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One word sums-up the BEAMS Arts Festival 2016:


Once again, this festival sent sparks flying and transformed Chippendale into a wonderland of creative innovation. Bigger and better than ever, an estimated 30,000 Sydneysiders descended upon the curiously transformed laneways of Chippendale for this one-night block party.

Now in it’s fifth year, the BEAMS Arts Festival has established itself as an epicentre of creativity in Sydney, whose radius only broadens with each year. 2016 attracted yet more talent than ever before. Over 500 creatives contributed to a uniquely diverse range of art installations, live music, performance and workshops, all inspired by the theme of SPIRIT.

If you missed out on the stunning night of BEAMS (or would like to re-live the memories), don’t be dismayed! Our #BEAMSfestival Instagram competition captured all the action. Whether you live just a street away or on the other side of the globe, you can enjoy BEAMS and share the excitement with friends young and old.

Watch the festival wrap up video on youtube - click here







BEAMS Instagram Competition Winner


BEAMS Instagram Competition Runner Up


For more incredible scenes from BEAMS 2016 view on instagram - hashtag: #BEAMSfestival







BEAMS 2016


O’Connor Street was transformed into a stomping ground for Sydney’s most exciting street artists. The 100m graffiti wall burst to life during the festival, as artists such as Scott Marsh, Mulga, MAID, Bruno Dutot and Aquaman created their pieces live for festival-goers to enjoy.

In addition to the graffiti wall, Raphael and James enthralled spectators on the night with their graffiti battle, which took place on the side of  the Eat Art Food Truck.

After the night of BEAMS, these works were given a new life at aMBUSH Project Space where they were auctioned off to support STARTTS and their youth program ‘Of Our Times - A Musical Odyssey’. This not-for-profit organisation supports refugees who have suffered trauma and helps them to rebuild their lives in Australia.

A selection of the works are currently on exhibition at The Old Rum Store on Kensington Street. 


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BEAMS 2016 - Photography by Lauren Commens


Innovative light works and workshops transformed BEAMS into a kaleidoscope of creative innovation. Artists such as Fergal Hanley, Emila Yang and Lightwell used projection and animation to create large scale, interactive light installations, allowing attendees to themselves become part of the artworks.

The Neon Life Drawing Workshop and the Little Lights Workshop attracted curious crowds throughout the night. These workshops inspired the creativity of audiences, and enabled Sydney’s community to contribute their own unique visions to the festival.







BEAMS 2016 - Photography by Lauren Commens


Showered with musical and dance talent, all nine of the festival’s alleyways were invigorated by toe-tapping tunes.

AMPA illuminated the festival with multidisciplinary performances featuring live music, contemporary dance, musical theatre and drama. Attendees drifted in and out of King Sound Studio’s ‘Spirit Level’, an indoor immersive sensory experience, in which both established and up-and-coming DJ’s, including Tom Budin, Cru Cuts and Human Movement, performed alongside audio-visual artworks. Musicians sent tunes soaring from every possible nook and cranny, and serenaded crowds from laneway stages, overhead balconies and even from the top of the Kayer Co. Food Truck.


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For more incredible scenes from BEAMS 2016 view on instagram - hashtag: #BEAMSfestival







BEAMS 2016 - Photography by Lauren Commens


Mouthwatering aromas wafted through the alleyways of BEAMS as Sydney’s most exciting street food vendors, premier restaurants and boutique bars delighted hungry festival crowds.

Food trucks lined Balfour Street, which became a buzzing hub for tasty street-food creations. Visitors snaffled up wholesome veggie meals, succulent burgers, spicy noodles and sweet treats. On Kensington Street, Mekong, KYO-TO, Bar Chinois and Kensington Street Social brought their premier-restaurant flavours onto the street, where hungry adventurers could sample dishes from all around the world.

In addition to our culinary delights, some of Australia’s finest beverages were on offer. Handpicked wines, Wayward Beer Garden, Paxton Wines and Mr Black showcased their stunning and innovative creations, delighting festival-goers at first sip.








Festival Director Nicky Ginsberg, Lord Mayor Clover Moore and CEO of Greencliff Dr. Stanley Quek


With their cameras at the ready, thousands of festival-goers captured their BEAMS experience through some incredible photos!

This year we were excited to be able to share these images on the Lilyfield City-Westlink digital billboard, and the Central Park digital wall, with the support of APN Outdoor, Doofah and Ofa. Festival-goers’ social media posts were live streamed to these screens throughout the night.





Thanks to all involved: sponsors, partners, media, assistant curators, creatives, food vendors, volunteers and festival-goers.

BEAMS was a dazzling night and we would like to extend our thanks to everyone who lent a hand on the day, and also to every festival-goer who each added their own unique flair to the celebrations.

The success of BEAMS Arts Festival 2016 could not have been possible without the ongoing support of our sponsors and partners, of whom Frasers and Sekisui House, City of Sydney, APN Outdoor, Greencliff and 32 Hundred were instrumental. The generosity of all of our sponsors and partners is a testament to their commitment to the arts, and invaluable sense of community spirit.



Nicky Ginsberg
Festival Director and President of the Chippendale Creative Precinct

Chippendale Creative Precinct

email: info@chippendalecreative.com.au

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