Things to do this
month, next month and the month after and the....
Below you'll find
a bunch of links to take you to the top events and festivals in Sydney
all arranged by month. Just have a glance at the column to the right
of screen headed 'news'.
Jazz at the Pines
- Dural - Selected dates from Sunday, 22nd September to Sunday, 18th
Jazz at the Pines
brings together great jazz bands to perform live on the lawns of The
Pines at Dural. With the demise of the Jazz
Festival at Darling Harbour all Jazz events deserve our attention.
They will perform for your listening pleasure amongst the 100 year 'jazz'
pines in Dural, a place where Sydney goes a little rural. With the older
than the pines Roughley House listening in, you can enjoy the scenery,
the atmosphere and music with your own picnic. This year's line-up includes
Zenith Jazz Quintet and the Bridge City Jazz.
at the Pines
The Chalk Urban Art Festival
This is such a
good concept it's hard to think why you wouldn't want to check this
out - actually I can think of a reason, they aren't planning on coming
to Sydney this year despite a successful tour of Italy. So why mention
it? Well it just goes to show just what great artists these guys are.
They are attracting international recognition, impressive, chalk that
one up for Australia. For the latest news check out their website.
Urban Art Festival
More things to
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more likely it is you will find things to do in Sydney that you hadn't
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In addition to all that, we have the things
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- just have look at the "news" column on the right-hand side
of this page.
Past Sydney Festivals
- Many of the Festivals in Sydney are annual events
Sydney Film Festival from
Have you bought your tickets
yet to the Sydney Film Festival? We have listed some of the more interesting
movies and provided a link to the trailers so you can judge for yourself.
The Vivid Festival will still be on for the early part of the film festival,
so leave yourself some time to wander around town to admire the amazing
Film Festival and Sydney Vivid Festival
Underbelly Arts Festival,
Cockatoo Island - Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th August
Underbelly Arts is for all
those artists out there that have not yet made it big. Some amazing
talent has been brought together over the last week with the finale
being the Underbelly Arts Festival this weekend on Cockatoo Island.
Over 100 artists have been working on 30 projects and have created a
range of innovative artworks and live performances which will all be
set against the island's contrasting natural attractions and interesting
industrial relics. There is something for everyone, with activities
for the kids, tours, food and drinks, and even a ghost story or two...
Winterlight Festival in
Parramatta - Thursday, 27th June to Sunday, 14th July
Parramatta is embracing winter
with a huge outdoor ice rink, alpine food, an outdoor bar, cool entertainment
and things for the kids to do. Rug up warm and join in the fun.
Bankstown Bites - Saturday,
A unique food festival with
cooking demos, food stalls, food tours and activities for the kids.
And in between all that food, there are live performances, with dance,
comedy and music to keep you entertained.
Winterfest Medieval Faire
- 29th and 30th June
Winterfest may not have survived
in all its icy glory, but the Winterfest Knights do not give up that
easily. Come and see them joust, cheer for your favourite knight and
enjoy some traditional Medieval activities. You can try your hand at
archery, or Celtic dancing, or just browse the arts and crafts fair
and tuck into some Medieval delights. Lots of activities for the kids,
and if dressing up's your thing, there are prizes up for grabs for the
best medieval costumes.
Winter Magic Festival, Katoomba
- Saturday, 22nd June
Every day in Katoomba is
of course 'magic' but Saturday, 22nd June will be especially so with
a Grand Parade, music, stalls, art and displays and lots of people playing
dress-up. This is a community event so the locals really get into this
and so will you if you go along. It is a lot of fun and I just hope
the weather behaves itself.
Head On Photo Festival -
Sydney - Friday, 17th May - Sunday, 23rd June
Australia's largest photography
festival, the Head On Photo Festival, has over 200 different events
to tempt you with, all showcasing the work of world's top photographers.
The festival covers everything from photojournalism to fine art, to
Hollywood stars to gorgeous landscapes and in-your-face portraits.
What's on at the Sydney
Film Festival? - Martin Place Amphitheatre - ends Sunday, 16th June
What's on at the Sydney Film
Festival? Well you could check out the big screen at Martin Place Amphitheatre
and watch "an ever-changing mix of trailers, red-carpet coverage,
short films and more".
on at the Sydney Film Festival
Sydney June Long Weekend
- Saturday, 8th June to Monday, 10th June
Just a reminder that the
June public holiday is on Monday 10th June for the Queen's Birthday.
There is nothing worse than realising you have the day off work for
the Queen's Birthday and you forgot to send her a card. :)
to do on the Queen's Birthday
Sydney's Major Festivals
Vivid Sydney and the Sydney
Click The more
on the wonderful light show brought to us by the Vivid
Festival and the ever engaging award awarding Sydney
Film Festival that are getting closer!!
Sydney - 24th May – 10th June 2013.
5 years old Vivid Sydney
is a light, music and "ideas" festival which aims to have
something for everyone. Most of us just like to see the Opera House
looking even more awesome than usual, however, there is more to Vivid
Sydney than that. The older the Vivid Sydney gets the more it moves,
delights and entertains us. If you are in Sydney during the Vivid Festival
you are in for one, big treat!
Last Years Vivid Sydney
Last year the artist geniuses
of Vivid have come with a light hearted yarn to tell. A three-storey-high
animation will tell the story of a day in life of "Workerman".
This poor chap goes to work, causes a traffic jam by hitting a bus,
endures a rather dramatic day when he finally arrives, retreats into
dreamland, and finally escapes back home. This year it promises to be
Whilst Vivid Sydney doesn't
start till May, the best tickets start disapppearing now. The Light
Walk, including the lighting of the Sydney Opera House Sails is a must
see but that's for free. Vivid Live provides us with the option of going
to a concert as well as the seeing the Vivid lights.
Empire of the Sun, Bobby
Womack and Kraftwerk
This year the line-up includes
Empire of the Sun and music legend Bobby Womack. Tickets to Kraftwerk,
Vivid's initial headline act, went faster than a German sports car on
an autobahn. If you are interested you will find more details by following
the link below.
Night of Horror International
Film Festival and Fantastic Planet Film Festival - Dendy Newtown - Thursday,
11th April to Sunday, 21 April 2013
Prepare your 'excitement
modulator to overload!' if you crave 'cinematic gore', if you like your
trip to the cinema to be 'spine-chilling' then you must journey to the
inner west of Sydney and the fabulous Dendy Cinema in Newtown. Some
of this year’s festival will be serious, some of it will not, some of
the movies will be short; some of them will be hot. If you have tired
of life on this planet, as we know it, go to Newtown, it will be like
visiting another world.
Sydney Horror, Sci-Fi and
Fantasy Film Festival - Dendy Newtown - Thursday, 22nd March - Sunday,
If you like a little horror
in your life, would love to blast off to some distant planet or maybe
just fantasise about it, then you should find something of interest
at the Sydney Horror, Sci-Fi and Fantasy Film Festival. The festival
includes short films, feature films and screenplays.
Stone Music Festival - Sydney
Olympic Park - Saturday, 20th April - Sunday, 21st April
Billy Joel, Aerosmith and
Van Halen will all be playing brand new songs you have never heard of.
Not! No, they will be jumping around and still singing rock and roll
to you just the way you remember it. At the time of writing, there were
still tickets available.
The Sydney Festival
The Sydney Festival doesn't
start until January but tickets to the main events may well sell out
as the festival attracts a lot of people from interstate and overseas.
In other words, book early or risk disappointment.
Top Gear Festival Sydney
- Sydney Motorsport Park - Saturday, 9th March - Sunday, 10th March
If you are a big Top Gear
fan then the first thing you will want to know is will Jeremy Clarkson,
James May and The Stig be there? Well they said they were coming, along
a scattering of legendary racing drivers and celebrities. This is a
genuine Top Gear production combined with amazing stunts and challenges,
live action zones, exhibitions and more top gear. The Top Gear Festival
is scheduled as a one-off event, only to take place in Sydney, so it
is bound to be popular.
Festival for the Kimberley
– Friday, 8th March
When a beautiful place like
the Kimberley travels over 4,000 kilometres to visit a beautiful place
like Sydney, it only seems polite to drop by and say hi.
The Kimberley Whale
If you do, you might enjoy
some of the live Kimberley music, dancers, speakers, camels, the whale-sized
Kimberley whale puppet, market stalls, a sneak film preview, organic
food, mango smoothies and WA beer and wine.
The beautiful people of
There is a political aspect
to this, mining is bad etc but nobody will expect you to chain yourself
to anything or march on Parliament - just relax and have a whale of
a time with the beautiful people from the Kimberley.
Thailand Grand Festival
- Darling Harbour - Saturday, 9th March - Sunday, 10th March
Experience a small part of
Thailand through this art, craft and cultural festival, including traditional
Thai leaf ornaments, shadow puppets and a mixture of western and eastern
family entertainment. Thai warriors will demonstrate the art of Muay
Thai and Krabi Krabong, there will be cooking demonstrations and a Thai
version of Masterchef. Thai airways will be there attempting to entice
you away from Sydney with special festival discounts and offers.
Sydney Cellar Door (NSW
Wine Festival) - Hyde Park - Friday, 22nd February - Monday, 24th February
It's always nice to have
a stroll through Hyde Park even if it's just to get to work. How about
hanging around for a while with a glass of wine in your hand? Claiming
to be Sydney's biggest outdoor wine bash, the Sydney Cellar Door will
allow you to try the best from almost 100 wineries and to meet some
of the wonderful winemakers who created these masterpieces. Masterpieces?
Art in bottle? Too good to drink? How do we know unless we drink it?
If this is your dilemma, the Sydney Cellar Door has the solution. As
well as great vino there will be a stack of food, so stay a while, relax
Sydney Shakespeare Festival
- Bicentennial Park to Sunday, 24th February
Shakespeare in the Park is
a popular international event held in many large cities around the globe.
Sydney's version, the Sydney Shakespeare Festival, is held at Bicentennial
Park with the ANZAC Bridge as a backdrop. Be entranced by 'Much Ado
About Nothing' and 'As You Like It' as you picnic under the stars sharing
a timeless cultural classic.
Paddington Pub Fest - Paddington
- Thursday, 14th February - Sunday, 17th February
If you are ever on the lookout
for a good pub (that's pub not bar), Paddington possess some of Sydney's
finest. The Imperial, the Royal Hotel, the Paddo Inn to name but a few.
The Paddington Pub Fest has a lot of good material to work with and
if you get comfortable where you are there's no rush, the pubs will
be open again tomorrow.
Tropfest - Domain - Sunday,
Tropfest is big on small
movies, a feast of great small films in fact, and it won’t cost you
anything to see them. Tropfest will get you out into the great outdoors
of the Domain and into a laid back atmosphere of relaxed picnic film
watching pleasure. Even well behaved pets are invited. There will be
live music, entertainment, food, bars, red carpet arrivals and the awards
ceremony. The gates open at 11am followed by a rush of people armed
with picnic blankets aiming for the best spots.
Woollahra Festival - Woollahra
- Thursday, 15th November - Sunday, 18th November
Turnbull, man of ideas and a zebra
The Woollahra Festival is
a mixture of art and ideas. The idea being that if you attract a whole
bunch of people with the promise of great music, performance art and
comedy, more good ideas will follow.
As you might expect, the
weekend is the busiest with diverse performances in jazz, magic, circus
and dance. On the ideas front, "If we have got it so good, why
do we feel so bad" with Malcolm Turnbull, is on at 7pm for an hour
on Friday, but it could well go on for a lot longer than that. It might
be a good idea to book in advance.
Festival - Sydney Opera House - Monday, 20th August - Sunday, 2nd September
With the end of winter in
sight it is time to get some spring into the step with the best in the
business. If you are into dance, the Spring Dance Festival will move
Strathfield's Big Spring
Festival - Strathfield - Sunday, 2nd September
The Strathfield Spring Festival
will be the biggest big thing since last year's festival, and that was
super big. Top billing on the entertainment side of things is X-Factor
winner Reece Mastinon, and he might even bring his dad (it being Father's
Day 'n' all). If that's not enough, or doesn't even register, there
will be a ‘Sports Quarter’ with AFL, Cricket, Soccer, Basket
Ball and the Martial Arts all represented. If you are still unconvinced
how about carnival rides, market stalls, community displays, showbags,
food, games, a fishing clinic, model car racing and a "Kidz World
of fun for the children". This is going to be big.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival
- Sydney Town Hall - Tuesday, 21st August - Saturday, 25th August
The Mercedes-Benz Fashion
Festival is another thing to help bring in Spring. The weather is warming,
so is your wardrobe up to it? Now is the time for a fashionable experience
with "style workshops, pop up bars, live performances, beauty trend
consultations and secure exclusive retail offers"..
The Rocks Aroma
Festival, Sunday 29th July - 10am - 5pm
The Aroma Festival
is all about freshly ground coffee, delicious baklava, chocolate strawberries,
cupcakes, rich hot chocolate and spiced chai. This year, Aroma has four
global regions where you can experience the different tastes and, of
course, aromas from the Orient, "The Continent" (Europe),
"The Latin Quarter" and "The Oasis". So grab yourself
a cup of coffee and take your nose on a trip around the globe.
There will be caffeine fueled entertainment including belly dancing,
salsa, samba and, of course, camels(?)
Festival to Saturday, 28th July
The Bondi Feast Festival
is all about little bits of music, comedy, theatre, food and they even
serve winter warming wine. The comedy includes Erotic Fan Fiction (Eddie
Sharp), Story Club and Cut and Paste, music is supplied by local bands,
a Beach Dance Party is planned along with a performance of the Adelaide
Fringe Festival award winning play 'Rocket Town' by Emily Steel.
SmARTarts Arts & Cultural
Festival - Friday, 13th April - Friday, 27th April
SmARTarts Arts & Cultural
Festival is all about visual art, design, performance arts and music.
Art installations and experimental electronic music will engage the
mind and senses and, as part of the festival launch party, a unique
clay animation project will be created and filmed before your very eyes
"The smart ARTS Festival
is a great opportunity for young people to learn from one another and
others in the industry. We encourage young people to participate and
learn new skills." Sydney Lord Mayor
Short and Sweet
- Newtown - Every Wednesday to Saturday 8pm and Sunday 5.15pm till 31st
There are short film festivals
- so why not short play festivals? Short and Sweet claims to be "the
biggest little play festival in the world" so big is good after
all? Every night of the festival,10 plays will compete for under 10
minutes each. Both judges and the audience can vote on each performance.
More than 180 acts will be challenging each other to reach the gala
If you are looking
for the Sydney Festival it's so big. bad and beautiful it's got a page
all of it's own plus some shameless self promotion but lets not go there
..I think . But then
again, don't bother as it has finished.
Film Festival - Randwick (HQ), Eastern Suburbs, City and City Fringe
- Wednesday, 7th March - Saturday, 17th March
The Australian Film Festival
includes Swerve, Hail, More 4 Me, Burning Man and Murder Mouth (as part
of the Australian Short Film festival). You can expect a few unreleased
features, outdoor screenings and the Australian Film Walk of Fame, famous
for it's low profile.
Future Music Festival -
Randwick Racecourse - Saturday, 10th March
It's back to the Future Music
Festival - also in Randwick. Headline acts include Superstar DJs Swedish
House Mafia, Fatboy Slim and Paul van Dyk. Future Music Festivals past
have sold out.
Day Out Festival 2012 - Sydney Showgrounds, Sydney Olympic Park - Saturday,
What do children's
entertainers do when they aren't on TV or stage - they get ready and
perform for the Kids Day Out Festival. The biggest names in Kids Showbiz
will be here including none other than Postman Pat, Bananas in Pyjamas
and Shaun the Sheep. If that's not enough, there will be Indoor Rides
Arena, XBox 360 Gaming Arena and an ABC 4 Kids Stage.
Open of Surfing - Manly Beach to 19th February
Open of Surfing is not just about the best surfers in world, you'll
also get to see some awesome skaters and some interesting beach art.
The Australian Open of Surfing is an international event affiliated
to the world’s largest action sports festival, the US Open of
Ocean Pacifika Festival
- Bondi Pavilion - Sunday, 27th November 2011, 11.00am - 4.00pm
The annual Ocean Pacifika
Festival is a free festival full of Pacific Island dance and music,
children’s craft workshops, arts and crafts stalls and a host
of information and environment stalls to help us learn about our beautiful
oceans and how to make sure they stay that way! Come and meet Venus
the inflatable whale, get up close and personal with sea creatures at
the Marine Discovery Centre’s touch tanks, go for a rock pool
ramble, get involved in a beach clean up, watch documentary films in
the Seagull screening room or browse the many information and craft
stalls on the day.
Bondi Short Film Festival,
Saturday, 26th November
The Bondi Short Film Festival
is an ‘amateur’ competition but don't let that put you off.
The quality of the films in last year’s festival was highly impressive
and this is a great opportunity to see some very interesting and thought
provoking work. The growth in popularity of this 11 year old event is
reflected in the fact that most tickets have already been sold. If you
are lucky, you might still be able to get tickets for the evening session.
Glebe Music Festival - St
Scholastica’s Chapel - Saturday, 26th November, 3pm
Join Josie and the Emeralds
for the Glebe Festival “I Call and Cry” featuring sacred
and secular love songs and consorts from the 16th century by William
Byrd, John Dowland, Thomas Tallis, Jacques Arcadelt and Antonio de Cabeçon.
There will also be an arrangement by Brooke Green of Andrea Pandolfo’s
Albanese depicting the plight of Albanian asylum seekers and dedicated
to boat people everywhere.
Harvest Festival - Parramatta
- Sunday, 13th November
There is a first time for
everything, and this Sunday marks Harvest Festival's first outing. With
The National, Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev and Bright Eyes it sounds
like it won't be the last. Portishead, unheard of in Australia for 13
years, will also be there to ensure everybody reaps the benefit of a
Newtown Festival - Sunday,
The Newtown Festival has
a great alternative vibe to fill it full of interesting things, sounds
and people. This year promises:
- 3 music stages
- Huge kids and family zone
- Vocal Local Village
- Writers Stage
- Eco area
- MC Cyclery Games Arena
- Interactive workshops
- Street Theatre and Art
- Newtown Festival Dog
- 280 market stalls
- Food stalls offering
a taste of the globe
- Licensed bars
Novemberfest - Saturday,
5th November - 10am until 4pm
Quiz for you. What is Novemberfest?
Is it like Octoberfest in November? Here are some clues:
"This will be a great family day out with:
- Many fun rides,
- Sporting challenges & games,
- Traditional food & drinks,
- Homemade cakes,
- Ice cream,
- Reptile zoo with shows on our big stage,
- Face painting,
- Art and craft,
- Second hand boutique: clothes & books,
- Stage entertainment,
- Silent auction,
- Christmas stalls and workshop,
- NSW Audi Club"
So it's one of those..
Beer Festival - Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th October
Let me tell
you story. There is a pub in Cumberland Street in the Rocks called The
Australian Hotel. They make good pizza (for a pub) and they host a beer
festival every year. You could forgiven for thinking, pub, beer, festival
- yeah right, they are going to sell some boutique beers and call it
the Australian Beer Festival meaning just them, its their name after
all. You might have been right the first year, seven years on and it
has grown a little bit:
Gloucester Street will be completely shut down, lined up with drinking
stalls and inundated with beer connoisseurs, the beer curious and beer
lovers from across the country. ..over 120 different beers...live entertainment....BBQ
stalls ..Gourmet Pizzas.
The public will also be able
to taste and judge beers from over 20 brewers nation wide helping the
festival crown the People’s Choice Awards. More than 12,000 people
are expected to attend the festival and 20,000 litres of beer to be
consumed over the two-day event."
Festival, Cooks River - ends Saturday 29th October
festival walks and talks and rides and eats and goes arty and bush on
its way along the Cooks River until the 29th October.
of the Festivals - Marrickville vs Strathfield - Sunday, 23rd October
There are two
festivals on today battling to be best in the west. Marrickville Festival
is three times as big as Strathfield having curried favour last year
with the international Crave Festival organisers. Not to be out done,
Strathfield has bitten back with 'Asian Fusion',
Food Festival will bring the best tastes from the best restaurants,
with live cooking demonstrations, competitions and the launch of the
Strathfield Good Food Guide."
So which is best? both of
course - do both! Just have a light breakfast before you go out!
Rides Festival Launch, Taylor Square, Darlinghurst - Saturday, 8th October.
Festival ends on 16th October
The Sydney Rides
Festival hits the streets with music, song, food, bike stalls and Clover
Moore - the Lord Mayor of Sydney. The festival will also include a "Bike
Games Arena Spectacular", "Ride to Work Day Breakfast",
an art exhibition, a film festival, various bike rides and a "City
of Sydney chill-out zone".
Newtown Theatre Sydney Fringe
Festival - Friday 9th September - Sunday 2nd October
Here we go again, fasten
your seat belts, buckles and shoe laces - The Fringe is back. Does The
Fringe prove that people don't just remember the worst? This festival
can be a hit and miss affair. Or maybe the opposite is true. Either
way, if you are prepared to get it, then you probably will. The most
you should have to pay is $32.50 and you can leave if it's really bad.
The hoped for highlights include:
• The Moving Picture
Show: Silent Movies with a not so silent 12-piece orchestra.
• Complicated Creatures: A multimedia cabaret.
• Bite Size: A series of 10-minute plays covering the theme "Things
are not what they seem" (possibly to be followed by "I think
I've been here before")
• The Day The Sky turned Black: The stories of everyday people
who fought Australia's Black Saturday Bushfires.
• The Dysfunctional Project: The trials and limp humour of male
Whilst the subject matter
may not be be totally unique or even inviting, the story is often in
the telling. Now I've lowered your expectations, go on, be brave and
give it go.
Blackmores Sydney Running
Festival - Sunday 18th September
Blackmores get points if
only for variety with a Sydney Marathon a Sydney Half Marathon plus
a 9k run and even a 4k family run. So whatever your level of fitness,
or non fitness you can easily take part. Another plus is the course,
taking you over a car less Sydney Harbour Bridge and finishing at the
Opera House. There are still places available, but not many.
Last year Blackmores Sydney
Running Festival raised a massive $2.3 million for charity. At the time
of writing, they are just under a million for this year - so they need
your help - but you'd better be quick..
Spring Food & Wine Festival,
Entertainment Quarter - 24th September - 25th September, 11am - 5pm
This is a nice way to warm
up for the following long weekend. Indulge without going over the top
with a little "gourmet fare and fabulous wines whilst being entertained
by the smooth sounds of jazz, funk and soul."
Cronulla Spring Festival
- Cronulla Plaza - Saturday 10th - Sunday 11th September
The Cronulla Spring Festival
is one of Sydney's biggest beachside festivals with over 100 market
stalls, carnival rides, kids corner, outdoor adventures expo and well
being fair plus free entertainment.
The link below provides a
full program of event and happenings in PDF, so you should be able to
print it out pretty easily.
Festival of the Winds, Bondi
Pavilion Bondi Beach - Sunday 11th September, 11am - 4pm, .
The Festival of the Winds
is one of my personal favourites because it's so down to earth.. "Australia’s
largest and most exciting kite flying festival" will fill the skies
with kites of all shapes and sizes. You don't have to be an expert kite
flyer, anyone can get the wind up. You can BYO, buy one or make your
Manly Arts Festival- Friday
2nd September - Sunday 4th September
The Manly Arts Fest consists
of a wide range of stuff including visual art, music, workshops, youth
and kids events, theatre, performance and literary events. So you are
bound to find something of interest.
A new feature this year isn't
even in Manly. "On the Beach" is a new exhibition from Scotland
Island and Pittwater’s western foreshores. It focuses on the "gems
of the beach culture and swimwear collection"
(p.s. The Manly Arts Program
is a PDF file, so it might take a while to load up)
Wildflowers - St Ives - 28th August
I wasn't even
sure you could actually have a festival of wildflowers but there you
go, life is an adventure. The good thing about this wildflower extravaganza
(you can never say that word too much) is that there will be no aliens
or dinosaurs lurking in the bushes (see
Muogamarra Nature Reserve). So what can you expect from the festival
of wildflowers in St Ives?
- Aboriginal Art
- Aboriginal Dance and Didgeridoo
- Guided bushwalks with
experts on plants, insects and Aboriginal culture
- Native plant sales
- Talks on native birds,
frogs, backyard ponds and bush foods
- Kids Bush Craft Corner
- Master Mueller's Minibeast
- Dipnetting for tadpoles
with the Frog and Tadpole Society
- Native animal presentations
by Taronga Zoo
and, hopefully, some flowers
going wild. Food will be available along with real (as in plastic cup
with maybe froth on top) coffee. The Festival will be there waiting
for you come rain or shine. Grab your hat or brolly, friends and enjoy.
Gusto - Italian
Food Festival - 21st August
If you like Italian, and
who doesn't, you should enjoy this. The whole family can enjoy the tasting
room with its numerous creations and traditional dishes from Australia's
best Italian restaurants. You can pre-book your hungry little ones into
the "kids in the kitchen". They should have fun learning how
to make pasta and pizza.
Sydney Fashion Festival
Sydney - 23rd - 27th August - Sydney Town Hall
It's getting warmer, well
that's what I keep telling myself anyway. Spring is, if not in the air,
on the horizon so throw open your closet and throw out last years gear.
Now is the time for a new frock or maybe that sexy pair of socks you've
been after (socks rule!). If you go to this fashion show you can experience
the "Experience". You will be welcomed then ushered into the
"spectacular collection showroom". Once seated, you should
'experience' a whole thirty minutes of fashion showing then it's party
time. "Hang out", spot a celeb and get photographed. There
will be hair and make-up consultations, styling presentations and, of
course, the Festival Bar. The Festival experience will leave you "buzzing".
ARC - Magic Winter Festival
- Marrickville - Saturday July 30th - 12pm to 7pm
Costume parades, music, drummers,
fire-twirlers, face paining, a jumping castle, puppets, exhibitions
and yummy food.
Darling Harbour 21st Jazz
& Blues Festival 10th - 13th June
Darling Harbour Jazz &
Blues Festival is celebrating it's 21st Birthday by inviting you to
a very special Jazz party. Australian jazz virtuoso James Morrison,
the 17-piece all girl Sirens Big Band and US legends Topsy Chapman and
the Ron Carter Trio, Katie Noonan, Tina Harrod, Misinterprotato, Jeff
Duff & the Prophets, the Catholics, Ten Part Invention, the Buddy
Knox Blues Band and many more.
You don't want to miss this
Sydney Film Festival - 8th
to 19th June
Happy' at the Sydney Film Festival
The Sydney Film
Festival (SFF) is one of the longest running film festivals in the world.
The SFF focuses on the best new films from around the world including
short films, Australian films, documentaries and archive titles, many
of which have been recently restored.
Sydney Writers Festival
- 16th to 22nd May 2011
The 2011 Sydney Writers'
Festival presents some of the world's finest poets, novelists and authors.
Sydney Writers Festival
Festival highlights include
"why a good leader is so hard to find", a critical look at
Australian politics and the challenge to government and media power
The shift in global power
from West to East is the focus of a number of events including“G’day,
China!” at Sydney Town Hall.
James Gleick joins other
writers from New York to reflect on September 11 terrorist attacks and,
no doubt, the recent demise of Osama bin Laden. Scottish journalist
James Fergusson, author of a controversial book on the Taliban, points
us to a possible new direction in Afghanistan.
Since the 2010 emergency
Town Hall meeting seeking leadership on climate change, things have
only got worse. Naomi Oreskes, who unmasks the dark forces that manufacture
climate-change scepticism, is joined by paleoclimatologist Curt Stager
and environmental strategist Paul Gilding in “You’ve Been
Warned” at Sydney Town Hall.
The Good Book
Britain's most widely read
philosopher AC Grayling takes on the power of religion with his opus,
The Good Book, an alternative to the Bible that sets out a secular path
towards the good life.
A A Gill
There is perhaps no more
delightfully vicious power than that wielded by the critic. We present
legendary restaurant critic and travel writer AA Gill and the man who
single-handedly created the celebrity chef, Anthony Bourdain.
And in recognition of the
last great refuge of the powerless – satire – the Festival
Club returns nightly with a new variety format, spearheaded by The Chaser.
Whilst most of the Sydney
Writers’ Festival action takes place at Walsh Bay, events are
also held at venues throughout Sydney and regional NSW.