Last minute shoppers, art and design lovers, lazy Sunday browsers and the curious Collingwood community are in for a Christmas treat on Sunday the 17th of December from 12pm – 6pm. A unique collaboration between the Fitzroy Markets and the Collingwood Art Precinct is bringing you an afternoon market unlike any other. For one day only the art deco facade of 35 Johnston Street will open into a vibrant courtyard full of more than 70 local makers and artists, alongside a line-up of DJs, food stall favourites and an all-day bar to keep you full of festive cheer.
Over the last 9 years the Fitzroy Market has become one of Melbourne’s market institutions – the place to find a pre-loved bargain and meet a friend for a delightful day of rummaging. Picking up on the local vibe of creativity, the Fitzroy Markets are also embracing the history of the old Collingwood Tech and once more welcoming artists and craftspeople into the space.
Once inside the airy courtyard, you’ll find an enticing array of plants, homewares, jewellery, garments, gourmet produce and gift items to take home – a great way to shop while supporting your local community. On top of this, you’ll experience an intriguing side of the inner-north, rarely visited by the public. The Collingwood Arts Precinct is made up of the sprawling building of the former Collingwood Tech (and then TAFE), unused since 2005. Next door to the Tote, you’ll also find the hilarious and provocative Circus Oz and the iconic Melba Spiegeltent” and if you’re lucky, you’ll be able to poke your head through the doors to see some tumbling, juggling and clowning.
From early afternoon until dusk, you are welcome to enjoy the vibe, explore the space and enjoy a moment of relaxation in the Christmas bustle – while getting all your shopping done! Children and pets are very welcome and the event is fully accessible.
The Collingwood Arts Precinct is in a moment of transition and this incredible inner-city site is set to become a world-class destination for arts lovers, a meeting place for local community and a home for artists, arts organisations and creative industries. Make sure you take up the invitation to take a wander through the halls and yards of a Collingwood icon before work begins in early 2018 and access is limited until the Precinct reopens to the public in 2019. For more information on this project, visit capmelbourne.org
What: Collingwood Christmas Market
When: 17/12/17, 12pm – 6pm
Where: Collingwood Arts Precinct, Cnr Johnston & Wellington Streets