Our Side of Things
Our Side of Things

Our Side of Things

Curated by Feras Shaheen and Jay Hennicke

Tobias Becs, Jordan Morrison, Jay Hennicke, Tom Kentta, Curtis Maher, Zac Roberts, Jakob Semajer-Garic, Feras Shaheen, Susan Sohar, Albert Hua, Moh Nazari, Yuki Tokimoto, Ben Kelly, Dylan Stipack, Luke Cartwright, Hobart Breakers, DJ DynOmite Drew, DJ Brown Sugar, Good Morning Ziko

26 August–2 September 2023

Main event: 12pm, 26 August (free)

Workshop: 12–2pm, 27 August (register here)

Freestyle jam: 2–5pm, 27 August (free)

Contemporary Art Tasmania

A look into Freestyle Football in Australia

Our Side of Things is a hybrid public event and exhibition that embraces the layered subculture of freestyle football in Australia. Influenced by football (soccer), circus, breaking (breakdance), hip hop battle culture and many other forms, with its roots in ancient Southern and South East Asia, freestyle football represents a contemporary border-breaking art form that is quickly gathering momentum through digital platforms.


Born in Dubai to Palestinian parents and moving to Western Sydney at age 11, Feras Shaheen is an artist using choreography, installation work, film, performance, digital media, and street dance to communicate his ideas. Holding a Bachelor of Design from Western Sydney University (2014) Feras often subverts traditional relationships between mediums to challenge audiences’ perspectives. He was the winner of The Australian Ballet’s Telstra Emerging Choreographer in 2021 and has performed and exhibited at Carriageworks, Venice Biennale, Kampnagel, Campbelltown Arts Centre and Théâtre de la Ville, Paris.

Tasmanian-born Jay Hennicke is one of the key players in both the Australian and global Football Freestyle scene. Jay specialises in the competitive scene, where he is currently ranked in the top 16 globally and is the current, and x3 Australian champion. Jay has international experience in both performing and providing critical feedback.

Full program

Sat 26 Aug

Main event 12–5pm (free)

Australia’s best freestylers go head to head in a series of freestyle football battles. Join us for Lutruwita’s first freestyle football event from those dedicated to this distinctive culture.

Sun 27 Aug

Workshop 12–2pm (register here)

Jay Hennicke, Jordan Morrison and Tobias Becs will exhibit and teach participants the art of freestyle football.

Freestyle jam 2–5pm (free)

Freestylers will practice, share and communicate within the space. This event is open for audience to watch or participate.

Mon 28 Aug

Late session 5–9pm
Jamming 6–7pm

Tues 29 Aug

Rest Day

Wed 30 Aug–Sat 2 Sep

Exhibition open 12–5pm
Jamming 1–2pm

Supported by Arts Tasmania and the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund

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