The beloved FUSE Festival is returning to light up Darebin’s streets this September

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The beloved FUSE Festival is returning to light up Darebin’s streets this September

words by staff writer

Designed to support local artists, engage audiences, celebrate First Nations peoples and bring diversity to the forefront, Darebin’s beloved Spring FUSE Festival is coming back this September.  

FUSE Festival Spring is a contemporary, multi-arts celebration, all the while showcasing the remarkable talents of local artists and entertainers.

Set to take place from September 2 to 17, Darebin’s streets, parks, venues, and public spaces will be transformed into a vibrant tapestry of art, culture, and innovation.

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With a diverse program catering to all tastes and ages, this festival aims to make art accessible to everyone, embracing inclusivity, and celebrating the unique spirit of Darebin.

Ganbu Gulin, curated by Maylene Yinarr, is returning this year. An annual citizenship celebration where new citizens are warmly welcomed to their new home on Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung Country, the event features a captivating film screening, live performances, workshops, the Mindful Mob Healing Markets and more. 

Reservoir Little ArtGallery, in collaboration with local artist Nicole Robertson, will host an interactive exhibition where visitors can take artwork home or showcase their own creations.

Film enthusiasts will be thrilled by the inaugural FUSE Film program in partnership with Thornbury Picture House. The event will feature the exceptional work of Julia Madeleine Stella, an animator and illustrator who weaves enchanting stories through animation. 

The program will also include documentaries that explore the impact of COVID-19 on Darebin artists and their practices.

Us Mob at Bundoora Homestead will pay tribute to the cultural legacies of twelve Victorian Koori Elders, honouring their profound love for culture and Country. A Truth-Telling Space will offer insights into the ongoing cultural importance of Traditional Owners and custodians, fostering understanding and appreciation.

For those interested in the process behind artistic creations, Wild Conductors will present an insightful short film on their interactive sound installation.

Intergenerational performance Pony Cam will explore age, intimacy, apologies, guidance, and the dancing body, showcasing the incredible creativity of local participants aged 55 and over.

FUSE Festival Spring 2023 promises an array of inspiring events, including the Mayor’s Writing Awards and the launch of Darebin’s annual publication D’Sribe, which will be hosted by the Darebin Arts Precincts Programming Team.

Additionally, FUSE@Large will offer an open-access program, giving creative minds in Darebin the opportunity to showcase their talent under the FUSE banner.

It all goes down from September 2 to 17. Keep up to date with all things FUSE by heading here.