Pop UP Play Spaces

Click here to watch some of the fun from this event

A bold new project – Pop UP Play Spaces (POPS) - is bringing free, all-ages ‘play’ events to public spaces in Byron during the April school holidays.

POPS will take over Railway Park 11am-5pm, 13 April and 20 April and Main Beach (near the peace pole) 11am-5pm on 22 April.

Theatrically designed and run by Roundabout Theatre’s iconic Lollipop Ladies, POPS’ family inspired games are set to generate some serious fun in town.

Games will include giant twister, races and relays, extended hopscotch, bingo, limbo, cards, jenga, giant chess, an obstacle course and loads more - some still being invented.

Valley Lipcer, Artistic Director Roundabout Theatre and POPS Creator, said the aim is to foster connections between residents, business owners and visitors through inclusive, innovative and accessible activities for all ages.

"We want POPS to inspire people to inhabit their public spaces with a playful and embracing energy and to encourage community recreation in town,” she said.

“I imagine a dynamic Byron town centre, brimming with inclusive, playful and creative open spaces, that invite human connection and community ahead of commerce,” Ms Lipcer said.

The  program includes activities to suit community elders and a 30-minute free lunchbreak dance class to inspire businesses to participate in the event.

POPS will be accompanied by an installation of creative signs along Jonson Street that continue the fun and inspire people to walk the streets in new ways, discover novel pathways and connectivity and smile from ear to ear.

“Each space will be unique in design, but all will invite people to linger, let down their guard, meet new people and enjoy silliness interrupting their day, “ Ms Lipcer said.

POPS is part of Byron Shire Council’s Placemaking Seed Fund and is a catalyst event for the Byron Bay Town Centre Masterplan.

“This seed fund has given us the momentum to restart the town’s creative heart beat and our offering is a playful reimagining of CBD green space. POPS are designed to showcase new potential uses for the space and encourage a legacy of games and recreation in the parks. ” Ms Lipcer said.

The project has attracted great community partnerships and sponsors including: Unique Real Estate, Byron Bay Experience, Shogun signs, Mullum Music Festival, Byron Community Centre, 100 Wonder Place, 3 Blue Ducks and The Byron Writers Festival who will bring their brand new ‘StoryBoard’ van to the events.

POPS is still open for sponsors as well as local businesses to provide prizes for game winners.

For more information visit: www.roundabout.net.au

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