Updated: Oct 7, 2020
Written by Tomasina Dimopoulos Video by Karl Devic
At a time when your country is in literal flames, when houses are being burnt to the ground, animals and people are losing their lives, and the environment is suffering greatly, throwing a party in response may seem like a very strange thing to do.
However, through organising a pop-up rave within the homie farm lands of Werribee South, Arteq Productions has raised substantial funds to support major Australian bushfire appeals.
In the quiet, vegetable-smelling fields on the western outskirts of Melbourne, we found ourselves in a large open shed fitted with a doof-esque triangular art installation, a moody backdrop of multi-coloured lights, a high-quality sound system, colourful streamer decor hanging from the roof and a whole bunch of chrippy punters having a boogie.
The funky electronic sounds lured us to the concrete dancefloor, where we spent our time connecting with others and sippin’ on beverages – in total admiration of the efforts that went into creating the farm yard fundraiser.
Earlier in the day, attendees feasted upon a donation-based sausage sizzle with one generous soul paying $200 for a single snag! Tickets for the event were $30 each, with $5 express massages from a qualified osteopath also available on site. All profits were donated to CFA Victoria & Zoo's Victoria.
FILMED AND EDITED BY KARL DEVIC
With the intention to inspire others to manifest similar festivities for worthy causes, a few days post-party I reached out to one of Arteq’s crew members, Anthony Michetti, who divulged the humble essence behind this event.
Can you explain who/ what is ‘Arteq’? Arteq Productions is a multifaceted organisation that focuses on events, production and media in music and arts industries. Arteq has been operating for five years now, and we have created over 30 events since our humble beginnings.
Where did the idea for this event come from? The idea for the Farm Yard Party came from a group of young adults out in Werribee South. They had hosted an event with just 60 friends on New Year’s Eve, and they had pitched the idea of hosting an Arteq fundraiser event on their farm to us only 15 days before the event. We were instantly interested, with a strong desire to help our country in any way we could. We picked a mutual date that fit (which was the 18th of January), and got straight to work, as we knew there was plenty to do to run a financially successful, safe, and enjoyable event.
How did you put the event together in such a short timeframe; what was involved? There was quite a bit involved. Our first priority was booking DJ’s to play the show, then to make some artwork. We then created a private event listing on Facebook, with private links to tickets; we wanted to keep the show exclusive and invite only, so we had control over the people that arrived. This way, we were able to invite only people we trust would keep the environment as safe as possible.