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Sydney Road Street Party

2024
Sunday 3 March, 12noon to 6pm

This beloved annual community event sees iconic Sydney Road Brunswick (from Brunswick Road to Victoria Street) closed to vehicles for one full day, to be taken over by tens of thousands of people (over the course of the day) to enjoy a free family friendly outing.

With over 150 market stalls, pop-up stages, street performances, roving talent and of course many of your favourite Sydney Road Brunswick businesses – it’s the place to visit on a beautiful and sunny day.

An event for festival lovers and families alike, the Street Party is a celebration of creativity, inclusion and importantly – a celebration of the musical beats that flow through Brunswick and the community more broadly.

The Sydney Road Brunswick Association (SRBA) this year again had a stall selling our famed tee-shirts and bags– at two locations this year!

Additionally, to showcase the talents of our broader community, SRBA delivered the Kulin-bulok Stage (known as the Community Stage in 2023) – providing a platform for groups to gain exposure and showcase themselves in front of thousands, over the course of the day. The stage was located on Edward Street and in 2024 featured primary and secondary schools, groups, and talents.

The Kulin-bulok Stage line-up was FREE to watch and included:
12 noon- Princes Hill Secondary College
1.05pm – Brunswick East Primary School
2.05pm – Brunswick Old Time String Orchestra
3.10pm – Brunswick North West Primary School
4.10pm – Brunswick Secondary College
5.15 pm – Lalu


2023

After a two-year hiatus, the Sydney Road Street Party returned to Sydney Road Brunswick with gusto! As the opening event to the Brunswick Music Festival, the Sydney Road Street Party transformed Sydney Road Brunswick (from Brunswick Road to Victoria Street) into a bitumen beatbox with 8 stages showcasing the very best in local and international talents.

The Sydney Road Brunswick Association (SRBA), as always, had a stall selling our famed tee-shirts, bags & puzzles. Additionally in 2023, to showcase the talents of our business and broader community, SRBA delivered the Community Stage – providing a platform for groups to gain exposure and showcase themselves in front of thousands, over the course of the day. The Community Stage was located in front of the rock-climbing wall at Wilson Avenue (next to Dangerfield).


2022
Unfortunately, the Merri-bek City Council Arts & Culture unit found that, with the continued COVID-19 environment, they were not able to go ahead with the Sydney Road Street Party as usual in March 2022. The Brunswick Music Festival did go ahead from 4th-14th March with a few pop-ups on Sydney Road Brunswick.

If you attended one of the many 2022 Brunswick Music Festival performances (4-14th March 2022), then hopefully you took advantage of our delicious offer, with Beats ‘N’ Eats.

Beats ‘n’ Eats was the hottest ticket in town, representing the best food and drink deals on Sydney Road Brunswick, to be enjoyed before or after a BMF experience – all by showing your ticket!


2021
Unfortunately due to COVID-19 and crowd sizes, the Sydney Road Street Party was not able to go ahead in its usual format. Instead, Merri-bek City Council ran three pop up live music events along Sydney Road at Sparta Place (13 March), Brunswick Mechanics Institute Forecourt (7 March) and Barkly Square (12 March) during the Brunswick Music Festival (5-14 March 2021). Sydney Road Brunswick Association hosted a stall at each event- giving away our totes, brochures, notepads and selling tees & jigsaw puzzles.


2020

Sydney Road transformed into a heaving extravaganza of sounds, smells and sights at Melbourne’s

streetpartybannerbiggest annual street party; with performers, tasty treats and plenty of live music on the street and in local venues.

The music ranged from roots and blues, African and Indigenous music and music by local young people. A genuine all-ages day, celebrating peace, understanding and cultural diversity.

Free live music played all day across six official street stages and five of your fave local venues – Brunswick Mechanics Institute (Next Wave), Stay Gold, The Brunswick Green, The Penny Black and The Retreat Hotel. Plus music, food, First Nation artist market and more at Blak Dot Gallery.

 


2019


2018

The Sydney Road Brunswick Association presented a Beauty and Beast Parlour – with many passers-by transforming themselves into a beauty or a beast with theatrical make-up including hair, nails, and dress-ups from Centrestage Costumes! We also had many performers on throughout the day, at the Victoria St. intersection.


2016