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Kings Cross Festival

The Kings Cross Festival will return to the city this month, bringing with it a strong sense of community. The festival program will focus three central themes – food, film and family – over two days, Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th February.

Presented by the Potts Point Partnership (PPP), the festival looks to attract locals and visitors to enjoy one of Sydney’s most famous and exciting precincts, a strong foodie destination with a healthy artistic and cultural scene.

PPP General Manager Louise Shepherd is excited for the public to come out and enjoy the varied programming the festival is offering this year.

“Within the festival program, we’re showcasing the diversity and vibrancy of Kings Cross and Potts Point. We have a really fun party planned for the Saturday evening, contrasted with a family-fun day at the fountain on the Sunday, as well as a film event by the picturesque harbour” Shepherd said.

The festival begins with the Llankelly Place Long Table party on Saturday evening. DJs, live music, pop-up bars from Young Henry’s, Waterman’s Lobster Co. and The Roosevelt will transform the iconic laneway into a bustling hub of entertainment, food and drinks, kicking off the festival with a celebratory party-vibe for people of all ages to enjoy.

Communal tables will be set-up under the iconic laneway’s dazzling lights for festivalgoers to gather together and enjoy food and beverages from laneway restaurants and bars, with special menus from Waterman’s Lobster Co, LL Wine and Dine, KL Kitchen, Panhandle Bar and The Roosevelt, while also experiencing the strong community atmosphere that personifies ‘the Cross’.

‘Families by the Fountain’ will take place on Sunday between 9am and 1pm, with the family-friendly event giving kids the chance to get up close and personal with the fun and furry creatures from Taronga Zoo’s mobile zoo, as well as face painting, a much-anticipated visit from The Gruffalo, bubbles, balloons and food and beverages from local cafes, including Farm Wholefoods and 169 Darlinghurst.

Highly regarded pop-up gallery, the LOCO Project, will launch in Kings Cross on the Saturday afternoon of the festival, after an incredibly successful residency in Glebe at the end of last year. The project showcases artists from the local area in a shipping container close to the old Fountain Cafe, displaying a changing exhibition over a month long period.

Sunday Evening will see an outdoor cinema take over the beautiful harbourside park of Beare Park in Elizabeth Bay, with the screening of the Australian classic, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, tying in with the precinct’s strong connection to the LBGT community and Mardis Gras. The cinema event will commence at sunset, but from 5pm guests are invited to bring along picnics and enjoy some pre-event music. Bookings are available on the festival website, with $5 of each ticket sold donated to the event’s charity partner, the Wayside Chapel.

If you weren’t organised enough to put together a picnic basket for the screening, Deliveroo have got you covered. The popular food delivery app will be transporting food from local restaurants to patrons at the Beare Park cinema throughout the evening.

The #kingscrosscolour Instagram competition will run again in the lead up to and during this year’s festival, with photos capturing the vibrancy and colour of Kings Cross judged by local art identities and will go in the draw to win a night’s accommodation at the new Ovolo hotel at Woolloomooloo Wharf.

The Kings Cross Festival sponsors include the City of Sydney, Deliveroo, Savage Training and Commbank Potts Point.

Saturday

Llankelly Place Long Table
5pm – 9pm, Llankelly Place, Kings Cross

Sunday

Families by the Fountain
9am – 1pm, El-Alamein Fountain, Kings Cross

Outdoor Cinema
5pm – 10pm, Beare Park, Elizabeth Bay

WHAT: Kings Cross Festival
WHEN: 27/02/2016 - 28/02/2016 (5:00 pm - 10:00 pm)
WHERE: Llankelly Place Long Table

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