8 Must-Do Online and IRL Experiences at This Year’s IKEA Festival
IKEA, everyone’s favorite furniture and homewares store, sorry, is having a gigantic festival, and you’re all invited.
A mecca for chic design, funky storage options and unbeatable prices that can turn even the smallest shared room into a haven, IKEA is no stranger to bringing dreams to life. This year, they bring all your domestic dreams to life in the vast IKEA Festival, hitting stores around the world IRL and online between Friday August 26th and Saturday September 10th.
From interior design speed dating and plant-based cooking demonstrations, to IKEA expert talks and indoor plant workshops, a huge range of activities are taking over Australian stores all over the world. throughout the festival. from sydney The Tempe location will represent Australia on the world stage alongside New York, Stockholm, Tokyo and Paris with an exceptional day of IRL and online activations on Saturday 3 September. Additionally, every store across Australia will benefit from activations and offers throughout the festival. period and local and international events will be readily available to experience online for around-the-clock inspiration.
Read on for all the must-see events taking over IKEA stores on Saturday 3rd September and head here for all the details on what’s happening at your nearest store throughout the festival.
Dip your fingernails in dopamine
If you’re looking to bring some creative energy into your home by revamping some of the interior design, but you’re not sure where to start, we recommend starting small. Let your creative spirit run wild and head to the IKEA Festival Beauty Salon in Tempe to get a shellac manicure courtesy of nail professionals in signature IKEA festival colors. You will soon be replacing the nail bar with assembly nails as you prepare a flat new addition to bring new energy to your home.
Learn the secrets of the iconic IKEA meatball
The twist? They are meatless. Yes, that’s right, you can learn the secret to creating your own IKEA-inspired meatless veg ball recipe, created by a vegan food enthusiast. Liz Miu. Learn the ins and outs of creating Sticky Soy Garlic Plant Balls as the IKEA Food team walks you through the process. Sydneysiders can join Liz herself for a live demo at the Tempe store. The best part? You can taste the finished product for free. Plus, the festival is stacked with IKEA’s love for food, with multiple workshops and free food tastings happening throughout.
Learn the skills to bring your dreams to life
When you’re a renter, there’s not much you can do when it comes to customizing and optimizing your home. Head to interior design speed-dating, IRL advice sessions with expert IKEA interior designers to learn how to maximize your space with the right furniture and storage solutions. Get ready with the dimensions and any photos of the space you’re working with and head straight to the store to start putting your newfound knowledge into practice.
Turn your dreams into reality with Van Life
We all found ourselves far away in a scroll hole, admiring the transformation of an unassuming old van into a comfortable ticket to freedom across Australia’s wide open roads. Well, it’s time to ditch your phone and head to Van Life at Sydney’s Tempe IKEA festival hub for some IRL inspiration – complete with a outfitted Kombi stacked with super easy space-saving and organization hacks that you can replicate in your very own four-wheeled vacation roller. Not a Sydney resident? Jump on your phone to catch the best Van Life tips and tricks online.
Bring some green into your life
Want to add a lush touch to your home, without having to worry about protecting your floors and surfaces from bulky pots? plant guru Alan Chan will host a live in-store workshop at Tempe, walking you through the step-by-step process of creating the perfect terrarium. Get your green hands moving and breathe some life into your interiors with other workshops at various IKEA stores on how best to care for your plants and the home they share with you.
Live music for the soundtrack of your exploration
IKEA knows how to set the mood in any room, and creating the perfect soundtrack is no exception. Live music will accompany the festival, pots and pans of home organization transformed into percussion instruments like you’ve never heard before, and live sets from local DJs, including GoJo and Limestone Cowboy. Discover rooms dedicated to disco tunes, 15-minute dance lessons and even an ABBA-themed flash mob. If you’re in Perth, you can also attend a silent disco set up to boogie and get inspired to bring a bit of the disco experience into your home.
Take an interest in sustainability
Want to understand how a global company like IKEA is rising to the challenge? Well, luckily for us, throughout the festival you can access sustainability-focused workshops. Whether it’s discovering a range of tips and tricks to make your home more sustainable or attending a sustainable dining experience with a bespoke three-course meal hosted at IKEA’s iconic Swedish restaurant, you’ll be sure to pick up a thing or two.
Tune in for a stack of inspo online
Discover loads of online content from around the world from the comfort of your own home with the IKEA Festival Online Programme. On Sunday, September 3, Australia takes over, so listen to a celebration of morning rituals with digital creator, Sam Evans, as he talks about the importance of connecting with nature and taking time for yourself early in the day, as well as unpacking his surf van for all the space-saving tips he has to offer. Join Liz Miu for a deep dive into her plant-based practices, a step-by-step demonstration of her dish created exclusively for the IKEA festival, and the benefits of embracing plant-based options. Then check out ‘Goodnight from Australia’, where a set of live music will stream from a boat on Sydney Harbour, setting the tone with relaxing tunes.
Just like the kit furniture we know and love, IKEA Festival is designed to make the most of every second of the event in the most exciting and efficient way. To check out all the details and see which dynamic events are happening at your nearest location, as well as the full itinerary online, go to here.
What: IKEA Festival
When: From Friday August 26 to Saturday September 10, online and in store, with daily activities and special events on Saturday, September 3
Where: IKEA stores nationwide
Image credit: Supplied, Nathan Guo
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