What is FUSE?
FUSE is Darebin’s new bold, dynamic arts and culture festival set to transform the city for the first time in 2020.
The inaugural FUSE Autumn 2020 festival closed early due to COVID-19, the Autumn program was due to run between the 13 -29 March 2020.
The FUSE team are working on an exciting but different FUSE Spring 2020 festival, that has Coronavirus programming considerations.
FUSE unites the previous festival offerings of Darebin Music Feast, Darebin Homemade Food & Wine Festival and Darebin Community & Kite Festival into an eclectic, new multi-disciplinary arts and cultural festival, delivered twice a year every Autumn and Spring.
Is FUSE Spring still happening in 2020?
Yes, although the FUSE Spring 2020 festival will be delivered slightly differently, with more online content and events which do not require public gathering. The safety of the community is of the utmost importance to us; therefore, we will not be programming any events or activities that require mass gathering. We will instead be delivering a celebration of our community and ideas to bring joy and festivities to our streets in a new way. FUSE Spring will be spread out over the season from September to November 2020 with activations across the municipality.
We are currently developing projects and working with local artists and organisations to enjoy across Spring from September to November, and not limiting the festival to a 3-week period.
What are you doing to ensure public safety during FUSE Spring?
As no one knows what September 2020 will bring, we are cautiously planning for the FUSE Spring festival to be mostly online and contactless. With all events and activations designed to brighten up our lives but not require public gathering. We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust our program as need be. But for us, it is imperative that we continue to support Darebin’s creative community, businesses and organisations and bring a dynamic multi-arts festival to our community.
Can I be a part of the Spring program?
As the FUSE festival is taking a different shape in Spring 2020 due to Covid-19, there will not be a registration process for events and activities as part of the open program.
The only programming in FUSE Spring will be FUSE produced feature events, FUSE Fund projects and council curated events. We look forward to doing a call out for registration and the inclusion of the open program in Autumn 2021.
Will there any opportunity for contractors or food and beverage providers?
There will be limited opportunities for Food and Beverage vendors and general contractors as we are currently planning a prominently non-gathering festival.
For any Food and Beverage vendors who wish to express interest in being considered for future festivals and events, please head to our website and complete the Food and Beverage EOI.
When will the program be announced?
We are planning to do an online only program. Please check the FUSE website and socials for the latest news and information.
What is happening with Darebin Music Feast and Meet the Makers?
FUSE was designed to unite previous festival offerings of Darebin Music Feast, Darebin Homemade Food & Wine Festival and Darebin Community & Kite Festival into an eclectic, new multi-disciplinary arts and cultural festival, delivered twice a year every Autumn and Spring.
As the Spring 2020 festival will be presented slightly differently, this means we won’t be presenting a large live music component as part of the festival program. We will still be running past festival favourite, the annual Songwriters’ Award as part of FUSE Spring, which has been reinterpreted to reflect the current climate.
We look forward to supporting the reopening of our live music venues and local music scene when the time comes but for Spring there will be a smaller music program than anticipated due to Covid-19.
The postponed Meet the Makers event from our closed FUSE Autumn program will unfortunately not be returning in Spring, due to the higher risk demographic and the public nature of the event but the hope is to present it again in a new way in the future.
Why are these changes being made for Spring?
We have planned our Spring FUSE festival program that reflects and responds to current climate of coronavirus restrictions. Over the last few months we have been reshaping the program so it can be developed, delivered and experienced without undermining the public safety efforts of existing restrictions.
But don't fret, the festival we are planning is outstanding. We have something for lovers of music, visual art, performance, workshops, heritage architecture, literature and immersive installations. We have participatory experiences for families and fun, bright, exciting art to beautify the neighbourhood. We have a range of pop up projects all across Darebin, so visit our website again soon and check it out!