One of the better parts of the Centenary progam, Parties at the Shops have announced they’re coming around again next year:
From 8-16 March 2014, Canberrans will be invited to celebrate Canberra’s 101st birthday at the second instalment of the highly successful Centenary of Canberra project, Parties at the Shops.
Through the support of the Land Development Agency and the ACT Government’s Event Fund, up to 20 parties will be held at suburban shopping centres to celebrate.
Parties at the Shops producer, Amy Moon, said “Parties at the Shops was one of the highlights of the Centenary of Canberra program. This year’s success demonstrated that Canberrans crave a connection to their local community. Parties at the Shops is an ideal vehicle to facilitate closer connections between the residential, business and arts communities.”
Parties at the Shops is about celebrating what unique personalities of each of Canberra’s suburbs. Residents, artists and business owners are invited to help shape the party in their local suburb.
“This year suburbs embraced Parties in very different ways, and as such, every event was different,” said Ms Moon. “Curtin hosted a cook-off to crown the Culinary King or Queen, Isabella Plains featured an exhibition of student art and live art by local graffiti artists and Yarralumla hosted a ticketed banquet for 450 people.
The O’Connor party was a broad arts showcase with live graffiti art, photography exhibitions, music and burlesque performances and short films screened on a pedal powered cinema.
Ms Moon said Canberrans should get in touch through www.partiesattheshops.com.au to express their interest in hosting, coordinating or performing at a party in their suburb next March.