Arts & Entertainment

Kings Cross Festival

This year the Kings Cross Festival is back and better than ever. The festival is all about showcasing the best venues and activities in Kings Cross across the last weekend in February. Every year the festival changes to give visitors and locals a fresh take on the area. This year the theme for the festival is food, family and film.

On Saturday at the Llankelly Place Long Table you can visit the iconic lane and have dinner with some of the best restaurants in the area, with DJs from World Bar spinning all night. Restaurants taking part include Waterman’s Lobster Co, Osaka Bar, KL Kitchen, Pizza Boccone, LL Wine and Dine, Bang Tang and the Roosevelt.

On Sunday head to El-Alamein Fountain for Families by the Fountain, where parents and kids can bond through a number of activities such as face painting, the Taronga Zoo mobile zoo, craft activities, fun fitness plus food from Potts Point Deli, Farm Wholefoods and 169 Darlinghurst.

On Sunday Night enjoy an outdoor cinema at Beare Park where The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert (rated M) will be showing. Feel free to bring food and drinks to accompany the movie. Entry is $5 and all funds will go to Wayside Chapel, the 2016 charity partner.

Potts Point Partnership General Manager Louise Shepherd has been running the event since 2012 and she said she was very disappointed in the state governments refusal to fund this community event.

“We were disappointed that the state government didn’t support the festival financially as they did in 2012 and 2014,” she said.

“They didn’t want to support an event post-lockout, especially when it effected all types of businesses.”

Shepherd said this year has been interesting to organise since Kings Cross after the lockouts has turned into a different area altogether, but she doesn’t want that to dampen the spirits of the festival.

“[We are] highlighting the cool stuff that’s still going on and celebrating the area,” she said. “The area is quite diverse and people might not think of it as a place that’s close to the harbour [or that] families live here. [We want to] showcase the diversity at the heart of the broader community.” (AMal)

Feb 27–28. Kings Cross, various locations. Free. Check festival website for exact times and dates: kingscrossfestival.com.au

 

BY ATHINA MALLIS

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