Starting This Weekend, Head West to Footscray’s Big West Festival

Get ready, Melbourne, for another amazing arts and culture festival this weekend! Starting 20th November and running through until 28th November Footscray’s biennial arts and culture event, Big West Festival, will celebrate it’s 10th incarnation showcasing 50 projects inspired to define what it means to call a house a home.

In a recent article on ArtsHub by contributing writer, Lizzy Lamb, Artistic Director, Marcia Ferguson promises to deliver a solid program suitable for everyone’s taste. Most notably is the fact that most programming is FREE for the general public!

On Saturday 21st November is the Big West Festival’s opening celebration on Nicholson Street from 10am until 4pm. Pedestrians will have FREE access to explore various art installation pieces and performances. SHARED TABLE is one piece I am really looking forward to checking out. Created by the Indirect Object Theatre Company, an award-winning puppetry theatre company base din Footscray, SHARED TABLE is a two-person participatory event set inside a converted gypsy caravan. The art installation piece invites participants to step inside the unique caravan and follow pre-set, simple instructions. Participants become both audience members and performer for one another as they listen and then carry out the instructions facing one another.

Another great opportunity this weekend at The Big West Festival is the chance to participate in a Snuff Puppet workshop. Snuff Skool will allow participants interested in becoming a future member of Snuff Puppets to assist in the construct of a giant street puppet. A follow up workshop, appropriately called Snuff Skool: Rookie Roams allows Snuff Skool participants to showcase their puppet creation(s) around the festival – just like the Snuff Puppets do during their presentations!

Further more, it is encouraged by Big West Festival team to explore the festival headquarters anytime between 10am and 3pm. The headquarters is the source of inspiration for this year’s theme, HOUSE. For HOUSE is said (according to the Big West Festival website) to be “a theatre, a prototype dwelling for social housing services and in 2016, a home.”

Overall, I am certainly excited to see the some cool art this weekend at Big West Festival. Sounds like there will be something for the whole family and more.

For more information, and to see the Big West Festival full program, please visit www.bigwest.com.au.