Explore a vibrant mix of art, fashion and performance at FUSE

FUSE festival will showcase Darebin’s eclectic creative scene with a series of exciting art, fashion and performance events from 13 – 29 March.

Grandma is the Wolfat the Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre, is a dystopian reinvention of the Red Riding Hood story. With a captivating vocal and visual display, Mainteater, an ensemble of Melbourne and Badung thespians, share their take on the classic fable during FUSE’s opening night on Friday 13 March. Entry is by donation, with the show followed by an informal chat.

Merging spoken word and stand up comedy, Iranian Australian Sammaneh Poursh chronicles her story in Like A Persian at BIGBANG Studios on Saturday 28 March. Sharing hilarious descriptions of travel, family and everything in between, Poursh will delight audiences with a charming and engaging retelling of her experiences as a queer, Muslim refugee. Tickets are $27, bookings essential.

Shizy Inc, a collective of artists and creatives with diverse mental health experiences, bring Upstage to Northcote Town Hall and Arts Centre on Saturday 14 March. The realities of everyday life with a mental illness are showcased in comedy, theatre, dance and spoken word acts, with the aim of creating a positive profile of mental illness. Tickets are $5, available at the door.

In the fashion program, local designers, crafters and art-makers curated by Kelli Vizzari (Make It Collective) will bring unique fashion, jewellery and homewares to Civic Square, Northcote Town Hall with the FUSE Design Market on Saturday 28 March at 12pm-9pm. Attendees can get inspired to create their own amazing upcycled piece in a Fast Fashun Workshop (pictured below), as artists Tenfingerz and Sebastian Berto convert a tonne of clothing saved from landfill into amazing wearable art. With pop-up runway shows, tunes and food, all ages and skill levels are welcome to drop in.

Professional mender Erin Lewis-Fitzgerald and fashion stylist Jenna Flood will treat environmentally-conscious fashion lovers to a Slow Fashion Bus Tour on Saturday 28 March between 10am-3pm. Meeting at the Preston Town Hall, the women will take a tour of their favourite local mending supply and op shops, teaching participants how to enjoy fashion while reducing their environmental footprint. Free entry, bookings essential.

In visual arts, Arts Project Australia present 3X3, an immersive installation featuring pieces from talented artists Samraing Chea, James MacSporran and Rebecca Scibilia. Preston’s newest art gallery and project space, Hyper Contemporary is holding a group exhibition, Subversion, featuring five local artists, from 13 – 28 March. The Art of Making Art is a pop-up exhibit that provides a telling and humorous insight into the creative process of bringing a full-scale theatre production to life. Showing from 22 – 26 March at the Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre, entry is free.

A range of exhibits for art lovers and inquiring minds can be found at the Bundoora Homestead until 5 April. Larundel is a series of photographs taken by George Misfud at the former Larundel Psychiatric Hospital, featuring an insight into the hospital that is inaccessible today. THIS COULD WORK! / I’M SCARED uses photography, video, sound and installation to bring the vision of Hanna Tai to life exploring everyday thoughts and observations about the unknowability of the climate crisis. A recipient of numerous awards, Adam Knapper uses art to survey the human experience with Mindfield.

Further event and ticketing information can be found at www.fusedarebin.com.au