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Surry Hills Festival announces music line up!

August 3, 2017 12:01 pmby

SURRY HILLS FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES MUSIC LINE UP

 + THE MOST AMAZING DEVONSHIRE TEA PARTY, EVER! PUBLIC ART PROJECT

With a reputation for showcasing a wide range of Sydney’s most outstanding acts, today Surry Hills Festival announces its 2017 music line up. Joining the festival on 23 September is Sydney’s soultronica singer-songwriter Thandi Phoenix, hip hop duo Coda Conduct, indie folkster Joe Mungovan, psychedelic gypsy rock band Ungus Ungus Ungus, the red hot soul sounds of The Fever Pitch with the fun sounds of Borneo and Dweeb City rounding out the main stage line up. Jay Katz returns as the MC DJ for the main music stage in Ward Park. The ever popular AIM Pop up stage will be hosted at Shannon Reserve this year.

Spread across Ward Park, Devonshire Street, Shannon Reserve, Crown Street, laneways, pop up spaces, local venues, creative spaces and everything in between – Surry Hills Festival invites everyone to be immersed in the creativity that the locals celebrate 365 days a year.

This year’s program introduces Double Take which will be launched with one amazing day and night time celebration as part of Surry Hills Festival. Local creatives, Esem Projects, are working with selected artists to overlay Devonshire Street and surrounds with a curated trail of projection and pop up installations transforming the heart of Surry Hills into a network of spontaneous art and discovery. Double Take will run three weeks from Surry Hills Festival on Saturday 23 September to Sunday 15 October 2017.

Also announced is the The Most Amazing Devonshire Tea Party, Ever! Inspired by legendary local artist Martin Sharp and all the notorious characters of Surry Hills, everyone’s invited to join in creating a bold immersive installation. Developed in months leading up to the festival at community workshops it will be launched on festival day and remain in place for three weeks as part of Double Take. Join free workshops every Saturday at Shannon Reserve (10am – 2pm) and at Surry Hills Markets on 5 August and 2 September. Visit the website for the full workshop program.

Surry Hills Festival, a FREE family-friendly day, will be packed with the trademark live music line-up, plus free tours, pop up spaces, nooks and crannies bursting with performance, local narratives, food and art – an engaging showcase of what makes Surry Hills the heart of Sydney’s innovative creative district. Join the 60,000 expected Sydneysiders for the unofficial welcoming of spring.

All funds raised on the day go to community programs presented by Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre.

SURRY HILLS FESTIVAL 2017

SAT, 23rd SEPTEMBER 2017, 10AM – 10PM

FREE. ENTRY BY DONATION

Festival Partners

Pom Pom workshops are back!

June 7, 2017 12:11 pmby

On Saturday June 3 we held the first community pom pom making workshop in Shannon Reserve at Surry Hills Market. Great success! A little early rain ☔️ but as soon as we poured the colorful wool out – the kids in the playing ground all ran to it! Kids were helping each other and mums got in there helping the little ones!

We thank all the participants for joining in and donating the pom poms for the big soft sculptures we will be making for the spectacular community showcase at Surry Hills Festival on 23 September – big red hearts ♥️, big yellow diamonds , big blue clubs ♣️, and big aquamarine spades ♠️ .

The colorful Popping Pom Poms adorned the parks and streets of Surry Hills at Surry Hills Festival 2016. This year we continue with this well-loved and fun project, and will create a very special Alice in Wonderland inspired pom pom installation. Keep an eye out for the Surry Hills Festival updates on our Facebook page and join in the fun every first Saturday of the month at Surry Hills Markets.

Dance through the Divide

May 18, 2017 12:54 pmby

Over the last few weeks Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre (SHNC) has been hosting an exciting dance pilot program with Seet Dance and Mums 4 Refugees

Refugee and asylum seeker children are joining forces with Aussie kids learning Hip Hop dance moves from Sydney’s most skilled street dancers. The pilot program supported by SHNC is already proving to be a success with smiles abounding from the kids involved. 

“Dance through the Divide is a pilot project to bring children together through dance,” said Sara Lubowitz, vice chairperson of the SHNC. “Children, wherever they come from and whatever life events they have been through previously, can relate to each other through dance”. Sara is also a member of Mums 4 Refugees, an organization who have been consultants for the project on a volunteer basis. 

The nine kids are already developing friendships with each other as well as honing their skills at Popping, with internationally known street dancer Jack Wardana, aka Poppin’ Jack. The next teacher on the schedule is Adam Warburton who is an amazing dancer specialising in House. The street dance teachers were introduced to the idea of working with refugee children by Catherine Cassimatis. 

“The first lesson started slow, all the kids were shy. But it only took 10 minutes into the lesson for the kids to start interacting with the teacher and each other”, said Sara. “And by the second lesson the noise level had increased with laughter and joy…We hope that this will be the beginning of a project that can be broadened across Sydney and hopefully beyond”.

The Dance through the Divide program is being overseen by choreographer Charemaine Seet, the founder of Seet Dance contemporary dance school. “Dance is the universal language. Kids big and small, from all over the world can recognize Michael Jackson’s “Moonwalk”. It’s the perfect way for people from completely different circumstances and backgrounds to find common ground”, said Charemaine. 

SHNC thanks Michael Crewdson from SEET Dance for writing this news post.

Surry Hills Festival returns with Spring!

May 1, 2017 12:54 pmby

In it’s 15th year, Surry Hills Festival announces Saturday 23rd September as the date for Sydney most loved inner city celebration. 2017 continues to celebrate all there is to love about the iconic suburb, highlighting and exploring the area’s history, colourful culture, diversity and community spirit the suburb is hailed for. All funds raised on the day go to community programs presented by Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre.

This year’s line up will see a new evening hub hosted at Ward Park and surrounds. Applications are now open for bands, artists and vendors to get involved. Applications close 9th June 2017. Apply here.

Video makers, artists and performers are invited to apply for Double Take. Selected artists will work with curators, Esem Projects, to overlay Devonshire Street and surrounds with a curated trail of projection and pop up installations transforming the heart of Surry Hills into a network of spontaneous art and discovery. Turn the everyday into something curious, revisit the past in a new light, or reveal the playful side of city life. Double Take will run over three weeks from the Surry Hills Festival on Saturday 23 September, until 15 October 2017. Apply here.

Culture pioneers, Culture Scouts, have joined the festival line up to create a program of special tours exploring the history, creative hot spots and delicious food corners of Surry Hills. There will be two tours in the lead up to the festival, tours on festival day, and three sunset tours during the extended Double Take period. To celebrate, the festival is offering the chance to join the first VIP “taster tour” exploring Devonshire Street and surrounds on 12 May, 10am – 12pm. Enter here.

Join in long lead preparations for the festival with creative workshops being held at the Surry Hills Markets, on the first Saturday of each month. Head down to Shannon Reserve on 6th May, 3rd June, 1st July, 5th August or 2nd September to enjoy freshly baked scones at the Community Café and take part in creating fantastic bold public art installations that will line the streets on Surry Hills Festival day and beyond.

Surry Hills Festival, a FREE family-friendly day, will be packed with the trademark live music line-up, plus pop up spaces, nooks and crannies bursting with performance, local narratives, food and art – an engaging showcase of what makes Surry Hills the heart of Sydney’s innovative creative district. Join the 60,000 expected Sydneysiders for the unofficial welcoming of spring!

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Change to SHNC Constitution accepted

March 24, 2017 12:52 pmby

On Tuesday March 21 the Special General Meeting was held at SHNC in order to vote on a proposed change to the SHNC Constitution – to increase the number of the governing board from 8 to 9.

The Governance Committee has carefully considered the need to change the Constitution. After extensive conversation, the Governance Committee is sure an additional committee member will enable a more comprehensive range of ideas and enable a more informed and considered decision making process.

The motion was passed, and a new member joined the board. We welcome Tony MacMahon to the SHNC Governance Committee and are looking forward to working together!

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The Happiness Lab

March 20, 2017 11:58 amby

On Thursday March 16 we had the last session of the very first Happiness Lab run in Sydney. It is a little sad to come to an end of such a wonderful project, but at the same time we are very encouraged and inspired by the community response to this innovative program and the overwhelmingly positive feedback.

The Lab consisted of six sessions where the participants explored topics relating to happiness and thriving, such as gratitude, kindness, resilience and others, and watched videos where these topics were discussed by scientists, doctors, psychologists and spiritual leaders. However the main intention of the course was not discussion only but encouraging participants to intentionally practice these principles in their lives.

Participants from varied cultural and social backgrounds took part in the Lab. It was wonderful to meet new people from our local community and enjoy rich stimulating discussions. We hope that new friendships built during the Lab will thrive and strentgthen our local community.

Big thank you to Karina Kreminski, one of the SHNC’s Governance Committee members, for initiating and facilitating the Lab!

Another installment of the Happiness lab will run in October. You can find out more about the project and stay in touch here – The Happiness Lab Facebook page.

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Seniors Week Brunch

March 15, 2017 11:27 amby

On Friday March 10 Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre (SHNC) together with Surry Hills Community Drug Action Team (CDAT) and Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF) held a special brunch to celebrate the NSW Seniors’ Week.

We want to thank all our guests for joining and sharing this day with us! Our particular thanks goes to the speakers who took time to share their expertise and knowledge with the community. Norma Nicolas from Mission Australia spoke about problem gambling and support services available for people whose lives are negatively affected by it. Russ Gluyas from ACON Health spoke about the Love Project which aims to empower LGBTI seniors to lead active healthy and social lives.

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Special General Meeting

March 1, 2017 11:36 amby

Notice for SHNC Members

Special General Meeting called for 21 March 2017

Proposed changes to the Constitution  

The Governance Committee is proposing a change to SHNC’s Constitution and is calling a Special General Meeting of its members to vote on the proposed change. The suggested change allows for one additional committee member bringing the total number of committee members to nine.

Why Change?

The Governance Committee has carefully considered the need to change the Constitution. After extensive conversation the Governance Committee is sure an additional committee member will enable a more comprehensive range of ideas and enable a more informed and considered decision making process.

Resolution

That the members of Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre agree to updating the Constitution as follows:

14 .2 – The total number of committee members be changed from 8 to 9.

The current constitution is attached to this post for your information – SHNC Constitution

Date of Special General meeting

The Special General meeting will be held on Tuesday 21 March at 6pm at Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre.

RSVP for SHNC members – by close of business Friday 17 March.

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Welcome 2017!

January 3, 2017 1:31 pmby

Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre wishes everyone a happy new year!

We at SHNC are glad to come back from holidays and again open our doors to the community. We have many events and activities planned for this year. Our regular programs and classes will re-start from Monday January 30. From February we have a new community course starting – The Happiness Lab, where participants will explore and discuss what it means to be a person who thrives. On Friday February 17 One Billion Rising will once again shake up our suburb with its electrifying dance and call to stop gender violence – get your dancing shoes and activist hats on!

Meanwhile Surry Hills Market will be open this Saturday January 7, and then every first Saturday of the month. A very elegant cart serving boutique coffee and polish donuts will be stopping by this Saturday, so make sure not to miss it!

Happy New Year to all once again, and let’s make 2017 a great year!

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Christmas Party 2016

December 19, 2016 1:38 pmby
On Friday December 13 SHNC had the annual fun loud merry and delicious Christmas Party!
Thank you to all our wonderful friends and neighbours for coming and sharing this day with us, and thank you to Dorreen Manganini for making this occasion so fabulous!
SHNC wishes everyone a happy festive season! :)
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ASK ME – help improve social housing!

December 5, 2016 4:06 pmby

The Northcott Estate Collaboration Project   (ASK ME!)  is about you, the community, who live, work and pass through the neighbourhood of Clisdell, Devonshire, Northcott, and The Pottery neighbourhood.

We want to hear from everyone, including those actively involved in the community to people whom may not have voiced their aspirations for a better social housing experience and for the community as a whole.

Your answers will help shape the way forward to improve social housing experience and community life.

Your participation in this questionnaire is voluntary. All questions are optional, and your responses will be completely confidential.  Providing your address is optional and only requested to make sure that we are engaging local residents to give their view.

If you have any questions or want more information please contact

Martin Clark at The Pottery office on 9319-9322.

Fill in questionnaire here: ask-me

Questionnaire in other languages (Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Russian) – ask-me-community

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Surry Hills Festival 2016

October 10, 2016 12:26 pmby

Surry Hills Festival 2016 was a colorful beautiful celebration of all there is to love about Surry Hills.

We thank all the musicians, artists, vendors, businesses, volunteers and community members for giving their support and energy to the Festival and making this day so special!

Here is a small snippet of the festivities going on the day, and you can see all Festival photos on our Facebook page –
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Popping Pom Poms!

September 1, 2016 11:32 amby

Surry Hills Festival preparations are well on their way, and this year we have many exciting community art projects happening.

The most colourful one is the amazing Popping Pom Poms. Over the last few weeks the community centres and spaces in and around Surry Hills have been full of people of all ages and backgrounds weaving and colour-matching yarn and making colourful fluffy pom poms that will decorate the streets and laneways of Surry Hills on the Festival Day. The pom poms are like little burst of spring and colour that one can touch and feel and are meant to enliven, uplift and mark the come back of the warm seasons.

We can’t wait to see the Pom Pom installation on the Festival Day, but making them is half the fun! Yesterday Wednesday August 31 the pom poms brought their magic to Northcott Community Centre and Catholic Care Health Centre on Albion Street, where residents were making pom poms together with Crown School After School Care kids. 170 pom poms made!!!

But don’t worry – there are plenty more pom poms to be made and we need as many hands as possible to help us!

This Saturday September 3 the Pom Pom making workshop will take place in Shannon Reserve at the Surry Hills Market from 11am till 3pm. Our Wall of Fame booth, where you can dress up and pose for a photo as one of the notorious figures from the history of Surry Hills, will also be open.

All activities are kids friendly and lots of fun guaranteeeed! See photos and news from Surry Hills Festival here – Surry Hills Festival Facebook.

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Surry Hills Wall of Fame

August 11, 2016 1:12 pmby

This year’s addition to the creative arts project of the Surry Hills Festival is the Wall of Fame.

Through costume and play the law-abiding citizens of our suburb will transform into Surry Hills most notorious characters – gangsters, rat catchers, run away elephants, the froggies from Frog Hollow and the infamous Katie Leigh and Tilly Divine. Read about these characters in the Surry Hills Stories prepared for the Surry Hills Festival 2014.

All are invited to take part in this fun community project, dress up, have their photo taken and then displayed on Saturday September 24 at the Surry Hills Festival. Watch the Surry Hills Festival Facebook page for workshop days and times!

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Shared Reading Group

August 5, 2016 3:52 pmby

“A short story is the ultimate close-up magic trick – a couple of thousand words to take you around the universe or break your heart”.

Neil Gaiman

Yesterday on Thursday August 4 we had the first meeting of the Shared Reading group. Together with 10 participants we read aloud “Trees can speak” by Alan Marshall, a beautiful short story about silence, bush and friendship, and “Miracle on St David’s Day” by Gillian Clarke, a poem about the lingering power of words and art.

The group meets every week on Thursdays at 3pm. Anybody can participate in a shared reading group regardless of language skills or reading ability. We welcome everyone to join us over a cup of tea, to read, discuss, or simply listen and enjoy a fun afternoon together.

 

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Showcase Lunch

July 22, 2016 4:21 pmby

Today on Friday July 22 SHNC hosted a showcase lunch presented by the participants of the Hospitality Training program that is run in partnership by Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre, Mission Providence and TAFE.

Over 6 months the program provided training in hospitality skills, cooking, table service, communication and time management. Participants also got a chance to gain work-like experience at hospitality events such as today’s Showcase Lunch.

We all are very proud of the participants, their hard work and dedication, and congratulate them on gaining a Certificate II in Hospitality.

“Taking part in this program has been very educational and worthwhile. It has increased my confidence, given me a new set of skills and pushed me to be the best I can.

I have made some great new friends, had a lot of fun and feel very optimistic about my future employment.”

Nick, participant

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Moonhack World Record!

July 22, 2016 4:09 pmby

Moonhack World Record – watch live video here!

We are very excited to have children from SHNC After School Care run at Crown St Public School take part in the world record of having the most number of children coding at once. This initiative was run by Code Club Australia and had 10, 207 children kids coding at once all over Australia.

Code Club Australia is a nationwide network of free, volunteer-led, after-school coding clubs for children aged 9-11. The projects they run teach children how to program by showing them how to make computer games, animations and websites. Kids need to understand that they’re in charge of the computer, and can (and should) make it do what they want, not the other way around.

What a great program and what an achievement! #getkidscoding

SHNC After School Care team works hard to find and get children participating in the events like Moonhack. See more details about the service here - SHNC After School Care

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High Tea for Seniors

April 12, 2016 3:39 pmby

On Friday April 8 SHNC held a High Tea for Seniors as part of the NSW Seniors Week. Over 50 people attended the event and enjoyed a scrumptious high tea style lunch that was prepared and served by the participants of the Work for the Dole Hospitality Training Program that SHNC runs in partnership with TAFE Outreach, TAFE Hospitality and Mission Providence. The program has been running at the Centre from February – with great success and enjoyment of all involved! – and the high tea was the first occasion for the trainees to demonstrate their skills and talent. Not only the lunch was delicious, but the team worked as one and showed great comradery and professionalism.

The guests of the High Tea also got to hear a lecture by a guest speaker from Surry Hill Pharmacy, Tara Ly, about safe use of prescription medications and watch a program of 8 short films starring prominent senior Australian actors. The film program was kindly provided to us by the festival “Young at Heart” http://www.youngatheart.net.au/2016-program/

We are grateful to our guests for coming and extend our gratitude to the hospitality program trainees for making this occasion so special!

See the photos of this event and other activities at SHNC on our Facebook page here

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One Million Stars

March 30, 2016 3:55 pmby

We at Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre love art projects. We love seeing people painting, learning, creating something together – it is fun and inspiring and allows for connections and friendships to develop. Last year we did screen printing with artworks depicting iconic figures and tales of Surry Hills. The year before that we made hundreds of mills that represented the ever changing and moving nature of our suburb. This year we also have something wonderful in store.

A few months ago the participants of the Sewing and Knitting group – who, by the way, always burst with creative ideas and love all things community- proposed that the group joined the One Million Stars to End Violence project. It was begun in 2012 in Brunswick by Maryann Talia Pau, an artist, designer and practising weaver, as a personal response to the rape and murder of Jill Meagher. Since then the project grew into an international weaving movement which unites communities in Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, Europe and the USA. The short term goal is to weave a million ribbon stars and to display them at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in 2018. The long-term goals are far more ambitious: unite people, give hope and courage and spread the message of peace.

Weaving stars brought so much joy to the Sewing group, staff and guests of our Centre that it inspired us to take the project to a new level.

One Million Stars to End Violence installation will be a big art feature in our annual Surry Hills Festival in September. Art workshops will be run on market days in the months leading up to the Festival, and everyone will be able to join in, learn the skill and weave the stars. Make sure to check our Facebook page for workshop dates and photos!

 

“Every woven star reminds us that we have to MAKE peace and safe spaces and that it doesn’t just happen. Every star is a commitment to resist violence and revenge, to believe in forgiveness and healing.

Ending violence is OUR responsibility, not one person, not one organisation or leader. Us. Everyone is welcome. Everyone matters.

With light & love

Maryann x” (Founder of the One Million Stars to End Violence project)

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1 Billion Rising 2016

February 16, 2016 1:21 pmby

On Friday February 12 for the fourth year in a row Surry Hills became a sight for 1 Billion Rising.

What is One Billion Rising? Astonishingly, not many people in Australia are aware of this biggest mass action to end violence against women in human history.

The campaign, launched on Valentine’s Day 2013 by Eve Ensler, the creator of the world famous play Vagina Monologues, began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS.

Now every year in February people across the world come together to express their outrage and rise in defiance of the injustices women suffer. One Billion Rising aims to create a culture shift and empower men and women around the globe to fight the status quo of culture of abuse and say NO to violence in all its forms.

Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre and the cutting edge contamporary dance school SEET Dance have been bringing this event to Sydney from the very first year of the campaign. Charemaine Seet, the choreographer of SEET Dance, and her beautiful dancers headlined the event by creating, performing and then teaching a powerful dance to all the gathered revolutionaries. This year Surry Hills was rising to Janelle Monae’s visionary song “Electric Lady”.

Greens MP for NSW Jenny Leong joined the event and opened it with a speech of support for the cause – we extend our gratitude to her! And also we thank Sara Lubowitz who mc’ed the uprising, Alia Ardon, a youth representative and speaker, Diane Mcdonald for photography, Russell Cole (of Sydney Def Jam),DJ Adverse (Adam Close) of the Groove Dealers, DJs Krystel Diola and Amity, and street dancers Adam Warburton and his crew. And big thank you to Charemaine and Michael of SEET Dance !

Surry Hills uprisings received many messages of support:

“I just had to tell you how moved and excited I was to read this blog. Blown away by your beautiful, soulful efforts in Sydney. The picture ripped my heart open.

Rising with you,”

Eve Ensler, Creator of 1 Billion Rising and the Vagina Monologues

 

“Thank you so much for the incredible Risings you have been organising ! They are amazing!!!”

Monique Wilson, Director One Billion Rising

 

“I appreciate your efforts to raise awareness of violence against women, particularly among young people. It’s great to see that Seet Dance is taking a creative and productive approach to highlighting this important issue through dance.

I commend you for bringing local kids together to raise awareness of this important cause, as part of a wider international call for equality for women around the world.

I wish you all the best with the dance, and trust it will be a fun and empowering evening.”

Lord Mayor Clover Moore

To see the amazing photos of the 1 Billion Rising in Surry Hills visit our Facebook page

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