Seven reasons you won’t want to miss FUSION17
Pictured: The Bearded Bakers are coming to FUSION17.
You'll be kicking yourself if you miss FUSION17 this Saturday, 21 October in Wagga.
Cementing itself as a standout on the region’s calendar of events, FUSION is back for another year of food, music, art and culture from around the world.
Get ready for grandpa busting a move, Triple J alumni and a large helping of flavours from around the world.
Here’s just a few reasons you won’t want to miss out – you can thank us later!
1. A celebration of diversity
Wagga has a long and proud tradition of making people from far-flung places feel at home.
We have welcomed refugees, humanitarian entrants and skilled migrants to our city for over four decades. Did you know we are home to people drawn from 112 countries of origin, speaking 107 languages and practicing 62 faiths?
Discover the true taste of Wagga’s rich cultural diversity at FUSION17.
2. The headliners
From 5.20pm, you’ll be glued to the main stage and mesmerised by the talent from these headline acts.
Elki: You might’ve heard recent single Golden Age on Triple J. She’s all about powerful alt-pop and counts Stevie Wonder and Burt Bacharach as her most important influences.
Holly Throsby: Seriously, she’s just oozing with talent. A songwriter, musician and novelist from Sydney. She has released five critically acclaimed solo albums, a collection of original children’s songs, AND an album as part of the band, Seeker Lover Keeper (with Sarah Blasko and Sally Seltmann).
Thelma Plum: Her Monster EP featuring How Much Does Your Love Cost? has dominated airwaves. No surprise though, beat smith M-Phazes who she collaborated with has worked with Meg Mac, Kimbra, and Eminem. P.S. She’s also got Triple J Unearthed, NIMA and DEADLY wins under her belt.
Ngaiire: She’s been on stage at the iconic Glastonbury Festival. She’s done shows with Alicia Keys and John Legend, supporting Sufjan Stevens, a slot at Splendour in the Grass and more. Don’t miss her in Wagga.
3. The Bearded Bakers unleashed (pictured above)
Melbourne’s bearded bakers are hitting the road to bring their Jerusalem Street Food. These guys are real crowd-pleasers!
Their commercial bakery, a repurposed shipping container, is adorned with street art and the white clad, bearded party makers spend as much time entertaining the crowds and dancing on the counter tops, as they do baking their delicious Middle Eastern dessert.
Serving up a fresh interpretation of Knafeh, a Middle Eastern sweet cheese dessert with a crunchy coating and a rose water finish that is lighter and creamier - think crème brulee.
Tuck in, have a dance or just stand back in awe (no doubt with your iPhone in hand). We promise you’ll enjoy this!
4. Be spellbound by flamingos on stilts
“What? Flamingos on stilts?!” you ask? Yep, you’ll find it all at FUSION17!
Stiltuesque take stilt walking to a completely new level of excitement.
Roaming the crowds throughout the event, they’ll dazzle during the day and illuminate the night.
5. Prepare for double helpings…
Enjoy a bustling alleyway-style precinct offering authentic and modern street-style bites, set to tease even the strongest of wills!
FUSION17’s World Food Village is where you can devour flavours from Afghanistan, Africa, Burma, China, Egypt, India, Iraq, Italy, Korea, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, Samoa, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, Syria, Thailand, The Netherlands, The Philippines, Turkey, United States of America and Vietnam.
Let your taste buds run free – this event is only once a year!
6. More entertainment than you can poke a walking stick at!
If Ngaiire, Thelma Plum, Holly Throsby, Elki and The Bearded Bakers aren’t enough, in the Civic Centre Forecourt you can catch Saca La Mois DJ!!, Sonidero Esperanza and Monkey Marc. They’ll be performing exclusive back-to-back DJ sets powered by the DiY Hi Fi sound system.
Old Spice will be throwing caution to the wind, his walking stick to the ground, and getting down as far as his replacement hip will allow to the sweet beats and soulful tunes.
There’ll also be community performers on the main stage from 4pm plus Tintenfisch all-abilities band visiting from Nordlingen, Wagga’s Sister City in Germany.
7. Entry is free
Need we say anymore? We’ll see you there.
WHEN: Saturday 21 October, 4pm to 9.30pm
WHERE: Civic Centre Precinct, between Morrow + Johnston Streets, Wagga Wagga
FUSION17 is proudly funded and presented by Wagga Wagga City Council in partnership with Multicultural Council of Wagga Wagga, Riverina Community College and media sponsor The Daily Advertiser.
First published: 18 Oct 2017.