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Since 1997 this biennial event has highlighted the arts and culture of Melbourne's Inner West. Artistic Director Marcia Ferguson gives us her picks.


Footscray Community Arts

You can't go past Diafrix if you want that smooth, anthemic sound – and the new hip-hop was born right here in the West. Loads of life experience, heat and dreaming in these songs from the Triple J favourites. Free. No bookings. Fri Nov 22, 6-10pm.

Headline music act part of Opening Night.


Footscray Community Arts

There's a revolution in the West. Bran Nue Day started it and the artists of FATE are carrying the flag. There are 16 of them and two choirs, and boy can they belt out a song and work the house. These guys write, sing, compose, dance, improvise, theorise. They're smart, they're strong and they want to let everyone know about life, kulcha and fate – top of my list. $10-$15. $30 for family of four. Nov 28-29, 2pm & 7pm.

Born In A Taxi

The Substation

Born in a Taxi premiere their groundbreaking work, The Waiting Room. After years honing their skills in every corner of Australia as the sweetest, most gracious clowns of the mundane, they finally this edgy new work in the Newport Substation. $20-$25. Thu Nov 28, 8.30pm.

Needlepoint West

Footscray Community Arts

Small but beautiful, this is a labour of love. With extraordinary detail and years of patience, this stunning series of panels detail the landmarks of Melbourne's West. It ain't just craft, or tapestry, or photography – it's all of those things. Free. Nov 8-Dec 1, Mon-Fri 9.30am-5pm; Sat-Sun 10am.

The Container

Footscray Community Arts

The director nearly gave up on this one in despair over the treatment of asylum seekers before and during the recent Federal election. If you like confronting theatre and don't mind confined spaces, this could change the way you think forever. $25. Nov 23-24 & Nov 26-Dec 1.


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Around Footscray, Footscray 3011

Date 22 Nov 2013-01 Dec 2013

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