Fusebox Takes the Electricity Across the Calendar

Arts festival rebrands, expands with year-round programming

The new Fusebox logo, designed by Austin-based In-House Int’l. (Image Courtesy of Fusebox)
Since its first event in 2005, the annual Fusebox International Performing Arts Festival has become synonymous with experimental and innovative performance in Austin. Now the arts organization has announced it is entering a new phase, moving towards year-round programming and a richer engagement with the community.

With plans for next year's Fusebox Festival already in place, Fusebox has announced that there will be no follow-up in 2025. Instead, they're focusing on shifting from one big bash to becoming more of an umbrella organization, allowing for deeper connections with their artists and audiences.

Explaining the expansion, Fusebox Executive + Co-Artistic Director Ron Berry said that the festival team felt it was "hitting the edges of what we could do in our old model" and that instead they "needed a model that allowed for more connection points beyond the five days of our festival."

The Fusebox Festival will be back in 2024 (April 8-14), but after that it will become a biannual event returning in 2026, allowing the team to concentrate on a new slate of programming outside of the traditional five days. Plans include:

Fusebox Presents: Year-round programming including commissioned shows and performances held at venues around city and around the calendar.

A new partnership with Texas Performing Arts: The two arts organizations already have a close relationship, but this new partnership will see them bring performers and shows to Austin on a regular basis, including giving artists and shows their Texas premiere. The series begins Sept. 29 as Love in Exile (aka the trio of Grammy Award-winning vocalist Arooj Aftab, pianist Vijay Iyer, and multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily) perform at Bass Concert Hall (tickets on sale now texasperformingarts.evenue.net).

Fusebox Memberships: Members will not only get discounts and early access to festival tickets, but also access to quarterly programming, and be able to join the team on special field trips. Memberships start at $100, and 100% of all proceeds will go to supporting artists.

Fusebash 2024: Known to loyal attendees as Festivus for the rest of us, the annual ungala and Fusebox's biggest fundraiser will return on Feb. 24, 2024, and will help finance that year-round initiative.

Live in America: A new residency program to bring artists right into communities in a meaningful way. Working with the Arkansas-based Live in America, the Austin iteration of the program will be led by Fusebox Co-Artistic Director Dr. Carra Martinez.

Berry concluded, "This next chapter of Fusebox reflects our expanded vision, and is accompanied by a completely refreshed brand that speaks to the totality of our work, inclusive of our year-round programming and larger community partnerships.”

The Fusebox team will be going deeper into the changes in a special event tonight at Ani's Day & Night, 7107 E. Riverside, 5:30-8pm. You can also get more details and start booking tickets for events at fuseboxlive.com.

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