About Us

The KIngs Cross Arts & Culture Festival

Started

2015

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.

Jo Holder

President

The current President is Jo Holder, the director of The Cross Art Projects.

KXACF’s steering committee acknowledged that at least twelve months planning was necessary to stage a festival. The earliest practical date it could stage a Kings Cross Arts & Cultural Festival would be November 2016.

In the interim the KXACF intended to hold some “pop up” events and the idea of a Kings Cross Dog Show was conceived and the first Kings Cross Dog Show was successfully run in November 2015.

2015

Dog Show

KXACF’s steering committee acknowledged that at least twelve months planning was necessary to stage a festival. The earliest practical date it could stage a Kings Cross Arts & Cultural Festival would be November 2016.

In the interim the KXACF intended to hold some “pop up” events and the idea of a Kings Cross Dog Show was conceived and the first Kings Cross Dog Show was successfully run in November 2015.

2017

Dog Show

Meanwhile, the organisation which had previously staged the Kings Cross Festival secured a grant to run that festival for three years. This locked the KXACF out of getting a City grant until 2019. The enthusiasm which had led to the establishment of the KXACF dissipated. A core group of members remained determined to keep the dream alive and staged a second dog show in 2017. They realised they had to build a team capable of staging a King Cross Arts & Cultural Festival in due course.

Some of our

Core Principles

The other organisation staged a Kings Cross Festival in February 2016 but in early 2017 announced it was pulling out of the arrangement with the City and would not be staging any further festivals.

At present the KXACF is in a building phase, putting together a team to stage future festivals but in the meantime continuing to stage “pop up” events.

Some core principles were adopted in 2015 by the original steering committee and those remain in place to this day and guide the activities of the KXACF. Those principles include:-

  • By locals for locals
  • Community participation (as opposed to reliance on external contractors, etc.)
  • Provide a platform for local community arts and cultural groups to promote their activities
  • Events/festivals to be run within reasonable budgetary limits
  • An emphasis on “fun”
  • Age appropriate events/activities
  1. Well known “Character of the Cross” Vitto Bianchi attending the inaugural meeting of KXACF which was held at The Cross Art Projects gallery
  2. Peter Young, Secretary of KXACF, at the inaugural meeting