Filmed and edited by Raul Andres Vallejo Lopez


Saturday, October 28th, 2017
10:30am – 5:00pm
Quarry Green Ultimo


Celebrate the Ultimo Pyrmont community and our stories through music, dance, food, and art. Prepare yourself for a festival full of life and culture with more than 35 food and shop stalls to choose from and a wide variety of Indigenous, local and culturally diverse performances. We have curated a program of events, of exceptional quality, across all art forms, on our stages, pop up venues, outdoors, and in unexpected places, sure to engage and inspire the widest possible audiences… Also, special entertainment for the little ones -look for the kid’s tent!

We acknowledge the Gadigal people of Eora nation, the traditional custodians of the land on which this festival takes place, and pay our respects to Elders past and present, and to the knowledge embedded forever in the Aboriginal Custodianship of Country.




Uptown Festival 2017 celebrates “Our stories” and “The Spirit of Place”, the stories and spirit of the Ultimo and Pyrmont communities, past, present, and future. Embracing and honouring our rich Indigenous culture and heritage, and our culturally and linguistically diverse communities, Uptown Festival welcomes all, from near and far, to share in a day of culture, arts, food, and festivities.

Responding to the ideas of great local artists and the bold and daring work they create, we bring to you a range of exciting creative projects in pop-up venues, on our streets, community centres, in parklands, in the backdrop of Quarry Green as our centre stage.

As spring unfolds in Sydney, Uptown Festival brings a burst of energy, ideas, and arts to Ultimo and Pyrmont. It’s the perfect moment in our year to experience the outstanding work of artists, community members and thinkers from the local area and those who have a strong connection with the area.

Celebrating the role that artists and the community play in creating extraordinary ways for us to see, understand and re-imagine our world, we have curated a FREE program of events, of exceptional quality, across all art forms, on our stages, pop-up venues, outdoors, and in unexpected places, sure to engage and inspire the widest possible audiences.



Main stage

10:30 – 10:40   Welcome to Country – Aunty Millie Ingram

10:40 – 10:55   Heartdancers Charity “The Spirit of Place”collaboration with Rachel Shields, Gumaroy Newman and Milan Dhiiyaan 

11:05 – 11:25   Pyrmont Sings 

11:40 – 12:00   BLT Local Band

12:05 – 12:25   Official Festival Opening 

12:25 – 13:05   Jamestown Collective

13:10 – 13:20   Sarah Houbolt Hula Hoop  

13:35 – 14:05   The Sydney Flamenco Studio with Arrebato Ensemble

14:20 – 14:50   Evie J Willie

15:10 – 15:45   Teyuna Band

16:00 – 16:50   Hot Potato Band

Pop Up Tent

10:30 – 11:00   Pyrmont Ukulele Club

11:15 – 11:45   Unit 57 band

12:20 – 13:00   DJ Pineapple Republic

13:10 – 13:50   Kate Wadey Jazz Band Trio

14:00 – 14:40   DJ i-Sight. Wiradjuri Platinum Mixerz

14:50 – 15:50   DJ Vincent Sebastian

16:00 – 17:00   DJ Pineapple Republic


Auslan interpreting is available for this section of the program

Narration of the visual aspects of the performance is available for people who are blind or have low vision




 V I E W   A L L 


We are committed to:

increasing community participation • reducing social isolation • improving accessibility to community activities and services • building a diverse and engaged audience by creating projects with the community that will resonate with the lives of people living in Ultimo and Pyrmont • presenting and commissioning work by leading visionary artists and arts organisations



Pop up gallery Artful Inclusion project

The Artful Inclusion Project is an initiative of The Australian College of Applied Psychology in partnership with The Uniting Harris Community Center, City West Housing, and the City of Sydney. Over the last 5 months, the program has sought to mobilize socially isolated residents living in the Ultimo Pyrmont region with the aim to involve them in co-created art/culture-focused community initiatives that aim at creating stronger links with the local community. The Artful Inclusion Project is underpinned by a socio-cultural perspective that seeks to empower groups outside the mainstream to produce art that raises social, cultural and political elements.

In this sense, two groups were formed and facilitated by two experienced artists who run a series of workshops with local participants over the course of 22 weeks. A group of women told their stories through a series of photos. In a second project, a group of men expressed their life stories through a puppetry story.





As part of the upcoming UPtown Festival which has been planned by the Pyrmont Ultimo Network of Services (PUNS), the committee has created an extraordinary exhibition, featuring the faces and stories of locals.

As part of the festival theme ‘Our Stories’, the PUNS committee took the opportunity to share the different and diverse stories of members of the Pyrmont and Ultimo community, by inviting locals to take part in the Humans of Ultimo Pyrmont photography project.

Borrowing the portrait-style photography and storytelling of Humans of New York, this local instalment was created to bring together the local community, as a celebration of their shared history and connection to each other through place. The choice of venue for the Humans of Ultimo Pyrmont exhibition is also significant, as the Lord Wolseley Hotel has been a meeting place within the community for many years, becoming intrinsically entwined with the community and its diverse history.






We acknowledge the Gadigal people, the traditional custodians of the land on which this mural takes place, and pay our respects to Elders past and present, and to the knowledge embedded forever in the Aboriginal custodianship of Country

“The Spirit of Place” mural theme is a vision come to life by renowned Mexican mural artist Alejandro Martinez ‘PEQUE’. It is a tribute to the stories of the Ultimo Pyrmont community. This commissioning artwork aims to guide the broader community into “The Spirit of Place”, by providing imagery through visual arts and inspiring the viewer’s imagination back in time. The aim is to walk on Country together, in mutual acknowledgment of the past, the present moment and our shared future.

The street mural is ready for the locals to enjoy before, during and after the festival, however, we have an additional art Installation that will be created live at festival day by artist Carlos Agamez at the end of the mural to continue “The Spirit of Place”.





As the theme of the festival is “Our Stories”, we acknowledge the traditional custodians and owners of the land on which the festival comes alive. It is the land of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. The Aboriginal name for this area was ‘Pirrama’, which is still the name of a road on the Pyrmont waterfront, and we recognise the importance of preserving First Nations Peoples’ culture and song lines and unity of the diverse community through song and dance.

Milan Dhiiyaan, which means “One Mob”, has created a song and dance, the Festival’s anthem, representing the importance of Water and Fish to the local area. It is a tribute to the first inhabitants of Ultimo Pyrmont and the importance of unity, reconciliation, and our shared future. Through Milan Dhiiyaan’s flashmob, festival-goers will experience the song lines and dance traditions of the local First Nations Peoples.





Friendship and Belonging is a tile mosaic piece created by members of the Ultimo Pyrmont and gifted to the community at the 2017 UPtown Festival. This artwork represents a sense of place and belonging as expressed by the participants from Ultimo Pyrmont community. This work is the start of a long-term project that is an evolving artistic reflection and expression of Ultimo Pyrmont’s perceptions of itself. Future residents will have the opportunity to connect with and build on previous participants’ sense of place and spirit in Ultimo Pyrmont community.

The key themes expressed through the Chinese characters are Friendship and a sense of belonging.

Many thanks to those who participated in the creation of the work: residents of the Australian Nursing Home Foundation, Wyanga Aboriginal Aged Care, Fusion Cultural Group,  and residents of Ultimo Pyrmont. This project has been facilitated with the assistance of PUNS, Ultimo Community Centre, Mustard Seed Church, Men’s Shed, Local Builder and resident Geoff Saunders and local artists Peter Dwyer and Lisa Bergan.




Ultimo Community Centre

Centre is Open 10am – 4pm

– Hoverball Archery

– Sports Open Day – Free court and equipment use

– Back-to-Ultimo

– Ultimo Historical Society


food stalls

– Blue Eyed Dragon, dumplings

– Crust Pyrmont, pizza

– Per Kilo, a taste of South America, Colombian food

– The Rotary Club of Sydney Darling Harbour, sausage sizzle

– Ultimo Public School P&C, gelato and lemonade

– Fleur de Lys Patisserie, pastries and crepes

– Casa Pancorbo, paella and churros

– Waffle on a Stick, potato on a stick and waffles


special guest

clover moore



Luke Carrol


Proudly brought to you by


the Pyrmont Ultimo network of services (puns)

Established in March 2016, and incorporated in July 2017

PUNS mission is to work collaboratively to improve coordination of programs and services to Ultimo Pyrmont community and enable more effective and efficient use of available resources.

As a newly-established coalition of key community stakeholder organisations, PUNS actively reached out and listened to the concerns of its community.

PUNS developed an action plan and resolved to revive UPtown Festival, acknowledging its historical importance in local community building, and as a keynote event for the precinct.

PUNS wishes everyone a happy and enjoyable 32nd UPtown Festival


Ability Links NSW (St Vincent de Paul Society)


Christmas in Pyrmont

City West Housing

Ethnic Community Services Co-operative

Heartdancers Charity

Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre

MustardSeed Ultimo Uniting Church

Pyrmont Cares

St Barnabas Church

Ultimo Community Centre

Uniting Harris Community Centre

UTS Shopfront Community Program


supported by







special thanks to…

This list of names form only 41 pieces of a jigsaw of hundreds, and we extend our gratitude to the faceless heroes, artists, suppliers, and festivalists in the community who helped make today possible. We look forward to designing the UPtown puzzle with you in 2018.



Oscar Sanchez, Jane Le, Victor Ekama

Technical Director

Diego Ruiz

Artistic Direction

Sandra Morales, Anita Kroess


Raphael Hung

Community Engagement

Rosalind Hecker, Antonietta Natoli


Andrew Boerma


Mandy Mailey, Peter Devoy, Jon Simpson,

Nerida Michell, Carina Jakobsen


Rene McKenzie-Low, David Rice

Marketing & Communications

Rene McKenzie-Low, Bridgette Donnellan,

Jack Singleton, Robbie Rogulj

Festival Program

Miriana Salinas

Graphic Designer

Carlos Agámez


Raul Vallejo, Colin McKinnon, Alessandra Pecci


Raúl Ortiz de Lejarazu Machin,

Rebecca Fitzgerald

Volunteer Management Team

Lisa Anderson, Anshu Sinha,

Rosie Catalano

Artful Inclusion

Goetz Ottmann, Bianca Rizzo, Luiz Gubeissi,

Janine Yang, Emily Small, Chioma Chukwuma,

Ayode Olufemi

Community Partners

David Owen, David Gore

Aboriginal Cultural Advisor

Millie Ingram, Milan Dhiiyaan