7 must-do Splendour events (that aren’t music)
Yes, there are myriad amazing bands and musos to whet your appetite at this year's Splendour, but don't forget to get exploring. These are the seven cultural activities you'll kick yourself if you miss.
1. Treasure Mountain by Pip & Pop, pipandpop.com.au
Peek inside this candy-coloured utopia to find a miniature world of Schultz's (aka Pip & Pop) own creation. A multi-disciplinary artist who has worked with Romance Was Born and Hermès, Schultz creates installations, sculptures, prints and wall works. Her tiny 3D landscapes are crafted from sugar, sweets, glitter and craft materials, and will redefine the way you think about everyday objects. Thanks to her vivid imagination, Pip & Pop's psychedelic-meets-Willy-Wonka creations blend folklore, mythology and neon dreams.
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2. Nicolas Cage in a cage by Hungry Castle, nicolascageinacage.com
Among the many crazy cool installations and art/music projects designed to bend your mind at this year's Splendour, this has to be one of the wittiest and most subversive. Consisting of - you guessed it - an inflatable sculpture of Nicolas Cage in a cage, it's designed to be a larger-than-life piece of pop culture commentary. Created by a Barcelona-based art group, who have previously created a giant version of Lionel Richie's head (see a theme here?), this inflatable installation is as much a commentary on bizarre internet culture as it is an excuse to create a playground for big kids.
3. Splendour in the craft
Fancy yourself a bit of patchwork quilting? Spotlight's involvement at Splendour has given birth to a whole host of DIY activities. Contribute to a community quilt, create your own dream catcher, construct a personalised flag, learn how to make a piñata, pimp your sunnies, or even create your own charm bracelet, tote bag or brooch. Ripped your favourite tee? Let Mend it like Beckham step in and fix your favourite item - for nada. With activities scheduled Thursday through to Sunday, including No Lights No Lycra (dancing in the dark - need we say more?) - you've got plenty to amuse you between sets. Find out more here.
4. Beauty stations
Those weary festival goers in need of a bit of R&R, take note: beauty brand Bioré are offering free 15-minute facials throughout the three days. And if you're unlucky enough to get caught in the rain (or a mud pit), don't fret - the Rogue Beauty Hair Parlour is on hand to solve all your follicular needs. Offering wash and blowdrys or styling services using fancy pants R+Co and Oribe hair products, they're also offering mini manis using Smith & Cult polishes to pretty up your digits.
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5. Splendour Comedy Club
Returning this year with an even bigger jam-packed line up of comedic talent, The Splendour Comedy Club is hosting over 30 funny folks every night from Thursday to Sunday. With talent including Triple J's Matt Okine and Alex Dyson, plus Celia Pacquola, Veronica Milsom, Lewis Hobba, Gen Fricker and Michael Hing - if you're in need of a free pick-me-up after a few too many Smirnoff cocktails the night before, you know where to head.
6. Splendour Forum
Who says partygoers aren't an educated bunch? Featuring an array of interesting events, this mini-festival in itself is presented by news outlet The Guardian. Think: panel discussions about science, politics and media issues; plus film premieres; and interviews with journalists, songwriters and activists. There's even a Q&A session with ABC host Tony Jones, a spot with literary crew Women of Letters and a School of Life secular sermon with Julian Burnside. Talk about expanding your horizons. Find out more here.
7. Global Village
With enough highlights to warrant a whole separate story, this year's Global Village schedule is packed with esoteric and amusing talent to behold. From The Gyuto Monks of Tibet, to burlesque acts Miss Frisby and Madhu Henry, you'll even find slackline performers Bruise Brothers, Indigenous Australian songman Uncle Magpie, acrobatics from Circus Arts Byron Bay and sword performance artists The Profane Is Sacred. If that's all getting a bit too full on, try relaxing to the percussion drum beats of the Sunset Drum Circle, checking out the art on show at Osmosis Gallery or taking in a Zenthai Flow session (a fusion of Asana yoga and Chinese medicine principles) or Acroyoga. Oh, and no trip to a music festival would be complete without a session of Silent Disco - this year, you can cut noiseless shapes inside a giant Electric Garden.
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