Wednesday, April 6, 2011

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Smart ARTS to showcase Sydney’s young talent

The Smart ARTS festival kicks off on April 1, providing young local artists with a unique two-week window to showcase their talents.

The event will feature a broad variety of works, ranging from film screenings and live music to more traditional exhibitions, and is expected to attract visual and performing arts enthusiasts from all over Sydney.

The festival is the creative platform for the City of Sydney’s annual Youth Week celebrations and will draw from the creative talents of 16-25 year old Sydneysiders.

The event coordinator Christie Torrington said: “The great thing about the City of Sydney at the moment is that there are more and more opportunities being made for young artists to get out there and exhibit their work.

“The event will enable them to show a wider audience what they can do in a creative sense and that’s what smart ARTS is all about.”

The festival will be hosted by the Pine Street Creative Arts Centre, which has in recent years become an integral part of the local art scene, serving as a stepping-stone for young people seeking a professional career in the field of creative arts.

The festival will commence with an art exhibition and launch party featuring performances by the Sydney Youth Orchestra as well as light projections by award-winning filmmakers, Punk Monk Propaganda.

Victoria Waghorn, founder of Punk Monks, said audiences can look forward to a spectacular display.
“On the opening night the walls are going to be lit up with liquid light and we will be playing projections and interactive animations,” she said.

During the course of the festival, Waghorn and other members of her team will also be offering free workshops, teaching youths how to make mobile films that will in turn be shown on the closing night.
“It’s an evolution of following your dreams and pursuing your passion!” she said.

When asked about the impact of the arts centre and the upcoming festival, Waghorn replied: “When I first came here I didn’t realise the scope it had. “This centre actually pulls in people from all over Sydney, not just the neighbourhood behind the university.”

Another highlight will be a performance by the Divine Knights synth-pop duo, who will be playing at the closing party on April 15. Gerard Anthony from the Divine Knights said: “I am really excited to be part of something that’s so creative and that’s supporting young creative people. It’s incredibly important.”

The City of Sydney’s smart ARTS festival will run from April 1-15 at the Pine Street Creative Arts Centre in Chippendale. All events are free but bookings are required for some events. For more information visit

By Alexander Meyer-Thoene

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