Thursday 29 October to Sunday 1 November 2015
The Village Festival celebrated its tenth birthday in North Fitzroy’s Edinburgh Gardens for four days and nights of creativity, curiosity and craziness. The Village Festival has defied a decade of digital trends and continues to stay true to its birthright: part old-school circus, part village carnival, and part edgy arts festival.
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In 2015, the festival attracted seven thousand festival-goers from across Melbourne and beyond. The weather wasn’t kind all the time, but it was a pleasure to welcome in the summer festival season at one of the city’s most iconic urban parks.
A highlight for 2015 was Dance With Me. Hundreds of people across generations danced together to the super-funky Sex On Toast as dancer-extraordinaire Bec Reid kept the dancers on track.
Musical highlights included tropical madness with Slide Night, Chicago blues from The LowDown Big Band, Latin with attitude from Los Cojones, funk-nuts Papa G and the Strange Cats, and a band of whitegoods from the demented genius Adam Simmonds.
There was theatre, comedy and circus around every corner. Glitter and Snatch brought back-up dancers into the foreground, the Aquadivas chanelled the watery spirit of Busby Berkley and Moulin Beige was a truly experiMENTAL variety night.
And who can forget the spectacle of now-former Artistic Director Ian Pidd getting is chest waxed in public, all for a good cause.
The fun food performance stage – the World Kitchen – was in full swing throughout the festival with cooking demonstrations both serious and spurious. Saturday hosted the Iron Chef Families competition, and “Hungry” Sunday had a culinary focus, with Tabernacle talks, fruit and veggies from the Food Justice Truck (in support of the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre). And the tenth birthday feast on the Sunday featured an Indian Thali.
Thurs 29 Oct 6pm-11pm
Fri 30 Oct 6pm-midnight
Sat 31 Oct 12noon-midnight
Sun 1 Nov 12noon-9pm