Lismore Campus

Fusion Festival new logo 2019

The 2019 Fusion Festival is being held at Lismore campus on Wednesday 28 August 2019 commencing around 11:30am and concluding at approximately 2:00pm.

Festival Schedule

Fusion Program





Jex Lopex

True performer and story teller. Two of Jex's songs were nominated in the last Dolphin Awards


Festival launch and Welcome to Country

Launch by Mr Monty Singh Southern Cross University Vice-President Global and Welcome to Country 


John Gorman Beatmaker: Rapper; Legend 15 year old has been amassing a catalogue of electronically flavoured hip hop bangers for the past 2 years.


Doli Marma Bengalis music from Bangladesh,Dolli will be performing Bengali Classical Songs 


Monkey Monkey Shake Shake  A mash up music, performance, costume, dance, art, comedy, animation and film 



 What Mexican treasures will be revealed? Come and help break open the Pinata!!


Festival-goers are able to taste free samples of cuisines from around the world! The menu includes tarts and slices, spring rolls and curry puffs, dahl, vegetarian curry, sushi, bush-tucker desserts, Kimchi and an Aussie BBQ. Iced tea is avilable outside the student chat room.

Festival Highlights

Jex Lopez

A true performer and story teller, Jex Lopez creates dark yet inspirational tales with her piano, laptop and haunting voice. She sings about spaceships, dark clowns, queer utopic plants and well-dressed skeletons that want to marry. Her intelligent, irreverent and bilingual lyrics explore social themes against a backdrop of theatrical music of a Latin, Blues and Cabaret bent. She plays regularly in the Bundjalung area where she lives.

Monkey Monkey Shake Shake

Described as a “neo-Dada, punk-crafted explosion” (Byron Arts Magazine), Monkey Monkey Shake Shake mash up music, performance, costume, dance, art, comedy, animation and film - creating their own irresistible mythology, characters, and genre-defying world.

Inspired by a bear, they danced and filmed the Grizzly Bear song on the streets of Byron and Brisbane. Then Tokyo… then Seoul.

There was a spark that crossed culture, age, genders and all kinds of boundaries. People came out of their shell. So they wrote more songs, made more costumes, and performed on more streets, at a rabbi party, a gallery in Seoul, Brisbane Powerhouse, Splendour in the Craft 2016-18, Falls Festival ‘17, beaches, train stations, and AGI Open - the world's biggest design conference.

Monkey Monkey Shake Shake share their joy through musical performances and are a festival favourite of the children from the University's Child Care Centre.

Liliana Andres Hernandez


Liliana Andres Hernandez, a PhD student from Mexico, shares the tradition behind piñatas. A piñata is a decorated figure, usually of an animal, containing hidden treats that is suspended above the crowd and broken open as part of a celebration.

Liliana invites festival-goers to participate in breaking her hand-made traditional piñata to reveal the Mexican treasures inside. 


Festival Information Stalls & Activities

Japanese Cultural Display

Festival-goers are able to visit a Japanese cultural stall, and participate and explore Japanese Calligraphy and find out about opportunities to do a study exchange at a university in Japan as part of your degree.

Holly Ahearn - Multidisciplinary Artist

Enjoy Holly's live art/photo-friendly mural that considers the importance of unity within the community. Her creative practice combines native Australian flora, bold colours, and an obsessive relationship with pattern-making to construct concepts that focus on the occupancy of otherworldy visuals in an ordinary setting.Holly will be working on her mural on the walls of the Learning Centre.

Fusion Festival Photo Booth

Festival-goers can take a photo memory of their Fusion Festival experience in the festival's Photo Booth. 

John Gorman

Beatmaker: Rapper; Legend 15 year old John has been amassing a catalogue of electronically flavoured hip hop bangers for the past 2 years. He's grown from strength to strength as a songwriter and beatmaker thru collaborative experiences and self-exploration.

Henna Harem

Henna Harem provides a professional service using a natural, hand-mixed plant paste. All work is delicately hand-drawn, allowing flexibility of design.  

Relax whilst being adorned and let henna’s magic weave around you.


Wear it Purple

Wear it Purple is a national movement to support the health and well-being of young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. Wear It Purple lets young people know that they have the right to be proud of who they are regardless of their sex, sexuality or gender identity. Wear it Purple is simple ... it is about respect.

Wear It Purple aims to create a world safe for all young people, regardless of their gender or sexual identity, in which they are free to learn, grow and belong.

The Equity & Diversity Office and QSCU are hosting a Wear It Purple information stall at the festival.



Top of Page