Need an excuse to visit the Western suburbs but for some reason you still can’t find one? An excellent addition to the booming growth of Melbourne’s inner-west is the arrival of Due West, a three-week immersive arts festival dedicated to celebrating creations across all art forms.

A collaboration effort with the City of Maribyrnong and Creative Victoria, the festival will take place across a wide array of venues, with some popping up in places most unexpected. Here are some highlights you won’t want to miss.

Fridays Are Better Than Mondays (Friday 11th August)

art, music, poetryFREE

Footscray Community Arts Centre

Coinciding with the latest exhibit from Warriors of Aboriginal Resistance, whose themes revolve around decolonisation, resistance and revival, the night will feature a talk with member Akira Wauala. Following is a night of live music featuring T.A.Z. (Temporary Autonomous Zone), The CoreTet, and The Hacketts, as well as spoken word poetry from Soreti Kadir, Aisha Trambas, and Piriye Altraide.

West Projections Opening Party (Saturday 12th August)

art, music, performanceFREE

The Line

If you love synthesis and live projections onto buildings, then West Projections Opening Party is the perfect place to be. Showcasing an exciting lineup of artists, performances and of course projections comes a night of art across various mediums responding to and exploring the theme of good old synthesis – the perfect place to kick off your Due West projection journey.

Fire on Earth by Waterside Blacksmithing (Saturday 12th August)

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Waterside Metal Art Studio

Dying to get your arts and culture fix but it’s just too damn cold outside? Well Waterside Blacksmithing has got you sorted with a hypnotic fire show destined to warm you up and blow your mind. The sequel to ‘Fire on Water’, showcased earlier this year at Blacksmiths Festival, comes ‘Fire on Earth’, featuring the mythical ‘fire tornado’ – a huge twisting column of roaring flames that point upward to the sky for as far as the eye can see. And of course in true Due West festival fashion there will be a public demonstration following the main show, along with live music and plenty of family friendly fun.

The Trip to Spain Immersive Dining Experience (16th August)

food, film – $100

Sun Theatre, Yarraville

Taking place at the iconic Sun Theatre is a dinner experience that enters the fourth dimension. Teaming up with the Copper Pot Seddon restaurant, punters can expect to wine, dine and watch the newly released third installment of Michael Winterbottom’s “The Trip” series. As Rob and Steve return to the big screen to embark on an adventure to Spain, you will get to taste test every drink and meal alongside the famous buddy duo.

The Art of Fighting by Mischa Merz + Ten Minute Dance Parties (Friday 18th, Saturday 19th)

art, dance, foodFREE

Madden Square will be taken over by a boxing bonanza art project where you can create your art masterpiece while enjoying a solid work out sesh (finally!). Straight from the ring to the studio, you will get to dip boxing gloves into paint and punch your stuff onto a vertical stretching canvas for some sporty aesthetic. Spearheaded by local boxing entities and champions of the West, the art meets sport hybrid project will be broken up by ten minute dance parties alongside an array of live music, food and beverages.

The Night Circus by Women’s Circus (26th August)

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Dream Factory

Footscray’s factory scene (noted for its dormant vibe and occasional rave party) will be turned on its head as a night of moving performance hosted by the Women’s Circus organisation will take over. The show will feature aerial acrobatics, idiosyncratic circus women and a choir evoking ghosts of the past. Once the performance has reached its end there will be a pop-up workshop so you can try it all yourself, and the best part is its free.

Due West Closing Night Party (27th August)

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Level 5 Byron Street Car Park

Of course all good things must come to an end, so why not join the wrap up party of Due West’s first year as a festival. Featuring wall projections, live music and special performances all taking place inside a multi-level car park. A perfect conclusion to a solid lineup of talent.

There are plenty more exciting events going down as part of the festival, jump on the Due West website to check out all of the exciting goings on!