Mayor’s Message

Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney

Welcome to Willoughby City Council’s 2018 Emerge Festival, the largest cultural and entertainment celebration on Sydney’s North Shore.

Emerge showcases everything that is great about our city and everything that we strive to be. Our rich cultural diversity is certainly on display in StreetFair which kick off the celebrations on 1 September.

Our prosperous and vibrant city has earned a name for itself as being a hub for fantastic food. This year’s Emerge Festival will be a foodie’s delight, showcasing the best cuisine, beer and local produce. Our energetic arts and music scene comes to life with exhibitions, live music and performances in our cultural hub The Concourse and around the city.

We are fortunate that Willoughby is a green and liveable city surrounded by nature. And this year’s festival is packed with events to get you out and about exploring the beauty on our door step. There’s also plenty of workshops and advice on how we can ensure a sustainable future for our city.
I’d like to offer a big thank you to everyone who contributed to this year’s Emerge Festival. To all our valued sponsors, partners, event organisers, facilitators, educators, artists, performers and volunteers - it’s wonderful to see the community come together this way.

Emerge is one of my favourite times of year and I can’t wait to see you out and about this September. Share your images and experiences with #emergefestival. Enjoy!

Mayor Signature

Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney
Willoughby City Council