Due West: Immersive Arts Festival inaugural program announced

Due West Festival Miss Friby tragicA unique opportunity to experience Melbourne’s ever-changing inner west through a creative lens, Due West: Immersive Arts Festival will showcase experiential art to envelope and transform audiences this August.

This new arts festival will invite art-lovers, culture-vultures and all in between, to uncover art in the west through performances, workshops, exhibitions and installations by local creatives, organisations and venues, focusing on works which encourage festival-goers to participate, engage and interact with art across multi art-forms; often in unexpected locations.

Festival Creative Director, Zoe Beyer, said Due West’s vision is to encourage exploration of the west. “We’ve worked closely with the local arts community to develop a program which is indicative of the vast talent in west,” said Beyer.

The Festival will kick off with a jam-packed opening weekend featuring a triple- bill music celebration at Footscray Community Arts Centre, while a special West Projections project, The Right Side of the Tracks will feature projections and street talks in a Footscray-based residential street and a much-anticipated performance at the iconic Franco Cozzo furniture store.

Due West will see the likes of local theatre company, wit incorporated, transport its audience into a 1930s Berlin Kabarett in A Scandal in the Weimar, complete with post-performance speakeasy and code-word entry; intimate guerrilla opera cruises by BK Opera will float along the Maribyrnong River with a series of live music events.

Local artists, the indirect Object, will transform a family home on Moore Street, Footscray into an immersive exhibition and powerful dreamscape of sounds and vibrations; while renowned trumpeter and composer Peter Knight will deliver a Way Out West in Braybrook.

“The City of Maribyrnong is home to a rich, diverse and thriving arts community and it’s our pleasure to be able to provide this community with a new platform to showcase their talents to a wide and appreciative audience,” said City of Maribyrnong Mayor, Catherine Cumming.

The 2017 Due West: Immersive Arts Festival runs 10 – 27 August. For more information and complete program, visit: www.duewestfestival.com.au for detail.

Image: Miss Friby features in the Post Industrial Design Arthouse Party (supplied)

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