For a nation that considers itself devoid of culture, we sure love a festival! Sydney’s social calender is so smothered in thick layers of culture, you’d be forgiven for mistaking it for an expensive cheese. In the last few months Sydney has enjoyed The Sydney Writers Festival, The Sydney Film Festival, Vivid, Creative Sydney, The Biennale, Winter Festival, and now for all you free thinking, radical emerging/experimental/underground/fringe dwelling folk will be coming together to think, show, challenge, celebrate, explore and surprise… definitely worth checking out… go on – I dare you to re-invent the cultural cliche of Australia…

Underbelly Arts: Public Lab + Festival is back in 2010 with a new home in Chippendale. From July 8 – 17, in various spaces next to the site of the old Carlton United Brewery on Broadway in Chippendale, over 100 of Sydney’s most exciting, experimental and emerging artists, will develop works and performances that will be presented on Saturday July 17 at the ticketed Underbelly Arts Festival.

Part fringe festival, part band-camp; this is your chance to get behind the scenes of art in the making.

From creating pop-up gallery spaces along Kensington Street to transforming the Clare Hotel into a theatre, Underbelly Arts Lab + Festival will offer a rare opportunity for people to scratch the surface of Sydney and discover some of the art and ideas that are ripe in warehouses, bedrooms and makeshift spaces throughout the city. Expect interactive installations, a DIY 3D film project, brutal 1900s street dance, voyeuristic engagement with the online world, random performances by a mass a cappella choir and much more!

In the lead up to the Festival, the public can get behind the scenes of the creative process with daily tours of Fraser Studios and even get involved by attending Project Participation Sessions for artworks that require public input.

On July 10, the Lab Saturday Program will take place from 2-7pm, putting artist, audience and process under the microscope.
Just 5 minutes walk from Central Station, Underbelly Public Arts Lab + Festival will take place in the thriving arts precinct around Chippendale. Click here for map.
See www.underbellyarts.com.au for details of the Underbelly Arts Public Lab Tours, Project Participation Sessions and updates for the Lab Saturday Program.

Tickets to Underbelly Arts Festival are strictly limited so don’t miss your chance to let Sydney’s creative underbelly seize your imagination.
Underbelly Arts Public Lab, July 8-15

Celebrating the creative process in the moment, the public is invited to get amongst Sydney’s most experimental and emerging artists as they devise, rehearse, construct, workshop and develop their ideas.

Public Lab Tour Times (tours depart Fraser Studios):

Thursday 8 July – 6pm & 7.30pm
Friday 9 July – 6pm & 7.30pm
Saturday 10 July – 2pm, 4pm, 5pm & 6pm
Monday 12 July – 6pm & 7.30pm
Tuesday 13 July – 6pm & 7.30pm
Wednesday 14 July – 6pm & 7.30pm

See www.underbellyarts.com.au for details on Project Participation Sessions.

Underbelly Arts Lab Saturday Program, July 10
The Clare Hotel + Public Tours departing from Fraser Studios

Celebrate art in the making with free tours, Project Participation Sessions plus a thought-provoking talk program at The Clare Hotel from 3pm. See website for further details.

Underbelly Arts Festival, July 17
Chippendale Arts Precinct, Kensington St & Surrounds

For just 1-day, Underbelly Arts Festival will showcase the work of over 100 artists as developed during the Public Lab. Immerse yourself in a world of music, sculpture, installation, performance, sound art and film. The Chippendale Arts Precinct, Kensington St and surrounds, will be alive with digital art, puppetry, a DIY 3D production, and more! The Festival experience will be a specially crafted journey. By purchasing a ticket, you will be invited to view work throughout the day and you will need to register for some performance sessions.

Tickets: $18/22 + bf
Available at www.underbellyarts.com.au from Friday 25 June.