From a 24-hour dedication to Brunswick institution Café Romantica to a Tote Hotel transformation into a visual art and dance party, a roving documentary and road trip trope to a gothic solo encounter, the biennial Next Wave Festival radiates across Melbourne for the next 17 days.

 After two years of dreaming, discussing, dancing, writing, creating and rehearsing, the Festival kicked off  with the first Ritual. A daily gathering set to the rhythm of the sun began with a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony by Wurundjeri man Bill Nicholson with dances and performance by the Djirri Djirri Dance Group at Blak Dot Gallery. It also marked the opening of Sancintya Mohini Simpson’s Bloodlines and Adam Ridgeway and Josh Muir’s Not Good Place which will run there throughout the Festival.

Now in its 34th year, Next Wave Festival is renowned for presenting works that challenge, inspire, question and represent the mood of the current time.

Next Wave Festival runs from 3-20 May. For further information visit