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The North Shore’s premiere festival ‘Emerge’ brings an exciting, colourful and creative flare to Spring, with a huge line up of events and activities – including plenty of new activities to tempt you.

From 1 September to 13 October nearly 80 art, workshop, music, and children’s events combine to form the Emerge Festival, which is celebrating its 22nd year.

Highlights include:

  • StreetFair: 7 September in Chatswood
    All day entertainment, music, video gaming, street parade, rock climbing wall, children’s activities, international food, ‘zen hub’ with yoga and guided meditation.
  • Willoughby Visual Arts Biennial: 4 September – 13 October
    exploring the theme of ‘resilience and the community’ through exhibitions, public art walk, temporary public art installations, large scale video art and performance art. Free. Chatswood and Willoughby.
  • Matsuri: Japan Festival, 14 September, 11am - 6pm. Chatswood Mall
    Enjoy the many delights of Japanese cuisine and culture. Free.
  • Pet Festival: 9am – 3pm, Saturday 21 September
    OH Reid Memorial Oval, Reid Drive, Chatswood West. Activities for pets and their human companions.  From doggy fashion parades to pet workshops, there’s plenty to do with your animal friend. Free.
  • Festival Oasis: 28 Septebmer-13 October
    The Concourse, Chatswood. Perfect for tweens with loads of school holiday activities. Dig into DIY workshops, a silent disco, LEGO®, slime making and Bollywood dance workshops.

The Emerge Festival is a collaboration between Willoughby City Council, professional performers, artists, organisations and local community groups.

Emerge Festival 2015

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