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Festivals in Lane Cove


Gai-mariagal Festival

Gai-Mariagal Festival Background.jpgThe Gai-mariagal Festival was founded in 2001 and aims to raise awareness of First Nations People living in the Northern Sydney region.

The festival starts on Sorry Day, 26 May and goes through to the end of NAIDOC Week; the second week in July each year. 

The 2022 Festival program is being progressively launched via the dedicated website. Visit the Gai-mariagal Festival website to view the 2022 program.

Image courtesy of Gai-mariagal Festival, created by Jennifer Moylan.

Events hosted by Lane Cove Council:

Children's Voices for Reconciliation

Friday 27 May, 10:30am - 12:00pm, Lane Cove Plaza

Celebrating its 25th year, join us for an exciting morning as young people come together to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island culture as Lane Cove Council recognises National Reconciliation Week. This year's performances are inspired by the Reconciliation Week theme Be Brave. Make Change.

Aboriginal Heritage Walk and Talk

Wednesday 15 June, 10:00am - 11:30am, Blackman Park, Lane Cove West

Join us on an accessible walk and talk around Blackman Park with Karen Smith from the Aboriginal Heritage Officer. 

A wonderful opportunity to gain insights into local Aboriginal heritage of the Cameraygal and Wallumedegal people, their culture, spirituality, language and connection to Country. This short easy grade walk follows a cement path with minor inclines and is suitable for wheelchairs and other mobility aids. 

Animals of the Dreaming

Saturday 25 June, 10:00am - 11:00am, Lane Cove Plaza

Ahead of NAIDOC Week 2022, the Taronga Zoomobile will be visiting Lane Cove Plaza. Hear stories and songs about Mother Nature and her animals as told by highly respected Aboriginal Elder Col Hardy. Plus meet a number of amazing native animals, each with their own very special character.

Lane Cove Festival

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Each September, we celebrate everything that is great about living in Lane Cove with an annual month-long program of community and Council-run activities.

Council is now calling for submissions for the 2022 Lane Cove Festival program.

For this year’s Festival we will have two options for community group participation:
1. Event Submission: Groups can submit details of event/s that take place in September 2022. Please be aware that that each group will be responsible for the creation and implementation of a risk assessment that incorporates COVID-safety contingencies (if you would like assistance with this, please let us know). Please make sure your event reflects the festival theme ‘Celebrate Lane Cove’. This will help to increase the likelihood of your event submission being included.
2. Community Profile Submission: Alternatively, you can opt to be included in the program with a Community Profile showcasing what your group does in and for the Lane Cove community. 

The easiest and fastest way to complete your application for the Lane Cove Festival is online, especially if you would like to submit more than one event. Please complete the relevant survey linked above to finalise your submission. Once complete you will get a confirmation email to your nominated email address. Please also send any photos you wish to include with your submission via email to 

2021 Festival

Life looked a bit different in 2021, but Council and community groups worked hard to deliver more than 20 online activities for the community to participate in across September. From cooking classes and music performances; to storytimes and creative workshops, there was something for everyone to enjoy. ​We are incredibly grateful and in awe of our adaptive and innovative community groups re-developing their events for online delivery in such a short period of time. We can't wait to see the Festival come together again in 2022!

2021 program artwork by Peita Blythe.

View the Lane Cove Festival 2021 program.​

Download a copy of the Lane Cove Festival 2021 program.

Download a text only version of the Lane Cove Festival 2021 program.

Festival by the River


Celebrate life on the river with a range of events, activities, self-guided walks as well as digital artworks and displays.

The 2021 Festival program featured furry friends, HarbourCare clean-ups and special activities in the Plaza. Although the Food + Wine by the River event was sadly missed this year, we look forward to welcoming it back in 2022. 

2021 program artwork by James Lesjak-Atton.

Download the Festival by the River 2021 program

Download Festival by the River 2021 Text Only program

Sunset in the Village: January - February

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Sunset in the Village is a a handpicked guide to events and activities in and around Lane Cove over the Summer. This program also includes the popular annual Lunar New Year celebration. 

Summer 2022 was jam-packed full of exciting activations across Lane Cove. There were outdoor movie screenings, live music, sport on the big screen, talks, walks, workshops and more! Unfortunately wet weather dampened plans for the Lunar New Year and Sunset Artists' Market events, however we still managed a lion dance in Lane Cove village plus online promotion of the excellent artists scheduled for the markets.

2022 festival artwork by Shana Danon @emiliofrankdesign

Download the Sunset in the Village 2022 Program (PDF)

Download the Sunset in the Village 2022 Text Only Program (Word)

Autumn Harmony: March

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Celebrate diversity and inclusion in March with the annual Autumn Harmony festival. The month-long annual Festival features live music, workshops, events and more for the whole community to enjoy!

The 2021 program saw activities galore with a community morning tea, African drumming workhsop, yarning circle, guided bushwalk, online sustainability workshop, live music and much more across the month. The annual Kaleidoscope of Lane Cove event was modified due to the forecast wet weather, but treated the Lane Cove Library foyer with an array of cultural experiences in celebration of Harmony Day.

2022 Festival artwork by Kasia Jacquot.

Download the Autumn Harmony 2022 Program (PDF)

Download the Autumn Harmony 2022 Text Only Program (Word)

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 Team
Phone: 9911 3594
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