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Live bands, food stalls, children's activities & more
On Saturday 22nd September, 2018 The Surry Hills Festival will culminate in a fantastic celebration of Surry Hills and everything that is great about this urban community. The event will be on from 10 am to 10 pm, and it is FREE - entry by donation.
The funds that are raised through the festival sponsors partners, volunteers and donations, will go to community programs run by the Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre.
The needs of people with low incomes will benefit from these funds. These people include such people as the elderly, homeless, people with social anxieties or mental illness and people from culturally diverse backgrounds.
The MC for the event will be locals Gavin Ivey from Koori Radio and Emily Nicol of NITV. There will be more DJs announced for the official after-party at The Clock Hotel.
Returning by popular demand is the curated Pop Up Stage featuring artists from the Australian Institute of Music (AIM).
The festival will encompass Ward Park, Devonshire Street, Shannon Reserve, Crown Street, lane-ways, pop up spaces, local venues, creative spaces and everything in between.
The festival is actually spread over ten days and this year's program is themed "Spring into Surry Hills". This festival and theme begin on 13th September.
The theme celebrates the founding of the Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre in the times of flower power which was late 1960's/early 1970's. There will be trails of projections, installations and performances running from 13th to 22nd September, around Devonshire Street.
There will also be some special tours which will explore the heritage, art and architecture, great cafes and the creative enterprises of Devonshire Street and surrounds.
Starting in August, there will also be five tours leading up to the festival, and you can read more about these and book for them here. The meeting point will be at the information stall in Ward Park and the cost will be a $10 donation to SHNC and community programs.
Themed tours include:
1. Art/Architecture Creative Trail on Saturday 25th August
2. Craft Beer Creative Trail on Saturday 15th September
3. Art/Architecture Creative Trail on Saturday 15th September
4. St Peters Church Choir and local history on Sunday 16th September
5. Surry Hills Spring Tasting Trail on Thursday 20th September
The guided tours on the festival day will visit all the highlights.
There will be heaps of stallholders including food stalls from all over the world. There will also be home-wares amongst other stalls.