Time Out says
The Inner West gets a feelgood festival celebrating community, culture and good times
There are about 30 extra reasons to emerge from the house this winter, thanks to a new festival taking over Enmore Road with a thrilling lineup of more than 30 arts, music, food and cultural events.
Spread over three days between June 18-20, Third I will celebrate their three ‘I’s’ – Indigenous, international and Inner West communities – with programming that spotlights diverse and exciting new voices while activating this beloved part of town. The new festival forms part of Sydney Solstice, Destination NSW’s two-week extravaganza of music, arts, food and drink designed to coax the city out of hibernation.
Third l also has a huge social purpose at its heart. They’re partnering with PlateitForward, a not-for-profit providing meals, training and employment to disadvantaged communities in Sydney, to raise funds and create job opportunities off the back of the festival.
Get across all the action with our handy guide to the festival.
There’s a dizzying array of things to eat, drink, see and do, and the best way to buy in is with a Third I Passport. These will give you access to exclusive events and value-for-money bundles. There’s the $60 F&B Passport, which will feed you a bonza eight food and beverage products at partnering bars and restaurants, including lots of festival-only specials. Meanwhile, the $45 Cultural Passport will take you inside three activations that can range from comedy gigs, slam poetry or pop-up art exhibitions. Tickets will also be made available to individual events.
Arts & Comedy
Friday night’s Third I Comedy Festival will feature local comedy acts, live music and slam poetry takeovers of beloved Inner West businesses including Barberchino, Tattoo Movement and P&V Wine and Liquor Merchants. On Saturday, the Urban Hotel will host ARTiculate, an eclectic exhibition featuring local artists plus a live artwork created by several up-and-coming Aboriginal and asylum seeker artists who will weave personal stories into the work.
On Saturday, Dendy Newtown will host six panels exploring some of our biggest contemporary topics including diversity in media and music, multiculturalism in sport, women in leadership, and the asylum seeker experience. Festival curators have gathered an impressive mix of speakers with the likes of Swans legend Michael O’Loughlin, veteran sports broadcaster and refugee advocate Craig Foster, South African-born rapper Ecca Vandal and corporate leader Sam Mostyn all lending their words.