South Eveleigh Solstice Festival
South Eveleigh, just near Redfern Station, was once best known as the birthplace of Australia’s national railway network in the 19th century. While it’s still home to a number of heritage-listed former railway workshops, it has now been transformed into a hub of drinking, dining and more.
For two days during Sydney Solstice, the precinct will be transformed, serving up performance, art installations, music and more, in the first major event to be held at the new site. Hospitality heavyweights on the lineup include South Eveleigh ambassador Kylie Kwong and her newly opened diner, Lucky Kwong.
Elsewhere you can tuck into dishes from Rara Chan, Eat Fuh, Whitton, Steve Costi’s Famous Fish, Fishbowl, Bekya, Pepper Seeds Thai, Sushi Hon, North’s Sandwiches and Yoho Loco.
Drinks will be handled at the world’s first permanent no-waste bar, Re, helmed by pioneering mixologist Matt Whiley. An international name in the bar world thanks to his London venue Scout, Whiley has assembled an all-star team with Ho Song (Cantina Ok), Evan Stroeve (Bulletin Place) and Jake Down (This Must Be The Place, Scout London) on the tools. While they’re fermenting banana skins and running rotary evaporators à la Scout, the drinks tread a line between familiar and novel.
Meanwhile on the entertainment front, the Locomotive Stage will host some of Sydney’s most danceable locas on Friday night with PNAU (dj Set), Jono Ma, Kota Banks and 1300. On Saturday night tune in for Genesis Owusu, Budjerah, Pricie and Royal Otis. Tickets are $20pp+BF.
Then there’s the kids. From Friday 5pm a host of musicians and DJs will keep the kids entertained with a mini rave, while on Saturday from 11am activities will be curated by Dress Up Attack including ‘Awesome People Reading Books’ and a jewellery making workshop by Handy with Scissors.
Indigenous cultural and landscape design firm Jiwah, who oversee the South Eveleigh Community Rooftop Garden, will also run workshops across the two days, sharing knowledge about native fauna integral to the South Eveleigh land.