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Festival of Live Art at Arts House

Arts House have just launched their program for Melbourne’s second Festival of Live Art (FOLA) and it is bursting with works by extraordinary local, national and international artists who invite us not to just watch, but create and participate.
What is live art? Live art happens at the moment of encounter between artists and audience. It can unfold in the street, the theatre, on the phone or at a car wash. Attend FOLA to have your preconceptions of how to experience art in the 21st century challenged (in a good way).
We’ve been through the program and here are a few of our picks:


Crush – Sam Routledge & Dylan Sheridan

Wrangle your mates or invite a date and experience live art in the comfort of your Holden Barina or Datsun 120B. Don’t have a car? Download the Uber app or call a taxi. Cocooning audiences in that most familiar of spaces – the car interior – Crush​ imbues a banal task (washing your car) with ceremony and takes a powerful look at the future of our relationships with machines.
Podium Dances
A series of short, sharp performance works specially commissioned for the restricted space of the podium. From provocations on soapboxes to kinetic sculptures for gawking at, Podium Dances presents a finely curated mix of artists, elevated for you to admire.
Onstage Dating
With platforms like Tinder, Grindr and OK Cupid, love’s tender and intimate course has gone public like never before. Witness the vulnerability, thrills and heartbreak of the dating experience up close, as Bron Batten facilitates, interrogates, deconstructs and gleefully destroys the rituals of contemporary romance.
Online Dating

Online Dating – Bron Batten

PopUp Tearoom Series
Enter a dreamlike installation space, where traditional, surreal and virtual tearooms pop up unannounced. Through a series of tea ceremonies, artist Yumi Umiumare and her collaborators invite you to ingest their unique teas of sereniTea, deformiTea, sensualiTea and more.
Saturday Sesh
Curated by JOF (Suitcase Royale), the Sesh was the most sought after ticket at the 2014 festival. In 2016, Saturday Sesh is a little bigger and a little bolder. Launching the careers of some brilliant new bands, headlining familiar sounds, hosting a kicking Festival Finale – aka a massive party – and then there’s the COMPLETE SMUT Art Auction. Air guitar and jazz hands are mandatory!
Saturday Sesh

Saturday Sesh

For the first time ever, Arts House has introduced the Town Hall Ticket – a single ticket to ALL Festival of Live Art performances, shows and exhibitions at North Melbourne Town Hall on the day or night of your choosing. Think of it like a music festival: one ticket to see whatever you like on that day or night.
Check the website for full program and ticketing information.
Park your expectations. Turn up. Wear Comfortable Shoes.
Festival of Live Art (FOLA) at Arts House
1 – 13 March 2016