Manly Arts Festival 2017

SEE exhibitions + events     
HEAR music + talks + tours  
PLAY workshops                  
OPEN studios
Artist market 

Welcome to the 2017 Manly Arts Festival. This year we’re coming together to celebrate 24 years of the Festival and the magic of creativity in Manly and beyond. A broad range of exciting events featuring prominent musicians, visual artists and dance performers in a host of different venues from creative studios to Manly Art Gallery & Museum and the Warringah Creative Space will ignite the region.

Since 1994 the Manly Arts Festival has grown into one of the State’s leading community-based arts festivals. Each year, arts and cultural organisations in the region and Council, supported by local businesses, join forces to develop a creative and entertaining program of events for residents and visitors.

Northern Beaches Council is committed to supporting cultural programs in this area and to the creation of opportunities for genuine participation in the creative arts. This year you’ll find lots to see, hear and participate in, with a range of creative learning opportunities to explore and enjoy.

Congratulations to everyone involved in helping to make the 2017 Manly Arts Festival a truly marvellous event. Immerse yourself in the Manly Arts Festival and, as always, be inspired by the creativity around us.

Festival Info Line: 0466 486 352 or




Invitation to be part of the Manly Arts Festival

8 - 24 September 2017

On behalf of the Northern Beaches Council, we invite you to express interest in being part of the 2017 Manly Arts Festival.  Artists, musicians, performers, arts organisations and the community are invited to participate in the festival by running their own events to celebrate the creative activity on the Northern Beaches area.  Venues such as galleries, cafes, restaurants, surf clubs, community centres and other spaces are also invited to host and/or organise arts-related events during the Festival.  This year’s Festival will be held across the Northern Beaches from 8 – 24 September 2017 and will include: 

  • Visual Arts exhibitions and events
  • Music events
  • Literary and theatre events
  • Film events
  • Dance and Performance events
  • Youth events
  • Creative Workshops
  • Children’s events

The Manly Arts Festival is a celebration of the achievements, dedication and innovation of the Northern Beaches creative community.  Local artists are able to participate by organising arts-related events across the Northern Beaches. 

The Manly Arts Festival is created by the community for the community - a two week extravaganza of arts events. Artists and members of the community come together by supporting each other through entrepreneuring and administering arts events, attending arts events, providing venues for artists and organisations and providing sponsorship and in-kind support for the Manly Arts Festival.

The Manly Arts Festival is managed by Rachel Carroll. Rachel wants to hear from all artists and arts/cultural organisations and potential venues interested in running their own events for a highly focussed program throughout the Northern Beaches. If you have any questions about how to be involved or you would like to propose an event or activity, phone Rachel Carroll on - 0466 486 352 and fill out the form attached.


Manly Arts Festival is coordinated by the Manly Art Gallery & Museum with the support of Northern Beaches Council