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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!