If you found yourself on Melbourne’s Smith Street over the winter, you might very well have noticed Sugar Republic – the nostalgic “Insta-museum” of candy and colour that popped up inside the old MacRobertson Confectionery Factory.
Now Sugar Republic is coming to Brisbane. From September 23 Valley Metro will host 12 rooms full of retro sweets such as Wizz Fizz and Hubba Bubba. You’ll get to jump out of giant birthday cakes, climb inside super-sized gumball machines and sink into a swimming-pool-sized pit of pink balls.
“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as a child is one of the movies that most impressed on me,” Allison Jones, the Melbourne creative behind the pop-up, told Broadsheet in June. Jones formerly ran playful Melbourne homewares store Lark.
For Sugar Republic, Jones drew inspiration from similar sensory exhibitions in the US, including the Colour Factory and Museum of Ice Cream. The intention is to create an ever-changing experience where adults can leave their grown-up selves at the door. Treats and surprises rotate and there’s no time limit – you can stay as long as you like.
Other attractions include a huge sugar-themed neon installation, an interactive sprinkles wall, a sherbet-filled rainbow bridge and a “press for confetti” button. The pop-up will also feature works from local up-and-coming artists.
Tickets go on sale Monday September 3 and will be available here. The Melbourne season eventually sold out, so maybe don’t mess around.