If your festival budget this year is a little skint and you've resigned yourself to missing out on seeing bands on hills in your gumboots this summer, don't fret just yet. EDGE is a new — and free — arts and cultural festival program launching in Sydney's inner west.
EDGE will include a cacophony of arts, music, light projections and performance events throughout its 2018 and 2019 run. While the events for next year have not yet been announced, the festival's inaugural event is a four-day celebration taking places this September. And it's starting with a free opening night party in Ashfield Town Centre on Thursday, September 6. Headlining will be diverse fusion band Worlds Collide, accompanied by sound installations, light projections and dance performances happening throughout the evening.
The celebration will continue for the rest of the weekend, too, with pop-up performances in Ashfield Town Hall, Sydney Sacred Music Festival, sound and light-filled exhibition Ritual Lanterns by Jayanto Tan and a folklore flower trail, Bloom.
Ashfield Town Centre will also light up with Three Generations, from September 6-9, giant projections of local people and their stories, done by Esem Projects.
EDGE will expand during the course of 2019 — beginning in Ashfield and spreading to more of Sydney's inner west — with hundreds of local artists and performers jumping onboard. If you want to register your interest, you can here.
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