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Meet Our Primo Leaders

By Nicole / 24 April

Have you heard about our Primo Passes? They’re the gold class of Next Wave Festival 2014. Curated, roaming art parties through our program, fully loaded with artist talks, meals and other special perks. We’ve honed and chiseled our Day Pass model from 2012 into THREE different offerings to suit all schedules and styles: Day Passes for the early risers, Night Passes for the night owls and Super Passes for the serious festival-junkies. Primo Passes are limited to 15 per group and only available weekends (3 – 4 & 10 – 11 May) so find a mate, pick a date and put yourself in the capable hands of one of our six super-talented Primo Leaders.

Our Dream Team of friendly, in-the-know Primo Leaders are basically there to make sure you have a great time. They will guide you through a range of intimate, insightful and surprising Next Wave experiences, colouring the journey with their own local insights and flavour. Here they are:

Tristan Meecham is a performance artist who works with the grand and the ridiculous (you may recall his uber tanned alter ego Humps from Fun Run, NWF 2010). He is passionate about connecting community, audience and artists together in events that transcend the everyday. Join Tristan on Super Pass #1, Night Pass #2, and Night Pass #3.

Dan Koop is an artist and producer based in Melbourne. Creatively, he makes performance works in unusual and public spaces that engage audiences to become participants. You may have even shared a boat across the Yarra with him in The SBSB at NWF 2012. Professionally, he has worked for contemporary multi-artform venues and festivals.  Join Dan on Day Pass #1, Super Pass #3 and Super Pass #4.

Ace Wagstaff is an artist, writer, cultural educator and reviews visual art in Melbourne. He has worked within the National Gallery of Victoria’s Education and Public Programs department for 10 years, and has been reviewing Melbourne’s visual arts on RRR 102.7 fm for 6 years, including live broadcasts from Melbourne Art Fair and during Melbourne’s White Night. Join Ace on Super Pass #2, Day Pass #3 and Day Pass #4.

Megan Williams  is a performer and arts manager currently working for Chunky Move dance company. Passionate about theatre and dance,  Megan has also worked for the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, the National Institute of Circus Arts and Eagles Nest Theatre. In the last two years she has also begun designing costumes. Join Megan on Super Pass #2, Super Pass #3 and Night Pass #4

Pip Wallis is  a curator at Gertrude Contemporary as well as an independent curator and writer. Pip has published exhibition catalogue essays and reviews and she has a particular interest in experimental art writing. She was previously the Curatorial Assistant of Prints and Drawings at the National Gallery of Victoria and is currently a contributer to Stamm online journal. Join Pip on Super Pass #1 and Super Pass #4

Dion Kagan is an arts writer and academic who traverses the themes of film, theatre, sex and pop culture. He lectures in gender and cultural studies at Melbourne and LaTrobe Universities and his writing has appeared in Australian Book Review, The Lifted Brow, Kill Your Darlings, The Big Issue, RealTime and Trouble. Join Dion on Night Pass #1 and Day Pass #2.

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