The Kings Cross Festival is up and running, and this weekend there are some great events showing off the best of Kings Cross and Potts Point. I launched this year's Kings Cross Festival on Wednesday night with Tim Petersen from the Potts Point Partnership and local artist Tim Denoon, whose photos of our vibrant community form part of the festival's art program.
The Festival is organised by the Potts Point Partnership who work to support local businesses. The City is a sponsor of the Festival and a long-term supporter of the Partnership.
The Festival is helping redefine public perceptions of this area, highlighting its growing stature as a destination for fine dining, great cafes, and quality shopping.
This is reflected in the changing emphasis of media reports - once dedicated to shock horror tales of street violence, now more inclined to report on some of the many positive activities happening here.
On Saturday, the restaurants, cafes and cocktails bars of Llankelly Place are combining to offer a Degustation Dinner as part of the Sydney Morning Herald's Good Food Month.
Then on Sunday, Fitzroy Gardens will host the Macleay Street Long Tables, with local restaurants including Jimmy Liks, The Bourbon and Kim Restaurant offering signature dishes from their menus, while cafes including Room 10 Espresso and Joe's CafÃ© will serve coffees.
The Festival launch was held at the "Somewhere City" exhibition by local photographer Tim Denoodle. Tim's thoughtful exhibition is a feature of the 2014 Festival, provoking us to think about the forces that shape our city, and what makes our streets and skies so uniquely "Sydney".
Tim will also act as a Guest Instagrammer for the festival, and be one of the judges for the Instagram #kingscrosscolour competition which will encourage the public to take a photo in the Kings Cross area which captures the vibrancy, diversity and personality of the area, and post with the hashtag to go into the draw to win $500.
Another great cultural offering is the Art Walk, led by Potts Point resident and artist James Dorahy, which will visit nine local galleries as well as a studio visit to Alaska Projects.
Congratulations to the Potts Point Partnership on what I'm sure will be another important contribution to the evolving life of Potts Point and the Cross.