The Horns of Leroy, Massive HipHop Choir, Twin Beasts and Amaya play for one hour on the four corners of Federation Square.
Join Sarah Rodigari as she toasts the people of Melbourne while they sleep. A Filibuster of Dreams is a farcical all-night speech of love, loss, honour and unwavering hope.
You’ll walk along a designated route in North Melbourne with your eyes closed. You will be watched to ensure your safety, but the rest is up to you...
A new annual symposium, aiming to generate lively public discussion and rigorous debate on key issues in socially-engaged, participatory and live art today.
What is body-based art? Surgically grafting an ear onto an arm? Exploring human rights or gender identity through performance? Contemporary dance interwoven with light and sound? It can be all these things, and more.
From the director of Van Diemen’s Land comes a three screen panoramic film exploration into the gothic of Australia’s wilderness.
Five glorious swimmers play, swim, and fight it out, in and out of the water, giving us the experience of growing old.
We all have music tracks we love despite knowing better. When it comes to the seductive illusions of music and film, what, if any, are the rules of attraction?
An audacious, provocative protest against flagrant global attempts to sexualise and commodify childhood for profit.
A flotilla of twinkling vessels drifts in twilight space… Each one offers tentative refuge for an individual. Floating between security and fragility, Drift asks us what we hold onto when facing an uncertain future.
A workshop for artists and punters, developing ethical guidelines for participatory contemporary art.
A one-to-one participatory performance event about the modern condition of love and distance.
All and sundry are invited to revel in the amazing experience that is FOLA at the Arts House Club Nights. With three heady nights of frivolity; including music, comedy, cabaret and everything in between.
You and your fear join us in the darkness... What lurks in the depths of your consciousness?
From the creators of Fun Run, this show-biz spectacle examines one man’s desperate pursuit of fame and his personal sacrifice for a chance at the big time.
What do you expect for a dollar? What do we see as value in exchange? The GOLD COIN SERIES is an ongoing work around notions of artistic survival, democratic process, market value, trade and the power of words.
Performance poet Alia Gabres’s grandmother brewed traditional Eritrean coffee; yours may have also enjoyed the ritual of popping the kettle on or soaking green tea leaves. Come to Haboba’s House to explore your senses.
Join performer Beth Buchanan for a one-on-one, intimate conversation about sleep.
If you could be anyone, do anything, what would you choose? An intricately detailed model railway and township await you. Choose a miniature figure, become a resident and join your new community.
Is there something that’s caused you trouble or embarrassment; something nagging at your conscience that you never understood on the news? Something seemingly nonsensical that’s always puzzled you?
Come on a deep-sea journey to encounter the light creatures that live below.
A collection of intimate short performances bridging real and unreal moments. Experience imaginative, soulful, curious worlds through film, song, sound effects and movement.
What does the GFC mean to ordinary people? Emma Beech asks Melburnians – on the streets and around Arts House during FOLA – to discover how communities respond creatively to economic crisis.
A sharply curated dance party in which FOLA artists test their creative superpowers and make the room bounce – in a one-off mash-up of live art, music and dance!
The Live Art Escort Service: everything you wanted to know about live art but were afraid to ask.
What happens when you receive a phone call from a stranger, who then engages you in an intimate conversation?
A public meeting at the Town Hall. Perhaps it’s The Last Night Of The World As We Know It. The Arnott’s biscuits are laid out, the urn is bubbling. A speaker steps up to the lectern and the conversation begins.
What would a map of live art performances look like? Leisa Shelton and guests will ask FOLA punters about their most affecting past experiences of live art – when, where, what? – and create an installation in response.
For artists, arts managers and cultural workers interested in building on or further exploring their practice in socially engaged and live arts.
Nothing To See Here (Dispersal) is a choreography of crowd dispersal, created in consultation with people who have real-life experience of the techniques police use to break up protests.
Artist Leisa Shelton takes you on a curated journey into the Live Art Development Agency’s (UK) Performance Matters Archive.
This two-day workshop is an exciting opportunity to engage in a dynamic interdisciplinary performance experience.
Extreme printmaking and macho ritual fuel Performprint – a ten-hour exploration of masculinity, live art and print reproduction in the 21st century.
A few months ago someone I knew when I was 5 got in touch with me after an absence of 29 years.
Located somewhere between a theatre show and a stadium pop concert, Sam Halmarack & The Miserablites (UK) are the bombastic pioneers of interactive pop. Get ready for handclapping anthems and electro music to move and inspire!
Join Arts House curator-in-residence, JOF as he shapes space and time for Saturday Sesh – the ultimate place to ramp up before our Live Art Dance Party.
Musician Dale Gorfinkel and dancer Peter Fraser treat their duo, Sounds Like Movement, like a band, building a repertoire of ‘pieces’ for improvisation.
Who do you become when a stranger is listening?
Presenting a night of mystery and intrigue, Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC) invites punters to Sunsets in the West, the Opening Night Party of FOLA.
Get it off your chest with Tawdry Heartburn, a six-foot-five nail technician, palmist and Manic-Curist of Secrets.
Much-loved cabaret provocateur and dissident diva, Yana Alana, invites you into her bedroom for an intimate live art cabaret experience; as a handful of lucky participants take a curious journey through Yana’s subconscious.
The 24 Hour Experience: Melbourne is 24 live works that take place on the hour, every hour, over 24 hours. Inspired by the poetic minutiae of everyday life, each show unfolds at a different site in the CBD.
Presented in the Malthouse foyer after-hours, this audio/visual installation celebrates the many faces and stories, backgrounds and beginnings of Melburnians.
A one-person theatrical roasting performed by acclaimed indigenous actor Aaron Pedersen.
Sit down to a dinner party on the final day of FOLA, with words and ideas as the food; pick up dangling conversations and muse on the unfinished business of the festival.
In an elemental and ceremonial progression of action and activity, spend some time in The Middle Room. It is an invitation to notice, to slow down, to forget logic.
Gather around the light of Federation Square's Big Screen at midnight for a free video program of short works by local artists.
A site-specific video installation combining live video with video-game-style graphics to create a simulated real-time