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Festival Of Live Art


Tue 1 Mar 2016, 8:00pm

Where: Arts House - North Melbourne Town Hall, 521 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages


Listed by: pressrelease

Designed for curious audiences of only one or two or several hundred, the second Festival of Live Art takes the lids off all the boxes, offering journeys both microscopic and epic, from the seats to the streets.

After the success of the inaugural Festival of Live Art in March 2014, Arts House, Theatre Works and Footscray Community Arts Centre will collaborate once again to captivate inner Melbourne for 13 days with over 50 surprising, participatory and interactive art experiences. Boundaries will be broken down, comfort zones will be breached and diversity (of forms, gender, sexuality and ability) will be celebrated in the real and the unreal world of the Festival of Live Art. You might be in a theatre, a foyer, a private booth…or a hotel, or maybe a carwash. You could be watching, strolling, sharing a meal, becoming hysterical or drinking tea.

You might be onstage – though there might not be a stage. There’s a work for 16 iPads, a phone App for a walking event with two people, a crocheted and knitted installation, a traditional and virtual tea room, ‘erotic dance’, an invitation to undress and confess in a sound-proof booth, a smartphone procedural thriller, a series of performances on a podium, one on one encounters in hotel rooms, the launch of a new fragrance with a complimentary dog wash, a complete smut auction and a contemporary art exchange between Thailand, Indonesia and Footscray Community Arts Centre.

And there is also a show performed live simultaneously in New York and Melbourne via Skype, a curated dinner, an immersive theatre party with dress ups, overheard private conversations made public, an encounter with neurodiverse young people, an art-shop run by children, an exploration of the life, loves and legacy of painter Frida Kahlo and a travelling Flipbook “thumb cinema” exhibition.