FUSE Festival springs into action 3 - 18 September 2022

FUSE, our multi-arts festival, showcasing our brilliant local artists, takes place September 3 - 18.

FUSE, Darebin City Council’s multi-arts festival, kicks off its Spring 2022 program with Ganbu Gulin, a vibrant celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island culture, re-imagined and curated by FUSE curator-in-residence, Sofii Belling-Harding. Co-presented by the Wurundjeri Land Council, Ganbu Gulin (meaning ‘One Mob’) celebrates and recognises First Nations peoples.

This free event invites all residents, old and new, to be officially welcomed onto Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Country with a sunset Walk on Country. The audience will also have the chance to meet Aboriginal community leaders and business owners and explore stories of endurance and survival. All of this is topped off with music and live performance.

As Darebin’s Mayor, Cr Lina Messina, says: “I am excited by the diverse and vibrant FUSE program this spring, and so proud that it will commence with a celebration of First Nations peoples through Ganbu Gulin. This festival and our brilliant local artists provide an opportunity to come together and celebrate as a united community through what continue to be uncertain and challenging times.

FUSE is an artist-led festival showcasing the depth and breadth of home-grown talent we have across our diverse multicultural community. The festival gives the chance to see our familiar public spaces transform into creative visions.”

Ganbu Gulin shares its name with Daniel King’s documentary, which tells the story of Darebin’s decision to cease observing January 26 as Australia Day. The event has evolved from the film to become an inclusive annual program and a platform for Traditional Owners to welcome new citizens in their own way.

FUSE is Darebin City Council’s multi-arts festival, held in Autumn and Spring each year. It’s designed to accommodate a range of different access points for audiences and practitioners to highlight their rich, artistic talent.

FUSE Spring 2022 takes place from 3-18 September. The full program is available now at www.fusedarebin.com.au