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Festivals in Lane Cove


Submit your 2019 Lane Cove Festival events today!

Council invites community groups to submit their September events to be included in the 2019 Lane Cove Festival program! The program will include a broad range of exciting activities from a wide variety of groups that feature in this annual Festival.

Lane Cove Festival is organised by a community-based Festival committee and is administered by Lane Cove Council. The Festival aims to support community groups by providing an opportunity for groups to raise their local profile with free event listings in the annual Festival program.

In 2019 the Festival will be held from 1 – 30 September with a program launch event on Friday 30 August.

Complete and submit your application online today!

Please get in touch at 9911 3596 if you are unable to complete the online form and we will be able to assist you with your application.

The deadline for event submissions is Friday 17 May 2019

Gai-mariagal Festival - VOICE. TREATY. TRUTH.

26 May - 14 July 2019

The Gai-mariagal Festival invites residents to walk 'with us in the spirit of VOICE, TREATY and TRUTH of the Australian people for a better future'. The Festival celebrates First Australian culture and heritage and involves numerous community groups and Councils including Lane Cove Council. The program includes workshops, art exhibitions, performances, films and talks, as well as Children's Voices for Reconciliation.

Download the 2019 Gai-mariagal Festival Program or visit the Gai-mariagal Festival website today!

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Featured  events:

The Hidden Garden.jpgExhibition: The Hidden Garden

23 May to 29 May, 10am - 4pm, Gallery Lane Cove, 164 Longueville Rd, Lane Cove

There is a valley deep in the heart of the Australian bush that is the original site of the Garden of Eden, the real tree of knowledge and the terrible secret behind Adam and Eve’s story. In ‘The Hidden Garden’, artist Travis de Vries reveals the true story of the garden; unfolding through the lens of a fable, handed down from elder to initiate in the rite of passage as old as time. The Hidden Garden will feature paintings, soundscape and immersive installation artworks.
Cost: Free
Enquiries: 9428 4898 or

Opening Night Event: Thursday 23 May, from 6:00pm
Artwork by Travis de Vries


Children’s Voices for Reconciliation

Thursday 30 May, 10.30am - 12pm, Lane Cove Plaza

Local schools and day care centres participate in an annual concert as part of National Reconciliation Week performing songs, dance and storytelling to the theme ‘Grounded in Truth’.
Cost: Free
Enquiries: Council’s Cultural Team 9911 3596 or


Fan weaving workshop with Karleen Green

Thursday 30 May, 4:00 - 5:00pm, Synergy Youth Centre

Come and learn traditional weaving techniques from Indigenous weaver Karleen Green to create your own fan to take home. Free workshop for young people aged 11-18. Drop in, no registration needed.
Cost: Free
Enquiries: Council’s Youth Team 9911 3598 or

Creative Workshop: Pure Technique
Saturday 1 June, 2:00pm - 5:00pm, Gallery Lane Cove, 164 Longueville Rd, Lane Cove

In this workshop Travis de Vries takes participants through his techniques to create finished artwork. Using distinctly contrasting methods of oil and medium washes along with a linear painterly style, participants will learn the process Travis goes through to take a blank canvas through to the finished product.
Cost: $65
Enquiries: 9428 4898 or
Book online today.


The Hidden Garden - A Reading and Music & Exhibition Panel Discussion

Saturday 8 June, 11:00am - 12:00pm, Gallery Lane Cove, 164 Longueville Rd, Lane Cove

“Eve was never expelled, she chose to leave”. The Hidden Garden exhibition is based on a short story written by Travis de Vries retelling the story of the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve through the lens of Indigenous storytelling. It invokes the idea of a fable, told from an elder of their tribe to a young man as a rite of passage. Through this 45-minute telling we learn the true story of the Garden of Eden, a tale of patriarchal propaganda and feminine strength. This telling will be accompanied by a recorded sound track also created by Travis de Vries.

Cost: Free
Enquiries: 9428 4898 or
Bookings essential.


Creative Workshop: Involving Symbolism

Saturday 15 June, 2:00pm - 5:00pm, Gallery Lane Cove, 164 Longueville Rd, Lane Cove

Utilising rich source material of Australian Indigenous lore and drawing from techniques of comic books, video games and pop culture creators, this workshop will provide a unique insight into the methods that Travis de Vries has used to create his work and how you can find your own artistic voice. This workshop is aimed at those who have a strong knowledge of a painting/drawing technique and would like to acquire ways to apply these skills to concepts. We will be using various artistic techniques to explore broad narrative concepts with a particular focus on blending the very old with the new.
Cost: Free
Enquiries: 9428 4898 or
Bookings essential.


Aboriginal Heritage Walk

Saturday 22 June, 10am - 12pm, Batten Reserve, Lane Cove

Enjoy a guided bushwalk through Country with Karen Smith from the Aboriginal Heritage Office. Karen will share local knowledge, stories and experience of Indigenous culture. Light refreshments are provided.
Cost: Free
Online bookings essential.

Animals of the Dreaming: Taronga Zoomobile Visit

Lane Cove Saturday 6 July, 10 - 11am, Lane Cove Plaza

To celebrate the start of NAIDOC Week, the Taronga Zoomobile will be visiting Lane Cove Plaza. Hear stories and songs about Mother Nature and her animals as told by Col Hardy, a highly respected Aboriginal elder. Plus, meet a number of amazing native animals, each with their own very special character.
Cost: Free
Enquiries: Council’s Cultural Team 9911 3596 or

Lane Cove Festival: September

Lane Cove Festival ran throughout September and included a range of exciting signature events throughout the 60+ event program.

View the 2018 Program


Festival by the River: November

This Festival celebrates life on the river with two weeks of activities along foreshores, in parks and on the doorsteps of community groups that call the river home. Be it a glance, a swim or a paddle the Lane Cove community is connected to life on the river.

View the 2018 Program

Sunset in the Village: January – February

Take advantage of the warmer months and enjoy free film screenings, live music, local bushwalks, creative workshops, public art, gallery exhibitions and more! This program also includes our popular annual Lunar New Year celebration and Sunset Artists Market. The 2019 program is now available online. Hard copies will be available at the Lane Cove Library and Civic Centre in January 2019.

View the 2019 Program


Autumn Harmony: March

Celebrate Lane Cove's cultural diversity each March with Autumn Harmony. The month-long annual Festival features live music, workshops, film screenings, talks and more for the whole community to enjoy!

View the 2019 Program (PDF)

View the 2019 Program (plain text)

Village History Audio Guide:

Immerse yourself in Lane Cove village's history with a brief and entertaining audio guide that will take you back to Lane Cove's beginnings through to today. 

To access the guide you can download the free izi.TRAVEL app to your personal device via the Apple, Google and Windows app stores or download from the izi.TRAVEL website.

To find the guided walk, search 'Village History Audio Guide' once in the app to discover text, audio, images and GPS tracking to guide you along the walk. 

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Contact Us

Council's Cultural Development Officer
Phone: 9911 3594