For the third year running, The Social Studio is throwing a party. The annual block party will shut down the corner of Peel and Oxford streets for an all-day celebration featuring fashion, food and music. In previous years thousands of people have attended to check out the sounds and a catwalk featuring local designers and models.

Run as part of the VAMFF Cultural Program, the Social Studio’s Block Party gives a platform to aspiring designers and artists from refugee backgrounds. 
 There’ll be a presentation of The Social Studio’s autumn-winter collection (this season mixes athleisure with traditional tailoring), as well as a much-anticipated capsule collection from Atong Omoli, which references the deisgner’s South Sudanese roots.

You can expect to see live performances from local heroes including House Of Beige’s Remi and Sensible J, Diafrix, GL, Abe Nouk, Wantu Tha One, Daniel Elia and a host of others.

Food will be courtesy of The Social Studio’s Cutting Table cafe and neighbouring Huxtaburger, and there’ll be fashion stallholders on the day.

Social Studio CEO Susan Yengi is excited to share the work that’s come out of the studio, and continue providing opportunities for everyone under her wing. While Banoffee’s set was a clear highlight, it was spoken-word poet Abe Nouk’s performance at last year’s party that brought the audience to a standstill.

“I’d say 90 per cent of the crowd hadn’t seen him before,” she says. “But his presence is so amazing, and afterwards, so many people rushed to him to try and talk to him. That’s what we like to see – new networks being created with people who wouldn’t ordinarily meet.”

You can catch Nouk (fresh from Australia’s Got Talent) back at this year’s party, along with emerging talents across local fashion and music. For full details, head to the Facebook event page.

The Social Studio, Peel Street Block Party
Saturday March 5
Corner Peel & Oxford Streets, Collingwood