Held over two days at Easter, Live Large Festival was a glorious sun-filled weekend by the river, paired with delicious food and amazing entertainment.
We loved entertaining all 15,000 of you at Australia's first unique and truly accessible event. It inspired new ideas about what it means to live large and how this one idea brings us all together as a community.
When & Where?
We had a jam-packed program of entertainment including live music and roving performers, market stalls, interactive workshops, activities for kids and adults alike.
Entertainment: We listened to Australia’s best digeridoo player William Barton, swung along with Three Handed Beat Bandits, rocked out to Melbourne’s Rudely Interrupted, sung along with our very own Frank Sinatra (in the form of Tony Dee) and channelled our inner Karaoke King or Queen with Soulstice a cappella group.
The Voice veteran Tim McCallum fired up the crowds and for the movers and shakers, we had DefWill DJ, Bust A Move Dance Group, InsideOutside Dance Ensemble and more.
Food: The Bun Mobile Voted Best Food Truck 2014, 2015, 2016. Selling hand crafted steamed buns. | Carolina Kitchen Old-school American soul food | Ze Pickle Burger Van featuring wagyu beef patties and maple smoked bacon | J'Adore Les Crepes Artisian French crepes | How We Rolls Gourmet rolls | Sweet Floz Churros Fresh cooked Spanish doughnuts
Markets: Thanks to The Canvas Art Factory, Little Birdy Cakes, The Canvas Art Factory, Page Turner, Wheel Adventures, Rhuma Boutique and the Superheroes and More team for joining in the Live Large Festival fun.
Kid's To-Dos: We helped you keep the smaller humans entertained with our range of free activities; from a free bouncy castle, face painting, to dance and drama workshops to channel their inner superstar, we were also proud to have a free Liberty Swing on site. It was great to catch up with the Easter Bunny on Sunday, too!
At Live Large, we believe everyone should be able to enjoy their community and we are passionate about making that happen. Our festival is a fully accessible and inclusive event designed for people of all ages and all abilities.
Accessibility at this event means more than just a modified bathroom and ramp. We designed it to be accessible from the ground up, putting accessibility and inclusion at the forefront of each and every decision. This means that you can come along, feel safe and enjoy yourself, knowing that this festival has been designed with you and your needs in mind.
- Wide pathways
- Varied seating and assistance with serving heights
- Ramps & hand rails
- Seating and rest areas near to food and drink services
- Large accessible drop off area in Russell St, adjacent to the ABC building
- Close to public transport options (trains and buses) with volunteers guiding patrons to the event
- A space where patrons and their support workers can prepare meals (blenders, microwaves, sink etc provided) and complete personal care needs
- Skilled volunteers available to conduct guided tours throughout the event
- AUSLAN interpreters to provide translation for all entertainment acts on stage
- Braille site map
- Large signage using contrast to assist with visual comprehension
- Comfort and care facilities for assistance animals including a dedicated space to relax and refuel with water available
- Facilities throughout the rest area to pick up after any assistance animals
- Charging stations throughout the event to recharge mobility and/or assistive tech devices
- Accessible dining options from several food vendors
- Communication boards and books also available
- Charging stations on site for wheelchairs, mobility scooters and assistive tech devices
- Hoist and table in a large accessible toilet (unlike any other accessible toilets at events)
A chill out zone if the event become too much for sensory processing.
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