Producer Ron Berry created the Fusebox Festival a decade ago as a way to foster communication between Austin's arts scene and the national and international artistic community. The conversation he started way back then is still going strong; Fusebox has grown every year and this year celebrates its tenth anniversary.
As has usually been the case, this year's festival will feature hundreds of artists and performers, with roughly a third of them hailing from Austin, a third from the rest of the USA, and a third from other countries. What is different about this year's festival is that all events will be free to the public (although for some shows, reservations are required).
Things will kick off on Wednesday, April 16, with Mozart Requiem Undead, a huge concert that's a collaboration between Golden Hornet Project, Texas Choral Consort, City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, Texas Performing Arts, French Legation Museum and composers Glenn Kotche, Caroline Shaw, Todd Reynolds, Adrian Quesada, Petra Hayden, Kate Moore, Justin Sherburn, Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky, Brent Baldwin, Graham Reynolds, and Peter Stopschinski. Over the next 11 days, many more performances and conversations will follow; for a complete schedule, check out the Fusebox Festival website.