Al Volta’s Midnight Bar / Fusebox Festival
A lot has happened since the curtain call for the first edition of Fusebox Festival in 2004. Since then, it has grown from a small, underground performance art festival into an organization that’s considered a regional cultural force. By 2017 edition, it is established as one of Austin’s premier multinational art celebrations, showcasing creators from a variety of mediums to explore vital issues, ideas and new possibilities.
Fusebox has had community, independent artists and collaboration at its core from the very beginning. So a few years ago, their team decided to experiment with a bold new idea: an after hours festival “hub”. The “Fusebox Festival Hub” was born as a hangout spot where performers, festivalgoers and the general Austin community could interact. But even after a few years, attracting people beyond the festival proved a bit tricky. Or as they put it, “it currently feels like it’s mostly (primarily) for festival insiders and attendees.”