Kickstart Program applications ending soon

Applications for the Next Wave’s 2007 Kickstart program are coming to a close on Friday December 15th so if you’ve been harbouring an idea, now’s the time to bring it to life by getting your application in. The Kickstart program gives young emerging artists the opportunity to develop innovative new projects, with Next Wave providing funding, mentorship and regular workshops to assist the development of their work. Taking place in the non-festival year of 2007, Kickstart projects can apply for up to $5000 in financial assistance and also undertake a program of workshops covering all aspects of project development. The 2007 Kickstart program will take place between January and August 2007
Kickstart projects are developed in response to the festival theme, with a view to inclusion in the 2008 Next Wave Festival. The theme for the 2008 Next Wave Festival is CLOSER TOGETHER and will encourage artists to explore new ideas of closeness and its conflicted nature; as a catalyst for connectedness, community and exchange, but also of claustrophobia, confrontation and invasion.
"The response to the Kickstart application round has been overwhelmingly positive,” says Jeff Khan, Artistic Director at Next Wave. “Over the past month I've met and spoken to over 100 artists or groups, all with different projects and exciting and diverse approaches to the festival theme. Kickstart 2007 is shaping up to be one of Next Wave's most successful programs yet."
The Next Wave website – - contains more information about both the Kickstart program and the 2008 festival theme CLOSER TOGETHER along with application forms for Kickstart projects.

For enquiries about Kickstart please contact Next Wave’s Artistic Director, Jeff Khan, on (03) 9329 9422 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Please Note: New Offices
The Next Wave office has moved into the Meat Market building on Blackwood St in North Melbourne. New phone, fax and postal addresses are below. Email addresses remain unchanged.
p: 03 9329 9422
F: 03 9329 8122
Office 4
5 Blackwood St
North Melbourne VIC 3051
Next Wave is a biennial festival dedicated to developing and presenting innovative work by Australia’s most interesting young artists. Next Wave supports new work across many artform areas including visual arts, performance, dance, new media, literature, hybrid projects and beyond. Next Wave pushes the boundaries of traditional media, encouraging artists to undertake ambitious new projects, to experiment and engage with new ideas, and develop new skills and networks. Next Wave is also dedicated to exploring different contexts for contemporary arts practice, challenging both artists and audiences to create and explore new spaces, locations and ideas.

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