The North Shore’s popular Emerge Festival is back this spring from 1 September – 11 October with a collection of colourful and creative COVID-safe community events to celebrate the emergence of spring.

This year’s festival features a series of smaller events including art exhibitions, workshops, food and drink, outdoor activities, digital events and plenty for the kids.

“Emerge Festival is a time when the north shore comes alive and emerges from winter to enjoy the sunshine and outdoor activities and discover new groups and activities. In these difficult and uncertain times, it’s all the more important for us to support local and I’m delighted that the Emerge Festival is providing the opportunity to do just that,” Mayor Giles-Gidney said.

Enjoy connecting with nature in a guided torchlight bush walk, pre schoolers bush scramble and orienteering taster sessions. Events for the body and soul include guided meditation, a health and wellness day and ageless Taekwondo.

Food and drink lovers will delight in a virtual steak and Shiraz barbeque class, cask conditioned real ale festival and gin distillery tour.

The kids can learn new skills in music, coding, STEM and baseball workshops while culture vultures will enjoy exhibitions, films and ceramics classes. The popular Pet Festival has gone digital this year too.

Willoughby City Council is working with event organisers to ensure events are COVID-safe. Keep an eye on the website for changes. See the full list of events and find out more at

                             The Incinerator Art Space Willoughby. 2 Small St, Willoughby NSW 2068

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Minka Gillian with our Penny Pedersen discussing Minka's Mind Garden exhibition at the Incinerator in Willoughby. Enter the thought process of an artist through Mind Garden, an exhibition addressing themes surrounding nature, sexuality, vulnerability and ultimately the human condition. Mind Garden is an ambitious imaginary internal landscape of immersive hanging sculptures, floor and wall pieces and works on paper by Minka Gillian. The gallery is open and practicing COVID-19 social distancing measure

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Bold Horizons organises events that are open to all-comers as well as tailored events for schools, Scouts and Guides, corporate or social groups. Our events all involve an element of navigation and may include orienteering and rogaining or be focused on building navigation skills for the Duke Of Edinburgh, Hillary Challenge or similar activities. We are based in Sydney but happy to travel (after all we love getting out and about!). Please drop us a line or give us a call and we can talk about your next adventure and how Bold Horizons can assist. During each school term we conduct the Saturday Orienteering Series across northern Sydney. This is classic orienteering and a great way to develop navigation skills, build fitness, explore Sydney and have some fun. The series is open to all – no experience is necessary. Click on the Saturday Orienteering Series link (under the Events tab) for full details.

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