Kicking off from 7 April until 22 May, 10 small bar owners are banding together to put newly established precinct YCK on Sydney’s map with the launch of YCK Laneways Block Party – a 6 week celebration of Sydney’s creative community through a series of cultural events at your favourite bars.
Spanning across York, Clarence and Kent Streets (YCK), the fittingly titled block party will see a collaboration between the city’s small bars with the aim of inspiring Sydneysiders to rediscover the city and inject some much-needed life back into the once-thriving CBD.
YCK Laneways Block Party will feature 75 cultural events across 10 bars, engaging over 100 talented artists from across Sydney. Participating venues include Since I Left You, Papa Gede’s, The Lobo, Spawn Point, The Barber Shop, The Duke of Clarence, Stitch Bar, Uncle Mings, Prince of York and Grandma’s Bar.
As for the event programming, expect to be dazzled, serenaded, and educated with a dynamic line-up spanning dance, theatre, interactive art, live music and storytelling. Event highlights include Drag Queen Bingo, Light Artwork Installations, Fire Dancing, Live Music, DJ performances, Disco Nights, Burlesque Shows, Wheelie Bin Art, Historical Storytelling, Pop Culture Trivia Nights and more.
Featuring a range of free and ticketed one-off and weekly events, there is something for everybody, no matter what your appetite. Walk-ins are accepted, but numbers for select events will be limited so bookings are strongly recommended.
Of the small bars collaboration, a representative for YCK and President of the Independent Bars Association Karl Schlothauer said: “It’s been incredibly rewarding to see small hospitality operators come together and create big things in celebration of the arts, particularly in the midst of a global pandemic”.
“Through this collaboration, YCK seeks to establish its own precinct that celebrates Sydney’s small bar scene, much like the districts and quarters found in international capital cities of the world. YCK had been made possible through the support from the City of Sydney, and Platinum Sponsors Patrón Tequila and Bombay Sapphire”.
All events will follow COVID-safe regulations and guests are reminded to follow NSW Government advice to ensure social distancing and general hygiene is adhered to, as well as staying home if unwell.
To learn more about YCK Laneways Block Party, or for the full program of events, visit here