Last weekend locals and visitors to Kings Cross got a taste of the arts, culture, food and shopping this village has to offer at the Kings Cross Festival.
The event was a huge success with an estimated 20,000 people attending the 'Macleay Street Long Table' on Sunday, the main event of the festival.
This was the Festival's inaugural year. Organised by the Potts Point Partnership, the aim was to tell a new story about Kings Cross that went beyond the media headlines and support local businesses.
On Saturday night the Degustation Dinner in Llankelly Place, part of the Sydney Morning Herald's Good Food Month, was a great event and the businesses on Llankelly Place enjoyed their busiest Saturday night ever.
On Sunday Macleay Street was transformed into a street party, with offerings from the twenty-one local restaurants, cafes and local food businesses. There was plenty of entertainment, cooking demonstrations for budding chefs, a petting zoo for the kids and live music throughout the day. Even the dogs got their own event with the Potts Point Pooch Competition.
The Kings Cross Festival also highlighted the creative and cultural offerings of the neighbourhood, with Tim Denoodle's 'Somewhere City' exhibition, local art advisor James Dorahy conducting a local Art Walk, and Alaska Projects opening up their car park studio for people to chat with the artists.
Tim Peterson of the Potts Point Partnership told me that "To see so many local residents and visitors coming together to enjoy the music from local performers, food from local restaurants and cafÃ©s, shopping with our local retailers and supporting our local charities through donations and raffle ticket sales was truly incredible. I've never seen so many smiles and happy faces in Kings Cross"
The Kings Cross Festival has breathed some fresh new life and provided a positive setting to show the diversity and personality of one of the City's villages.Congratulations to Tim, Louise and everyone at the Potts Point Partnership, for their commitment and hard work to make the first Kings Cross Festival such a success and I look forward to next year's event.