HONK! Oz is a free three-day spectacle on the Street of Wollongong featuring alternative community bands and related arts.
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.
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!!!!
Supporters: Wollongong City Council, Illawarra Folk Club, Wollongong Conservatorium of Music, Merrigong Theatre, Illawarra Jazz Club