Imagine rounding up all of your fine neighbours to hold a bona fide street party. Just getting everyone to agree to it would be painful, but then you’d have the food, drinks and music to contend with. There might be a good reason why street parties are such rarities.
But if your neighbourhood happens to consist of designer boutiques, and you can round up a couple of food trucks for the day, it is admittedly easier to take a party to the streets. Closed off to cars for the day, William Street Laneway Festival aims to showcase and celebrate the Paddington strip. One day discounts and offers make a convincing reason to pick up a few sartorial splendours at The Corner Shop, Banjo & Matilda, Jac + Jack, NATASHA, Poepke and many more participating outlets. For design of other persuasions, scout out purveyors of vintage I Like Birds or wallpaper designers Dearwood – the latter of whom plays host to a 1930s cocktail bar to provide pause for your amble down William Street.
The ping-pong tournament may well be an annual fixture from the folk at Nudie Jeans, but they’ll also hem and repair your Nudie jeans for free, or let you trade in your old ones for a new discounted pair. For a refreshing cool-down after a ping-pong battle, head to Lucette’s igloo installation, which showcases new season designs.
Street style photographers will be roving around on the day looking for outfits to snap with the most stylish of them winning a $1000 Corner Shop voucher. It’s an added pressure for your Saturday ensemble, but the pay-off would be well worth it.
Smoky-voiced songtress Iluka will be playing some tunes amongst a slew of DJs. And those aforementioned food trucks? Confirmed wheeling dealers of fare include Agape Organics, Tsuru, The Veggie Patch and Bite Sized Delights. An outdoor bar outside the Paddington Inn might put some closure on your plans for the day.
The William Street Laneway Festival is on this Saturday (29 September) from 10am to 5pm. Entry is free.