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Emerge Festival 2016 Program Launched: Celebrating new talent, culture and community

08 August 2016


An exciting program of more than 30 events has been announced for the North Shore’s much loved Emerge Festival this September – from the new and exciting, to many popular annual events.

The North Shore’s biggest and best street party, the Chatswood StreetFair will be held 10am - 4pm, Saturday 3 September. Watch the colourful street parade and wander the great variety of market stalls. Enjoy entertainment throughout the day on the numerous stages featuring Big Bands, dance shows, kid’s performances and more. There’s also kids’ movies on the giant outdoor Urban Screen, face painting and roving circus entertainment.

The pop-up Oasis concept is back this year, providing a relaxing space to rejuvenate in the Chatswood CBD amongst the spring sunshine – at Chatswood Mall Market (1 - 2 September) and The Concourse (22 - 25 September). Think deck chairs, umbrellas, music, entertainment, interactive kid’s activities and more.

Another stand out event of this year’s Festival is art exhibition, Morphogenesis (7- 25 September) at Incinerator Art Space, Willoughby. This solo exhibition from Emily McGregor is a sensitive and revealing observation of movement and change through sculptural installations and layered drawings. 

Young festival-goers will be delighted by Peppa Pig (21 September) and Spot (23 - 25 September) children’s theatre shows at The Concourse. 

Music lovers are well catered for with the popular Sunday Sounds free outdoor concerts (each Sunday), Willoughby Symphony’s MAGIC (17 September) and Jane Rutter’s Live at Lunch concert series (14 September). There’s also Back to Bacharach Feat. Love Child (23 September), a tribute to the anthems of the hit TV series, LOVE CHILD, as well as tribute show, Elvis: If I Can Dream (16 September) at The Concourse.

This year, Emerge Festival also shines a spotlight on local community groups and individuals who have received a 2016 Event Seed Funding Grant. These grants are designed to help fund cultural, artistic and performing arts projects and events that will directly benefit the cultural life of the Willoughby community.

The Taiwan Festival Committee Incorporated will present the two-day Sydney Taiwan Festival (10 and 11 September) celebrating and promoting Taiwanese culture through performances, workshops, food and activities in Chatswood Mall. Chatswood Musical Society’s 65th Anniversary Concert (10 September) will feature up and coming new artists and current members performing songs from shows produced by the Society during its wonderful 65 year history.

Local theatre performer Justin Buchta will entertain kids and adults alike with is interactive and comic one-man show, Wouldman Strike a Pose (17 September), and the Walter Burley Griffin Society will host a program of public Open Houses and expert talks (17 September) on the artistic, architectural and planning achievements of the Griffins.

“This year’s Emerge Festival features a fabulous program of events for the whole family. It’s all about celebrating our vibrant arts and culture scene, promoting new talent and creative opportunities, and showcasing our local community. This is why Emerge Festival is one of my favourite times of year and I can’t wait to see you all out and about this September,” said Willoughby Mayor, Gail Giles-Gidney. 

For the full program of Emerge Festival events visit www.emergefestival.com.au

Media Contact:
Rebecca Hill
Marketing and Events Manager
Phone: 9777 7703
Email: rebecca.hill@Willoughby.nsw.gov.au 

For non media related enquiries contact Willoughby City Council on 9777 1000 or email@willoughby.nsw.gov.au