BEAMS Arts Festival is set to launch and transport you to a galaxy of creative innovation. With light compositions and video-works illuminating our laneways, stellar performances and live music igniting the crowds, and workshops in which every visitor can participate, our annual event is a shooting star not to be missed!
Returning for its fifth year, we are expecting thousands of visitors to cluster like nebulae in the streets as they explore the luminous radiance of BEAMS. This cultural supernova will take place on Saturday 17 September from 5-10pm and we invite you to join us on an out-of-this-world experience.
This year’s festival theme is SPIRIT: a celebration of the creativity and innovation that unite this community. Like a star burning brightly in the night sky, Chippendale is a creative community where both people and place glimmer together.
So buckle up and get ready for the ride. We’ve started the countdown and it won’t be long until we blast off towards the spectacular universe of BEAMS.
BEAMS 2015, image by Digit Photography
BEAMS will be sparked to life with an infectious musical energy that will start your toes tapping and heads bobbing.
Madeline Lush will transform Chippendale’s alleyways into a lively dance floor with her unique brand of electronic pop. This live performance is a must for all you 'movers and groovers' out there!
Discover the dreamy soundscape of The Runaway Houses. This 5 piece band has some silky smooth tunes that will weave amongst festival crowds and take you on a musical journey to melodic bliss.
The Sydney Flamenco Studio
The Sydney Flamenco Studio will send sparks flying as they take to the streets. Untaming the human spirit, their Flamenco performance is set to unleash a wave of vitality at BEAMS.
With an exciting array of DJ’s, solo artists and talented bands you are sure to be blown away by the musical talent harbouring in Sydney’s creative communities.
With only five weeks until Chippendale’s favourite block-party, we thought we’d share some of the stellar video-works set to spark BEAMS Arts Festival into action!
Victoria McCall, Carnival
In search of self discovery and freedom, Victoria McCall’s video-work awakens the spirit of Carnival as she explores Mikhail Bakhtin's dramatic theory of carnivalesque. This cinematic spectacle will illuminate a world where anything is possible and inspiration is boundless.
Keorattana Luangrathrajasombat is a graphic designer and visual artist producing cutting-edge animations from his base in Sydney. Singularity follows the journey of two explorers as they emerge from darkness and navigate through a realm of colour and light.
Ash Coates’ animation will entrance you by its dazzling dreamscape inspired by the Australian forest. His work reignites a spiritual connection with the environment and will bring a touch of magic to the streets of Chippendale.
Chippendale is a melting pot of different cultures, all sharing a vigor for life and united in a spirit of creativity. Alusine Sankoh, the focus of Sarah Emery’s film will inspire a skip in your step and leave you grinning ear to ear as you experience a day in Sierra Leone through his positive perspective.
2015 Winning Instagram
Capture the spirit of BEAMS and enter it in our Instagram competition. All you need to do upload your photo to Instagram using the hashtag #2016BEAMS and you could be a winner!
Snap a sneaky selfie, get the perfect angle of the sun setting behind a sculptural gem or bring out the cool vibes of our graffiti wall… we want to see your BEAMS experience!
BEAMS ARTS FESTIVAL 2015 WALKING TOURS
SATURDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 2016, 5 - 9PM
Want to delve deeper into the phenomenal works and performances born from Sydney’s creative SPIRIT at BEAMS Arts Festival 2016? Then please join us on an adventure through the illuminated laneways of Chippendale with professional curator Susannah Smith on our BEAMS Arts Festival Walking Tour!
The BEAMS Arts Festival Walking Tour will guide you across the laneways and onwards towards the stunning Chippendale Green located in Australia's greenest urban village Central Park. Featuring short talks by a selection of many of our outstanding CREATIVES, the Tour seeks to reveal the stories, and showcase the talents, behind the vibrancy and creativity of the phenomenal works and performances lighting up Chippendale!
Our celebration of Sydney’s creative spirit is would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors, media partners and partners. We send our sincerest thanks to all who have contributed.
Festival Director and President of the Chippendale Creative Precinct
Chippendale Creative Precinct
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