In 2013, the City of Darebin launched True North Festival: a mostly free three-day bash to celebrate local artists, comedians, and musicians. From sizzling burlesque to the side-splitting performance of short story In the Rezz, the weekend was a rollicking success.
To make the most of True North 2014, arrive on Friday night for a carefully curated line-up of local bands. Saturday’s program of family friendly activities includes a session with collaborative artists Thinkplay, who will help you transform the Edwardes Street shopping strip into the giant cardboard cubby of your dreams. At night, watch it all light up with a spectacular fireworks display. On Sunday, the Darebin Community & Kite Festival will see you create your own kite, which you can fly while you dance to bands from youth music collective Darebin Freeza. Nifty shoppers will find vintage gold at the ever-popular Suitcase Rummage market, and active types will have it out in the various sports and games taking place throughout the festival.
For those who like their comedy hyper-local, True North are bringing the goods: online blogger Reservoir Dad will say a few words, as will the elusive online social commentator Voir Tales, who writes about overheard conversations, observations, and daily goings-on in the beloved ‘Voir.
Not only will street art appear in the most unexpected of places, but you’ll find non-conventional art spaces alight with activity. Laundromats will host bands, laneways walls will light up with film projections, and Pole Princess dance studio will become a cabaret den.
When you’ve had your fill of northside culture, stop in at True North’s very own pop-up hub bar, theCompass Club. Who knows? You may never want to leave.