Arts Centre Melbourne announces Alter State, a landmark new disability arts festival
26.07.2021

Arts Centre Melbourne announces Alter State, a landmark new disability arts festival

'Meremere' by Movement of the Human - image by Tom Hoyle
Words by Tom Parker

Alter State will kick off with a launch week in November.

Introducing Alter State, the new major disability arts festival from Arts Centre Melbourne and Arts Access Victoria, the state’s peak body for arts and disability.

Kicking off with a launch week in November, Alter State will take place as a fully-fledged festival in 2022, with punters to expect live performances, talks and workshops that showcase contemporary disability arts in Australia and New Zealand.

What you need to know

  • Alter State is the new major disability arts festival from Arts Centre Melbourne and Arts Access Victoria
  • The festival will go down as a launch week in November before building to a fully-fledged festival in 2022
  • More details regarding Alter State’s November festivities will be announced in September

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Alter State’s launch week in November will include two commissions, one that comes in collaboration with the Metro Tunnel Creative Program – an initiative that facilitates events, free activities and public art installations that enhance Melbourne city life while the Metro Tunnel is being constructed.

The other is a collaboration between the British Council and the Australian government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Further details on November’s Alter State launch week will be revealed in September.

“Alter State is more than a presentation of amazing art; it is a two-year journey of artists exploring creativity shaped by our geographic location and histories, telling stories from our region and delving into new approaches to access in a program that we hope will seed and imagine diverse futures,” says Wendy O’Neill, Arts Centre Melbourne’s Creative Producer, Access & Inclusion and Alter State co-lead.

Caroline Bowditch, CEO of Arts Access Victoria and Alter State co-lead, echoed O’Neill’s sentiment.

“It has been many years since we have had a major cross art form event platforming the work of Deaf and Disabled artists in Victoria. We have seen incredible examples in other states and other parts of the world but to have that in our backyard again feels significant.”

Alter State launches with a week of festivities in November. Stay tuned as more information on the event comes to light.