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Beaufort Street Festival 2014

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by MonkeyBoy (subscribe)
Artist, musician, composer, filmmaker, poet, writer, photographer, dreamer
The Beaufort Street Festival, 2014; with photos and words
The Beaufort Street Festival 2014
The Beaufort Street Festival 2014

Arriving at the Beaufort Street Festival a bit later than I would have liked to; in the late afternoon, I was shocked at the turn out. Throngs of people crowded the streets with live musicians and DJ's blasting out the tunes from all directions.

Thronging Crowds, Lots of People
Thronging Crowds

Feeling a bit like a cow being herded through a turnstile at one point, we did a quick reversal and found ourselves a nice bit of space to breathe.

Wandering down and around the Art Hub area (stART up), we stumbled upon an incredible back alley street filled with ongoing, completed and postponed graffiti artwork.

The Laneway Project
The Laneway Project

The lane way was definitely one of the highlights of the day.

Completed and Stunning Artwork on the Laneway
Completed and Stunning Art Piece

We felt quite lucky as we were able to witness some of the artists at work creating their masterpieces.

Artist at work, artwork in progress
Artist at work

Overall the festival enjoys a good family vibe. It is good to see a lot of people out and about, supporting what Beaufort Street has to offer.

Generally A Good Community Vibe
Generally Good Vibes & Lots of People!

The community tent was presented by a crazy looking lady who kept the crowd entertained in between different sets, from hip hop to capoeria dancing.

City Of Vincent Community Stage, crazy looking lady
City Of Vincent Community Stage Presenter

The food tent was quite quirky, with big screens and volunteers on hand with cameras and tripods, trying to help the audience see what was actually being cooked by the local chefs. However, we didn't get to taste the free tidbits as the nibbles were gone in a few seconds; scrambled upon by very quick and nimble hands, like a flock of hungry seagulls honing in on left over chips.

Food Tent, Beaufort Street Festival, 2014, Beaufort Street, Food Festival, Chefs, Local chef cooking
Fresh Provisions Food Stage

There were a wide variety of stalls running down the street too, from Amnesty International to food stalls and ice cream tents. A decent variety, but there could have been more water available.

Sadly, there was a distinct lack of free water facilities and it was actually quite difficult to find water for sale! Another note: Waiting for twenty five minutes for a not-quite-raw but very undercooked crepe was most disappointing.

However, the upsides of the festival outshone the downsides, and the free live music, entertainment and street art hit the spot to make 2014's Beaufort Street Festival a winner!

Live Music At Night, Beaufort Street
Top Notch Live Music At Night

Now, feeling humbled by spending the day with large numbers of people, each with their own different life stories; I hope that you have enjoyed this brief story of our day at the Beaufort Street Festival.

Thank You, Beaufort Street
Thank You Beaufort Street, and Good Night!

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Why? Free Festival of Music, Art, Food, Community Fun and More!
When: Saturday November 15, 2014
Where: Beaufort Street
Cost: FREE!
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