From Friday, 16th October, Arbory Bar & Eatery will celebrate all that Melbourne loves about the arts with a 10-day festival  – ‘NOTØBERFEST’.

Showcasing art, music and food, the inaugural festival will light up the north bank of the Yarra River in Melbourne’s CBD with the installation of a five part geometric neon work from Reko Rennie. The work from the pioneering Melbourne based indigenous artist will be displayed along the now iconic Arbory deck.

Reko Rennie is an artist who explores his Aboriginal identity through contemporary mediums. Rennie’s art incorporates his association to the Kamilaroi people, using traditional geometric patterning that represents his Indigenous community. Through his art, he provokes discussion surrounding indigenous culture and identity in contemporary and urban environments.

“The commissioned neon work relates to the native eucalypts found nestling along the Yarra River – the river that runs through the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung land of the Kulin Nation, otherwise known as Melbourne.” says Rennie.

Rennie has shown internationally including Paris, Berlin, Italy, Shanghai and the U.S.A. with some recent highlights being a 35-metre commissioned work in Washington D.C. and ‘Neon Natives’ as part of the 2011 Melbourne Laneway Commission.

Re-investing in Melbourne and celebrating their quintessentially Melbourne location is the inspiration for the inaugural festival. “We love everything about Melbourne and want to celebrate with locals and tourists alike the things that make our city so special”, says Daniel Manly, Marketing Manager at Arbory.“We want to support the arts. NOTØBERFEST is a vehicle for this, and for the creative and innovative ideas we want to share with our customers.”

The general public can look forward to an exciting 10-day programme of performances by artists and musicians under the arbor of trees. Performers include: Uptown Brown, Jordy Doust, Projectionists, and special performances from roving artists. Everyone’s music taste is sure to be catered for with performances by Citizien Sex (DJ set), Tommy Showtime X DJ Maars, Vince Peach, Sikander, Chico G and Whiskey Houston.

Festival-goers can enjoy Arbory’s exciting new cocktail menu by Thomas Byrne which includes the famous Nitro Espresso Martini and London Plane Collins (gin based) on tap and the new Spring food menu by Chef Nick Bennett which includes must-try dishes such as the Soft Shell Crab burger, freshly shucked oysters, and wandering Euro Yum Cha trolley, and the devilishly good house made ice-cream sandwich.

Arbory will wrap up the last two days of NOTØBERFEST with a cheeky nod to Oktoberfest through ‘A Wurst Weekend’ where people can enjoy nitro charged beer and observe a ‘Wurst Yoder Smoker’ cook-off.

Arbory Bar & Eatery is located on Flinders Walk, Melbourne

Open from 7am until late everyday

NOTØBERFEST will run from October 16 – October 25


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