Give more children with disability extraordinary performing arts experiences

A series amplifying vital voices in contemporary performance.

Returning for its third year with six compelling works from Australia and across the globe, the highly acclaimed series amplifying vital voices in contemporary performance is more urgent than ever. Woven from raw emotion, brutal truths and radical love, each story speaks across the fault lines between ancestry and contemporary existence.

Turning the spotlight on First Nations artists from New Zealand, Canada and Australia, as well as those representing Cambodian, Malaysian-Australian and African diasporas - Big World, Up Close gives space for these fierce storytellers to reclaim and reframe our view of the world today. These stories know no limits.

From a tale of a Blackfoot warrior woman seeking vengeance, to rap-poetry on the dark realities of growing up as a brown-skinned Muslim boy in suburban Australia, and the crooning harmonies of a vocal quartet exploring Maori manhood; it’s a fearless new world in the making.

Tapping explosive energies, Cambodian and Australian B-boys will thrill you with their lightning-speed footwork, and an Indigenous dancer diagnosed with HIV will take you on a deeply personal journey in search of his ancestors, while two best friends get up to mischief in a neon-saturated tale of hip-hop activism; this is more than just a series.

Lean in and get up close.


Big World Up CloseArts Centre Melbourne Creative Victoria

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