BEAMS Arts Festival 2016 Media Release

July 12, 2016





Saturday 17 September 2016, 5pm-10pm


The alleyways of Sydney’s historical Chippendale will again be illuminated on one bright night this September as Sydney’s favourite block party and festival of creative ideas.

The BEAMS Arts Festival returns for its fifth year. Last year’s festival attracted over 22,000 local and international visitors. It also witnessed the awakening of Kensington Street- conjured from its pre-colonial slumber and transfigured into a contemporary celebration of art, culture, fine food and wine.




Hosted by the Chippendale Creative Precinct’s Destination Chippendale, BEAMS 2016 is set to be a creative extravaganza showcasing a fusion of colour, form, movement and sound from some of Sydney’s most talented creative minds. Destination Chippendale will herald in the festival on Saturday 17 September for one enchanting night to be remembered.

WHAT: BEAMS Arts Festival
WHEN: Saturday 17 September, 5pm-10pm
WHERE: The event will be held along Balfour Street, Little Queen Street, Kensington Street and the surrounding laneways of Chippendale as well as in the ‘Chippendale Green’ public park.
ADMISSION: FREE community event – All welcome!

View the BEAMS 2015 Wrap Up Video to check out what the night is all about!

Each year, BEAMS Arts Festival explores a different facet of a reborn world. The theme for 2016 is Spirit, which invigorates the creative communities and spaces we thrive in. The spirit of Chippendale glimmers in the dark. It collects the fires of its tenants and visionaries to refract them in brilliant light and shower the district’s historical facades with gold. In Sydney’s downtown, Chippendale glows through the smoke and fog to illuminate a new age, where the spirit of both people and place burn brightly together. It is intangible but touches us deeply; it defies all boundaries in its freedom, untethered from any singular idiom.

This year’s festival boasts the widest scope of creative talent Sydney has to offer, with a spectacle of imaginative and innovative thinkers. Immerse yourself in a bustling array of visual and performance artists, sound and light installations, video and animation, art house cinema, live dance, theatre and art performances, light exhibitions, live music as well as food stalls showcasing Chippendale’s finest eateries. This includes new arrivals to Kensington Street – Mekong, Bar Chinois, Automata, Andiamo and the Kensington Street Social, all complete with renowned international chefs.




Festival Director, Nicky Ginsberg says:

This year BEAMS will be bigger and better than ever – The festival is a colourful and engaging spectacle which has become one of the most highly anticipated events on Sydney’s arts and cultural calendar since its inception in 2012.




BEAMS forges a union between creative business, art institutions and the wider Sydney community. A bright night of communal ‘enlightenment’, festivaliers also enjoy the opportunity to directly interact with hands-on art making, workshops and plein air performances.

Submissions are now open and will encompass the theme of Spirit, summoning participants to explore and illuminate the innate spirit that thrives within and around our creative world. Submissions for the 2016 BEAMS Arts Festival close Sunday 24 July.

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Festival and Media enquiries:
Nicky Ginsberg, Festival Director