What is Urban Village?
Urban Village is a quarterly print magazine for Surry Hills and the surrounding villages of Redfern, Chippendale, Waterloo and Eastside Sydney. It’s an A5 colour magazine that features a local icon on every cover.
We pride ourselves on printing local stories for local people, to celebrate this suburb as both a place rich in history and exciting advancement. Urban Village is made up of local profiles, opinion pieces, neighbourhood histories, business profiles, reviews, and local news. In partnership with the Surry Hills Creative Precinct, The Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre and Transport for NSW, we strive to publish news and stories that foster community spirit and offer a platform for every voice in the neighbourhood.
Our ongoing contributors include arts columnist Fiona McIntosh, Surry Partners Lawyers founder Peter English, Fox & Hare Finance’s Glen Hare, Eastside Sydney’s Katie Mayor and Surry Hills and Valleys.
Our first issue went to print in September 2017. We saw a need for cohesion within the neighbourhood between residents, businesses, development and the arts scene, and sought to connect and celebrate every aspect of the area with a print publication. We place great importance on the longevity of print publishing, as a key way that every community member can connect, stay updated on what’s happening today, as well as reminisce about the suburb’s long and colourful history.
Over the past year we have interviewed local celebrities and icons including theatre legend Paul Capsis, playwrights Alana Valentine and Ally Katz, Sport for Jove’s Damien Ryan, internationally acclaimed artists Ariel Sexton-Shaw and Meg Hewitt and Picnic Touring’s DJ Kali. We have profiled a wide array of local business owners and personalities, from long-time resident and publican Kelly Hargreaves, Barberia’s Matt and Cheryl Clarke and Kawa Café’s Bill and Tina, as well as the more recently opened Reddie Furniture and Lucky Pickle.
Urban Village has participated in local events like the Surry Hills Festival, arts festival Double Take and the Crown Street Public School fete. In 2018 we will continue our partnership with the Festival through the Spring into Surry Hills arts program running throughout September. Urban Village also supports the Head to Surry Hills initiative run by Transport for NSW, aimed at bringing business and exposure to those local businesses affected by the light rail construction along Devonshire Street and surrounds.
Distribution and Readership
Urban Village is lovingly distributed by our walking team to the mailboxes and businesses of Surry Hills, Redfern, Waterloo, Chippendale, Darlinghurst, Paddington and Potts Point. We print 30,000 copies each edition with bulk copies available at selected pubs, hotels and retailers.
We strive to publish stories that appeal to every demographic in Surry Hills and surrounds. As we are a free neighbourhood publication, we aim to target a broad range of interests and age groups and strike the right balance between the residential, creative and business interests of the area.