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Regular Theatre-goer? Have Your Say on Lock-out Laws

City of Sydney is reviewing the rules which control trading hours and areas for businesses opening at night in the city. These include bars, cafes, restaurants, shops and entertainment and music venues that stay open later than 10pm.

They are seeking the public’s views on where and when late-night trading should happen in Sydney.  This consultation will close at 5pm on Friday 30 March 2018.

There is an on-line survey or download the Sydney Your Say app from the App Store(External link) or get it on Google Play(External link) for chances to be rewarded for your feedback.

More information at the City of Sydney website.


Woollahra Council held  a lovely ceremony this morning, on a beautiful  autumn day, to celebrate the placement of a plaque  for the Wintergarden Theatre on the foothpath outside the present, very attractive Wintergarden apartments.

The plaque ceremony is part of Woollahra Council’s ongoing Plaque scheme, the purpose of which is to capture significant parts of a community’s local history for the benefits of locals. The Scheme is driven by locals nominating people or sites for commemoration with a plaque. Each year the Woollahra Plaques Committee recommends six nominations to Council.  

Local resident Richard Davis nominated a plaque be made for the Wintergarden  and his nomination was put before Council by architect and former Councillor Chris Howe.    Continue reading WOOLLAHRA COUNCIL STAMPS WINTERGARDEN THEATRE IN HISTORY

Matriark Are Monstrous in Art Month

Illustration & Photography by Aleisa Jelbart and Scott Parker

Matriark Theatre Company‘s playful, roaming, shaggy, vibrant, quirky, chilled-out monsters will be hanging out in public spaces around Sydney during Art Month.

The Monstrosities are a roaming performance created for Art Month Sydney, bringing to life  underappreciated, urban spaces in Sydney. A family of giant, colourful, roaming monstrous creatures who will be hanging out in parks, basketball courts, skate-parks and bus stops around the city. Neon-coloured, shaggy and infinitely chill; like a colourful, tripped out manifestation of Where the Wild Things Are. 

With creature design is inspired by prominent graffiti murals from around the South Sydney area, The Monstrosities will first emerge on the 22nd March in the Green Square/Waterloo area as a part of Art Month Sydney, but expect them to pop up in a park or community space near you later in 2018!

The Monstrosities [Facebook Event] 
Matriark Theatre [Facebook
Art Month at Green Square  [Facebook]



Harmony Art Collective at work.
This image: Salisbury (SA)
Banner image: Darwin (NT)

After a hugely successful inaugural year, the Harmony Art Collective, in collaboration with Special Broadcasting Service (SBS), the Australian Government and aMBUSH Gallery, returns to unite disadvantaged youths aged 15-24 through art. Continue reading YOUNG ARTISTS BROUGHT TOGETHER IN HARMONY


The 2018 Parade with its theme (FORTY YEARS OF EVOLUTION) broke all sorts of records. Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras CEO Terese Casu outlined the extraordinary magnitude of the event :- 200 entry floats-groups, close to four hours viewing time, 250 bikes, 178 vehicles, and 15 pushables, 12300 participants and an estimated 300,000 spectators.

Beyond the sequins, extravagant flair and wit, there were many floats touching on underlying issues; acceptance, inclusivity, diversity and respect.  

Perhaps some of the biggest cheers were for the over two hundred 78ers who attended from all over Australia, and who led the Parade. Continue reading MARDI GRAS : 40 YEARS OF EVOLUTION


Dinos at night? I’m in!  Australian Museum’s Culture Up Late events are themed and spread throughout the year.  Valentine’s Day got a gong but tonight it was Mardi Gras at the Museum.

Lots of extra things to do or just wander around enjoying the displays, the Mammoths: Giants of the Ice Age exhibition is included in the very reasonable entry price.  Continue reading CULTURE UP LATE: AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM: MARDI GRAS EDITION


Due to the construction works for the light rail in George Street, the Chinese and other Asian communities have been unable to hold their dazzling lantern parade complete with lion dancing and communal dance troupes.

So what to do?! In a Vivid like display the twelve illuminated Chinese signs of the Zodiac  which would normally be atop floats, were now displayed around Circular Quay.

As this is the Year Of The Dog, this Zodiac sign representation took pride of place by the Sydney Opera House.

Lion dancing took place in the Haymarket area and Tumbalong Park in Darling Harbour was filled with market stalls, anima figures which lit up at night, and live performances of ethnic dancing.

Nearby, at Darling Harbour, the traditional dragon boat races were fiercely contested. Winners of these races, which are also contested at venues around Australia, go on to compete at the world dragon boat races competition held in Szeged, Hungary. At times, there seemed to be more race participants than the many spectators.

The Chinese and other communal dance groups performed on a beautifully lit stage at First Fleet Park, Circular Quay.

This year, the Chinese New Year fell on Friday 16 February.

Although this year’s Festival was highly successful, one hopes that the traditional lantern parade will return in the near future.

All pics by Ben Apfelbaum (c).


CAUSE FILM FESTIVAL is the festival with a huge heart.

CAUSE FILM FESTIVAL is an annual Short Film Festival providing a platform for film makers to promote worthy causes through the art of film and entertainment.    The annual festival supports charities while giving filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their work and promote the charity/cause they endorse. Continue reading PUBLIC VOTING CLOSES SOON: CAUSE FILM FESTIVAL


34 visual artists, including two indigenous artists, an artist from Mexico, interstate and local and emerging artists will be involved in one of the largest street art projects in Sydney when they paint 23 walls – around 1,500 square metres – in Sydney’s Caringbah as part of one of Sydney’s largest  crime prevention programs to stop graffiti, tagging and vandalism.  The project is also being keenly watched by four other councils in Sydney. Continue reading WALK THE WALLS TO SEE STREET ARTISTS WORKING


Photos by Denver Mottau.

Sydney celebrates 40th anniversary of Mardi Gras at Victoria Park

Festivities kicked-off last weekend at Victoria Park in Camperdown to mark the beginning of Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian celebrations in favour of the yes vote. Following 40 years of passion, pride and protest, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade scheduled for Saturday 3 March 2018 promises to be the most colourful and spectacular yet.

With over 200 floats showcasing the best of LGBTQI creativity, groups and allies from all walks of life will be there to cheer-on the 12,000 participants that make up the parade including Dykes on Bikes, outrageous drag queens, and a wide variety of community heroes and pollies to balance the wit, sense of theatre and drama that becomes the parade. The extravaganza of skills, talent and music will be sure to lift the spirits of spectators at the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras’s biggest night of the year.

The Parade begins at 7.30pm and end at approximately 11.30pm starting at Whitlam Square, travelling along Oxford Street, turning right into Flinders Street and finishing at Moore Park. On the day, all the major roads along and surrounding the parade route from CBD to Moore Park will close from 5pm and remain closed until 4am the following day.

There will be an enhanced police presence and strict enforcement of the alcohol-free policy.

An estimated 300,000 spectators are expected to be watching and cheering Sydney’s largest and most entertaining night parade on March 3.


Fran Lebowitz
Artwork: Jordan Andrew Carter

Tickets to the ALL ABOUT WOMEN FESTIVAL,  [Facebook Event] Sydney Opera House, Sunday 4 March 2018 are being snapped up fast with many of the sessions already sold out.

All About Women (AAW) is an annual festival of big ideas and extraordinary women held in the lead-up to International Women’s Day. It is a vibrant day of stimulating debate and discussion about the issues and ideas important to women. Continue reading QUICK WOMEN: TICKETS SELLING FAST TO SOH EVENT


Banner image: Ali Mousawi Photography

It’s almost that time again.  Since 2010, the Parramasala Festival has grown into a signature event celebrating the diverse and rich cultures of greater Sydney and New South Wales.  The 3-day Parramasala Festival attracts 35,000 people and represents a kaleidoscope of more than 30 nationalities and cultures with 70% of festival performers and visitors  born outside Australia. Continue reading PARRAMASALA: MANY CULTURES, ONE SYDNEY


Curated by Carriageworks ambassador and celebrated chef Kylie Kwong, the Night Market [Facebook] showcases locally-sourced seasonal produce and Australian ingredients prepared by some of Australia’s best Chefs. Bringing together more than 60 food, beverage and produce stalls promoting uniquely Australian ingredients alongside free cooking demonstrations from leading chefs and Indigenous food specialists.

The Night Market will feature local DJs; a live performance by internationally renowned Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin [Facebook] ; and the unveiling of a newly commissioned artwork by women artists from the Yarrenyty Arltere Collective [Facebook] commissioned by Artbank.




All images by Denver Mottau

January 26, 2018 was in essence a day of coming together in Sydney to enjoy all things Australian. A day to reflect on who we are as a people, our values and achievements and what we can look forward to in the future.

Sydney came alive to celebrate everything that has made this wonderful city what it is today, one of the best in the world.

It was also a time to party, and this we did with a wide range of official activities planned and spread over Sydney and its suburbs.

It is second nature for Sydneysiders to mix and mingle and extend a hand of friendship to all fellow Australians and strangers alike saying good day mate, enjoy Australia Day,’ – a most fitting symbol of the way we greet each other on our national day.

There was something for everyone to enjoy in the official program of festivities planned for Australia Day. It began with the indigenous Wugulora Morning Ceremony at Barangaroo, acknowledging our shared history with the traditional custodians of the land. Aboriginal dancers and singers performed as the national anthem was sung in Dharawal and English, and both flags raised with pride on the Sydney Harbour Bridge to mark the start of Australia Day. Continue reading SYDNEY CELEBRATES ANOTHER MEMORABLE AUSTRALIA DAY


SEA SICK.   A solitary woman stands within a chalk drawn circle on a sparsely set stage. The stage contains a chalkboard, chalk, a shell and a table. On the table sits a glass of water and a jug containing clear liquid, piquing the audience’s curiosity as to their purpose. The performer begins her one woman, non-fiction play by introducing herself through personal anecdotes, sharing snippets of her early family life and career, which led her to travel the world researching for her novel. Continue reading SEA SICK: THOUGHT PROVOKING AND INFORMATIVE


Images courtesy Fairfax

THE BACKSTORIES  is a rare glimpse behind the public persona of one of the most influential Australians in women’s football, Moya Dodd, as she shares the experiences that have shaped her life. Originally commissioned and presented by Adelaide Festival, THE BACKSTORIES comes to Carriageworks for three performances in February. Friday 2 February 8pm and Saturday 3 February 2pm, 8pm Continue reading THE BACKSTORIES: MOYA DODD IN FOCUS