'What's IS the Channels Festival?', I hear you bleat. Is it a festival dedicated to the various bodies of water in Australia? Is it a gathering of all of the free-to-air channels on tv on big screens in the one location? No! It's neither of these things.
Channels is a new international biennial festival that will be taking place in various cinemas and pop up locations around Melbourne, ranging from the ever cool Speakeasy Cinema at Brunswick's Howler, to Fed Square's famous open air screen. Channels is all about showcasing contemporary video practices from all over the world, but with a tailored focus on local talents. Over the course of three days, Channels will host a mixed bag of goodies including screenings, performances, workshops and artist commissions designed to engage, entertain and, most of all, get you excited over the first Australian video art festival since the nineties!
If you can't make any of the events scheduled over the three-day period, there'll also be a 10-day commissions exhibition, showcasing a bunch of works from some of the world's most interesting video artists. It opened on the 12th, but will run until the 21st at the Screen Space on Guildford Lane.
Various locations around Melbourne
Tickets and event information are available on their website.
Image Credit: Channels Festival Facebook