Presented by Yo CiTY Connect, Flix & Chill will combine film, music, food, drink and community in a free all-inclusive family friendly affair each Saturday in February.
Carlton will come alive this month thanks to the new summer film series from Melbourne cultural taste-makers and BIPOC music label Yo CiTY.
Presented by Yo CiTY Connect, the events arm of the label, Flix & Chill brings a series of sunset cinema experiences in a free all-inclusive family-friendly affair each Saturday in February.
Across four themed pop-up style picnic sessions, Carlton’s Argyle Square, or Piazza Italia, will feature DJs, live music, delectable food and beverage options and film screenings of local and international BIPOC filmmakers, showcasing the vast and unique voices of Melbourne’s global village.
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With a selection of short and feature-length films from some of the world’s finest filmmakers, screenings will include the likes of 2021’s Award-Winning Crime Drama Short Film Step Back, South African Short Film TINASHE, BlackFeet Films’ multi-nominated and Award-Winning short The Truth About Lies, and South African film Miracle by Award-winning Director Bongekile Ndaba, among others.
The film aspect of the series will be bookended by some of the city’s most exciting music talent, with live music and DJ sets from C-Pash, Mel Taylor, Calle Luna, Soli Tesema, Soulectric, Soju Gang, DJ Guzman, Truckload, Collette, Claddy and Yo CiTY’s own Brotha Asanti.
Each evening will embody a different theme—Around The World, Love, Just People, and Afrika—with both the film and music components exploring their week’s curatorial selection.
As for the food, the month-long residency will see the team from Vola Foods serving their Cameroonian cuisine at each event introducing audiences to their mouth-watering signature dishes using native Cameroonian spices cooked on rustic grills. Think dishes like Joll Rice and Stew, Suya and Plantains, Burning Fish and Puff Puff with caramel and chocolate.
Of course, movie-going favourites, popcorn, ice creams and a selection of non-alcoholic drinks will also be available, ensuring there is something for everyone.
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With a sunset vibe filled with art and culture in a way that adds to the much-needed vibrancy of our recovering city while supporting local artists and businesses, this event series is just the beginning for Yo CiTY.
Founded in 2020 on the back of Melbourne lockdowns, the label and talent management company is all about showcasing bespoke happenings to bring like-minded people together and understand and celebrate issues that are pertinent to BIPOC experience.
Championing new music and art from Black, Indigenous and Creatives of Colour, Yo CiTY has a firm commitment to storytelling that is fierce, tenacious and relationship building. The fully-independent team curates exclusive experiences where art-makers from across the creative spectrum—including visual, oral, sonic, fashion, digital, entrepreneurs and more—collaborate with musicians in a way that elevates each other’s practice and ultimately bridges the revenue gap within the creative industry.
Yo CiTY Connect presents Flix & Chill will go down on Saturdays in February at Argyle Square in Carlton from 5pm-11pm. Entry is free.
Check out the full Flix & Chill program below and prepare for some of the best weekends you’ll experience this summer.
Theme – Around The World
Soju Gang – DJ
Soli Tesema – live performance
Fishbone – film
Homebound – film
Becki – film
DJ Guzman – DJ
Theme – LOVE
Mel Taylor – live performance
They Were Not You – film
The Truth About Lies – short film
C-Pash – DJ
Theme – Just People
Collette – DJ
Calle Luna – live performance
OTAR – Film
CHENGE – Film
Step Back (2021) Award Winning Crime Drama Short Film | MYM – Film
Fejiro – Film
Truckload – DJ
Theme – Afrika
Claddy – DJ
Soulectric – live performance
Long Distance – short film
Oga John – short film
Miracle – short film
The Independent State of Nandi (South African Short Film)
FRACTURED : An Ndani Short Film
Brotha Asanti – DJ
This event is supported by the City of Melbourne and the Victorian Government.