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Sunday, 16 May 2021

Sydney set to sizzle with new winter festival


Sydney has a new festival to mark the winter solstice.

Think live music paired with stargazing at the Sydney Observatory. winemakers at Aria showcasing their wares, or country music in Newtown.

How about a street party in South Eveleigh (I think that used to be called Redfern) with Kylie Kwong; an ice rink at Darling Harbour and interactive art installations and dance performances in Chinatown laneways?

Sydney Solstice aims to showcase Sydney's hospitality, music and creative industries and thriving night-time economy (it is not that long ago, of course, that Sydney shut down soon after dusk).

The Sydney Solstice event will be held from June 8-20 with over 200 different experiences at Sydney restaurants, pubs, precincts, art galleries, museums, and live music venues across the CBD, Darling Harbour, Newtown, Oxford Street and surrounds.

Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said the event program was set to stimulate the Sydney visitor economy during the winter period by encouraging Sydneysiders and visitors to get out and explore the city.

“The NSW Government remains committed to the revitalisation of Sydney CBD and surrounds and we are thrilled at the response and interest from local Sydney businesses with more than 150 venues and hundreds of artists, chefs and performers participating in Sydney Solstice," he said.

“We anticipate Sydney Solstice will attract many locals and visitors to Sydney, and particularly, the four key precincts activated as part of the program. This is incredibly positive for so many businesses that were affected by Covid-19 restrictions to help support their recovery, as well as the community, who are looking for new ways to rediscover the Harbour City and restore their social calendar to its pre-Covid heights."

The program is available here, or go to www.sydneysolstice.com

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