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SummerSalt unleashed

13 Nov 2014

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Southbank’s new outdoor summer arts festival SummerSalt was officially launched at the Malthouse Theatre on October 27.

Despite being forced indoors due to thunderstorms, the weather failed to dampen the atmosphere of the launch, as attendants were given a fun taste of what’s in store come January 16.

Members of Melbourne’s art consortium have combined for the very first time to establish the entirely outdoor event, which will offer a mixture of free and low-cost arts activities and shows throughout Southbank’s arts precinct.

In a sample of what’s to come, the launch featured entertainment from indigenous performance artist Kamahi Djordan King as well as a series of jaw-dropping stunts from a troupe of circus performers.

In launching the festival alongside Minister for the Arts Heidi Victoria, festival director Kirsten Siddle said she hoped people would delight in Summersalt and discover the city’s “quirky artistic heart”.

“Bringing so many companies and artists together in collaboration to present SummerSalt is a first, as is the uniquely outdoor focus of the festival,” she said.

“‘Summersalters’ can expect cross-pollinations of arts companies and exciting cultural mash-ups – a bit like Melbourne itself – happening in surprising places around the precinct.”

Visitors to SummerSalt will weave their way through Melbourne’s arts precinct, taking in music, art installations, massed dance, circus and puppetry classes, as well as theatre, aerial dance and circus performances.

Festival highlights will include Creature Features, a series of giant inflatable animals unleashed around Southbank; Blak Cabaret, a night time event at the Malthouse Theatre featuring the musical, comedy and dance routines from some of Australia’s finest indigenous artists and Dance at Dusk; a collaboration between Australian Ballet and Chunky Move.

The festival is scheduled to conclude with the popular all-night cultural event White Night on February 21, 2015.

For the full program and more information:
www.summersaltfestival.com.au

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