In 2015 the organisation which had been staging an annual (with occasional breaks) Kings Cross Festival announced it would not run further festivals unless the City of Sydney made a grant to it far greater than the maximum amount stipulated in the City’s grant policy.
Many Kings Cross people feared the loss of the Kings Cross Festival. It became a hot conversation topic. A broad consensus emerged that a festival which focussed on community participation and showcased local talent could be run for less than the maximum grant allowed under the City’s festival grants program. To this end, the Kings Cross Arts & Cultural Festival Inc (“KXACF”) was incorporated on 24 July 2015 with well-known Australian and Kings Cross author Louis Nowra as President.