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What not to miss at the 2017 Brunswick Music Festival

By Jamil Allouche

The venues, streets, sidewalks and green spaces of Brunswick will come alive with the sound of music this March. That's right, the Brunswick Music Festival is back for another year! If you've been contemplating buying or renting property in Brunswick, this event will help convince you.

What is the Brunswick Music Festival?

Brunswick is a well-known hub for Aussie songwriters and artistic creativity, something that the annual Brunswick Music Festival aims to celebrate. Australia's longest running inner-city music festival puts on an extensive program of performances from both international and local artists over the course of a week. The festival has been going strong for almost three decades and isn't showing any sign of slowing down – this year, thousands of people are expected to attend the variety of performances at both indoor and outdoor venues.

In addition to the groovy tunes, visitors can treat their tastebuds to delectable ethnic food and feast their eyes on an array of cultural performances. Here are some events you can't miss:

Sydney Road Street Party

This giant (and completely free) street fest kicks the Brunswick Music Festival off on March 5. Stroll down Sydney Road (past the Ray White office) towards Union and Victoria Streets and indulge in all kinds of musical genres, from gospel to reggae. Test out your salsa skills with your partner, soak up the good vibes with your mates over a pint of beer or take your younger family members out to try their hand at lucky-dips, games and hands-on musical activities. There'll also be all-day shows at The Brunswick Green, The Penny Black, The Retreat Hotel and The Spotted Mallard should the weather cause you to retreat inside.

Unity: International Women's Day Concert

The Brunswick Town Hall is hosting a special event to celebrate International Women's Day on March 8, which promises to be both powerful and thought-provoking in its subject matter. Singers and spoken word artists including Kylie Auldist, Ajak Kwai and Sahida Apsara will be accompanied by a live orchestra. Tickets are $42.

The Residents: Local Global Music Project

The community of Brunswick – and Melbourne as a whole – is incredibly diverse, something that this event on March 17 will celebrate. Musicians from Botswana, Sri Lanka, the Czech Republic and many other corners of the globe will give you a feel for the mix of languages and musical traditions that exist around you. Tickets are $27 and it's being held at The Mechanics Institute.

Brunswick Songwriter's Club

Aspiring singer-songwriters have the opportunity to showcase their talents in front of experienced industry professionals at the Brunswick Songwriter's Club. Over two Saturdays (March 11 and March 18), the East Brunswick Hotel is hosting open mic sessions where both experienced and budding songwriters will share their own compositions. Even if you're not the next Ed Sheeran, we're sure you'll still enjoy listening to these talented up-and-coming wordsmiths and vocalists – especially as it's free of charge!

Music For The People

The Brunswick Music Festival finishes with a bang at Shore Reserve on March 19. Music For The People is an afternoon of free musical entertainment. There'll be something for all ages and tastes, from Vietcharm's traditional Vietnamese dance to La Nuit Blanche's French gypsy jazz and TEK TEK Ensemble's disco fusion.

The Ray White Brunswick office is situated on Sydney Road, right in the middle of all the action! We're incredibly proud of our diverse community and events such as this one that showcase Brunswick to its visitors and residents. If you're keen to move into an area that celebrates and welcomes people of all backgrounds, come and talk to our awesome team.

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