Frankston might not be a city you would expect to celebrate the Alice Springs Beanie Festival held in the country's heart each winter, but Melbourne's southern seaside suburb will indeed host a range of knitted activities to celebrate the 19th annual beanie event.
Beanies on display at SoArt Gallery, Narooma, NSW.
The Alice Springs Beanie Festival is a community-led festival that began in 1997 with a 'beanie party', organised by Adi Dunlop. What started out as a small festival run by a group of local friends, soon grew into a large event involving Aboriginal women in remote communities crocheting beanies whilst sharing their skills and culture with non-Aboriginal artists and locals. The one-of-a-kind event promotes handmade textile art but also develops ties with local Aboriginal organisations.
Both Frankston Arts Centre and Frankston Library are in on the woolly hat celebrations, with themed activities based on the mini touring exhibition of the eccentric colourful beanies that will be seen in this year's Alice Springs Beanie Festival.
Beanie Exhibition on Tour
Beanie Exhibition at SoArt Gallery, Narooma, NSW.
The Beanie Exhibition will be on display at Frankston Library, Playne St between Saturday 12 July to Thursday 16 July, 2015.
To coincide with the exhibition, there will be a heartwarming 90 minute theatrical performance 'Head Full of Love' showing at the Frankston Arts Centre on Wednesday 15 July at 8pm and Thursday 16 July, 1pm.
The story follows Nessa, a white woman from Sydney, that flees a city life for new adventures in Alice Springs. She meets a black women named Tilly, crocheting a beanie, and the two become friends whilst weaving beanies together for the Beanie Festival, and share their life secrets, struggles and successes, to discover they are not so different at all.
Tickets for 'Head Full of Love' are: Member $43, Full $48, Conc $45, U'30 years $30. Book your ticket here.
Beanie Craft Workshops
Drop-in Beanie Knitting Sessions
For those that feel inspired to craft a beanie, you can join a FREE drop-in beanie knitting session at Frankston Art Centre's Cube 37 with Samm Menzies on Wednesday 17 June, 4pm-6pm. Bring your own yarn and knitting needles and get started on one of the 5 different FREE PDF beanie patterns that you can try out at home before you join the class. Patterns can be found at the bottom of this page.
All drop-in knitting class participants will have access to discount tickets to the 1pm performance of 'Head Full of Love' on Thursday 16 July
Bling Your Beanie Workshop
Feeling inspired to get creative with your existing woolly hat? If so, why not join the Bling Your Beanie Workshop, also at Cube 37, on Monday 13 July, 6pm – 8pm. Participation cost is $10, and remember to bring your own beanie from home. Book online here.
All Bling Your Beanie Workshop participants will go into the draw to win 2 x complimentary tickets to the 1pm performance of 'Head Full Of Love' on Thursday 16 July.