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By Sarah Ward
July 01, 2019
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The Hidden Lanes Festival 2019

Celebrating Fortitude Valley's laneways with a day-long party.
By Sarah Ward
July 01, 2019
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Not that long ago, the narrow spaces around Fortitude Valley were just that — spaces, not vibrant laneways. These days, however, the area boasts not one, not two, but now three jam-packed alleys. Yes, that's a development that's worth celebrating.

In fact, it's a change worthy of a day-long festival, which is exactly what the returning Hidden Lanes Festival is all about. On Saturday, October 26 from 10am until late, Bakery Lane, Winn Lane and California Lane will turn into a flourishing — and free — party, complete with markets, beverages, art installations, food, fashion, a heritage trail, masterclasses and more than 50 live musical acts.

Tunes-wise, the lineup includes The Vanns, Tyne-James Organ, Boatkeeper, Bonsai, Concrete Surfers, Greta Stanley, The Jensens, Cry Club, Dream Coast, James Rigby, Greaves and more, all across ten stages. If you're eager to pick up a new skill, everything from decorating cookies, to making dumplings and kimchi, to the secrets of being a silversmith are all on the bill. And, of course, the event will definitely involve the 80 businesses who call the three laneways home.

Here, you'll eat, drink, dance, shop, chat, learn something, marvel at art and restock your wardrobe — across one huge day and a trio of busy alleys, the list goes on.

Images: Markus Ravik / Alvaro Mayorga.

Updated September 17.

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