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Surry Hills Festival 2014 Is On This Weekend!

By Phoebe Chen - 22 Sep 2014

Every month, a central or seaside locality will organise a weekend of white marquees and joviality. This Saturday 27th September, it's Surry Hills' turn. Re-emerging spectacularly after a year's absence, the Surry Hills Festival seeks not only to showcase local talent and heritage, but to also fund community outreach programs.

The Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre will be using funds from sponsors, donors and volunteers to improve resources for marginalised community members. It's this holistic sense of community that promises to be the highlight of the festival. This year's theme reflects the suburb's inclusive ethos – Stories, Love and Tales.

You'll want to set aside a full day to experience the medley of live music, local food and art or, if you're game, to participate in the series of interactive creative events. For those who love a bit of live music, head to the Surry Hills Song Competition or just simply walk around Ward Park and Shannon Reserve to catch some great local bands. Filmmakers and nostalgia-trippers will find much to savour in the Surry Hills Lives series, with the classic ABC documentary "Living on the Fringe" projected in tandem with other vignettes of Surry Hills history. For the more physically inclined or if you've just got a bit of extra energy to get rid of, get down to the revolutionary Disco-Dance-a-Thon to bust a disco move. Flares optional.

Take a bit of time to peruse the art exhibitions on Crown Street and their accompanying stalls. Also find interior décor, original artworks and vintage paraphernalia clustered around Ward Park and Shannon Reserve. Local eateries will be showcasing their menus, so be sure to grab a bite in between stall-hopping and art-appreciating. To complete the picturesque ambience, this year's music line-up includes The Lula Raes, Tales in Space, Little Fox and a medley of other up-and-coming artists.

With so much goodness in one suburb, we can't wait for the Surry Hills Festival!

Image credit: Surry Hills Festival

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