Progress Festival: Disrupting Ideas through Music, Theatre, Comedy and a Thought-Provoking Talks Program
By Triple R volunteer writer Justin Cantrell
This month (Thursday 16 May to Sunday 26 May) Monash Clayton brings together ideas, music, theater and performance that looks to interrogate the word ‘Progress’ while attempting to evaluate its scope, resonance and currency.
Progress Festival features more than 15 shows bursting with all of the stuff you would expect from a festival looking to ‘disrupt’ any tried and tested platforms. There’s an evening of comedy hosted by a self-described progressive Tom Ballard. Music presented by Archie Roach, one of Australia’s most treasured performers, musician Zoë Coombs Marr, and singers Thando and Sophie Koh. In addition to the performances there are a series of free talks exploring themes such as feminism, creativity in exile and technology.
The festival is also celebrating the opening of the Ian Potter Centre for Performing Arts, a new state of the art centre that has been over four years in the making.
Progress Festival (proudly presented by Triple R) features free and ticketed events, so there’s a little something for everyone.