Melbourne BIPOC label and events company, Yo CiTY announces free summer film and music series, Flix & Chill presented by Yo CiTY Connect

by the partae

Melbourne cultural taste-makers and BIPOC music label Yo CiTY are thrilled to announce the arrival of their free summer film series, Flix & Chill. Presented by Yo CiTY Connect, the events arm of the label, Flix & Chill will combine film, music, food & drink and community in a free all-inclusive family friendly affair each Saturday in February. Carlton’s Argyle Square, or Piazza Italia, will come alive across four themed sessions this month with 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. 
Featuring 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 instalment of Flix & Chill will present a selection of short and feature length films from some of the world’s finest filmmakers, bookended by some of our city’s most exciting music talent. 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. 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. The month-long residency boasts 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.

The team from Vola Foods will be serving their Cameroonian cuisine at each event introducing audiences to their mouthwatering signature dishes using native Cameroonian spices cooked on rustic grills. Get ready to feast on Vola Food’s menu favourites including 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, so there is something for everyone.

Founded in 2020 on the back of Melbourne lockdowns, Yo CiTY is Melbourne’s premiere label and talent management company that showcases 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.

This latest series of events is just the beginning for what the collective have in store for 2022. Be sure to check out Yo CiTY’s social media to stay up to date with all upcoming news and events, and pop the following Flix & Chill dates in your diary for some of the best weekends you’ll experience this summer.

Yo CiTY Connect presents Flix & Chill
Supported by PBS and Beat
LOCATION: Argyle Square, 13-19 Argyle Pl N, Carlton
TIME: 5pm – 11pm

Theme – Around The World
Saturday 5

Soju Gang – DJ
Soli Tesema – live performance
Sophie’s Film
Fishbone – film
Homebound – film
Becki – film
DJ Guzman – DJ

Theme – LOVE
Saturday 12

DJ Guzman
Mel Taylor – live performance
They Were Not You – film
The Truth About Lies – short film
C-Pash – DJ

Theme – Just People
Saturday 19

Collette – DJ
Calle Luna – live performance
OTAR – Film
Step Back (2021) Award Winning Crime Drama Short Film | MYM – Film
Fejiro – Film
Truckload – DJ

Theme – Afrika
Saturday 26 

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
TINASHE: 17.45min
Brotha Asanti – DJ

This event is supported by the City of Melbourne and the Victorian Government.

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