2019 Due West Arts Festival

Due West Arts Festival is a ten-day multi arts local and international festival inspired by the spirit of Melbourne’s west, to be held from 15 to 24 November 2019.

Footscray Community Arts Centre and its immediate surrounds will be the hub for the 2019 Festival in addition to other distinctive indoor and outdoor locations across the neighbouring region.

Due West will feature Voice, Sound and Music as the creative dimensions sitting at the heart of the Festival, with all festival works to resonate and relate to these art forms.

We are excited to announce 7 Artistic Associates playing a key role in shaping the artistic direction of the Festival including:

Emma Donovan, Kath Duncan, Bryce Ives, Phuong Ngo, Alec Reade, Steven Trosti and Sista Zai Zanda.

What is the Due West Arts Festival?

Due West Arts Festival is the premier arts festival for Melbourne’s western suburbs bridging cutting-edge creative practice with rigorous community affiliated collaborative processes. Underscored by a First Nations sensibility, it is embedded in place, inspired by its people and writ large by artists working alongside remarkably diverse communities of the west. 

DWAF will create an unprecedented festival and curatorial model allowing deeper connection to multiple communities, and a more nuanced artistic vision. Balancing a rigorous mentorship process from a highly experienced team of artistic associates we will guide, listen to and enable the growth of the next generation. By tracing our past pathways, we will navigate a brighter future where we coalesce to commune, create and celebrate.

About Footscray Community Arts Centre, Producer Due West Arts Festival

In August 2018, Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC) was awarded the role of Producer for the Due West Arts Festival.

Attracting over 70,000 people annually as audiences and visitors, Footscray Community Arts Centre is Australia’s longest–running, leading centre for community engaged, contemporary arts practice.

It is FCAC’s vision for all communities to be valued as makers of culture, where diversity, creativity and collaboration drive increased participation. FCAC is known for cultivating provocative, progressive and ambitious arts practice, actively demonstrating leadership relevant to current political, social and cultural commentary within contemporary Australian and international contexts.

FCAC is located on the western bank on the Maribyrnong River in Melbourne, presenting and producing programs with and for artists and communities of Melbourne’s west. This region is known for being a unique and thriving creative hub, representing a diversity of Indigenous, culturally and linguistically diverse, LGBTQIA+ and disability communities.