BEAMS Arts Festival 2014
Taking place on Saturday 20 September 2014 from 5-10pm, the BEAMS Arts Festival to be opened by Lord Mayor Clover Moore and hosted by the Chippendale Creative Precinct will once again immerse the laneways of Chippendale with 350 creatives working across a kaleidoscope of colour, light, movement and sound generating a veritable feast for the senses.
Last year’s festival boomed onto the Sydney cultural calendar with over 10 000 people in attendance and a dizzying array of visual and performance artists, actors, animators, artisans, architects, bespoke crafters, comedians, designers, dancers, entertainers, musicians, poets, production companies, creative contemplators and creative agencies.
The program for 2014 will deliver a profusion of talent across many disciplines with a focus on the high calibre of creatives coming together to create a street party like no other. This year will also see a greater involvement with over 120 exhibits from our most exciting and cutting edge Sydney talent.
The BEAMS Arts Festival is revitalising the creative community and re- imagining the possibilities of the city through collaborative imagination. For one bright night Balfour Street and the 8 surrounding laneways of Chippendale will be filled with the most daring works and
performances from Sydney’s creative community. This year’s theme is UTOPIA, with BEAMS embracing works that open up new dialogues about the future of Sydney’s urban landscape.
Exhibited at BEAMS 2014 is a spectacular selection of established high profile creatives and exciting new emerging talent working across: visual and site specific installation; multi-media and interactive works; film, projections and digital projects; light and animation; performance and dance; live music, creative workshops and outdoor dining.
ART & LIGHT INSTALLATION
Included in this year’s program are installation artists such as John Wright and Vincent Buret who also featured in this year’s Sydney Vivid Light Festival, Julia Kennedy Bell who’s large-scale, vibrantly coloured paper installation will astound and amaze festival visitors and the Studio Artists, a working division of Studio ARTES who are an independent, not for profit organisation offering creative programs to adults with disabilities. Their hanging light nests will shine beams of light through the trees.
Jan Cleveringa will be pushing the boundaries of light installation with 30,000 fluorescent light tubes while Viera Sofanova’s 3 meter wide dream-catcher, capturing dreams and imaginations alike, will hang above the heads of diners seated at the 40 meter long communal dining table, graced with Isobel Dunworth’s glowing light box installation.
Included in this year's program is landscape architect, Mike Horne and lighting designer, Donn Salisbury. The duo will be illuminating the Central Park water feature, changing and shifting in a variety of coloured experiences. Inspired by the contemporary urban landscape,
Penelope Cain explores spaces within the city with potential for ruptures that allow the unreal or imagined to bleed into the controlled everyday life. Castle in the Sky a site-specific installation will send the audience into a fantastical castle filled with unexpected places and visions of utopia. Constructed from a tent, Zoe Edema inspires a space where fantasy and fun can be explored.
Showcasing amazing architectural installations, the internationally renowned Laboratory for Visionary Architecture or LAVA is hitting the streets of Chippendale. Fusing elements of nature and technology,
LAVA offers both an entrancing coral cave to investigate and dynamic light sculptures of Origami Tigers prowling above the BEAMS crowd.
Other works from our own Chippendale Creative community, will feature our most talented creative agencies such as Invisible Artists, James Hackett Animation, Reborn Creative Agency and Lightwell whose exhibits will astound with their interactive media projects.
MUSIC LINE UP
This year’s program will see musicians performing consecutive sets on the main stage whilst others roam laneways providing acoustic entertainment that will contribute to the homegrown vibe of the festival. The main stage festivities will begin with a set from indie roots duo Jack and Elmo, followed by electronic duo Ataractic and self- described rock and roll (with a touch of country and pop) artist Forster Anderson. Solo artists such as Benjamin Bleyerveen will also be showcased, along with BATTERIE, who’s audience can expect to hear an individual style of music representative of pop, electronica and acoustic sounds.
As the festival streets fade into darkness, solo acts will transform into bands with Lana Rita producing soulful jazz tunes and Frieda’s Boss bringing Jamaica’s dancehall scene to the Chippendale area - believing that music should be felt rather than heard. The night will be concluded with a set by Gang of Brothers who impressed the crowds of last year’s festival with their funky take on rock. With Lucy Lowe’s hauntingly beautiful voice, Botch House’s minimalistic approach to pop and local DJ John Cawley’s innovative balcony set scattered across the festival footprint, there is sure to be something that will appeal to the diverse tastes of all festival-goers.
Included in this year’s culinary program is a smörgåsbord of gourmet food served up by Chippendale’s own array of excellent eateries and bars. Headlining the culinary component of the festival and recent winner of Time Out Food Award’s Restaurant of The Year, is Chippendale eatery Ester, experts in heart-warming, wood - fired, modern-Australian cuisine. Run by Billy Kwong’s former head chef
Mat Lindsay, Ester’s rustic Modern Australian grub is a festival highlight not to be missed by the foodies.
You will not be able to resist the Agapé Organic Restaurant Food Truck’s tapas and spelt pizza, or the deliciously inventive vegetarian options from the Veggie Patch Van, which is a vegetarian’s dream. Tsurus Japanese cuisine, consisting of satay sticks, steamed
buns, pandan pancakes and so much more will ensure you will not leave the night hungry. Represented by BEAMS silver sponsor The Old Clare Hotel, Clayton Wells will showcase cuisine teasers from his upcoming restaurant Automata, which is set to open on Kensington Street in Autumn 2015. Wells hopes to bring even more diversity to the already creative hub of Chippendale, with BEAMS being a great place to kick-start this project.
Inspired by owner Katya Ginsberg’s London roots, The Chip off the Old Block will serve a delightfully refined array of all your trusty English pub grub, including the signature fish and chips presented in a paper parcel and cones of specially selected mixed nuts. Shortlisted for the 2014 Eat Drink Design Awards and described by Concrete Playground as a “great first date spot”, The Chip provides diners with unshelled walnuts and pecans, their very own nutcracker and a pack of playing cards to encourage social conversation under intimate down lights.
If that assortment of delectable food fails to make your stomach growl, we also have Ribs and Burgers, a concept brand fusing hearty gourmet food with the classic butcher bistro dining experience.
Shihlin Taiwan Street Snacks will also provide authentic Taiwanese food such as crispy chicken and seafood tempura.
Finally, for those with a sweet tooth, Brickfields, Chippendale’s neighbourhood bakery, combines artisan baking with the finest local ingredients to produce exceptional breads, cakes and pastries, whilst local real estate agent Greencliff will bedazzle crowds with ice cream to help cool the madness and excitement that is BEAMS Arts Festival 2014l!
The level of interest and the number of works submitted for this year’s BEAMS Arts Festival have skyrocketed exponentially. This is a huge testament to the success of the festival’s previous years and the willingness and passion of the Chippendale community and the wider Sydney creative community to see events like BEAMS continue to grow.
Festival founder and Director Nicky Ginsberg says, “This festival is all about celebrating Sydney’s abundant creative community, while supporting local Chippendale creative minds and businesses, bringing art out into the streets and making it accessible to everyone, from all walks of life. We can’t wait to share the standout pieces and performances with our local community and beyond”.
Mark your diaries for Saturday 20 September, when Chippendale will once more BEAM art, light and life on Sydney’s cultural nightlife.