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Celebrating summer at Founders Lane and Ainslie+Gorman Arts Centre

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There is much anticipation building around the development of Founders Lane on the border of Canberra City and Braddon.

And on 1 December, those excitement levels will peak.

A summer festival will marry JWLand’s development of high-quality apartments with the rich heritage of Ainslie+Gorman Arts Centres, and it promises to be a day not to miss.

Summer Revel—between 11 am and 4 pm— is a partnership event offering free family entertainment, food stalls, craft markets, open artists’ studios, dance, poetry, DJ’s, music, interactive art, plus much more.

With Founders Lane designed to connect inner-city living to the artistic and cultural heart of the city, Gorman Arts Centre will come alive with musical performances curated by Mulgara DIY, as well as pop-up performances from community organisations and roving entertainers.

Kids will love the centre’s shady trees and lush grass where they can roam free and challenge themselves to a giant Connect 4, giant Jenga, Ping Pong or Twister.

If they get hungry, there’ll be Peruvian Street food by Mr Papa, Hungarian Lángos by Papa Laci, Capital Woodfire Pizza, Bellair Coffee, Super Bao and the Summer Revel Bar.

Gorman House in 1920

Market stalls will include NEONPOINT and Cat Mueller vintage clothes, Happy B. whipped infused honey products, Paul Summerfield digital illustrations, and Saint Valentine botanical Christmas decorations among others.

You can eat and shop while soaking up the sounds of music from the likes of Jamie Leone, Buddy Dingo, Hamish White, Cathy Diver and The Burley Griffin.

Or perhaps sit and enjoy performances such as “The Shy Little Star Who Was Afraid of their Light’ by Left Lane Outreach Theatre, pop-up performances by the Luminescence Chambers Singers, the Ukulele Republic of Canberra, the Tragic Troubadours, roving performances by the Sweaty Pits and a back-up dancer flash mob by Charlie Chapstick + friends.

The day promises to deliver a rich experience and a chance to soak up the artistic vibes of one of the city’s most significant heritage icons while simultaneously celebrating the start of summer. Who could ask for more?

Gorman House was built in the 1920s as an accommodation centre for the city’s newly installed public servants. Residents enjoyed living in the then hostel where they sun-baked on the lawns and picnicked at the Molonglo River.

In 1981, Gorman House became an ACT Government arts facility, and contains several theatres, darkrooms, dance studios, offices and galleries.

Founders Lane

It plays host to some of the city’s most creative minds—not to mention an award-winning restaurant and bar in Sage Dining Rooms and the Mint Garden Bar.

Part of JWLand’s ethos in developing Founders Lane has been to recognise the area’s distinctive arts flavour and to celebrate it within the new development.

Situated between the Canberra Centre and Gorman House, the precinct will be an eclectic blend of apartment living, quiet cafes, quirky Canberra pop-ups, big brands and community green spaces, all at the city’s doorstep.

Founders Lane

With over 700 apartments across four buildings, the development will be released in four stages, with the entire precinct expected to be completed in 2020.

JWLand describes Founders Lane as a “welcoming space with a village atmosphere,” and a melting pot for local artists, makers and entrepreneurs alike.

The Summer Revel is one of many ongoing events to be held in conjunction with the Ainslie+Gorman Arts Centres aimed at creating a sense of community or ‘village commons’ feel for the neighbourhood.

the essentials

What: Summer Revel
When: Saturday 1 December from 11 am – 4 pm
Where:  Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Avenue Braddon
More: agac.com.au/event/summer-revel

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