Can’t Do Tomorrow
More than 100 street artists, galleries, musicians and more will descend on Kensington’s multi-level warehouse space, The Facility, for Can’t Do Tomorrow.
Among them is prominent Chinese-Australian political artist and cartoonist Badiucao. He’ll present his never-before-seen exhibition, Made in Hong Kong, Banned in China, which was cancelled in Hong Kong last year after alleged threats from Chinese authorities.
Badiucao kept his identity a secret at the start of his career, which earned him the nickname “China's Banksy”. At his latest show, expect portraits of political leaders, exhibits of torture equipment and Hong Kong-style neon lights.
A major collaboration with Southern Shorthaul Railroad will commemorate the rich history of train graffiti. A group of artists will transform a 22-carriage freight train, which will become a moving art gallery as it transports grain throughout Victoria.
Other highlights include a sailboat floating inside a pool made from an old shipping container by Archibald Prize finalist Michael Peck; a shrine dedicated to LGBTQIA+ icons and identity, with small paintings and written stories, by artist Kaff-eine; and a projection work (on the venue’s facade) by motion graphic designer Rose Staff and projection illusionist Nick Azidis.
You’ll also be able to purchase original artworks directly from the artists, and there’ll be a number of limited-edition prints available from a dedicated print store.
Hidden among The Facility’s winding hallways and dark corners will be a secret bar manned by Stomping Ground Brewing Co. Once you find it, sip on limited-edition “artist series” cans of the brewery’s Laneway Lager; there’ll be 100 different can designs from 61 artists taking part in the festival. A handful of two-metre-long 100-beer cartons will be available if you want to take home one of each can.
A talks program will delve into the street-art scene, locally and globally. Hear from Badiucao, renowned artist Rone, LA-based artist, curator and director Aaron Rose, and local art collectors Sandra Powell and Andrew King (aka Sandrew). A series of artist-led workshops will give you tips on mural-painting, illustration, stencil-making and more.
The festival’s music line-up is being curated by Melbourne-based DJ MzRizk, who’s behind Hip Hop High Tea. On opening night, Thursday February 20, dance-electro act Teymori will merge the sounds of funk, afro and soul.