Urban Artwork, Mobile Stage and Professional Event Managers

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All-in-one event solution with soul.

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Expert event management tailored to your needs.

Uplifting the Soul

Uplift audiences with a big presence, performers, bubbles and ridiculous lights.

Defending the Soul

Communicate important social and environmental messages.

What's that big bright truck!?

The Soul Defender is an urban artwork and mobile festival stage designed to facilitate performances as a static stage, parade vehicle or crazy installation. It was a war machine (Army Mack R6x6 1984) converted to defend our souls with feel-good music, bubbles, fun lighting, banners and uplifting performances.

The truck is owned and operated by Dionysus, an events and placemaking firm in Canberra with relevant insurances and licences, including multiple staff with Heavy Rigid (non-synchromesh) truck licences and heart-shaped sunnies (part of their uniform).

Soul Defender is available for customised experiences

Sample projects are below, and a deeper look at the truck is here.

Art, Not Apart 2019

Partner

Art, Not Apart 2019

Purpose

Main stage of the festival, hosting an array of soulful music and dance.

When

16 March 2019

Roles

Festival main festival stage

Attendance

15,000 approx.

Soul Defender Sessions: ACT Senate Candidates Forum

Partner

City Renewal Authority and King O'Malley's

Purpose

Forum for ACT senate candidates to give their view on election issues for the Canberra region. Candidates and performers were staged on the Soul Defender facing audiences sitting in both City Walk and the King O Malley's beer garden. Supported by the CCMIL’s City Grants program.

When

17 May 2019

Roles

Event design and delivery

Attendance

350

Let Music Live

Partner

MusicACT

Purpose

MusicACT mounted a 700+ person protest in Garema Place which directly resulted in the ACT Government releasing the Entertainment Action Plan. This plan gathers dust while apartments are approved, forcing us closer to a silent city, like the nine previous reports. Satire videos here: www.musicact.com.au

When

21 June 2019

Roles

Stage and production provision, compliance.

Attendance

700

YES!Fest

Partner

Yes Fest

Purpose

Canberra’s annual equality street festival to celebrate the YES marriage equality vote in November 2017.

When

16 November 2019

Roles

Production team operating the main day-time event stage, consisting of event managers, sound engineer, stage manager, and event installation crew.

Attendance

1,000 approx.

The Soul Defender rates

Event supplies
$3400 (up to 4 hours)
Soul Defender stage, 16sqm & 1.45m high (1.35m when suspension deflates)
Truss (rated upto 1 tonne per span), optional canopy for weather protection
Sound system on all sides with wireless iPad mixer
Amazing news lights, fully controllable
Driver is experienced event manager
Comes with a tip-top sound engineer
Custom bubble machine in the centre trumpet with endless fluid
Land use, road management and event compliance experts
Artist booking and management
Event management support from Dionysus
Available on request
5.5m banner w/ eyelets - designs provided
$550
5.5m banner w/ eyelets - designs required
$750
Artists – DJs, band, dancers, performers
Varies – hundreds of options
Bar Provision (beer, wine, spirits, softs) with licencing
Upon conversation
Water spray & misting cannon. Yes, for you to shoot.
$280 per tank
Custom SOUL light
$100
Fog machines with fluid
$100

Testimonials

The Soul Defender was the visual & sonic highlight of the YES!Fest 2019 day stage. Parked alongside Lonsdale Street’s Rainbow Roundabout, which acted as our daytime dancefloor, the Defender presented a totally unique stage & sound system bursting with retro magic.\ \ We are so lucky to have such an incredible vehicle available for events right here in Canberra and all of our interstate performers were blown away by it!

Yes Fest

The Soul Defender has fast become an icon of the ACT. We hired The Soul Defender multiple times during Haig Park Experiments because it generates such a warm and positive ambience at our events, significantly enhancing the community’s experience.\ \ Everyone from kids to seniors loves The Soul Defender!

University of Canberra

If you scratch the surface of this city what you will find is a soul both waiting to be born and under attack. What does it consist of, this stringing together of moments that makes up its substance? Who or what are its enemies? At the border zone between the living and the dead The Soul Defender carries out its mission, its appearance as startling as a flame leaping up in a dark room, lurid flares that give light to the soul’s material. The Soul Defender’s mission is political, ethical, environmental and artistic – it travels in the middle ground where the mind strikes the world, a rainbow’s edge where beauty comes into being, where surfaces mingle and provide access to a space where art and life coexist, a striking of pure otherness creating something sublime…”

William McClure, Chief Provocateur

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is The Soul Defender used for?

A variety of events: it can host panel talks, performances and parties; it can be used to activate spaces or market certain (positive) brands, or parade like at mardi gras.

Protests: as the name suggests, the truck defends the soul by supporting causes that promote a better world. The Soul Defender is a vehicle for change and we demand federal action to be taken on climate change, caring for our fragile country and changes to ancient sound laws preventing cultural development in Canberra.

Can I people ride in the back of The Soul Defender?

Yes, if the road is closed or it's on private property (assuming compliance to our risk plans).

But if the road is not closed, only one passenger and the driver can be in the cab and no-one on stage. But bubbles and music can still pump out of the stage on normal roads.