Open Spaces Festival

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People lounging on the Abbotsford Convent lawns
Photograph: Anne Moffat

Time Out says

Explore Abbotsford Convent like never before with a massive program of arts, food, markets, performance and live music

For one weekend each year Open Spaces turns the expansive grounds of Abbotsford Convent into a vibrant, all-ages music and arts festival. On Saturday, November 9 and Sunday, November 10, make your way to the historic convent to enjoy two days of creativity and culture.

Open Spaces always showcases a diverse offering of artists and events and 2019 is no different. This year there are two stages of music – head to the main stage to hear the infectious dance beats of Haiku Hands, the haunting hip hop of Drmngnow, the new-wave jazz of Elle Shimada and the raw, heartfelt pop-folk of Danika Smith.  

Open Spaces will also feature a DJ stage celebrating female-identifying artists including ColetteAucan AliasAdrianaImaxxMamacita Bonnita and Emelyne.

As it's an all-ages festival, Open Spaces will also have a dedicated program for little creatives. Kids can enjoy performances from Polyglot Theatre, bookmaking with Kids’ Own Publishing, a dance party with Deep Soulful Sweats and even belt their little lungs out with a round of karaoke. 

Putting the art is this arts festival, there will be a performance from Ilbijerri Theatre Company, hip-hop workshops with Ngioka Bunda-Heath, jewellery-making demonstrations by Katheryn Leopoldsederscreen-printing demos by Ink & Spindle, an Ethiopian dance class presented with AfroHub, life drawing and watercolour classes, studio tours and more. 

If you forget to pack snacks don’t worry – Open Spaces will have food trucks on site in addition to the convent’s regular eateries. Entry is $5 for each day of the festival.

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