Cultural Event


This is your chance to journey into the heart of the Titanic and experience the world’s largest and most comprehensive touring exhibition about the world’s most iconic and ill fated ship.

Immerse yourself in the moving tale of Titanic’s first and final voyage and experience the sights, sounds and stories as if you yourself were on the ship.

Visitors receive a boarding pass containing the details of an actual passenger. You come face to face with an iceberg, and experience spectacular recreations including the grand spiral staircase.

There are over 300 artefacts dating back over 100 years and includes memorabilia from James Cameron’s film.

The exhibition culminates in the Memorial Gallery where each visitor learns their chosen passenger’s fate that beheld them on April 15, 1912.

The TITANIC THE EXHIBITION  is on display at the Entertainment Quarter until the 4th February, 2018.

Book your passage today.



Aboriginal Arts and Craft at Bare Island, La Perouse on Sunday February 4

Always popular, BLAK MARKETS will be held at Bare Island, La Perouse,  Sunday February 4, 2018.

THE BLAK MARKETS is a great chance to buy art and products directly from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who made them in the knowledge that the profit goes back to Indigenous communities.

Featuring  Aboriginal arts, craft, performances and foods from local stallholders, the day will begin with a welcome to country followed by live music, dance performances, and workshops.

9:30 - Gates Open
10:00 Welcome and Smoking Ceremony
10:00 - Weaving workshop all day
10:30- Traditional Dance
11:00 - Whale ceremony with Tucky Cooley - Booking Required
11:30- Singing performance by Rebecca Hatch
12:00 - Traditional Dance
1:00 - Singing Performance by Rebecca Hatch
2:00 - Healing Ceremony with Tucky Cooley - Booking Required
3:00 - Blak Markets Closed

Rediscover Sydney’s beautiful La Perouse with a day of free family entertainment, live music, cultural tours at  BLAK MARKETS and watch the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay arrive.

Bare Island information here.


THIS IS AUSTRALIA includes a live performance by Casey Donovan and Sydney Festival’s Four Thousand Fish

26 January, 2018 from sunrise to sunset

THIS IS AUSTRALIA invites you to relax, eat, listen, play and laugh. Join us at Barangaroo to share in our collective story through food, music and art. Continue reading THIS IS AUSTRALIA: AT BARANGAROO

REMBRANDT LIVE: Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and AGNSW


Australian Brandenburg Orchestra performs as part of Sydney Festival 2018 at the Art Gallery of NSW.

Immerse yourself in the splendour of the exhibition REMBRANDT AND THE DUTCH GOLDEN AGE:: masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum as members of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra perform amongst masterpieces of the 17th century.

Rembrandt Live is a theatrical encounter for the senses, marrying the treasures of Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum with baroque performance and music, directed by John Bell with musical curator Paul Dyer.

In association with REMBRANDT LIVE, Matt Moran and Chiswick at the Gallery head chef, Tim Brindley, have designed a decadent baroque banquet, inspired by the flavours of the Dutch Golden Age, available for two nights only after the show.

6, 8-9, 11-12, 15-16, 22-23 January 2018
6-7pm, 7.30-8.30pm
For two nights only Baroque Banquet 18-19 January, 6-10pm

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Nigella Lawson fronts sold out crowd at SOH Concert Hall (Photos: Ken Leanfore)

Nigella Lawson: A Celebration of Home Cooking 

Following a sold-out Opera House appearance in 2016, the woman who put the pleasure back into food, Nigella Lawson, returns to the Concert Hall stage on Sunday 21 January 2018 for an evening of delectable conversation.

Nigella’s Opera House appearance coincides with the launch of her first book in two years, At My Table, a celebration of mouth-watering and inventive home cooking. At My Table abounds in recipes that are at once inspirational and comforting, from new riffs on signature dishes to the classics of tomorrow. Continue reading NIGELLA RETURNS TO THE HOUSE:TICKETS AVAILABLE FRIDAY


The international Kimono Club of Sydney were passionate about promoting the fashion of Kimono wearing to a wider audience. On parade at Darling Harbour were a wide-ranging choice of this style of clothing. Photos capture some of the spectacular colourful modern trends that incite younger people into wearing Kimonos and Japanese fancy costumes to push a new pop culture.
Picture: Denver Mottau

The MATSURI JAPAN FESTIVAL is Sydney’s biggest Japanese event. It is held each year to celebrate Japanese culture and cross-cultural friendship between the people of Japan and Australia. Founded in 2006, the Japanese community in Sydney work very hard to host a traditional style Matsuri for Sydneysiders. Continue reading MATSURI JAPAN FESTIVAL 2017


This image: Reko Rennie on site during the work in progress being painted at Barangaroo. Photos: Daniel Boud
Banner Image: Reko Rennie on site with As The Crow Flies at Barangaroo. Photo: David Varga

 Australian artist Reko Rennie has completed his major site-specific contemporary art installation at Barangaroo South in Sydney’s CBD. The commanding work, titled AS THE CROW FLIES is painted over buildings, hoardings and rooftops spanning a 1500 square-metre footprint – the equivalent size of a high-rise city building – and will remain in place for at least two years.

The large-scale, two-colour installation, in bright cobalt blue and neon pink, has been painted vertically and horizontally onto the exteriors and interiors of a buildings and hoardings in Barangaroo South, between International Tower Three and Hickson Road. The work extends into the entry and exit areas of the main car park and covers rooftops, making the pop-aesthetic inspired installation clearly visible from nearby office towers. Continue reading AS THE CROW FLIES: REKO RENNIE’S 1500 m2 INSTALLATION


Banner Image: Fran Lebowitz (Photo:Brigitte Lacombe)
Image Above: CN Lester (Photo: Helen Bartlett)

 The Sydney Opera House today announced the line-up for its sixth All About Women festival on Sunday 4 March 2018. For next year’s ALL ABOUT WOMEN a stellar cast of international and local storytellers, thinkers and game-changers will explore the issues and ideas important to women in 2017, including: Continue reading IT’S ALL ABOUT WOMEN FESTIVAL: TIX ON SALE FRIDAY


There will be more than 40 talks, performances, workshops & films to be presented over 17 days in April 2018 as part of the inaugural Fashion Hub programme at the Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas (SCCI). 

Founder and executive director of the newly created Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas (SCCI), Dr Gene Sherman AM, recently announced the Centre’s five-year vision to elevate fashion and architecture to a more prominent place alongside other mediums of cultural expression. SCCI is the latest evolution of the re-named not for profit Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF). Continue reading FASHION HUB: SHERMAN CENTRE FOR CULTURE AND IDEAS


Images by Ben Apfelbaum

For 13 years ART AND ABOUT has been a unique month long art fest for all Sydneysiders.  Now we can enjoy exciting outdoor work in odd places all year round.

City of Sydney will be supporting art in any corner of Sydney, at any time, including major projects, intimate exchanges, and thought-provoking exhibitions in unusual spaces throughout the city.

Images by Ben Apfelbaum

Our photographer, Ben Apfelbaum’s eye was taken by the recent installation on Observatory Hill.  For THE LAST RESORT  the rotunda was transformed by celebrated French-Albanian artist Anri Sala with a wonderful installation of sculpture and sound for the 33rd Kaldor Public Art Project.

Custom-built drums to give the listener a rhythmic, live response to a contemporary interpretation of a Mozart concerto. Set against the sights and sounds of the harbor below, the musical dialogue animates the relationship between sound, place, time and history.

To shape the intricate recorded soundscape for THE LAST RESORT, Sala has re-imagined Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A Major, a masterpiece of the European Enlightenment. Mozart’s score is upended, as if it were a message in a bottle carried from Europe across the ocean to Australia, affected by wind and waves.

Anri Sala’s works of film, sculpture and installation create poetic analogies that reflect on life and culture from different frames of experience. Past works have traversed European contexts, from his hometown, Tirana, Albania, to Germany and France where he has spent much of his adult life. His artworks often creatively pair image with sound, and explore the choreographic potential of musical instruments and their performers.

Images by Ben Apfelbaum

The project is presented by Kaldor Public Art Projects, a non-profit organisation that has created groundbreaking art projects in public spaces since 1969. It was co-commissioned with partners Esther Schipper (Berlin) and Marian Goodman Gallery (New York and Paris).

Next in ART AND ABOUT is Nick Cave: HEARD·SYD . An exuberant, surreal and explosive live performance on November 10th and 12th.

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Jetpack Theatre introduces the GHOSTS OF GLEBE to audiences

The Jetpack cast relax between GHOSTS OF GLEBE shows

Jetpack Theatre Collective have taken me on some adventure-filled theatre going.  I have sat with two others and a demented owl in a pea green boat on Blackwattle Bay, I’ve disrupted life in King St, I’ve snuck in after hours and stolen a painting from a gallery.  It’s always inventive, exuberant and left of centre theatre making.

GHOSTS OF GLEBE is their latest foray into converting audiences into participants.  If you are wandering the streets, noisy and busy yet dark and creepy streets, you have no choice but to engage.

Ostensibly just a walking tour, small groups are steered by a couple of guides around interesting spots of a suburb renowned for bad behaviour.  Despite, or perhaps because of, being originally owned by the Anglican Church!  The actors, for that’s what they are, do a great line in telling the history of some of the places.   There are stories and characters and buildings and dates.   But there is always the tension … is any of it true?  Since Ancient Greek times tension begets drama and so it does here.

The tour takes about 45 minutes and if you are worried about the walking don’t be.  Before I committed to attending, I had concerns about my new knee and how it would cope.  In emails, Jetpack were terrifically welcoming and it was evident that encouraging and supporting all manner of patrons is paramount to their process and performance.  I had a weird moment when I imagined what their planning whiteboard would have looked like.  Under variables … patrons, weather, traffic, cobblestones, mosquitos, locals, 2 shows a night  … bloody endless list I imagine.

Next time I experience GHOSTS OF GLEBE I intend to write down the names they throw at you, take a note of the addresses, google the dates etc .  Because it is actually worth a second visit, each show must inevitably be different given all those variables.  And also there are 6 performers in rotation and each pairing must bring different energies and ways of storytelling.

The storytelling did not take my imagination on first experience.  It did for other members of the tour, one of the people was a wiz with seeing the patterns in the dates!  But I was drawn in by the architecture, the superb trees, the historical aspects, the balmy night air, and the company of strangers.  And the inherent possibility of spectral surprise.

GHOSTS OF GLEBE curated by Kirsty McGuire and Emilia Higgs continues until 11th November.  More information at :


Featured image- Veteran broadcaster John Cleary.

The Royal School of Church Music NSW invites all lovers of good church music to dinner at All Saints Anglican Church, 2 Ambrose St, Hunters Hill

The audience will enjoy Choral Evensong and then sit down for a traditional roast dinner, perfect for this time of year. Guest speaker will be John Cleary, veteran broadcaster and one of Australia’s best known commentators on religion. Everyone is invited to bring their own favourite bottle of wine.

Bookings can be made by calling 91505219 or online at


14th July 2017 at 6.30pm for Choral Evensong and 7.30pm for dinner

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Until only a few years ago the Irish Australian community held an annual parade in Sydney second only in size to the St Patricks Day Festival held in New York.

Unfortunately a shortage in financial support has resulted in the Parade being disbanded.

This, however, has not stopped the Irish community from celebrating the day in various venues around Sydney including a lovely event that took place in Martin Place.

Pics by Ben Apfelbaum (c).