Georges River Council launches its Summer Streets program this month to celebrate the reopening of local streets following the long winter lockdown.
Christmas and night markets, al fresco dining, live performances, a circus school and a pop-up park in the heart of Hustville are some of the events planned to encourage people to get outdoors, reclaim the streets, reconnect and enjoy the long summer nights.
The Summer Streets program aims to breathe life back into the Kogarah and Hurstville town centres and provide a boost to businesses, cultural groups and the entertainment and hospitality industries hit hard by the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Made possible through the NSW government's 'The Festival of Place Open Streets', the Summer Streets program will inject more than half-a-million dollars back into the local economy and create jobs.
Georges River Council's general manager, Gail Connolly welcomed the State government's support and said that there is no better way to mark the remarkable success of what the local community has achieved to end the lockdown.
"Locals and visitors can look forward to an array of activities throughout December 2021 and January 2022; this will be a much-needed boost to revive those industries and communities that are the hardest-hit sectors by the COVID-19 global pandemic.
"The long summer days will give families a chance to enjoy the Summer Streets' outdoor fun."
The activities begin with:
Summer Streets Christmas Markets
Date: Thursday 9 December 2021
Time: 4.00pm - 10.00pm
Where: Forest Road, Hurstville
The markets will create a Christmas wonderland in Hurstville Plaza with amusement rides, street market, food stalls from local restaurants, crafts, roving entertainments, light displays and festive decorations.
Summer Streets Circus School
Date: Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 December 2021
Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Where: Kogarah Town Square.
A chance to participate in the fun of circus and street theatre, from circus playgrounds to aerial performance techniques. There will be a spectrum of circus-themed entertainment to learn.
Summer Streets Pop up Park
Date: Friday 14 to Sunday 16 January 2022
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Where: Palm Court, Hurstville
For a weekend only, a busy traffic junction in Palm Court will be transformed into a tropical oasis, bringing people together to relax on deck chairs and garden tables. There will be a free circus school and a giant yard game to enjoy.
Summer Streets Night Markets
Date: Friday 21 January 2022
Time: 4.00pm - 10.00pm
Where: Belgrave Street, Kogarah
The entire street block will transform into a playground for children and adults. There will be an outdoor beer garden, a live funk pop band Phat Brass, a Foodies and Farmers Market and more.
All events will adhere to the NSW Public Health Order.
For more information on the full program, please visit https://www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au/Events/SummerStreets
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