People have escaped the suburbs for a more cosmopolitan and tolerant Kings Cross for much of the last century. It was, and still is home to many of our leading artists, writers, actors, musicians and performers.
Not surprisingly, with its history, milieu and available talent, Kings Cross has hosted many festivals in the past.
This week I joined Acting Premier Andrew Stoner, the new Member for Sydney Alex Greenwich and Potts Point Partnership president Adrian Bartels to return that spirit, with the launch of the new Kings Cross Festival.
The Cross will buzz with a cosmopolitan mix of music, food, shopping, comedy, performance and walking tours. It will show off another side to the area - that there is more to Kings Cross than late night drinking.
Importantly, it's a family friendly festival - with entertainment for families in Fitzroy Gardens, and perhaps one of the most appealing events on the program, the 'Teddy Beares Picnic' in Beare Park.
The City has contributed $120,000 cash sponsorship, as well as $80,000 support for the Partnership through our Village Business Partnership Grants Program. I encourage you all to join the fun at the festival next month.