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Surry Hills Festival 2015

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Hang out with the cool kids at this years Surry Hills Festival. Nearly 50,000 people attend this festival each year so make sure you put this one in the diary!

Brought to you by Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre, the festival will feature great local food, fresh produce, art, music and performers and will celebrate all that is unique and wonderful about Surry Hills. It will take place on Saturday 26 September.

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The theme this year is 'Stories, Love & Tales' and will focus on telling stories of the local area through art and design installations and guided tours.

One of the key initiaitves to tell the Surry Hills Story is the 'Picnic Blanket Story Telling Project'. Banners and decorations will adorn Surry Hills and picnic rugs will tell the story of 'The Runaway Elephant of Wimbo Park Circus' by Matt Hyunh. These items will decorate the streets and pop up spaces on Surry Hills Festival day and after. Volunteers have been busy making screen prints over the last few weeks so it is sure to be a beautiful display.

To further tell the Surry Hills Story, there will be projections of Surry Hills photos representing 'Surry Hills Lives', an interactive artwork series called the Mills of Surry Hills and a Surry Hills Song Competition.

There will also be a Surry Sock Puppet show which is sure to be entertaining!

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Of course music will be a huge part of the day with a great line up of bands and artists. Acts will take place across two huge stages in Shannon Reserve.

As published on, the lineup is as follows:

I Know Leopard
Lyre Byrdland
The Civilians
Lucy Lowe
On the Stoop
High Top Brass Band
Demi Louise


The Stiffys
Leah Flanagan
Sons Of East
The Pigs.

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Of course on the day there will be heaps of stalls showcasing a huge range of cool, creative gear. Food and alcohol will be available!

Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre is passionate about the environment and aims for zero waste and encourages sustainability initiatives.

Importantly, as detailed on th website 'funds raised through Surry Hills Festival sponsors, partners, volunteers and donations on event day go to community programs of SHNC. In particular, services for people with low income and marginalised groups such as elderly people, people who are homeless, people with mental illness and people from culturally or linguistically diverse backgrounds.' So give generously at this event - it really is a great cause.

They love volunteers so why not consider helping out on the day. Find out more here.

The Surry Hills Festival will take place around Crown Street, in Shannon Reserve, Ward Park and in laneways, pop up spaces and other spots right across Surry Hills.

Of course it will be busy and hectic in the area on the day, so please carefully consider your transport options.

Most importantly have a great day.

Check out their website or facebook page for more details.
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Why? Celebration of all things that make Surry Hills magical
When: 26 September 2015
Phone: 9356 4977
Where: Shannon Reserve Surry Hills (and surrounding areas)
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Being a Surry Hills resident I love the Surry Hills Festival...however I much preferred it when it was held in Prince Alfred Park rather than spread out over many smaller areas that simply cannot accommodate the large crowds.
by Maria M (score: 2|661) 1583 days ago
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