YCK Laneways’ arts, music and comedy festival, Summer Love, will conclude on 31 January after more than 130 events in total.

Eighteen venues in the city centre hospitality precinct, including Sammy Junior, Stitch Bar and the Barber Shop, are hosting cultural events to encourage patrons to return to Sydney’s CBD this summer.

The festival has been funded by the City of Sydney’s Precincts and Activations Grant and supported by Bacardi-Martini, with featured brands including Patrón Tequila, Grey Goose Vodka, Bombay Sapphire and Bacardi Rum.

Vice President of YCK Laneways Karl Schlothauer said the festival was the perfect way to mark the season.

“Sydney is one of the best places in Australia to celebrate summer. We’ve got great weather, amazing places to eat and drink and Summer Love has a load of events for you to enjoy.”

YCK have partnered with Robyn Reynolds, a comedian and producer, who has curated a line-up of performers with lived experiences of disability and chronic illness.

“We couldn’t be prouder to be working with Robyn on the festival. Grab your pals and come into the city – support your favourite small bars and the talented performers that we’re playing host to,” Schlothauer said.

To support the festival, YCK launched a 3D, interactive map online, which easily and intuitively allows guests to see what’s happening at individual venues.

Upcoming highlights include: inclusive live art painting by blind artist Luke Abdallah at Kabul Social on 19 January, an accessible comedy show at Papa Gedes on 31 January, and series of jazz and blues nights at Stitch Bar and the Swinging Cat.

Patrons can engage further with venues and events by collecting tokens via QR codes located in venues, by purchasing either a meal, or bespoke cocktails (developed with Bacardi-Martini). These tokens can also be accrued through attending events. The tokens can then be exchanged for rewards via another in-venue QR code.

Both ticketed and free events are on offer, with events able to be booked via the individual venues concerned.

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