month for its FUSE Fall 2022 edition.

Darebin City’s FUSE Festival takes place every autumn and spring, and FUSE Autumn 2022 will run from March 11-27, transforming Darebin into Melbourne’s arts and culture hub in a festival led by local creatives.

The artist-led festivities will begin with renowned Australian host, podcaster and author Yumi Stynes, who will present Molly Hadfield’s oration on social justice to celebrate International Women’s Day.

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The oration will be part of FUSE’s opening night on March 11 at the Darebin Arts Centre, which will be hosted by MC Queen Acknowledgments AKA Nartarsha Bamblett, Proud Woman Yorta Yorta, Gunai Kurnai, Walpiri and Wiradjuri. The opening night will feature surprise guests and DJs from the local community, in a celebration of healing and connection within the community.

Finally, after a wide variety of performances, the free FUSE Out of the Park Picnic wrap-up party will take place on March 27 at Edwardes Lake Park. Boasting top local musicians and talent including Kylie Auldist and a wide variety of dance and drum ensembles. Co-presented with MAV and curated by local artist and storyteller Neda Rahmani, it will also be a celebration of 100 years of recreation at Edwardes Lake Park.

FUSE Program Highlights

Art

Throughout the duration of the festival, the exhibition Made in Rezza will showcase 15 artworks in 15 Reservoir showcases by 15 local artists, with a particular artistic focus on Reservoir.

Music

Hi REZ will provide the beats between March 18-27, with 20-40 young and emerging musicians, rappers, spoken word artists and singers taking the stage in pop-up performances around Reservoir Station on Edwardes Street and Broadway.

On March 20 at the Northcote Social Club, artist Yorta Yorta Dja Dja Wurrung Neil Morris presents We are a song, we dream, we are a countrya captivating mix of musical performances, stories and conversations featuring a powerful line-up of First Nations singers.

I liked it, but… I didn’t know what it was about will be a quiz show and musical show hosted on March 15 and 16 at the Northcote Social Club by renowned dancer and performer Joel Bray.

Theater

All you can do – a stage show by experimental theater company Pony Cam – has enlisted some of the most extravagant baby boomers in the community for a show about time, grief, sex and regret which will take place at Northcote Chalice on the 11 and March 13.

An uncertain timeby Dr Sarah Austin and Co, is a sensory theater performance for babies and their carers, taking place March 23-27 at Northcote Town Hall.

FUSE Fall 2022 will take place March 11-27. For more information, visit the site here.

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