Pop-up venues in the City of South Perth
Journalist’s background: As discussed, I am doing a story for ABC TV/online about impact pop- up venues are having on established local pub businesses. I have spoken to a number of South Perth businesses that believe the Embargo Bar had a detrimental impact on their summer trading. However obviously they bring foot traffic to area and can bring spaces to life.
Please attribute the following quotes to City of South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty.
Was there a tender process for the South Perth foreshore over the summer?
In July 2016, the City approached Embargo Container Bar and invited the operators to bring their pop-up venue to Sir James Mitchell Park in South Perth. The venue was part of the City’s 2016 spring and summer calendar of arts, events and cultural activities.
Embargo Container Bar is a family-friendly venue and operated at Sir James Mitchell Park in South Perth from 11 November to 18 December 2016. Over 40,000 patrons attended the temporary venue over the 6 week period.
A number of businesses including some located on South Perth foreshore went out of their way to express their support of Embargo and the way it had increased patronage of their venues, also activating the area.
Given the overwhelmingly positive community response to Embargo Container Bar and other City hosted pop-up venues and events, the City proposes to facilitate a range of activities in the future. Coming up, from 11 January to 30 April 2017 a series of food vans known as South Perth StrEATS will return to the foreshore, daily from 5-8pm at Ellam St, providing the local community and visitors with the opportunity to picnic along the river while enjoying magnificent views of the city skyline. These inclusive experiences bring families and friends together in a positive and fun way.
Offering a diverse range of high-quality arts, events and cultural experiences throughout the year and particularly over the summer period for the whole community to enjoy is a key focus for the City.
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