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Surry Hills Festival bursts into Sydney this weekend!

September 19, 2018 9:59 amby


Surry Hills Festival 2018 will be showing off the sights, sounds and colourful atmosphere that characterise the inner city suburb this weekend. Spreading across Surry Hills from 10am to 10pm on Saturday, 22 September – the festival is a FREE family-friendly day taking place across Ward Park, Devonshire Street, Crown Street, Shannon Reserve and surrounds. Come in your best flower power inspired outfit for the unofficial opening of spring!

Packed with the trademark live music line-up, free tours, pop up spaces, nooks and crannies bursting with performance, local narratives, food and vibrant art – the festival is an engaging showcase of what makes Surry Hills the heart of Sydney’s innovative creative district. Don’t miss a moment of one of Sydney’s most-loved festivals by downloading the program HERE.

Celebrating the founding of Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre (SHNC) in the late 1960s/70s, the Centre’s role in nurturing community, and the design and textile industries for which Surry Hills is famous – this year’s creative theme is all about FLOWER POWER. Highlights of the arts program include giant glowing Triffid installations, Projection Arts, The emPOWER FLOWER public art project inviting everyone to join in making a stunning installation of Spring happiness, Surry Hills and Valleys (an installation of portrait photographs by Tim Ritchie coupled with stories of local personalities), the inaugural Microflix Festival (30 short fiction animations), Kate Leigh’s Knees Up (hilarious reenactments of the infamous local bootlegger) and pop up performances by The Devonshire Divas presented by the ever wonderful Deep Sea Astronauts.

Kick off spring with the whole family this year with a whole bunch of creative activities to bring old and young together. Get down early from 10am for the Dog Show with categories including Best Tricks and Best Flower Power Fancy Dress. Meet Your Mayors is a huge colour in art wall brought to life by Tim Andrews that will keep the whole family entertained. Hitch a ride in a 1970’s inspired Kombi and come see the Mind Melting Maypole, a psychedelic rendition of the wicker-man tradition produced by SEET Dance.

The live music line-up features some of the Sydney’s most talented artists including Joyride, DOBBY, Rackett, Crocodylus, Pirra, Iluka, Jackie Brown Jr. and King Tide on the Ward Park and Shannon Reserve stages – listen to the offical festival playlist HERE. Beyond these main stages, there is the popular AIM Pop Up Stage returning to Tudor Reserve, a Vintage Record Fair and the Clock Hotel will play host to the official Surry Hills Festival after party with great local DJs for music lovers of all sorts.

And to top it off, Surry Hills legends Yullis have crafted a FLOWER POWER ale, nice and dry, with a light hop profile complemented by Chamomile tea aromas – perfect for Springtime and available at local venues. You can also meet the locals, sample the ale and explore the heritage, art and architecture, wonderful eateries and creative enterprises of Devonshire Street and surrounds with especially curated tours with Surry Hills Creative Precinct – visit HERE for bookings.

Join the thousands of expected Sydneysiders for the unofficial welcoming of spring.

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

( Photo Credit: The Devonshire Divas by Deep Sea Astronauts)


SAT 22ND SEPTEMBER 2018, 10AM – 10PM