Wollongong's Globe Lane will come alive with music, art and food on Saturday week, with another mini-festival to pop up in the elbowed alleyway.
The Globe Laneway Festival is the latest cultural event to nestle into the pokey corner of the Crown Street Mall, with an afternoon and evening of homegrown sounds, sights and smells from Wollongong artists and creative businesses on November 2.
“It’s the sort of place that should have this sort of thing,” organiser Tim Dennis said.
Acts including Tommy M & The Mastersounds, The El Caminos and Joe Mungovan will provide the musical backdrop for the event, while craft markets and art additions from Milk Thieves, Studio 19 and Papergirl will show off the region’s more creative side.
Food stalls and other entertainment will also be provided by small bars The Little Prince, His Boy Elroy and San Churro through the day, into the evening and well into the night with flamenco dance, acoustic artists and DJs.
Globe Laneway Festival follows on from other successful events in Globe Lane such as the Hand Cut event, which brought street artists and an improvised jam band into the area.
“The events are all about trying to enliven the city, to change the culture around the mall.
“After 5pm, the shops are mostly closed but Globe Lane is prime for after-hours cultural activity,” Mr Dennis said.
Wollongong City Council has said it is committed to supporting similar ventures through the city, with Hand Cut, the Street Talk art and poetry event in June, the Live Sites busking program and the upcoming Wonderwalls street art exhibition all examples of providing alternative, creative events in Wollongong.
“The culture of a city makes a city,” said Sue Savage, council’s community and cultural development manager.
“We’re changing and invigorating different places, bringing people into the city and giving them something exciting to engage with when they’re there.”
Globe Laneway Festival, November 2, 2pm-8pm.
Tommy M & The Mastersounds
The El Caminos
Vince & The Moonlighters
Ben Fowler & Friends
Shelley May & Mikaela Acronym
Entertainment in the cafes from 8.30pm
Art additions by:
Markets assisted by:
Street Food Stalls