BEAMS Arts Festival | Back with a bang

Setting the streets of Chippendale a glow, the BEAMS Arts Festival returns for one night only this September.

A free community event, BEAMS Arts Festival is unique in its arrangement. With the casual vibe of a block party, the combination of live music and unique local eateries integrated amongst contemporary art results in an immersive experience of all things creative.

Phenomena sets the theme for this year’s eclectic site – expressing the phenomena of Chippendale itself. A curious space that is constantly transforming, the precinct has grown from industrial beginnings to a contemporary scene. It’s focus? To actively celebrate the local and engage the city in collaborative imagination.

Festival Director, Nicky Ginsberg highlighted the new additions this year, “Incorporating the Kensington Street lifestyle precinct for the first time this year, BEAMS will feature a kaleidoscope of visual and performance art installations incorporating sculpture, light, video, animation, live dance and theatre.”

With no regard to physical boundaries the innovative light display curated by a variety of local artists leaves no room for the norm. Curious forms emerge from the shadows, shifting colours light your pathway and swirling images climb the brickwork.

As there is no direct starting point and place of reference is the ‘Chippendale Green’ public park. From there you’re just going to have quit google maps, relax, and follow your nose. A myriad of lights and forms (if last year is anything to go by) are set to guide your meanderings through the laneways and galleries.

For the foodies, the curious art goer, or the young-hearted wanderer, this unique festival aims to please. Delighting all the senses the full menu includes local Chippendale eateries, as well as live music co curated by King Sound Studios with finalists from Triple J Unearthed and the Australian Institute of Music.

Make sure you head along and embrace this great local initiative. You’ll probably run into someone you know, and that’s the beauty of it.

BEAMS Arts Festival
Saturday 19 September, 5 – 9pm
Chippendale Creative Precinct

Courtesy the artists and Chippendale Creative Precinct