Fusebox Festival is an annual performing arts event and one of many rad festivals that take place in Austin, Texas each April. The week-long festival features local, national and international artists, who’s work is centred around live art and experiences. This year, Fusebox Festival celebrates its 15th year of bringing people together through live performance. Over forty performances and events can be found at the 5-day festival, along with a range of interactive experiences and diverse food options. The ‘Free Range Art’ initiative makes the festival entirely free to attend.
The annual contemporary art and performance festival is centred around five core values. Conversation plays a huge role in creating new avenues of interaction and collaboration. Innovation presents a range of contemporary works and programs that ultimately challenge, re-invent and push the community forward. Furthering the understanding of contemporary arts through education has become one of the most important values, not only throughout the festival but through art as a whole. Artist support through providing resources and equipment for the community greatly improve the quality of life and sustainability for artists. Finally, collaboration aids in establishing new and creative partnerships between artists and other organisations.
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This year’s edition features a range of local, national and international artists from a range of disciplines. The 2019 Fusebox Festival catalogue showcases a range of original writing from Barry Chernoff, Carre Adams, Grant Wahlquist, James Connolly and more. Angela Goh, an Australian dancer and choreographer, is one of many performing artists on the schedule. Collective group Block Party Collective features four artists who carefully curate interactive and interdisciplinary performances and events for a range of communities. Genre-defying writer, choreographer and director Jack Ferver will explore the ‘tragicomedy of human psyche’ with his darkly humorous work. See the full schedule of artists at Fusebox Festival 2019 here.
Fusebox Festival takes place in a range of different venues and locations throughout the city of Austin, Texas. You can find the Prizer Gallery/Fusebox HQ at 2023 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX, 78702. T
he Fusebox Festival Hub can be found at 1500 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78702. Other venues and locations for the festival include the Ground Floor Theatre, Mastrogeorge Theatre, Santa Cruz Studio Theatre and the Museum of Human Achievement.
Located in the heart of Texas, getting around Austin is easy and affordable. The nearest airport is Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, which is located approximately 10-15 minutes away from the city centre. Most major and budget airlines operate throughout this airport, making it quick and easy to travel to and from the city. The MetroAirport service transports visitors between the city and the airport every 30 minutes. Uber, Lyft and Taxi services are also readily available at the airport.
There are a range of public transport options available to travel around the city of Austin. The high-frequency network and metro rail offer a range of services to cater for every travel need. The quickest method of getting around is the MetroRail; a rail service that serves suburban Park & Rides, including the downtown area. The MetroRapid another frequent service that passes through the heart of the city. A high-frequency network of local buses operates throughout the city, with services every 15-20 minutes available for travellers. The MetroBus operates throughout local neighbourhoods, downtown, UT and the Capitol Complex. ‘Night Owls’, which are late-night bus services connecting downtown to surrounding neighbourhoods are also available.
With so many events to choose from, scattered throughout the heart of the city, visitors often choose to stay in the city centre. Centrally located hotels are available and visitors can easily travel to and from various events through public transport. A range of Airbnb options in the city and surrounding neighbourhoods are also available. You can explore a range of nearby accommodation options below.
The city of Austin offers plenty of stunning natural attractions, as well as historical landmarks and indoor activities. No visit to Austin is complete without a trip to Zilker Metropolitan Park. The recreational area in South Austin is located at the juncture of Barton Creek and the Colorado River, and offers a range of outdoor activities. Visitors can rent canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddle-boards, among many other fun and exciting activities. The serene reservoir of Lady Board Lake also offers a range of water activities as well as a range of walking and running trails.
For a rad outdoor adventure, check out Barton Creek, a tributary that serves as a home for many native species of flora and fauna, and offers a range of hiking and mountain biking trails. A range of historical landmarks such as the Texas Capitol, as well as museums such as the Bullock Texas State History Museum and Blanton Museum of Art, are also regularly frequented by visitors.
With five action-packed days filled countless opportunities to explore live performance, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Check out Rad’s Fusebox Festival 2019 bucket list and add these must-see events and experiences to your schedule.
Waffle Chats – Waffle Chats is a series of daily conversations with a range of festival artists over you guessed it: waffles (and coffee)! The conversations take place each day at noon and cover topics from ‘The Art of Science’ to ‘Latinos Who Lunch!’ Check out the full waffle chat schedule here and add one of these inspiring conversations to your Fusebox schedule.
The Sound Of Science – The evening-length concert by Golden Hornet presents eight brand-new pieces of music from seven international composers. All pieces will be performed by Jeffrey Zeigler, a world-renowned cellist and longtime member of the Kronos Quartet. Shows will take place on Saturday, April 20 at 8 pm and Sunday, April 21 at 2 pm and 5 pm; and run for 65 minutes.
Séancers – If you’re into the paranormal, make sure to check out Séancers, an ensemble of mediums who make and receive spirit communications with the non-living. The performance work collapses lyrical poetry, psychic movement forms and discursive performance to investigate ideas surrounding loss, resurrection and paranormal activity. 65-minute performances will take place on Saturday, April 20 at 9 pm and Sunday, April 21 at 1 pm and 5 pm.
The next edition of Fusebox Festival will take place from April 16-21, 2019.
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