You Are Here Canberra is an annual experimental arts festival taking place in the Canberra CBD from 5-9 April, showcasing our city’s alternative arts and underground creative culture.
Now in its seventh year, You Are Here aims to highlight the energy, innovation and talent of Canberra’s artists past and present, presenting and promoting their work in non-traditional venues, revitalising city spaces and attracting new audiences.
The You Are Here Festival was officially launched by ACT Arts Minister Gordon Ramsay, representing the major sponsor for this annual cultural and arts event. Other sponsors include In The City Canberra and the Canberra YHA.
If you haven’t been to a You Are Here Canberra event before the most important thing to know is that the events are entirely FREE over the whole five days! You can keep up to date with the happenings next week by following all the You Are Here Canberra news on social media (links below) and also sign up for their newsletter here.
The You Are Here Festival artists will be popping up in shopfronts, alleyways, cafes, streets, car parks, galleries, museums, cars around Canberra’s CBD. You Are Here is playful, irreverent and lo-fi. The Festival creates immersive, interactive and engaging experiences for audiences, exploding the myth that there’s nothing to do in Canberra. The festival features predominantly new works, created under the unique restraints of the festival and the city environment. You Are Here Canberra is constantly evolving, never finished or polished, open and alive to the possibilities present in failure.
You Are Here’s artists are trained professionals and brilliant amateurs, passionate creative communities, first timers and seasoned festival fiends. They leap over artistic and disciplinary boundaries in the blink of an eye and, collaborate fearlessly with artists and communities. They do so with a twinkle in their eye and a skip in their step.
— YOU ARE HERE (@YouAreHere_Fest) March 17, 2017
Amongst the many new events and performances listed in the program for 2017 is the MILF Camp, a free event at The Festival Hub, 46 Northbourne Ave, Civic from 8-9pm on Wednesday 5 April. The program promises: “Vivian and Susan are two yummy mummies, showing the world that being a MILF is about more than babies, binkies, and brunch!”
“Their live-on-stage Booty Camp is a whirlwind of fast-paced wit, absurd exercises, a step by step guide to the perfect Instagram selfie, 80’s aerobic choreography, and a healthy dose of nudity. MILF Camp! We’re going to be dropping more truth bombs than Aunty Rita after a few too many white wines at Chrissy!” Goes without saying, This event is 18+.
There are also many events designed for families and kids. With a variety of participatory events, visual arts, theatre, music, dance and more taking place throughout the festival, all events are suitable for children unless otherwise stated in the festival program.
For children who may find it difficult to sit through an entire show, relaxed performances designed to create a safe and welcoming environment with a relaxed attitude towards noise and movement by patrons will be held for A Big Indie Singalong, Telling Myths, Telling Lies, Milk Crate Band Stand and Contested Land.
Other Highlights for the kids will include:
- Ms Constance Spry’s Letter Writing Service
- Modified Furniture
- Plastic scene 17
- Run Amok!
- We the mural we the Zine – Story Share, Zine Workshop & Mural Painting
- Sight Unseen
You Are Here Canberra is all over social media and have been for years! It’s worth following their social media feeds as there is so much going on during the week of this Festival and it is impossible to attend every event. There is also a map if you want to try and attend events that are closest to you or your workplace or favourite bar, cafe or restaurant.
— YOU ARE HERE (@YouAreHere_Fest) April 3, 2016
Their website, including extra information with the full program, is here.
They’re on Instagram
You can watch cool videos here on Vimeo.
You can find great photos here on Flickr.
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