For the first time Arts Centre Melbourne will present a new festival celebrating ideas and performance made by and with young people aged 13 – 30. Future Echoes, a four day festival from 23-26 October 2019, will feature new work by leading youth arts organisations and emerging artists from across Victoria. In the festival’s pilot year, young creatives will challenge ways of thinking with provocations and postcards from the future, and invite audiences into their processes.

Future Echoes will feature premiere performances, screenings, participatory experiences, workshops and events by leading Victorian arts organisations and artists working with young people including ILBIJERRI Theatre Company, St Martins, Western Edge Youth Arts, Outer Urban Projects and Express Media. The young creatives involved in the performances have explored ideas of indigenous futurism, transcending gender and how to become agents of change.

The festival will provide audiences with opportunities to contemplate, participate, experience, share, reflect, break bread and celebrate. Future Echoes is designed to be a reverberation of ideas that haven’t yet been sounded, events that will occur in the future but can be seen in the present and a window into what’s to come from the next generation. There will also be a nightly series of facilitated networking opportunities on the Arts Centre Melbourne lawn, in which young creatives can meet, break bread and discuss critical issues.

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