Saturday 19th October, 1 – 8pm
Prince Alfred Park, Surry Hills, Sydney
This is a free, family-friendly event
The Eastern suburbs’ community radio station, Eastside Radio, which also happens to be a great jazz-specialist station, will soon be hosting their own World Music Festival right near Central Station. It’s going to be a great event to get behind, as not only is it free, outdoors, and put on entirely for the benefit of the local community, but it showcases an amazing mix of music styles we don’t usually get the chance to hear live, all in the one place.
“It is a celebration of the cultural diversity that exists within this city, showcasing unique varieties of dance, film, food and live music. By bringing together different communities in the pursuit of social harmony, Global Rhythms adds positively to the international image of the city as a vibrant and creative cultural hub… this festival will make you move.”
An extraordinary range of artists will be appearing, including Afro Nomad’s West African Soukos, Dereb the Ambassador‘s Ethiopian soul and Abuka Trio’s Brazilian funk. There will be Mongolian throat singer Bukhu with Horse and Wood plus Charlie McMahon and Gondwana Band, while the inclusion of Tiago and Rafa’s Untitled guarantees contemporary cutting-edge sounds all afternoon. Seminal local band the catholics will also be showing off just how widely they cast their net of influences.
There will be loads of food available, from all corners of the globe, and space for your picnic rug.
This year, the event has added an association with the Sydney Rides festival of pedal power, with a visit from Try2Wheels, who offer expert advice on cycling and a free tune-up for your bike.
I’m looking forward to it like anything, and hoping it’s a huge success for the organisers, mostly volunteers (full disclosure, including me – yay!), who have been giving their all to put it together, because they believe in Sydney as a city that loves diversity and musical virtuosity in all its forms.