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Melbourne's Newest Art Festival Will be an "Outlandish Eden" in an Underground Warehouse

For nine days next February, it'll transform Kensington's The Facility into a captivating and immersive world of art.
By Libby Curran
July 03, 2019
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Melbourne's Newest Art Festival Will be an "Outlandish Eden" in an Underground Warehouse

For nine days next February, it'll transform Kensington's The Facility into a captivating and immersive world of art.
By Libby Curran
July 03, 2019
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Melbourne's summer festival calendar just scored a wild and wonderful new addition, celebrating our boundary-pushing urban art scene. Dubbed Can't Do Tomorrow, it's set to take over the warehouses of Kensington's famed underground space The Facility, dishing up a dynamic festival of contemporary culture from February 20–29, 2020.

A melting pot of creativity, music, discussion and art, the ten-day fiesta promises to be immersive, eclectic and entirely thought-provoking. A lineup of more than 100 artists, galleries, crews and collectives will transform the former wool stores into a large-scale smorgasbord of urban art for you to feast on, interact with, experience and even buy.

We won't find out exactly which talent is on board until later in the year, though you can expect just about everything from sculpture, photography and murals to stencil, video production and monumental immersive installations. Organisers are even describing it as "an outlandish Eden", as they set out to show people a new way of consuming, or being consumed by, art.

Alex Jovanovic

Can't Do Tomorrow's offering will be split into three main parts, backed by a program of live music, workshops, performances and talks. 'Unleash' will act as a modern art show of sorts, where you'll be able to browse and buy works from over 80 independent artists.

Next, 'Unlock' will feature a series of solo shows and group exhibitions from some of Melbourne's established galleries and collectives, throwing together both new and significant older works. Then, 'Unlimited' will take the form of an escapist realm, filled with mind-bending installations, imagined dreamscapes and site-specific murals by some of the scene's big guns. Names like Kaff-eine, Alex Lehours, Georgie Seccull and Ben Frost are set to work their magic on this one.

While that's all the info we have at the moment, the festival is looking for artists to submit their works and ideas. If you think that's you, you can get in touch here.

Can't Do Tomorrow will take over The Facility, at 2R Chelmsford St, Kensington, from February 20 to 29, 2020. The full program is slated to drop in November — we'll let you know when it does.

Images: Mayonaize and Camscale by Alex Jovanovic

Published on July 03, 2019 by Libby Curran

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