Music. Art. Maker stalls. Street food. DJs. Workshops teaching some ace skills. Birthday parties can be pretty fancy these days, but most five-year-olds don't get to enjoy all of the above. Of course, COMMUNE isn't like most, well, anything.
Their Erskineville and Waterloo spaces are all about creativity, bringing people together and having a collaborative, artistic good time — so it should come as no surprise that their celebration of five years in business offers all of that. Taking place from midday on December 2, the COMMUNE Block Party will turn its Waterloo warehouse precinct into an overflowing shindig, complete with a lineup of their curated pals from across their existence to date.
That means lyricist OKENYO, DJs Levins and Franco, and hip hop selectors Flex Mami and DJ Nes, plus Goodgod's Jimmy Sing, roots reggae act The Strides, seven-piece Ghanaian drumming and dance outfit Karifi Ensemble — and more. On the learning side of things, you can discover how to spin tracks with DJ James De La Cruz, make your own electronic music with Heaps Decent or get your hip hop dance on with Groove Therapy and Feras. A group exhibition and art installation, locally made and vintage markets, and food and drinks aplenty are also part of the fun.
Early bird tickets are now on sale, starting from $35 + booking fee, with taking part in the classes adding another $20–30 to the price.