Cronulla is buzzing with excitement about the Walk the Walls street art festival this weekend, where street artists will paint and beautify the walls and alleys of our beach-side suburb.
Kicking off on Friday (November 8 2019) and continuing throughout the weekend, more than 35 local, Indigenous and national artists will create an outdoor art gallery and exhibition for the entire community to enjoy.
Walk the Walls is jointly funded by Council and the NSW Government and 2019’s theme is ‘Sustainable Coastal Cronulla’. The festival forms part of our commitment to crime prevention across Sutherland Shire, reducing graffiti vandalism and providing a boost to the local economy.
2019’s event also coincides with Australian Music Week, with the streets of Cronulla also filled with musical entertainment.
“This year (2019) we will have a youth mural, a senior’s mural entitled ‘A Walk Through Time’ and we’ll even have a pop-up library offering a virtual reality experience,” said Sutherland Shire Mayor, Councillor Carmelo Pesce.
“I’m so excited that we are again hosting this free outdoor festival for our community and I hope everyone enjoys exploring all that Cronulla has to offer this weekend.
“It’s going to be a busy weekend in Cronulla, and with sections of the council car park closed as artists beautify the area, we advise visitors to catch public transport.”
There will be a range of activities to enjoy while walking through the streets and witnessing works of art come to life. Visitors can follow the street art trail via Council’s virtual map on their website, which can be accessed easily by scanning the QR code that will be located throughout the trail. The festival program will also be available as a limited edition booklet along the trail.
The weekend will truly be a feast for the eyes and ears. As well as the street-art trail Cronulla will play host to:
Explore virtual reality, download bestselling eBooks and audiobooks and more at Sutherland Shire Libraries’ Pop-Up Library, which will be located in Surf Lane throughout the festival. It will feature comfy seating, shade and a chance to see and experience the best of what Sutherland Shire Libraries has to offer. In their first public unveiling, the library’s new virtual reality headsets will provide library members a unique opportunity to experience virtual reality. There will also be exclusive digital titles on offer, including new and bestselling eBooks, audiobooks and digital magazines. Pop-up library visitors who want to try the virtual reality headsets or download a great read will be able to do so, either with their library membership or by joining up on the spot.
Youth Mural – Dunningham Park
Professional street artist Mistery has been working with young people from the community at Engadine District Youth Services to create a Youth Mural design, encompassing the theme Cronulla, Dharawal, Ecology and Beach. The mural will be installed in Dunningham Park Cronulla during Walk the Walls. Participating in the Wall are young people aged 12-24 who reside in the Sutherland Shire, from all experience levels and abilities.
Come along and see the young people transform the Dunningham amenities block into a creative and expressive masterpiece. Live Australian Music Week festivities will be also located in Dunningham Park, so there will be something for everyone!
Seniors Mural – Cronulla Plaza Stage Wall
Street art isn’t only for the young, it’s also for the young at heart! “A Walk Through Time” is the Senior’s Mural installation that references Cronulla’s rich history. The design was created over a period of four months by 12 local seniors and notable street artist Corey Nichols (Born Ready Art). The workshops included members from the Continuum Art Society, The Southern Cross Art Group and Sutherland Shire Council Seniors Reference Group. Join us as our Shire Seniors put their stamp on the Walk the Walls street art festival. Watch as they bring colour and iconic moments in history to the street art trail.
Monro Park Activation
Step off the train and straight into the festival vibes. Monro Park will host a range of family friendly activities, providing the perfect pit-stop along the street art trail. Have a t-shirt screen printed with some stencil art, kids can get their face painted, visit the Plastic Free Cronulla stall to learn how we can be more environmentally conscious and remember to bring your reusable water bottle to fill up at the Sydney Water Refill stations.
Dunningham Park Activation
Australian Music Week hosting live shows throughout the weekend, covering a variety of genres including free community concerts at Dunningham Park from 6 to 9 November (2019). There will be food trucks, a designated licensed area and murals being painted live.
This event is jointly funded by Sutherland Shire Council and the NSW Government with special thanks to event sponsors: The St George and Sutherland Shire Leader, Cronulla RSL, Crockers Paints, IronLak, Rydges Cronulla, Blooms the Chemist and Australian Music Week.
Source: Sutherland Shire Council