It’s the eve of BEAMS! Tonight, as your head hits the pillow, let your dreams be filled with festival anticipation. Chippendale will be transformed into an enchanting wonderland as Sydney’s most innovative talents converge in celebration of the city’s creative SPIRIT.
FREE and open to all, the festival will kick off at 5PM and illuminate the city for five fun filled hours until 10PM. Returning for its fifth year, BEAMS is boasting a stellar line up of entertainment, workshops, food and art - there will be something to dazzle every festival goer!
As dance battles send sparks flying, graffiti artists will plaster O’Connor St with 100m of urban innovation, music stages will serenade crowds with astonishing tunes and spectacular light works will transform the darkest corners into vibrant constellations of excitement. This is just a glimpse of what is in store this year… there is so much more to discover!
Come join us tomorrow at BEAMS as dreams burst into life! A whole new world of discovery awaits…
Take a sneak peek of the festival on our website and download the BEAMS program.
Where: Chippendale - Kensington St, Balfour St and surrounding alleyways
When: 5PM - 10PM
What to bring: A smile, some dancing shoes and friends to share the memories.
BEAMS promises to be a playground of adventure and discovery! In order to keep you recharged throughout the night we have set up some incredible spaces to put your feet up and take a well deserved breather… before jumping back into the action.
Wayward Brewing Co
Brand new to BEAMS this year is the Wayward Beer Garden - relax among a specially curated beer garden set in the centre of Chippendale Green. It's the ideal location to take in the many sites and sounds the festival has to offer and has been created just for BEAMS by our exclusive craft beer partner, Wayward Brewing Co. These inner west locals will be serving their all-natural, small-batch brews from the beer garden's four-tap bar, poured directly from the brewers themselves. You can also grab one of their awesome beers from any of the three bars at BEAMS.
Hailing from McLaren Vale in South Australia, Paxton Wines has indulged wine lovers with complex notes and aromas for 4 decades. Their reputation and philosophy are built on exceptional grapes: from vine to wine, Paxton’s has established themselves as one of Australia’s best wine producers. Taste a drop of this unique Australian wine from the O’Connor or Balfour St bars.
Handpicked Wines - Spectrum Now Festival
Take a trip around the world, one wine at a time with Handpicked Wines. These winemakers have explored the world’s best vineyards and 'hand picked' grapes to cultivate wines with a supreme sense of place. Visit the Kensington St bar and allow these adventurous winemakers to take you on a trip around the world with one sip of the finest quality.
Coffee and liqueur together in one bottle… two Australian passions combined in a unique and exciting beverage. These Sydneysiders are still relatively new kids on the bloc, but their business has boomed since its humble beginnings in 2012, collecting internationally prizes. Swing past and experience Mr Black’s caffeinated wunderdrink at bars along O’Connor St, Balfour St, Kensington St and in the Old Rum Store.
Greencliff is a generous supporter of BEAMS. This year they have once again extended their generous hand to festival, and gifted BEAMS a handful of incredible spaces along Kensington St for creative activation: The Old Rum Store, Bar Chinois balcony, Kensington St rooftops, Kyo-To, Koi Lawn and the gorgeous double fronted sandstone terrace house with atrium to boot. Installations, activations, music. sound and video performance will ricochet through Kensington Street and crowds will roar with delight!
Additionally, Greencliff has permanently gifted the Chippendale Creative Precinct/Destination Chippendale with 32 and 34 Kensington Street - headquarters for the organisation and galleries Kensington Contemporary 1 & 2.
Here the CCP continues their extraordinary work in transforming Chippendale into a world class arts, food and lifestyle destination.
Thank you Greencliff!
Wonderland - Central Park's final chapter is here
Frasers Property and Sekisui House have once again been fabulously instrumental in the support of the festival by providing sponsorship and creative playgrounds for us to enjoy. Since BEAMS first began 5 years ago we have been greatly supported and could not have done it without their generous support.
We hope everyone enjoys Central Park and surrounds on the evening.
A big thank you to APN Outdoor for all their generous support of our instagram competition, the kings of billboards! Also to Doohfa & Ofa for providing the software to make the brilliant images display for everyone! More information on our competition below.
With one click of the camera you’re BEAMS festival highlights could be broadcast to the big screen! This year BEAMS will be live streaming festival’s Instagram feed to the Lilyfield City-Westlink digital billboard, near ANZAC Bridge, and the Central Park digital board.
There will be so many dazzling sights to capture at this year’s festival, and we can’t wait to see what incredible discoveries you uncover tomorrow night! Capture the SPIRIT of the festival and you could even go into the running for a two-night stay at the Old Clare Hotel or a delicious meal at Andiamo, Kensington's Street's latest culinary Italian marvel!
All you need to do is upload your photo to Instagram using the hashtag #BEAMSfestival.
Whether you’re an Instagram star, budding photographer, polaroid enthusiast or new to the digital world altogether, we want to see your best images! Don’t forget to bring a camera tomorrow while you enjoy the spectacular BEAMS festival experience.
Thanks to all our sponsors, partners and media partners.
This incredible festival would not have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors, media partners and partners. To all those who have contributed, we extend our warmest thanks.
BEAMS is whipping up a media frenzy. Have a look at what’s being said about this phenomenal festival!
Festival Director and President of the Chippendale Creative Precinct
Chippendale Creative Precinct
visit the BEAMS website