Shopfront Arts Co-op presents St George Metre Squared, a pop-up art festival and interactive arts experience for the community, created by young people from 5 local schools and 3 community organisations, in Carlton on 21 & 22 October.
Taking over Shopfront’s venue at 88 Carlton Parade with performance, visual art, music and film; local community members, families and young people are invited on a journey of art exploration through this often overlooked corner of Sydney and experience St George’s diversity and vibrancy.
Exploring identity and connection to place, St George Metre Squared will celebrate the region’s diversity, history, and rich Indigenous culture and heritage, highlighting community organisations in the St George region.
Kicking off at 6pm on Saturday and 4pm on Sunday, the festival will be open to the public with the aim of facilitating social participation among the diverse St George community, as well as showcasing the unique and culturally diverse talent of local groups and young people.
When audiences arrive, they’ll roam around our interactive visual art exhibition, watch short films in Shopfront’s cinema, participate in pop-up activities and get to try food from all over the world – representing the cultures who have made St George home. A variety of traditional cuisines will be available for purchase ranging from Lebanese pastries, Indian sweets and savoury snacks, Nepalese dumplings and more.
Later, Shopfront’s theatre will come alive with a curated showcase of local talent; featuring young bands, spoken word, emerging artists, magic, comedy, singing and digital art.
Hannah Grant, Shopfront’s Director of Socially-Engaged Programs explains the idea behind instituting St George Metre Squared is about bringing a new focus onto South East Sydney: “Shopfront has been in the St George region since 1946 and we’re proud of being located here, and are committed to being part of the local community and creating artworks inspired by the area and made by its young people. This is a chance to celebrate the diversity, culture, and people of the St George region.”
The schools and community groups working on St George Metre Squared include YouthZone, Advance Diversity Services, Al-Zahra Muslim’s Women’s Association, Beverly Hills Girls’ High, Kogarah High, Kogarah Intensive English Centre, Woniora Road School, Shopfront’s own ensembles and groups, and our local councils and libraries.
Participating Artists & Groups
3 Bridges YouthZone
Advance Diversity Services
Al-Zahra Muslim’s Women’s Association
Beverly Hills Girls’ High STARS group
Kogarah High School
Kogarah Intensive English Centre
Woniora Road School
Shopfront young people
Key Dates & Times
Saturday 21 October 2017, 6pm – 8:30pm (performance from 7:30pm)
Sunday 22 October 2017, 4-6:30pm (performance from 5:30pm)
Free with a suggested donation on the door (people will need cash for food)