Big West Festival 2013 (Maribyrnong FReeZA)

Sunday 1 December
@ Little Siagon Market Carpark, crnr Bryon and Leeds Street, Footscray
bigwestfest13Review by Phoenix Productions (Maribyrnong FReeZA)

Big West Festival is a community-based, contemporary arts festival in Melbourne’s West. A biennial festival, the 10 day extravaganza features cutting edge, multi-cultural and multi-artform works with, for and by the people of Melbourne’s inner west.

On Sunday 1 December Phoenix Productions (Maribyrnong Freeza) partnered with Big West to program elements of People’s Day, a massive street party to mark the closing of the festival. Phoenix Productions programmed a section of the main stage and also supported the Raw Elements hip hop program to organise the Western United Revolutionary Hip Hop Front. It was a great day, getting to be part of a community event and organise a range of entertainment. On the main stage we had acoustic sets from Lucy Wilson and Jerome Knappett from Max Goes to Hollywood and also had a performance from Jayne’s Fighting Ship.

We then moved onto a street performance from a range of hip hop groups from around the west, including our very own group Raw Elements. Part of the Western United Revolutionary Hip Hop Front were MC and Dance battles and the finest from the west got to show off their talent. The showcase and battles were MC’d by The Apprentice and FOFO.

Big G, a young person from the Raw Elements hip hop program commented: “At the Big West Festival it was great to see all different cultures coming together to see us perform. It was an awesome experience and I loved being apart of it.”

At the end of the hot day everyone had a good time and the community really enjoyed everything that young people had to offer.