2017 Media Releases

Emerge Festival 2017 Program Launched: Celebrating new talent, culture and community

11 August 2017


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 2 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 are also kids’ movies on the giant outdoor Urban Screen, face painting and roving circus entertainment.

This year, the Emerge Festival also incorporates the Willoughby Visual Arts Biennial (WVAB) – Kaleidoscope (6 – 24 September). Following a highly successful inaugural event in 2015, this vibrant arts festival will showcase exhibitions, public space art installations, large scale video art, performance art, workshops and more.

Music lovers are well catered for with Willoughby Symphony’s NATURE (16 and 17 September) and Jane Rutter’s Live at Lunch concertThe Painted Piano & The Golden Flute (13 September), and ballet fans will delight in the international Russian National Ballet Theatre’s Romeo and Juliet (8 - 11 September).

There’s plenty for kid’s too, with stage show Room on the Broom at The Concourse (26 - 28 September), and puppet theatre from Jeral Puppets (various dates through September).

This year the Festival welcomes back a local favourite event, the Willoughby Craft Beer Festival (10 September), showcasing craft beers with food stalls, live music and kid’s entertainment.

Emerge Festival also shines a spotlight on local community groups and individuals who have received a 2017 Event Seed Funding Grant from Willoughby Council. 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.

Our Lady of Dolours Catholic Primary School, will hold an Emerging Creative Writers Workshop at Chatswood Library (22 September) aimed at encouraging primary school aged children to write more, and helping families to engage children in developing writing skills and their imaginations.

The Naremburn Progress Association will bring the community together for a screening of the film, Paddington (Saturday 16 September). There will also be a bear drawing competition, marmalade tastings and a prize for the best dressed bear.

The pop-up Oasis is also back to round out a great month of events. The Oasis provides a relaxing space to rejuvenate in the Chatswood CBD amongst the spring sunshine – at The Concourse (27 - 29 September). Think deck chairs, umbrellas, music, entertainment, interactive kid’s activities like face painting and a pop-up library, movies on the Urban Screen and more.

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

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Email: Samantha.Connor@Willoughby.nsw.gov.au 

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