A freelance writer and bargain hunter with wanderlust, recently moved to Perth from Brisbane.
Beaufort Street - Music & Food Extravaganza
Beaufort Street Festival is one of Perth's most popular one day events with free entertainment, delicious food to try and live music playing at almost every corner down the long, long street. I was amazed at the huge turnout at last year's Beaufort Street festival in Perth (around 160,000 attendees) and am excited that the date for the Beaufort Street Festival in 2015 has been set on Saturday the 14th of November 2015 from 12pm to 9pm.
Developed as a platform for the Beaufort Street network to showcase local talent, food, arts, fashion and music, this year will feature 30 bands across four stages and the addition of the Beat Street Stage. Last year featured some amazing sculptures like the peacock sculpture below.
This year, festival highlights include The Giant Heads, created by solo artist ololo in 2014 along with Carnival Amusements (WA's favourite carnival) and SymPOPsium, a pop up activation featuring illuminated beat dice and The Dream Store, an interactive grocery store installation that bottles achievable dreams, allowing you to add your dream and the steps to get your dream product made from recyclable materials. Don't forget to bring your own dream bottle.
The event is a drawcard for both young and old alike with the City of Vincent putting up a Community Stage with live community entertainment including dance performances from Static Crew, the annual Dog Show and live art activation, Secret Walls where two teams of artists verse each other in a race against time with nothing but black markers, brushes and mini rollers on white.
Recycling, not for profit organisation REMIDA will provide some family fun with a big Silver Web installation made from recycled products, allowing children a space to play, climb and crawl. There is also a Gym Bus, a double decker play centre filled with tunnels, ladders and funky music. Don't miss the Art-way tunnels, an immersive experience put together by Steve Browne that attendees can walk through and be transported for a moment in time.
For a bit of a laugh, check out the RC Chicken Derby made by arts team Ololo which features remote-controlled chicken sculptures that festival goers can race around a barnyard track. Watch out for a couple of massive talking Police Heads patrolling the street complete with flashing lights and sounds.
You won't go hungry with over one hundred food, retail and drink stalls, showcasing Beaufort Street as a hub of food, music and entertainment for people in Perth. You can easily spend the whole day there spanning from lunch time and then staying for dinner. I remember the crowds were so large last year that it took more than an hour just walking down the street at snail pace. They are still looking for volunteers so if you are interested, email them at email@example.com.