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Six weeks of art, music and workshops

Celebrating its 22nd year, Emerge Festival is the largest cultural and entertainment celebration on Sydney's North Shore.

Running for six fun-filled weeks, Emerge Festival brings an exciting, colourful and creative flair to Spring, with a huge line up of over 70 events and activities – including plenty of exciting new attractions!

Highlights include:

  • StreetFair - 7 September in Chatswood. All day entertainment, music, video gaming, street parade, rock climbing wall, children's activities, international food, 'zen hub' with yoga and guided meditation.

  • Willoughby Visual Arts Biennial, 4 September – 13 October, exploring the theme of 'resilience and the community' through exhibitions, public art walk, temporary public art installations, large scale video art and performance art. Free. Chatswood and Willoughby.

  • Matsuri - Japan Festival, 14 September, 11am - 6pm. Chatswood Mall. Enjoy the many delights of Japanese cuisine and culture. Free.

  • Pet Festival – 9am – 3pm, Saturday 21 September, OH Reid Memorial Oval, Reid Drive, Chatswood West. Activities for pets and their human companions. From doggy fashion parades to pet workshops, there's plenty to do with your animal friend. Free.

  • Festival Oasis - 28 September-13 October, The Concourse, Chatswood. Perfect for tweens with loads of school holiday activities. Dig into DIY workshops, a silent disco, LEGO®, slime making and Bollywood dance workshops.

  • Red Carpet Ready - talks, runway shows and styling sessions at Chatswood Chase. Throughout September.

    Also look forward to a public art walk, rock climbing wall, Bollywood dance workshops, yoga, meditation and runway fashion shows.

    Willoughby City Council Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney notes Emerge Festival showcases a fabulous program of events for the whole family to enjoy. "Emerge Festival is a time when the north shore comes alive and emerges from winter to enjoy the sunshine and outdoor activities and discover new groups and activities in their community" Mayor Giles-Gidney said.

    Don't miss this vibrant annual celebration of Willoughby City's vibrant arts and culture scene! Plan your visit today at

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    When: 1 September – 13 October 2019
    Where: Sydney's North Shore
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