What's in store for the Kings Cross Festival?
October 9, 2014
Richard for 2011

'Balloons' by Tim Denoodle- one of the photographs in the Somewhere City exhibitionDespite what the media says, the Cross is far from dead ...art, music, food and culture all part of this year's program...Gina Machado reports

After going on hiatus in 2013, the Kings Cross Festival is back this year and it's looking good. The festival is expected to provide lots of activities and entertainment for residents and visitors - as well as a boost for local businesses.
Launching the festival on Wednesday night, City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore, whose Council is the major contributor, encouraged the focus on the local scene. 
"We think the Potts Point Partnership has been doing a great job", she said. "It's been a challenge in recent years. The City has been really happy to support you."
Lord Mayor Clover Moore (left) at the festival launch, with Potts Point Partnership Chair Tim Peterson (right).
Last held in 2012, the festival is organised by local chamber of commerce, the Potts Point Partnership, to showcase the neighbourhood's restaurants, cafes and other businesses. 
Tim Petersen, Chair of the Partnership and owner of local cafe Dov, says the 2014 Kings Cross Festival is "a wonderful celebration of the vibrant and diverse community" in the 2011 postcode.
Guests at the launch, held at the Gallery Mercure in Victoria Street, had the opportunity to view Somewhere City, a photographic exhibition by Tim Denoodle. The exhibition is on view until November 2.
The biggest event of this year's festival will be Sunday's Macleay Street Long Table, an all-day village fair that will take over the street as well as Fitzroy Gardens. Darlinghurst Road and Macleay Street, from Roslyn Street to Greenknowe Avenue will be closed to traffic from 3am to 9pm
Stalls will offer food, wine, demonstrations and a chance to get to know community groups. There'll be live music, an indigenous smoking ceremony, fitness workshops, kids entertainment and a petting zoo so inner-city dwellers can enjoy animals they don't often see. A Potts Point Pooch competition acknowledges one of the area's fastest-growing demographics. The Characters of the Cross Awards will honour the people who add more than most to the neighbourhood.  
Louise Shepherd, coordinator of the Kings Cross Festival, says a key priority has been making the event really local.
"We'll have only local stallholders", she says. Wines will be from specialist family wineries within NSW.
Tim Petersen, is quick to push home the point. "We've forgone a lot of opportunities for revenue to keep it local." 
Macleay Street Long Table kicks off around 11am on Sunday and will go through to 5pm when the Festival After Party takes over, at the Bourbon. 
A range of events on Saturday also promote the food and art culture that has long been an identifying character of Kings Cross - Potts Point.
Free event Art After Dark will be outdoors at the Australian Institute of Architects, featuring the finalist images of the #kingscrosscolour photography competition projected onto the building wall. The Kings Cross Art Walk, a guided tour of 9 local galleries is already fully booked.
The Llankelly Place Degustation is a progressive dinner, where guests will spend twenty minutes having a small course at each venue, then move onto the next one. 
Conversations in the Cross offers a unique opportunity to engage with three well-established locals on life in the neighbourhood and what the future might look like. Rev Graham Long of the Wayside Chapel, local historian Warren Fahey and writer and journalist Sue Williams will lead this discussion at Chez Dee, starting at 8pm
For details and bookings, see kingscrossfestival.com.au.


Photos courtesy of Gina Machado and Aviso PR

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