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BEAMS Arts Festival 2015

BEAMS Arts Festival 2015

We checked out BEAMS Arts Festival on Saturday night in Chippendale. This year's event had expanded from the cramped laneways and alleyways of 'old' Chippendale to include the park behind Central Park.  And then stretching to the all new precinct of Kensington Street situated east of the Central Park building.

We really enjoyed wandering around discovering the various light installations, performance art and live music components of the event. The crowd was a real mix of inner city types: hipster students, little families and older arty types.  People really got into the spirit of the event: making, playing, dancing and viewing the art & multi-media on display. Full use was made of the many concrete walls for overhead projections, giant balloon sculptures and temporary art work displays.

Local food & beverage providers enthusiastically manned their stalls with everything from pork ribs to gelato available at reasonable prices. The food truck community also joined in with our firm favourite Veggie Patch Van serving-up their famous Haloumi Burger* and sweet potato chips. There were two long tables set-up - one in each precinct - for punters to sit down and eat as a community. Dressed with greenery down and hot coals down the centre this placement felt like a decadent edition to the urban landscape.

We exited via the new Kensington Street precinct which was alive with flame poi dancers, singers and pop-up sweet stalls. The old cottages lining one side provide a good contrast to the modern structure of Central Park. The cottages have been fully restored and have various homeware and design tenants as tenants. A key newly-refurbished hospitality venue sits at the Broadway end of the laneway: The Old Clare Hotel houses three restaurants Automata, Silver Eye and Kensington St Socialall headed by young-guns with impeccable credentials who are looking to make their mark on Sydney's dining scene. The front bar looks rather fun too - a very Mad Men meets old Sydney pub vibe.

So make the time to check out the newness next time your over this way. Another great addition to the inner city villages of Sydney.

*When eating this gentle giant be sure to allow for leaking fresh beetroot juice. Unlike the author who ended-up wearing a temporary birthmark on her face for the rest of the evening totally unawares!

Enter the Man Cave

Enter the Man Cave

Here's a sneak-peek at the recent launch of the fabulously named Man Cave - the latest pop-up from The Design Residency. Located at 72 Oxford Street in the heart of Darlo. Curated by the lovely & talented Clara of Burton Metal Depository - designer of the coolest masculine jewelry & accessories - this space is crammed with fashion, homeware textiles, grooming kits and gift ideas for the modern man in your life.

And the men certainly turned-out for the opening - no doubt lured by the complimentary whiskey, Batch Brewing Company beer and the yummy whiskey-flavoured mini-cupcakes! A room full of well-dressed lads on a Thursday night was definitely our idea of fun! With chic tailored fashion from new designers: @DeLaMotte Deadly Companions Theblacklabel; soft & gorgeous undies & sleepwear from Campbell & Hall and many other fun labels this is the place to go for your guy-shopping for the next month!

The pop-up is only on until 13th Sept so be sure to check it out soon.