Fortitude Valley’s inaugural The Hidden Lanes Festival will burst into the creative and entertainment The Lanes precinct on Saturday 13 October. The festival coincides with the official launch of California Lane named in honour of the iconic California Cafe.

Arthur Apostolos is the founder of the event celebrating the rejuvenation of the Valley’s iconic laneways. Arthur saw the opportunity to activate unused areas in the heart of Fortitude Valley, creating distinctive yet affordable spaces for independent, creative operators to flourish. The festival will weave its way from Ann Street to McLachlan Street, including Lucky’s Lane and Little Valley Lane.

The Hidden Lanes Festival is a day-long celebration combining fashion, food, music, art, and heritage. The extensive line-up boasts fashion parades from seven local designers and a fashion panel including Akira Isogawa, Empire Dolls, Alice Nightingale, The Culprit Club & Lil J’s Vintage, Sen, Phoebe Paradise, Principessa, and Besette Bridal. Each label will theme its own runway according to its brand personality, creating a unique show which reflects the diversity of the Valley. The festival will also showcase art and photography exhibitions for patrons to wander through. In addition, a heritage trail and master classes hosted by The Lanes very own tenants will be available. Visitors will be delighted with a wide selection of master classes ranging from beauty, to cooking, to the art of making coffee.

The Hidden Lanes Festival is also proud to announce a brimming line-up of 41 musical acts, including 2018 Song of the Year Winner Jeremy Neale and four-piece indie band Seaside. Live performances from artists such as The Delta Riggs, Astro Travellers, Shag Rock, and Pocketlove will also be spread across open air stages.

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