EDGE Ashfield

6 to 9 September
260 Liverpool Road, Ashfield Town Centre

EDGE is artists activating the cultural laboratory of the Inner West.

Calling artists, musicians and performers to register their interest for EDGE – APPLY NOW!

EDGE aims to:

  • Present a series of rolling activations that showcase local precincts, creative spaces and arts enterprises.
  • Build community, arts and businesses partnerships
  • Engage local artists and diverse communities to express local identity
  • Profile the inner west as the creative engine room of global Sydney

EDGE will see Council working collaboratively with the creative sector to develop initiatives, curate programs and produce lasting benefits for the inner west

Activations will complement existing events or programs, support community cultural initiatives and add a contemporary edge to engage local creatives, attract community participation, focus on assets and stories unique to the area and invite innovation in our iconic sites.

The Living Arts team is compiling a database of all potential partners, groups, artists and communities who are interested in this program and can contribute to the local community.

How to get involved

  • Register for EDGE to tell us what you do and receive all the latest updates
  • Join us at the community launch in Ashfield, Thursday 6 to Sunday 9 September 2018, for a joyful intercultural mash up in partnership with the Sacred Music Festival
  • Develop your ideas and collaborations
  • Respond to expressions of interest as they emerge
  • Spread the word


Proposed dates and sites

  • EDGE GreenWay – early April
  • EDGE Sydenham – late June
  • EDGE Ashfield – mid September
  • EDGE Balmain – early October
  • EDGE Newtown – mid November

Event program

EDGE Dweeb City Mayor
Mayor’s Message

Inner West Council proudly presents EDGE as a new arts and cultural program to shine a spotlight on our local artists working with diverse communities and popping up in surprising places. Through community, arts and businesses partnerships we express our local identity, enhance our neighbourhoods and boost the economy. Join me for EDGE in Ashfield in 2018 and more activations and events along the Greenway, Sydenham Creative Hub, Ashfield laneways, Newtown and Rozelle in 2019.




Opening Night FREE Celebration

Thursday, 6 September 5:00-8:00pm
Ashfield Forecourt, 260 Liverpool Road

Join us for a joyful mix of ancient traditions and contemporary twists from local artists and diverse communities. See the town centre light up with giant projections, enjoy live world music and dancing, discover art, sound and cafe installations, experience pop up performances, fashion shows and more. Inner West encourages you to walk, cycle or travel by public transport. 

Photo: The Voguers by Louise Walpole



Pop Up Performances

Thursday, 6 - Friday, 7 September from 6:00pm Ashfield Town Centre

Say Something Do Something

by Spark Youth Theatre Intergenerational short performances exploring words, actions and theatre to change the world.

Sparks & Splinters

by Unspoken Words and Spark Youth Theatre. A spoken word performance about identity. What happens when the spotlight’s on you, mic’s at the ready and the crowd is waiting?  Photo: Spark Youth Theatre by Carly Young



be Fresh • be Lit • be sARToria

Thursday, 6 September, 5:00-8:00pm 

Ashfield Forecourt and Foyer
by ARTeConnect

A celebration of traditional costume, LED technology and future fashion. View costumes from fashion-technology workshops with members of Ashfield’s Chinese community including garments from ARTeConnect’s annual showcase, sARTorial. 

Photo: Atomic Angel by Alessio Cavallaro



Three Generations

Thursday, 6 - Sunday, 9 September 

Ashfield Town Centre
by Esem Projects

See the town centre light up with giant projections featuring the faces, histories, global connections and stories of local residents. A combination of projections and paste ups featuring our heritage journeys and  contemporary life.

Montage: Esem Projects


Sydney Scared Music Festival

Sydney Sacred Music Festival

Friday, 7 September - Sunday, 9 September Ashfield Town Hall

As the world looks to divide, we are coming together to celebrate the diversity of our communities and the inclusiveness of sacred music and contemporary arts.

Under the Lantern Lights...

Saturday, 1 September - Monday, 17 September, Ashfield Plaza
by Selina Springett and Alessandro Berini
An eloquent soundscape emanating from suspended lanterns. Journey to a place rich in diversity and colour that celebrates the stories of Ashfield.


Scared Music of China EDGE
Sacred Music of China

Friday, 7 September, 7:00pm
Ashfield Town Hall

Sydney Conservatorium of Music Chinese Music Ensemble

The 30-piece Chinese Music Ensemble celebrates the sacredness of life and nature with the Australian Chinese Happy Choir, Sydney Shaoxing Opera Troupe and West Region Chinese Association Choir. Conducted by Mr Warwick Tyrrell, and artistic directors Lulu Liu and Dr Nicholas Ng.
Sydney Sacred Music Festival is produced by Sacred Currents from 1-16 September.
Tickets and more information




Saturday, 1 - Saturday, 29 September,
Ashfield Council Foyer
by New Moon (Kim Siew, Amy Mills, Rosell Flatley and Eleni Christou). Follow the folkloric flower trail through the foyer.

Sacred Rainbow

by Michelle Kistima-Menser with Ashfield Public School.

Kafe as Poume

Thursday, 6 - Saturday, 8 September, 5:00-8:00pm by Eleni Christou A Mediterranean inspired Kafeneio serving complimentary Cypriot coffee and beautiful jewel-like Spoon Sweets.


Lantern Making Workshops

Ritual Lanterns

Thursday, 6 - Sunday, 9 September
Ashfield Forecourt
by Jayanto Tan

Jayanto’s practice blends eastern and western mythologies with contemporary arts. His incense chandelier installation reflects the diverse spirituallity and cultures of the Inner West. Ashfield community members have worked with him to make one hundred paper lanterns to celebrate spring.


The love of the mystic

The Love of a Mystic

Saturday, 8 September, 7:00pm
Ashfield Town Hall 
Sydney’s leading Balkan musicians and cultural groups

The performance showcases the journey of a mystic, via music and dance, toward love of the sacred through the hidden rituals of the Balkans. Featuring Martenitsa Choir, Dusha Balkana and Balkanski Bus.

Sydney Sacred Music Festival is produced by Sacred Currents from 1-16 September.
Tickets and more information www.sydneysacredmusicfestival.org



Women’s Gathering: Reflections on the Sacred

Sunday, 9 September, 4:00pm
Ashfield Town Hall 

A cross-cultural exploration of female traditions and contemporary practice, featuring spoken word artist Sarah Salar, Maori vocalist Angela Paikea, sacred pop by Blue Mary, ‘sacred feminism’ by writer Dr Paula Abood and
hip-hop artist Kween G.

Sydney Sacred Music Festival is produced by Sacred Currents from 1-16 September.
Tickets and more information www.sydneysacredmusicfestival.org

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