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Odd Culture Group Is Throwing a Free Summer Street Party to Raise Cash for The Old Fitz Theatre

A Streetparty Named Fitz will bring theatre, music, a next-level barbecue, cocktails and gelato to Woolloomooloo in February.
By Ben Hansen
January 23, 2024
By Ben Hansen
January 23, 2024

Want to spend a Sunday soaking in rays with live music, theatre performances, and a top-notch food and drink lineup — all for a good cause? You're most certainly in luck. Sydney hospo favourite Odd Culture Group (Odd Culture, The Duke of Enmore) is throwing a free street party to raise money for its historic Woolloomooloo theatre next month.

Located within one of our favourite pubs in Sydney, The Old Fitz Theatre has been a vital space within Sydney's arts scene for over two decades now. To celebrate all the exciting things the theatre has in store and to ensure the space continues to thrive for another 20+ years, Odd Culture Group is hosting a day of art, eats and bevs out the front of The Old Fitz on Sunday, February 11.

A Streetparty Named Fitz will take over Dowling Street from midday until 7pm on February 11. On the day, you can expect a pair of performances from the theatre for a preview of its upcoming season, plus a live set from red Wiggle Murray Cook's band The Soul Movers, DJ Aunty Jonny on the decks, and roaming performers popping up throughout the crowd.

In charge of the food for the day will be Odd Culture Group Executive Chef James MacDonald who has created a summer barbecue menu inspired by New Orleans cuisine (the setting of A Streetcar Named Desire). There will be jambalaya, smoked meats and veggies, smoked cheeseburgers and loaded fries.

Once you've indulged in your savoury eats, head to the Mapo Bus and pick up a gelato — talk about summer perfection.

Mapo Gelato, Kitti Gould

Odd Culture has called on some high-profile friends to assist with the day's drinks. A pop-up bar will feature slushies and spritzes created by Matt Whiley (Re), Evan Stroeve (The Waratah) and Eduardo Conde (El Primo Sanchez), as well as margarita seltzers and Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz gin and tonics.

"It means so much to us to work alongside Odd Culture to ensure that the Fitz remains a local favourite and a home for experience-seekers all over Sydney to return to," says The Old Fitz Theatre's Emma Wright.

"As a small, independent theatre space, support from the community and opportunities to reach beyond our 55-seat space make a world of difference and help us continue to champion independent artists and stories within this iconic space."

The Old Fitz Theatre, Sydney Fringe Festival

A Streetparty Named Fitz will hit 129 Dowling Street, Woolloomooloo, from 12–7pm on Sunday, February 11. To find out more and register your interest, head to the Odd Culture Group website.

Published on January 23, 2024 by Ben Hansen
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