Justin Shoulder (Fusebox Festival 2018)

“Worthy of being ranked with the best in the world.” — The Austin Chronicle

For five days each April artists and audiences gather from all over the world for unforgettable live performances and experiences.

Founded by a group of artists in 2005, the festival features unique live performances from around the world (and Austin) at sites and venues across the city, ranging from intimate galleries, theaters, and clubs, to large scale projects springing to life in parks, under bridges, and across entire neighborhoods. For thousands of people in Central Texas this marks their only chance to see many of these artists.

What is a typical Fusebox show like?

Each show is pretty unique! We present all kinds of artists working across a variety of art forms including film, theater, dance, visual art, literature, and music. In any given festival there is stuff that kids and dogs would like, and there’s programming that’s pretty challenging, and everything in between.

The shows in the festival often transcend what we think we know about live performance–cracking open our understanding of what live performance can be and what it can look like. In this way, there is a sense of possibility that runs through many of our projects, and that’s something we seek out. We want to spark something.

As for our artists, they span generations and genres. They’ve won MacArthur Genius and Grammy Awards among others, and they’re performing next to artists that you may not know who we think are equally exciting.

Investing in the creation process

The festival also plays a direct role in the commissioning and creation of new work from select artists each year. We believe Austin should be a place where art is created (and supported), not just consumed.

A gathering point

In between all of the performances are meals, workshops, installations, parties, and conversations. We’re interested in the act of gathering and those things that are only possible when we are together with other people–sharing ideas and experiencing things together. We hope you join us!

The next festival will take place April 13-17, 2022.

Verdensteatret (Fusebox Festival 2018)

“This lively interdisciplinary mix is worth the trek.” — NY Times