Braddon Block Party will see Canberra celebrate its epicentre of cool
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Braddon Block Party will see Canberra celebrate its epicentre of cool

It is Canberra's epicentre of cool and now there's a party to celebrate it.

The Braddon Block Party is set down for Saturday, October 29, pending final approvals from the ACT government to rejoice in the revitalised suburb.

Braddon business owners and performers get into the party mode on Lonsdale Street.

Braddon business owners and performers get into the party mode on Lonsdale Street.Credit:Elesa Kurtz

It will see sections of Lonsdale and Eloura streets shut down and people celebrate all day and into the night from 10am to 10pm. Residents will still have vehicular access.

Damien Maher, from the Lonsdale Street Project, which has championed the street party, said it would celebrate all things Braddon.

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The Braddon Block Party will see some streets shutdown for the event.

The Braddon Block Party will see some streets shutdown for the event.Credit:Facebook

"Six thousand signed up to it [via social media] within three days so it's going to be pretty big," he said.

There will be food, coffee, music, markets, pop-ups, a parade, street art and even a special beer made for the occasion by the BentSpoke Brewing Company. The celebrations would continue at ticketed events at Braddon night-spots after the street party finished.

Braddon developer and business owner Nik Bulum said it was also a celebration of the personalities and culture of a street, a suburb and a city.

"And every business that is independent and offers something exciting," he said.

"It'll be a party that will celebrate Canberra as well. It will be quirky, fun, cultural and every business gets to show us their personality and what they're good at.

There would also be a lot of laughs, with organisers not afraid to "take the piss" around the stereotype of Braddon as hipster-central, according to Mr Bulum.

"So we'll have throwing pies at hipsters on bikes and drag races because this is made fun of as the drag race area but it will be men running to a station and dressing in drag. So there will be some quirky events," Mr Bulum said.

Mr Maher said the emphasis was on all Braddon traders, patrons and supporters collaborating on the celebration.

As part of that there will be an open, town-hall-style meeting on June 6 at 5pm at The Hamlet for all businesses and residents to give their insights and suggestions.

The party will be sponsored by In the City Canberra (formerly Canberra CBD Limited).

Its chief executive officer Jane Easthope said she hoped it would become an annual event. Among the events it was sponsoring was eight teams putting street art on five walls in Braddon, with the public determining the winner.

"It's just going to be really cool," she said.

Loulou Moxom from local florist Moxom and Whitney said she was "super-excited" about the party.

"To me, Braddon's Canberra," she said. "It's the re-birth of a hub of arts, entertainment and food and drink and just creativity.

"I mean, it's happening and it's really exciting."

Eighty/twenty restaurant owner Klarisa Cengic said it was time to celebrate Braddon.

"I just think it's a nice, unique idea for Canberra – nobody's ever had a block party before," she said.

Richard Watkins from BentSpoke Brewing Company said a special Braddon beer was on the cards for the occasion.

"We definitely want to speak to everyone who's going to be involved in the party and get them to come in and help make a beer," he said.

"We were just talking to Moxom and Whitney about it and they suggested putting some rosehip in it. Maybe some kale?"

Mr Watkins said he hoped residents got involved with the planning of the party.

"I think the people who live in Braddon really make what Braddon is," he said.

Megan Doherty is a reporter for The Canberra Times

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