Moo Brew's Party in the Lane

Party in the Lane
Thousands of locals crowded Collins Court, in Hobart’s first Moo Brew party in the lane last night.

Office workers, young families, and anyone else looking for fun, came out to party in Hobart’s CBD. By 5.30 pm the laneway was already surging and the St David’s Cathedral car park adjacent was well on the way to full to the brim.
Timing is everything. The party in the lane’s early start was a night out for those going home to kids or the couch, or a meeting place for others planning to make it a big one.

The crowd watched on as street artists collaborated to transform a temporary wall into a vibrant, eye of Shiva, and grooved to the beat of DJ Dameza. Trees and poles were adorned with gorilla knitting and other fibre art. Warmth was provided courtesy of a spread of gas heaters.
MONA’s Heavy Metal Kitchen was responsible for plenty of food options, complemented by Moo Brew beers and Morilla wines. We ate a tasty plate of paella-style brown rice and vegies with yoghurt dressing. Enough as a meal for one or to share as a stomach-liner. 
Seeking only to avoid bar queues, I opted for a Moo Brew pale ale. I drink beer about once a year and I figured I could make the beer outlast my Friday night staying power. Not quite, so the Lovely Deputy took on the queue the second time around.

Like a festival of sorts, a street party can transform our busy, fragmented lives by bringing us together as a community. And Hobartians certainly got behind this party in the lane with everyone in excellent spirits.
Hobart hasn’t fully embraced the laneway space though. Moo Brew’s party in the lane might just be the thing to catapult more people into action; creatively making the most out of underutilised space in a way that connects the people of Hobart.  
Let’s hope Moo Brew continues to do events. More art and performance, that engages with the audience, and more food and drink options like you find at MONA’s markets would shore up the party in the lane for sustainability.

The event was hosted by Moo Brew in conjunction with the Hobart City Council. Thanks to everyone involved.
Find Party in the lane on Facebook here.
‘It’s party time in citylaneways’, The Mercury, 1 May 2015 
This is one of the things Aedan Howlett gets up to when he’s not making street art - The Alabama Hotel.
In England, street parties have some history of community celebrating peace, see one perspective here.

More on culture, community and festival see David Malouf’s Lecture 6: A Spirit of Play, The BoyerLectures, 20 December 1998