The South Side Festival will bring nine days of immersive and thought-provoking performance to Frankston in May


For nine days, the inaugural festival comes alive with fantastic experiences and will feature nearly 230 artists in over 50 performances at venues across Frankston.

Gateway to the Mornington Peninsula, Frankston is the perfect coastal escape, with its unique blend of contemporary urban experiences, stunning coastal scenery and hidden bush gems, all wrapped in unassuming pride. and quirky hospitality.

A perfect destination for families, now you have one more reason to pack your bags and hit the road next month with a shiny new festival taking over the city for nine days.

With the opportunity to experience Frankston like never before, from May 6-15, the first South Side Festival will transform the city, as places and spaces come to life with over 50 fantastical and memorable experiences by nearly 230 local and national artists.

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Bringing Frankston to life in a dazzling extravaganza, the program covers a wide range of contemporary art forms, including theatre, live music, visual art exhibitions, immersive experiences, installations, workshops, markets And much more.

Filled with can’t-miss experiences that will intrigue, excite and inspire all ages, the Frankston generator will be a real highlight of the multi-day festival.

Taking place underground at the Frankston Arts Centre, guests will be invited into the heart of a sprawling subterranean generator where a mesmerizing and dazzling display of lighting, audio and video installations create an immersive experience that is the first of its kind.

More than a thousand light fixtures, interactive video screens, a wind tunnel and a high-energy musical soundtrack will guide you through the three-level experience that guests are free to discover at their own pace. This event is for all ages – children will leave in absolute awe – but children will need to be accompanied by an adult.

The Frankston generator was designed by Mandylights; the international design team responsible for some of the world’s most successful light art, international tours for 5 Seconds of Summer, the Backstreet Boys, Pnau and Ricky Martin and major lighting projects for Floriade NightFest, Vivid Sydney, the Moama Lights and even the Melbourne City Federation Square Christmas Tree, so you know it’s going to be good.

Putting on another show as part of the nine-day event, ‘Saturation’ is a free family event that promises to brighten our cooler days and longer nights. Running on multiple dates, “Saturation” is a digital water projection piece developed and produced by digital artist Joel Zika and Collide Public Arts Initiative with the Voices of Frankston (VOF) Choir. The work uses a unique water mist projection system that creates an augmented reality of the real world, images you can touch and browse.

In “Saturation,” the performers’ faces appear on the cascading wall of water, creating a transparent three-dimensional interpretation of the choir’s work to accompany their audio. Zika and Collide have worked with the VOF for many months to capture footage and audio of the choir to be featured on key nights throughout the duration of the South Side Festival in Frankston.

The saturation evolves to give the faces and voices of this particular community of Frankston a prominence not normally given to them, an imposing experience that must be seen, heard and felt.

Alongside these highlights, the festival program is extensive, but other must-see events include Circa’s Peepshow, Geelong’s famous Piano Bar Experience, Little Beauty Market, Murrundaya Yepengna Dance Workshops, Drag Brunch, theater productions from Scratch Arts and Reckōning, a 1 hour show illustrating the intertwining of Indigenous culture through original storytelling, song and dance, tackling the modern effects of racism and intergenerational trauma.

The South Side Festival takes place May 6-15 in and around the town of Frankston. Explore the full program and buy tickets for individual events here.

The South Side Festival is presented by Frankston City Council with support from EastLink and Mandylights.

This article was proudly produced in partnership with Frankston City Council.


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