Blak Wave is one of the highlights of Next Wave Festival, which runs from Wednesday 16 April to Sunday 11 May. This year, Blak Wave offers a series of events that take a look at the future of Australia's Indigenous people. There are various discussions and art projects held by contemporary artists and curators that allow visitors to explore the personal, political and artistic aspects of the future of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island art and artists.
See below for Blak Wave's the jam-packed program. Most events are free, however, some may require booking.
Wednesday 16 April - Opening Event Tahjee Moar, Tony Albert, Clinton Nain, Destiny Deacon and Virginia Fraser get together to talk about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and artists. This interesting conversation will focus on the future of contemporary Indigenous art covering a broad range of topics. When: 5.15pm Where: Tower Theatre, Malthouse Theatre, 113 Sturt Street, Southbank, Melbourne VIC 3006 Cost: Free. Bookings are essential. Click here to book.
Join artists Colin Kinchela and Gavin Walters for a discussion on contemporary Indigenous performance practice. When: 5.15pm Where: Tower Theatre, Malthouse Theatre, 113 Sturt Street, Southbank, Melbourne VIC 3006 Cost: Free. Bookings are essential. Click here to book.
Saturday 4 May - Artist Roundtable Artists Megan Cope and Ryan Presley join Project Officer Kimberley Moulton to explore how history and heritage influence their art. When: 1pm Where: Festival Club - Shebeen, 36 Manchester Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000 Cost: Free. Bookings are essential. Click here to book.
Friday 9 May - Arts Worker Roundtable Indigenous arts workers and artists are invited to join Erica McCalman, Clotide Bullen, Kimberley Moulton and Alison Murphy-Oates in an interesting conversation about Indigenous art - the practices at present and new methodologies. When: 1pm Where: Festival Club - Shebeen, 36 Manchester Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia Cost: Free. Click here to book.
Saturday 10 May - Breakfast Club Get your morning dose of intellectual insight accompanied by a good cup of coffee. This session is all about how we can listen and hear everything that's going on around us in terms of Indigenous art. When: 10am Where: The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 Cost: Free. Click here to book.
Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No.3 is one that requires a virtuosic pianist. This event invites five pianists to sight-read their way through this piece. So consider live artist Sarah-Jane Norman's question as you watch the performance: "in a culture driven, by the self-devouring pursuit of success, how might we make a space to contemplate the beauty, the humanity and the transformative potential of failure?" When: Saturday 10 May, 9am - 9pm Where: Melba Hall, The University of Melbourne, The Conservatorium Building (Gate 12), Royal Pde, Parkville Cost: Free. No booking required.
Lesser Gods This interactive mixed media installation and exhibition takes a good look at the concerns of contemporary Australia. When: Tuesday 1 to Sunday 17 May, 12pm - 7pm Where: No Vacancy Project Space, Tenancy 32, The Atrium, Federation Square, Melbourne 3000 Cost: Free. No booking required.
My Bullock Modified This is a sitespecific sculptural work that tells the story about Aboriginal landowners and European squatters in Australia. When: Wednesday 30 April - Sunday 11 May, 12pm - 5pm Where: Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson St Carlton VIC 3053 Cost: Free. No booking required.
This is a interdisciplinary performance about two men: Blackfulla and Whitefulla. Their journey from childhood to adulthood delves into the topic of masculinity. When:
Wednesday 30 April - Saturday 3 May, 7pm
Tuesday 6 - Sunday 11 May, 7pm
Saturday 3 & 10 May, 4pm Where: Tower Theatre - Malthouse Theatre, 113 Sturt St Southbank VIC 3006 Cost: $25. Click here to book.
This video by Megan Cope explores racism in popular culture, emphasising the fact that racial classification is ridiculous. When: Thursday 1 - Wednesday 14 May, 12pm - 6pm Where: Screen Space, 30 Guildford Lane Melbourne VIC 3000 Cost: Free. No booking required.
This performance takes a look at the effects of the 1937 Aboriginal Assimilation Policy. Social, cultural and personal experiences from Carly Sheppard will be shared via comedy, contemporary dance and theatre. When:
Tuesday 6 - Friday 9 May 7pm
Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 May 1pm & 7pm Where: Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland St Footscray VIC 3011 Cost: $15. Click here to book.
Winds of Woerr
Ghenoa Gela shares the stories about her family and her ancestors as well as the four winds of the Torres Strait - Kuki, Sager, Naigai and Ziai. When:
Tuesday 6 - Friday 9 May, 7.30pm
Saturday 10 May, 5pm & 7.30pm
Sunday 11 May, 3pm & 7.30pm Where: Northcote Town Hall, 189 High Street, Northcote, VIC, 3070 Cost: From $12. Click here to book.