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January 11 - January 13

“Across the country and around the world, a new type of street band is emerging.” (

HONK! Oz takes its name and inspiration from Somerville’s (Boston, USA) annual HONK! Festival of Activist Street Bands and Seattle’s HONK! Fest West.  The first ever HONK! Oz Festival of Street Music happened in Wollongong January 9-11, 2015. Twenty bands converged on the city centre to play music in the streets.

HONK! Oz is a free non-commercial music festival. Community and Social Justice are at the heart of HONK! Oz. Bands are not paid to participate – they come at their own expense, inspired to connect with other like minded musicians.

A HONK! band is colourful, acoustic and mobile. Honk bands are inclusive and community minded. They take their musical inspiration from Mardi Gras and Carnival, and from street music gatherings across Europe and South America.  They borrow a fusion of repertoire from a diverse set of music traditions; New Orleans second line, Klezmer, Balkan and Romani music; Brazilian Samba and Frevo; Jazz, funk and popular music.

A Honk approach of music making blurs the line between artist and audience, between professional and amateur.  Energetic, Irreverent, revelrous and with a somewhat DIY approach to instrumentation and attire.  Honk bands perform on the streets to celebrate; to protest; to proclaim; some play for peace, some for activist causes; for community spirit; and all of them play to have fun!!!!

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Author: Desk


January 11
January 13
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