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Festivals in Lane Cove


Lane Cove Festival 2018: Event Submissions Now Open!

Are you a community group in the Lane Cove Local Government Area? Then Council would like to invite you to submit your September events to be included in the 2018 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.

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 2018 the Festival will be held from 1 – 30 September with a program launch event on Friday 10 August.

Please make sure your event reflects the Festival tagline Celebrate Lane Cove. This will help to increase the likelihood of your event submission being included.

If you would like to discuss how the Festival dates align with an event outside September please get in touch. Council will be able to work with your organisation to include you in the program in a range of different ways (for example – a short profile piece about your group or organisation if you are not hosting any September events).

Submit your online application today! 

Please note: Make sure you click 'Done' when you have completed the online form and you will receive an email notification of successful application.

Applications close Friday 25 May at 5:00pm

Enquiries: Council's Cultural Team at or 9911 3594


Gai-mariagal Festival: Saturday 26 May - Sunday 15 July 2018

The Gai-mariagal Festival (formerly the Guringai Festival) raises awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the Northern Sydney region. The Festival 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 2018 Gai-mariagal Festival Program or visit the Gai-mariagal Festival website today!

Lane Cove Events:
Lane Cove's Children's Voices for Reconciliation
Celebrating its 22nd year, this combined schools performance brings young people together to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and Reconciliation. Join us for an exciting morning of entertainment where young people of all ages share their voice on Reconciliation through music, dance and song. This year's event will feature performances inspired by the Reconciliation Week theme 'Don't Keep History a Mystery'.

Thursday 31 May, 10:30am -12:00pm, Lane Cove Plaza, free event
Enquiries: Council's Cultural Team at or 9911 3596

Bush Tucker Cook Up
Jess Sinnott, a Yuin and Wailwan woman, will share her wealth of knowledge on all things native and edible as we cook up a delicious bush tucker feed at Synergy. Suitable for participants aged 10 – 17 years. Registrations by Wednesday 4 July are essential.

Monday 9 July, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Synergy Youth Centre, free event
Bookings essential: Council's Youth Team at or 9911 3597

Animals of the Dreaming: Taronga Zoomobile Visit
To celebrate 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!

Saturday 14 July, 10:00am - 11:00am, Lane Cove Plaza, free event
Enquiries: Council's Cultural Team at or 9911 3596

Walking Saltwater Country
Enjoy a guided walk along Gore Creek with Karen Smith from the Aboriginal Heritage Office. Karen will share local knowledge, stories and experience of Aboriginal women and Indigenous culture. After the walk, join in conversation over a delicious BBQ bush tucker lunch.

Saturday 23 June, 10:00am - 1:00pm, Gore Creek Reserve, free event
Online bookings essential

Interpreting the Ancient: Indigenous Symbolism and Contemporary Art  
Led by Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios' Artist in Residence and Create NSW Aboriginal Arts Fellow Travis de Vries.

Utilising a rich source material of Australian Indigenous lore and drawing from the tropes and techniques of comic book, video game and pop culture creators this workshop will provide a unique insight into the methods Travis has used to create his work. This workshop is suitable for both Indigenous and non-indigenous visual artists or even storytellers and writers. For more information visit the Gallery Lane Cove website.

Saturday 30 June, 10:00am -1:00pm, Gallery Lane Cove, Upper Level, free event
Bookings essential: or 9428 4898
Proudly presented by Lane Cove Council and Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios

Sacred Lore to Short Fiction
Led by Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios' Artist in Residence and Create NSW Aboriginal Arts Fellow Travis de Vries.

Many of us find the stories of Australia's Indigenous cultures fascinating. From gods of creation, demons of powerful evil to the sacred rites of death each old story magically represents an important part of everyday human life. How do we use these respectfully to create something new? For more information visit the Gallery Lane Cove website.

Saturday 14 July, 1:00pm – 4:00pm, Gallery Lane Cove, free event
Bookings essential: or 9428 4898
Proudly presented by Lane Cove Council and Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios


Refugee Week 2018: Film Screening - Constance on the Edge (M)

Filmed over 10 years, Constance on the Edge (M) is an unflinchingly honest portrayal of one refugee family's resettlement story in Australia. Brave, lion-hearted, charismatic Constance, mother of six, confronts her painful past in war torn Sudan, and risks everything in Australia so her family can thrive.

This free screening will occur during Refugee Week and follows the Declaration of Lane Cove as a Refugee Welcome Zone earlier this year.

Download the event poster today!

Monday 18 June, from 6:30pm, Lane Cove Library, free event
Bookings essential: 9911 3634

Lane Cove Festival: September

The Lane Cove Festival is filled with events that celebrate Lane Cove's dynamic history, landscape, lifestyle and community. With live music, workshops, film screenings, exhibitions, talks, walks, gatherings, sporting activities and more, there is plenty to delight and excite Lane Cove residents.

View the 2017 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 2017 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.

View the 2018 program


Autumn Harmony: March

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

View the 2018 Program


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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Council's Cultural Development Officer
Phone: 9911 3594