Family fun events at FUSE Festival

FUSE Festival is a contemporary, multi-arts festival that turns the City of Darebin into a platform for local artists and performers. This year, Darebin’s streets, parks, venues, theatres, galleries will be transformed into zones of art, culture and creativity from 11 – 27 March 2022, with multiple family fun events.

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I am incredibly inspired by the FUSE program this year. It showcases not only the work of our amazing artistic community but also how the festival continues to support those artists during a turbulent couple of years. As an artist-led festival, FUSE captures the essence of Darebin’s vibrancy, creativity and inclusivity. I’m excited to see our public spaces transform into places where the community can come together to celebrate the exciting talent that exists across our multicultural city.

Cr Lina Messina

City of Darebin’s Mayor

Family fun events at FUSE Festival
Image: FUSE Open Air Cinema

FUSE Open Air Cinema

Families are invited to FUSE Open Air Cinema for a family movie night in the park. Enjoy a screening of the illustrious Whale Rider (2002), from New Zealand. Whale Rider stars Keisha Castle-Hughes as a Māori girl who dreams of becoming chief of her tribe, but who must first negotiate a male-dominated culture.

Date: 18 March 2022
Time: open from 6.30 pm. Screening starts at nightfall, approx. 7.30 – 8 pm.
Price: Free
Location: TW Andrews Reserve, East Reservoir

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Family fun events at FUSE Festival

Live in Hi-REZ

Live in Hi-REZ is a free performing arts event spanning 10 days that showcases some of the local artists that Darebin has to offer. Features pop-up shows outside the Reservoir Library, in alleyways, and down Broadway with dancers, DJs, bands, solo artists, and more. 25 performances, 9 days, 100 local Artists.

Date: 18 – 27 March 2022
Price: Free
Location: performances will take place in locations surrounding Reservoir Station on Edwardes Street and Broadway.

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Image: An Uncertain Time. Photo: Sarah Austin

An Uncertain Time

An Uncertain Time is a 35 minute, immersive, sensory theatre performance designed specifically for babies aged 0-12 months and their carers.
Neuroscience tells us that critical neural pathways are formed in the first three years of life. Providing infants with quality arts and cultural experience fosters their understanding of beauty, belonging and story. Taking the notion of the first year of an infant’s life as a period of great uncertainty for both baby and carer, An Uncertain Time uses elements of song, sound, physical theatre and object puppetry to create a narrative journey for both baby and carer.

Date: 23 – 27 March 2022
Time: 9.30am, 11am & 1pm
Price: $15 – $35
Location: Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre, 189 High Street, Northcote

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Image: Made In Rezza. Photo: Katrina Rank and Robert Wagner Creature

Made In Rezza

Made In Rezza is a unique exhibition displaying the work of fifteen local artists in fifteen Reservoir shopfronts. Made In Rezza celebrates the creativity of this iconic suburb, paying tribute to Reservoir’s art, food, shopping strips, gardens and architecture.

Date: 11 – 25 March 2022
Time: 8.30am – 6.30pm
Price: Free
Location: check website for more details

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Family fun events at FUSE Festival
Image: Trash Puppets

Darebin Welcomes Trash Puppets

Get creative reusing materials destined for recycling, or rubbish, Trash Puppets believes that the key to sustainable living is finding creative solutions to problems.

Over two Fridays, Trash Puppets will run FREE pop-up workshops, drop-in for a little bit, or longer to create a puppet to take home.

Date: 18 & 25 March 2022
Time: 1 – 4 pm
Price: Free
Location: Keon Park Children’s Hub, 1/7 Dole Avenue, Reservoir

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