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Beams Arts Festival 2016

The streets of Chippendale light up for the suburb's annual, almighty block party.
By Lucinda Starr
September 13, 2016
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Beams Arts Festival 2016

The streets of Chippendale light up for the suburb's annual, almighty block party.
By Lucinda Starr
September 13, 2016
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As evening rolls in on Saturday September 17, a sea of light and colour is set to burst to life in one of the city's thriving local haunts. Now in its fifth year, Chippendale Creative Precinct brings nine alleyways of this suburb alive for one night only in the 2016 instalment of Beams Arts Festival.

Visited by over 22,000 local and international guests last year, Beams returns to Chippendale for its annual celebration of all things bright and creative. Following the flourishing transformation of the Kensington Street Precinct from its pre-colonial slumber, this year Beams promises to continue the area's impressive display of art, culture, fine food and wine with this after-dark extravaganza.

See Chippendale's creative community come to life from 5pm, featuring everything from performance artists and video animations to light exhibitions and even a spot of live music. Over 40 of Sydney's best street artists will gravitate to O'Connor Street, just around the corner from Kensington Street, to create a 100-metre graffiti wall.

As for the nosh, seeing as though the area has exploded with new restaurants and bars of late, expect bountiful eats from Mekong, Bar Chinois, Automata, Andiamo and Kensington Street Social set to keep crowds (and stomaches) happy.

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