Celebrate spring this year by attending one of the many events taking place around the City of Willoughby as part of the 16th annual Spring Festival. The event begins in late August and runs into early October with over 70 events, including cultural celebrations, botanics, kids activities, film festivals, art, music, theatre and more. You can be sure there's something you will like.
The Spring Festival will be launched on Friday August 17 when dance groups put on a performance that sees them 'Burst to Life', a reference to the theme of this year's event. It will take place at 6.30pm at the Open Space on The Concourse.
StreetFair The highlight of the event will be the Willoughby StreetFair, which will take over Chatswood CBD on Saturday September 15 from 10am to 4pm. This event attracts over 120,000 visitors and will see major streets closed off to make room for 4 entertainment stages, over 120 stalls and a parade of 1000 people and a number of floats which will occur at 10.30am. Volunteers are welcomed at the event.
As part of the StreetFair, a Kid's Zone at The Concourse will offer circus activities, dances, performances and face painting. William and Sparkles from Channel 9's Magical Tales will also make an appearance at 1:30pm. Older kids may also enjoy the Youth Lounge to be set up in Chatswood Mall, which will feature bands and dance groups. To see the schedule of the day's events click here.
Film Festivals There will be a series of film festivals held throughout September which should meet the cinematic tastes of many movie-goers. The Willoughby Mini Film Festival will take place on Saturday September 22, showing films produced by students of all ages. The Chatswood Silent Film Festival will take place on Friday September 7, 6:30 to 8:30pm.
In addition, Short Black Films, produced by indigenous filmmakers, will be shown on Saturday September 8, 6:30 to 8:30pm. An evening of Persian Short Films will also take place on Saturday September 29, 6:30pm to 7:30pm. All of these are free and will be broadcast on the new Urban Screen at The Concourse.
Cultural Events The Festival of Prayer at The Concourse will be a great opportunity to expose yourself to another culture. At this event you will be able to meet ordained members from different Buddhist traditions and be led in prayer by local and international Sangha members. The Festival of Prayer will take place on Saturday September 29, 9am to 5pm.
Another interesting event, the Moon Festival, will be hosted by Chatswood Public School on Thursday September 13, 6pm to 8pm. It will include Lion Dances, Korean drumming, Indian, Japanese and Chinese cultural dances by students and local community groups.
Nature Activities You can't forget to connect with nature during an event like the Spring Festival! Enjoy a trip through Explosives Reserve on the Wildflower Walk, taking place on Sunday September 2 between 10am and 1pm. There will also be a Spring Bushwalk through Harold Reid Reserve on Friday September 21, between 10am to 1pm, where you can enjoy views of beautiful Middle Harbour.
Alternatively, the Bushcare Major Day Out will be held on Sunday September 9, 9am to 12pm. It will bring together local Bushcarers along with those interested in getting involved. There will also be an Orchid Pavilion at Civic Pavilion on The Concourse on Saturday September 15, between 9am and 4pm, featuring award-winning orchard displays.
On August 1 at 8pm the Sydney Symphony will make their debut at The Concourse Concert Hall, playing Mozart's Symphony No.33, Berlioz Reverie et Caprice, Gounod "Petite Symphonie" for 9 Wind Instruments and more. Chatswood Public School instrumentalists and choristers will perform at school on Tuesday September 4 at 6.30pm.
Furthermore, the Northern Sydney Symphonic Wind Ensemble (NSSWE) will also host its inaugural Spring Music Festival across Friday September 7 and Saturday September 8. Among the other musical events around Chatswood will be performances by a harpist, the Vienna Boys Choir and Northern Youth Symphonic Wind. None of these events are free.
The theatre schedule for the Spring Festival features some great plays. At Zenith theatre, Pirates of Penance will run from Friday August 24 to Saturday September 1, Stories East and West from Thursday September 6 to Saturday September 8 and "The Look Drawing Show" from September 29 to September 30. On the corner of McIntosh and Railway Streets there will also be the Magic Bubble Library, featuring bubble artist Mr. Bubble Dragon on Thursday and Friday, September 27-28, which is aimed at young children.
As you can see, the Spring Festival will be a month jam-packed with great events and this list is just a taste of what you could experience. Other events include open houses at Naremburn Community Centre and local sustainable houses, chess tournaments, golf tournaments, orienteering, cycling events and art exhibitions.
For information on everything to do with the Festival visit the event's website here.
Hello, Magic Bubble Library at the Zenith Theatre dates need to be admended to 27~28 Sep. Thanks.
FYI, Magic Bubble Library outdoor event is held at the Concourse Green Space on 22nd Sep throughout the whole day for local kids and families.