FUSE Spring: New festival in Darebin forges new paths

FUSE-Darebin-Hearts-in-Isolation-photo-by-Dan-GoronszyDarebin Council has announced an amazing line up of artists, artworks and events in the Spring program for FUSE – a brand-new multi-arts festival, designed to accommodate a range of different access points for audiences and practitioners.

From September through to November, there will be a curated festival, commissioned work, and supported community engagement. There are featured events, including podcasts, radio broadcasts, commissioned artworks in the streets where you live, new films and artfocused walks to help you see your neighbourhood differently.

There are workshops from local artists Dan Goronszy, Diego Ramirez and Mark Pritchard, there are streamed concerts from Darebin Youth Services, bee workshops by Backyard Harvest, and we launch our call for nominations for the Darebin Community Awards, which will be awarded at a ceremony in March.

Tune in to the Darebin Songwriters Award Grand Final Broadcast on 3KND Radio at 7.00pm – Thursday 17 September to find out the winner of this year’s award. In a special program hosted by Neda Rahmani, the broadcast will feature the finalists’ songs, interviews and special guests.

If you live locally, then as part of your one-hour exercise, you and your family might be able to choose one of four self-guided art walks in All Nations Artworks Hunt – an interactive audio tour of public artworks in All Nations Park, Northcote, recorded by Jane Bayly.

History on High takes in three strips along High Street Darebin, Queens Parade to Separation Street, Separation Street to Dundas Street and Dundas Street to Tyler Street. Take a journey into the recent cultural heritage or listen to an audio track you can enjoy in the comfort of your home.

Join artists Luke Duncan King and Dan Goronszy in Hearts In Isolation – a live Zoom mapping workshop that invites you to create a map of the of the objects, spaces, elements, actions, words or more, which have held your heart afloat while in isolation. It celebrates comfort, laughter, solace and resilience.

Hyperlocal is a new series of immersive art works that invite audiences to see Darebin differently. Through narrative, song, visual art, performance and technology, the familiarity of Darebin’s streets, buildings and landmarks is celebrated, unpacked or transformed, creating a new local mythology, for locals, by locals.

Also in November, Stimulus Package – Street Gallery is an exhibition of temporary works curated by Made Spencer-Castle which wryly plays with the notion of economic stimulus during the current global pandemic, through the commissioning of artworks presented on advertising sites throughout the City of Darebin.

FUSE Darebin continues to 29 November 2020. For more information and full program of event, visit: www.fusedarebin.com.au for details.

Image: Hearts in Isolation – photo by Dan Goronszy