Festival love in Surry Hills

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A flying trapeze, global food market, architecture tours and kids workshops are just some of the attractions at the Surry Hills Festival this month.

Supported by the City of Sydney, the ‘Stories, Love and Tales’ themed festival on Saturday 24 September is an opportunity for locals and the community to celebrate and share all there is to love about Surry Hills.

Artists, musicians, local venues and businesses will be part of the celebrations in and around Ward Park, Shannon Reserve, Crown Street, Tudor Reserve, the Clock Hotel and laneways across Surry Hills.

“The Surry Hills Festival is a wonderful event and an opportunity for the community to explore and enjoy the area’s famed food, art and design scenes,” said City of Sydney CEO, Monica Barone.

“Locals can enjoy a range of free events from live music, arts and curated tours, and get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what makes this village tick.”

Funds raised from the festival will help the Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre run programs for the elderly, homeless, those experiencing mental illness and people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

Highlights of the festival include:

Live music

Shannon Reserve will be transformed into an alfresco live music and picnic venue by day and festival hub at night.

From 10am to 9pm, the live music and garden bar will feature performances from local and upcoming indie artists, including Castlecomer, Iluka, Wishes and The Dusty Ravens.


Visitors can join walks curated by Culture Scouts and the Australian Architecture Association for the chance to meet creatives up close and explore the history, architecture and public art of Surry Hills.

Various tours will take place throughout the day from 10am to 4pm, giving participants the opportunity to visit galleries and local businesses, experience cheese and craft beer tastings, and learn about the history of local buildings. Advance online tour bookings are recommended through surryhillsfestival.org/guided-tours.

The Surry Hills Creative trail

Creative spaces across Surry Hills will open their doors to the public from 11am to 4pm, showcasing a range of community performances, local enterprises and public art projects.

Locals can experience perfume and candlemaking, watch artisans at work, indulge in a massage and learn art-framing techniques.

Circus acts and kids’ entertainment

Ward Park will host a range of entertainment from 9am–6pm including live bands, trapeze and circus performances, games and creative workshops for kids and adults.

There will also be dog show, fancy dress parade, global food market and iPhone photography exhibition.

After party

When the sun goes down, locals can head to the Festival After Party at The Clock Hotel on Crown Street. Sydney DJs will spin the decks with classic hits from 8pm to midnight.

The Surry Hills Festival is an associated event of Art & About Sydney, produced by the City of Sydney.

For full details on the 2016 Surry Hills Festival visit whatson.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

For media inquiries or images, contact City of Sydney Senior Publicist Elaine Kelly

Phone 0477 362 550 or email ekelly@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

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