We were are Carbon last year (check here for last years wrap up of the event) and we have no hesitation in saying that you need to get to this grand event from the team behind one of the best culture mags we know, Acclaim. While we there last year, we brought you a live blog from the event for those that were unable to attend, and we’ll be doing the same this year. Hopefully we’ll also be doing a few interviews as well, and providing as much coverage and photos of the shebang as we can manage.
Anyways, here’s the break down – there is a shitload happening – all of this info is via the Carbon Festival website and the Carbon Festival facebook page, so you might just want to head over there for everything – this is just a summary.
“Australia’s premier contemporary, creative-culture event, Carbon is back! Now in its second year, Carbon celebrates and explores style, design and street culture via a series of forums and side-shows.
The main forum event, which takes place at the BMW Edge Theatre at Federation Square, has seen us scour the globe for some of the most unique and authentic voices and minds in contemporary creative-culture. The forums are the defining element of Carbon. More than just the transfer of knowledge, this series of talks also offers a platform for discussion and audience participation. Add to this a range of exciting side-events and exhibitions and you have a festival of creativity and thought that is not to be missed.”
Carbon Festival Pre & Side Events
Lots of side events happening as a part of Carbon, here’s a small rundown!
Cullen Open House (featuring Mural by Faith47 – Saturday 21st April-12pm – 10pm @ Cullen Hotel, 164 Commercial Rd, Prahran, Victoria. Check here for more details.
The Ricky Powell World Famous Slide Show – Wednesday 25th April – 8pm @ 1000 £ BEND (cinema) – 361 Little Lonsdale St. Melbourne.
Opening of Faith47 & DALeast Exhibition – Thursday 26th April-
6pm-9pm: @ RTIST Gallery, 29 St Edmonds Rd. Prahran, Victoria. (We’ll have more on this event soon)
Sneaker Freaker Swapmeet – Sunday 29th April
“Its that time of year again where sneakerheads, collectors, label whores, bike geeks, hoarders and street wear fashionistas gather to buy, sell, trade and give away mounds of stuff. Last year’s event attracted around 50 sellers and more or less 7000 people who came throughout the afternoon to see what all the fuss was about. We’re not sure what to expect this year, but rest assured it will be bigger and better. It always is!
If you’re into sneakers, bikes, toys, street wear, vintage gear and or bits ad bobs that are gonna be cooler than what you find at your local weekend flea market, then make sure you come and check this out. We guarantee you will be sorry if you miss it.”
Carbon Festival Launch Party
“The crew behind the Carbon Festival are pleased to announce the lineup for Carbon’s official launch party, a musical intro to the discussion forums and art shows that define the Carbon event.
Having developed a lineup that represents the evolutionary spirit of the visual aspects of Carbon, the following acts have been confirmed to kick things off for this year’s Carbon Launch: Headlining the party is a showcase performance by indie label Fool’s Gold outta NYC and includes eclectic sets by a favourite amongst local partygoers, Nick Catchdubs (Fool’s Gold co-founder and multi-genre party DJ), plus relative newcomer and literal one-man-band Party Supplies whose handmade MPC symphonies and heartfelt stage presence blend hip-hop energy with anthemic indie hooks. Party Supplies will be joining the lineup hot off the back of his collaborative release with Action Bronson ‘Blue Chips’ (download link below).
Party rocker, Mixtape DJ, founder of DJ collective ‘5th Platoon’ and former tour DJ for Jay-Z, are but a few of the titles attached to DJ Neil Armstrong, another New Yorker that we’re excited to welcome to the Carbon Launch lineup.
And from local waters, Auckland, New Zealand DJ collective The ARC will share the earlier hours of the party with local producer/DJ duo Dublin Aunts, favourites amongst Hype Machine enthusiasts for their approach to electronic funk and nu-disco.
Tickets for the Carbon Launch can be purchased from Moshtix at a discounted rate in conjunction with a 2 Day Forum Pass. Alternatively, a limited number of tickets will be available on the door for $30 (pending availability).
For further ticket information visit http://www.weareallcarbon.com/tickets/”
Carbon Festival Day 1 Forums
For a full run down on everything happening on Day 1 of the Carbon Festival, click here.
Saturday 28th April
11am- 1pm: Forum A @ BMW Edge, Federation Square
2pm-4pm: Forum B @ BMW Edge, Federation Square
4pm-7pm: Chaz Bojorques Exhibition Opening @ NGV Studio
Ian Potter Centre, Federation Square
Forums on this day feature speakers Nic Fensom, Eugene Kan, Joy Yoon, Faith47, DALeast, Jasper Wong & Chaz Bojorquez.
Carbon Festival Day 2 Forums
For a full run down on everything happening on Day 2 of the Carbon Festival, click here.
Sunday 29th April
12pm- Evening: Sneaker Freaker Swap Meet @ The Atrium, Federation Square
11am- 1pm: Forum C @ BMW Edge, Federation Square
2pm-4pm: Forum D @ BMW Edge, Federation Square
5pm-7pm: Live Paint session @ NGV Studio, Federation Square
Forums on this day feature speakers Mega, Dust La Rock, Huw Bennett, Ricky Powell, 13th Witness and Yimmy Yayo.
So, that’s Carbon – so much fukn awesome. Really, if you haven’t got your ticket yet, now’s the time – we cannot recommend this event highly enough for anyone interested in creative culture!
We’ll be updating this event article regularly with as much up to date information as possible, as it comes – don’t forget also to check the Carbon Festival website and the Carbon facebook event page for updates.