St Kilda Village StripFest

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Seven days of Cake

23-31 August 2013

StripFest and St Kilda Village are thrilled to announce dates for the inaugural StripFest in the very heart of the St Kilda area. The festival will take place over seven days, 23-31 August 2013. The theme for this festival will be cake, in all its forms.

The StripFest team has advised St Kilda News that this will be a festival where community meets creativity and local business, showcasing local talent in a tantalizing explosion of film, dance, theatre, music, comedy, poetry, cabaret, burlesque, sculpture, art and more. It will be an opportunity for local artists, arts companies, venues and punters, bringing the best, the biggest, the freakiest, funniest, sassiest, loudest, liveliest, soulful, artful and joyful to Acland Street and its surrounding streets, laneways, landmarks, nooks and crannies.

For seven days we are told that locals, visitors and passers-by will be teased and pleased by plays, performances, public readings, events, exhibitions, installations, bands, drag, gigs and comedy gold.

StripFest is programmed and coordinated by a collective of artists and arts practitioners, allegedly under the auspices of Auspicious Arts in South Melbourne, whose aim is to create an inclusive festival for local artists, showcase local talent and venues, and promote a vibrant creative hub.

Festival Director, Amanda Kelly, is excited to reveal the St Kilda Village StripFest program, “The preliminary StripFest program is already as diverse and fun as St Kilda itself. With a broad range of musicians, visual artists and performers involved, as well as some fascinating stories, the festival will have something for all the community and its visitors”.

Ambassadors and partners for St Kilda Village Strip Fest include Melbourne identities Deborah Conway, Rachel Berger and Barry Morgan, as well as Yarra Trams, Novotel St Kilda, Pozible, Everguide.

St Kilda-based musician and Strip Fest Ambassador, Deborah Conway, says “Strip shopping is what makes cities buzz; sure you can generally buy what you need in a giant mall but what you can’t get is street life and the effortless integration of neighbourhood, passerby, shopper and street art. StripFest has chosen to come into being to celebrate all that’s good about our local shopping strips”.

This is the first event ever held by the fledgling StripFest organisation ( after a planned event failed to go ahead in Fitzroy earlier in this year.  With the festival being financed at the expense of the St Kilda Village Traders Association the greater St Kilda community will be watching carefully to see what value is added above and beyond what is usually happening in this vibrant community.   The proof is usually in the pudding, but in this case it will be in the amount of people who engage with the inaugural StripFest and any lasting results for the traders in the precinct.

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