Surry Hills Fes­ti­val

Time Out (Sydney) - - THINGS TO DO - Re­becca Russo

RE­TURN­ING FOR ITS 15th year, Surry Hills Fes­ti­val draws an im­pres­sive crowd of 60,000 peo­ple for a day of free, fam­ily-friendly en­ter­tain­ment.

It’s one of the big­gest lo­cal fes­ti­vals in spring, in spaces around the sub­urb in­clud­ing Ward Park, Shan­non Re­serve, Crown Street, Devon­shire Street, Hill Street and laneways, with live mu­sic per­for­mances, kids’ ac­tiv­i­ties, art trails, food and pro­duce and mar­ket stalls. You’ll also get a be­hindthe-scenes glimpse at what makes Surry Hills tick in walk­ing tours of the area. Kick back and en­joy per­for­mances from soul­tron­ica singer-song­writer Thandi Phoenix, hip-hop duo Coda Con­duct, in­die folk­ster Joe Mun­go­van, psy­che­delic gypsy rock band Un­gus Un­gus Un­gus, and plenty more.

This year the fes­ti­val is in­tro­duc­ing Dou­ble Take, a cu­rated trail of pro­jec­tion and pop-up in­stal­la­tions along Devon­shire Street cu­rated by lo­cal cre­atives Esem Projects, which will run from Surry Hills Fes­ti­val on Satur­day Septem­ber 23 un­til Sun­day Oc­to­ber 15. Also an­nounced is the Most Amaz­ing Devon­shire Tea, Ever: a bold, im­mer­sive in­stal­la­tion in­spired by late, great lo­cal artist Martin Sharp. En­try is by do­na­tion and all funds raised on the day go to­wards the community pro­grams of the Surry Hills Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre.

Thandi Phoenix

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