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BEAMS Arts Festival 2013

Chippendale makes a grab for 'creative heart' status with this sensorily rich street party.
By Jasmine Crittenden
September 16, 2013
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BEAMS Arts Festival 2013

Chippendale makes a grab for 'creative heart' status with this sensorily rich street party.
By Jasmine Crittenden
September 16, 2013
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The Chippendale Creative Precinct is on a mission. What Chelsea did for Manhattan, they want Chippendale to do for Sydney. In other words, transform the kind of no man's land between Broadway, City Road and Cleveland Street into the city's creative heart. The area certainly has the kind of rambling, gambling history that compels romanticising.

The Beams Arts Festival, now in its second incarnation, is central to the CCP's plan. On the evening of Saturday 21 September, 350 creatives will converge on Chippendale, bringing with them live music, dance, performance, light, video, animation and sculpture. Artists will be working on the spot, creating site-specific works, from enormous inflatables, to guerrilla knitting to street art. Dramatic light shows promise to illuminate Chippendale's nooks, crannies and hidden laneways from previously unseen perspectives.

While your eyes and ears are rediscovering their sensory potential, you'll be able to widen your gastronomic horizon with an array of offerings from local chefs, temporary eateries, food vans, boutique beers and top-shelf wines.

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