Surry Hills Festival Launch Double Take


Welcoming an unexpected slice of summer in spring, this year’s Surry Hills Festival  warmly embraced an estimated crowd of 50,000 people last weekend, raising vital funds for the Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre to continue to provide essential community programs.  Double Take, a bold new Arts program was launched on festival day and has since transformed the heart of the iconic suburb into a curated trail of projection and arts until Sunday 15 October.

Developed by the Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre and local creatives Esem Projects,Double Take has enlisted over 60 artists to contribute site specific projection art and immersive experiences.

From dusk until 10pm every night, spy the suburb in a different light with projections including Double Circus by Esem Projects a homage to the Wimbo Park Circus which was permanently housed on Bourke Street in the early 1900’s.  She Swallowed The Sky, an animation written and illustrated by Askiew follows a female character who is walking the city alone.  “Action research performer”, Astra Howard, presents Village Voices in the form of varied art interventions, watch and hear stories by locals, write your own or contemplate your favourite neighbourhood.

See your brain’s neuronal activity using an EEG headset, and move objects with your thoughts at Mindz BrainplayKitten Wall invites audiences to join in creating an enormous wall of colourful cats.  Award-winning performer Vashti Hughes will present a hilarious pop up re-enactment of Kate Leigh and her notorious cronies for Mum’s In (the password to her sly grog establishment was “is mum in?”).  Make your mark on Play Street, a wild and fictitious Surry Hills where you can paint and rearrange terrace houses, street lights, bikes, trees, clouds and more in the form of an ever-changing diorama.  Investigate our global cyber world in contrast to the need for human interactions generating meaning and community connection The Binary Operators by Barbara Doran.

Explore local creative spaces, meet the locals, curators and artists behind Double Take on three guided sunset tours hosted by Culture Scouts on Thursday 28 September,Thursday 5 October and Thursday 12 October from 4:00pm – 6:00pm.

To download the full Double Take program,