Posted by Kate Starke
21. Aug, 2013
For seven days Acland Street and its surrounding laneways will be turned into one big, eclectic, diverse and energetic arts hub. Even more than it already is.
Starting this Friday, St Kilda Village StripFest is bringing together artists, creatives, community groups and venues to celebrate this dynamic area with an explosion of art and performance.
The first event of its kind (and a made-in-Melbourne original) StripFest is co-ordinated by a collective of artists and art practitioners who wanted to make a festival to showcase local art and talent. The festival is a great opportunity for Melburnians and visitors alike to head down and experience what makes St Kilda so engaging and unique.
The list of events reads like an encyclopedia of creativity. There are plays, poetry, installations, bands, cabaret performances, projections, comedy, public readings and music.
The festival also links artists with venues in unexpected ways. Restaurants will feature artwork, pubs will have poetry and yarn-bombing could occur almost anywhere.
Festival partner Yarra Trams will even be joining the fray with performances happening on trams around the area.
Special mention to a series of interactive art installations, iseeMagicalCreatures, which use reworked materials to remind people of the inherent magic in our communities. If you find a Magical Creature, share your experiences and insights on their page.
For the more literary-leaning among you, Lentil As Anything will be hosting Words in Bloom – an interactive display of poetry and paper flowers. The display will be open throughout the festival, so welcome the coming of Spring by taking home one of their delicate floral creations.
For a full rundown of the program and more information about the festival visit stkildavillagestripfest.com
ST KILDA VILLAGE STRIPFEST
Acland Street St Kilda and surrounding area
August 23 till August 30
Free and ticketed events
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