It appears Chippendale is the new 'it' precinct with a new bar, restaurant, café or gallery opening its doors every other week. To celebrate the creative precinct and showcase the work of over 350 creatives, the BEAMS Arts Festival is returning for its third year, and promises an evening of great music, art, and delicious food.
Going with the theme of 'Utopia' for 2014, the BEAMS Arts Festival will take place from 5pm-10pm this Saturday September 20, along Balfour Street, Little Queen Street, the surrounding laneways of Chippendale and the lush new 'Chippendale Green' in Central Park. This event is on for one night, and one night only, so make sure to read up on our picks for BEAMS Arts Festival.
Communal Dining Table
Let's kick things off with food (did you expect anything else from us?) Take a seat at the 40-metre long dining table with a bite to eat or a drink from one of the local bars or restaurants. Brickfields, Ester, Ribs and Burgers and The Chip off the Old Block will be serving up delicious tipples and tucker to be enjoyed under the 3-metre wide dream catcher by artist Viera Sofanova. For those that like their grub to be served on the go, Agapé Organic Restaurant Food Truck, Veggie Patch Van and Tsuru Food Truck will be parked onsite for some extra nosh.
The streets will be alive with the sound of music from some awesome local artists. Whether you're into the eclectic mix of reggae, ska and dub from Frieda's Boss, the rock-meets-country sounds of Forster Anderson, the mix up of electronic and soul from Sydney-based duo Ataractic, or you simply wish to take in a bit of all the artists on the evening, there are plenty of tunes to keep your ears company while your eyes take in the visual displays.
Art, Light Installations & Animation
Over 20 artists will showcase their talents on the evening, which will place a special focus on artists from local galleries including White Rabbit Gallery, Mclemoi and NG Art Gallery. Get ready for giant inflatables, street art and a 'Google Cardboard' virtual reality experience by Lightwell that is far too intriguing to miss. Longtime locals and newcomers alike should head to James Hackett's interactive app about the rich history of Chippendale.
Everyone likes a spectacle, and even more when the stage is the street. Stroll around and experience the talents of dance company Flatline as they roam around with more rhythm than most people have in their little finger. If you're feeling a little reflective, check out one of the performance pieces by multi-lingual poetry ensemble Auburn Poets Society, whose performance 'Welcome' combines poetry, acoustic music, story and testament from the perspective of its members.
These are not just for kids (although some are), head over to the workshop area for an opportunity to make something beautiful out of discarded plastic, create a historical Chippendale postcard with a vintage typewriter, or learn how to make an origami butterfly – which is a lot harder than it looks, and would be an epic party trick.
For a huge selection of other events, productions and things to do at the 2014 BEAMS Arts Festival, check out the website here.