Canberra has been given the first taste of its newest food and events precinct with the official opening of The Australian National University (ANU) Pop-Up Reunion Village.
The village will be home to a number of iconic Canberra businesses, and will host food vans, shops, regular events and the new MOLO Live bar - the latest offering from well-known Canberra operators The Burley Group.
ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr was on hand to launch the village and said it's clear the ANU Pop-Up Village already has a vibrant atmosphere. Attendees were treated to an energetic live performance from local Latin band Los Chavos.
"The West of Canberra's CBD is fast becoming a popular area, and I'm sure this village in the heart of the University campus will be popular with both students and the broader Canberra community
"I am delighted to be welcoming yet another attraction to Canberra's increasingly active city centre," Mr Barr said.
ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt said the new precinct was designed to act as a space for ANU and the wider Canberra community to come together.
"We want this to be a location for students and staff to relax and unwind during lunchtimes, dinners or even at meetings," Professor Schmidt said.
"We want the Pop-Up Village to be a bustling, lively, cultural place where whether you are a student, staff member, or member of the Canberra public, you feel welcome.
"I'm excited about the events space that can accommodate up to 400 people and already has an impressive list of performances booked in."
The village will be in place for the duration of the University's long-term $220 million revitalisation of Union Court project.
Once complete the new Union Court will include new teaching and student buildings, a purpose-built event and theatre building, student accommodation, swimming pool, gym, outdoor spaces and amphitheatre, bars, event pavilions, cafes, services, shops and underground parking.
The design and construction of stage one will be completed in 2019.
The new ANU Pop-Up website is now live and can be seen at: www.anu.edu.au/pop-up
More information is available at the Union Court Revitalisation website: www.reunioncourt.com.au