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Art Not Apart gets scientifically tasty

Beatrice Smith

Art Not Apart might be known for the weird and wonderful, but this weekend it will also be known for its food and drink.

The festival of arts and culture, which will kick off from 1 pm this Saturday 17 March and run until the early hours, is stepping up its food and drink offerings with big names coming on board.

In a special coup, the festival bar will be run by Bar Rochford, which scooped Australia’s Best Bar in the 2018 Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide Awards. Nick Smith, owner of Bar Rochford, says you can look forward to a very special selection of drinks on the day including Poor Toms gin cocktails, Rochford’s Hard Lemonade (which uses Nick’s grandmother’s recipe), Rochford Iced Tea and special non-alcoholic cold drinks for little ones, which will surely go down nicely on what’s forecast to be a 32 degree day.

“We’ll have some summer inspired Rochford classics,” he explains. “Things like summer spritzers, aperitivos, some really cool wines that have been inspiring us and Canberra beers. We’re really stoked to be part of the event and we’re going to put in a lot of effort to make it the best it can be.”

Bar Rochford. Credit: Martin Ollman for HerCanberra

Joining Nick will be the likes of Morks, Asili (which you may know from their tiny hole in the wall coffee offering in Garema Place), Tikka Stand and Wandering Woodfire Pizza Oven. To cap it all off, Cannoli Brothers will be serving up sweet treats. (Not to mention all your favourite NewActon restaurants open during the festival, like Monster and A. Baker!)

You’ll find the festival food and drink offerings sprawled across the grassy area outside The Shine Dome. As a first for Art Not Apart, The Shine Dome and the Academy of Science will form an integral part of the 2018 program, with many events happening within its iconic walls as well as around the perimeter (and even in the moat).

Enjoy live music with your lunch, as bands such as Sodium Sunday, Fun Machine, Mixtape Chorus and Hope Street take to The Lawns Stage as well as a special performance from Australian Dance Party who will perform in The Shine Dome moat (yes, in the water) at 2.45 pm and 4.30 pm.

With Art Not Apart 2018 exploring the relationship between art and science, The Shine Dome will be hosting performers like Liz Lea, Canberra Artist of the Year, whose ticketed family show Reef Up! will focus on the science of marine life. Featuring loveable characters like Manta and Ray, Slinky the shark and Hollywood and Minkie the show will be performed to a soundtrack of popular songs. Performances are at 12 pm and 2.30 pm. Get your tickets here.

Not bringing kids along? Head to the Ian Wark Theatre at 1.15 pm and 3.45 pm to hear the Canberra Symphony Orchestra’s climate change focused pieces – A Song Of Our Warming Planets and Planetary Bands, Warming World.

Because of this new partnership, you’ll have both the chance to explore the spaces of this iconic building and see it transformed through the installations and performances throughout. One such installation is iTransform by Darryl Bourke and Kishwar Rahman which will explore the idea of gene therapy to survive climate change.

Aside from the plethora of events that we’ve previously discussed, these new leaps in Art Not Apart’s 2018 program show that whether you’re a festival regular or a first timer, there’s something new for everyone to explore.

the essentials

What: Art Not Apart 2018
When: Saturday 17 March from 1 pm and run until the early hours
Where: NewActon, The Shine Dome, NFSA, and surrounds
Cost: Free, with some events ticketed
More information: artnotapart.com

HerCanberra is a proud media partner of Art Not Apart 2018.

Feature image: Alison Plevey of Australian Dance Party in the Shine Dome moat, Olivia Fyfe in back ground. Credit: Martin Ollman.

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Beatrice Smith

Bea loves that her job as HerCanberra’s Online Editor involves eating, drinking and interviewing people - sometimes simultaneously. The master of HerCanberra’s publishing schedule, she’s usually found hunched over a huge calendar muttering to herself about content balance. Otherwise, you’ll find her at the movies or ordering a cheese board. More about the Author