Sydney Festival at Casula Powerhouse: Suppression Dam

Three internationally-renowned art music ensembles will unite at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (CPAC) for a world-exclusive performance:  Suppression Dam. Ensemble Offspring (Sydney), International Contemporary Ensemble (New York/Chicago) and Ensemble Adapter (Berlin) will present a surround-sound experience in the vast Turbine Hall, for Sydney Festival’s first ever visit to CPAC.

Featuring ARIA award-winning percussionist and Artistic Director of Ensemble Offspring Claire Edwardes, the performance sees the three avant-garde heavyweights uniting to perform two vital, transcendent pieces from forward-thinking Australian composers: The Dam by Kate Moore, and Cleave by Natasha Anderson.

“We are beyond thrilled to present Suppression Dam here at Casula – the only place in the entire world you’ll catch this incredible supergroup of art music titans!” said CPAC Director, Craig Donarski.  “This will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience on the opening weekend of Sydney Festival, complete with a glass of wine on us, or make it a meal with our in-house bistro Bellbird Dining + Bar serving up a special dish of smoked beef, pickled cabbage, confit baby onions and jus, to reflect the combining of the talents of Berlin, New York and Sydney,” he said.

The performance is prefaced by contemporary choral composer Alice Chance’s communal sound art project Audience Choir. The interactive performance calls on audience members to download an app to unlock a sound file, contributing to the soundscape. The audience is then taught simple canonic melodies, birthing an evolving and immersive music experience.

Opening the performance will be award-winning industrial chamber composition The Dam, by composer Kate Moore – the first woman to win the prestigious Matthijs Vermeulen Award. Showcasing her inimitable swirling rhythmic sound world, the piece draws from the rhythms of nature, from crickets to birds and frogs, to create a fascinating tapestry of not-quite-polyrhythmic sounds.

Experimental ensemble work Cleave byAustralian composer and installation artist Natasha Anderson will close the performance. The piece harnesses spatialised electronics, processed samples and live instruments to create a soundscape of refracted sonic mirrors.

Event Details:
What: Suppression Dam
When: 12 January 2019, 5-6PM
13 January 2019, 2-3PM
Where: Casula Powerhouse, 1 Powerhouse Road, Casula NSW 2170 (don’t forget, Casula has its own train station!)
Price: Performance only – Adult $45 / Concession $25
Performance and Meal Deal – Adult $70 / Concession $50

Joseph Lloyd, Contributor
Photo Credit: Casula Powerhouse

Rolling Stones Exhibitionism

Attention all fans of the Rolling Stones! Australia is lucky enough to have an exhibition of the famous, brilliant and influential British band that is the Rolling Stones.

Known as a band that were pushing the boundaries in a Beatles dominated period, they evolved into somewhat of an “anti-Beatles” image, with music and lifestyle that was a bit edgier, breaking from the pop field of the day.

Held in the ICC, Darling Harbour, the exhibit features so much of the pop culture: fashion items, movie posters, instruments and full replicas of their original apartment and music studio.

With over 500 pieces, it really is a superb demonstration of their life and career.

They’ve got a range of their clothes and costumes made by iconic designers such as Alexander McQueen and Gucci to name a few. These are on display so you can see a range of designs from their years of performing.

It’s a fully immersive exhibit and we loved the interactive components where you can mix their songs and heighten or lessen instruments featuring in the song, being your own producer in the recording studio. You can then enter the 3D space and feel like you’re at their concert with your 3D glasses and dance away!

It has really been done very well and extremely educational and interesting to visit.

Buy tickets through Ticketek and it is on display until Sun 3 Feb 2019.

Exhibit Times:
Sun-Wed: 10am-5pm
Thu-Sat: 10am-8pm

https://m.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=ROLLINGS19&utm_source=RSE&utm_medium=Organic&utm_term=&utm_content=&utm_campaign=ROLLINGS19&USER_ID_=

ICC – 14 Darling Drive, Darling Harbour

Parkes Elvis Festival Celebrates 27 years

7 hours inland of Sydney, close to 30,000 people (that’s almost three times the population of the region) will converge on the City of Parkes as the entire region morphs into a spectacular mecca and tribute to one of the most iconic rock stars of the century, Elvis Presley!  Die hard fans, impersonators, entertainers and music lovers gather from the United States, United Kingdom and Asia to celebrate the King’s birthday. 

 

Officially endorsed by the estate of Elvis Presley, Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. in Memphis, Parkes Elvis Festival is recognized as one of the top three festivals and events in Australia.  The Parkes Elvis Festival, now in its 27th year will host a number of live entertainment including the official Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest (the winner representing Australia in Memphis, USA), Feature concert series starring a special guest artist, Northparkes Mines street parade, renewal of vows ceremony, the Goodsell Machinery Miss Priscilla Dinner, and many free live concerts, competitions and prizes

 

From Wednesday 9 January — Sunday 13 January 2019, people will shake, rattle and roll into Parkes, NSW for the biggest tribute to The King in the Southern Hemisphere. This year’s theme ‘All Shook Up’ which was Elvis’ 1957 chart topping hit.

 

The program includes much loved events; the headline Feature Concert Series, Northparkes Mines Street Parade, Renewal of Vows Ceremony, free ARTC Cooke Park Main Stage Entertainment, Elvis Gospel Service.

 

Australian rocker, and #1 selling Platinum artist Russell Morris will be inducted to the Parkes Elvis™ Festival, being honoured as not only a pioneer of the Australian music industry, but a continued force that is sure to set next year’s Festival off to a rockin’ start.  In an intimate performance at Parkes Service Club, his set will stir nostalgia in an electric atmosphere.  Managed by Molly Meldrum,  Russell’s 53 year career in the industry first releasing a top 20 hit with Hide & Seek and has performed with legends like Cher, The Bee Gees, Linda Ronstadt and The Beach Boys.  (Tickets to the show here https://www.123tix.com.au/events/1905/russell-morris-show)

 

Performances in the Feature Concert Series include, The Hill Billy Cat – The Making of a King, featuring hits of the ‘50; If I Can Dream – The Greatest Comeback of All Time, with hits from the 1960’s; My Way – A Journey Through the 70s; and All Shook Up – The King at His Best, showcasing Elvis’ greatest hits.

New to the program are a range of exciting workshops for young and old. Don your favourite Hawaiian shirt and strum your way through classics like Can’t Help Falling in Love at the Ukulele Workshops, held on Thursday and Friday. Mini-Elvii can have all sorts of fun at the Kids Talent Workshops on Friday, hosted by the original yellow Wiggle and all-around Elvis fanatic, Greg Page.

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The beloved Mark Andrew, and special guests, returns to Parkes Elvis Festival with his Legends’ Show, on Friday. On Saturday is the Tribute to Phil Emmanuel, who passed in mid-2018, but whose rich history in Parkes and overall music contributions had him honoured on the Elvis Wall of Fame at the 2018 Festival.

Kicking off the Festival is the all new All Shook Up Special — a tribute to the Million Dollar Quartet, featuring Lance Lipinsky as Jerry Lee Lewis, Anthony Petrucci as Elvis Presley, Daniel Thompson as Johnny Cash and Brad Bergen as Carl Perkins.

The regional train service, the Blue Suede Express, will return with the Elvis Express this year, featuring the luxury heritage passenger train, the Blue Zephyr and plenty of onboard entertainment. The 2019 Miss Priscilla Dinner on Thursday will feature a special performance by Elvis tribute artist, Jack Gatto, and will see the crowning of the 2019 Miss Priscilla.

The 2019 Parkes Elvis Festival will see the country’s best up and coming Elvis Tribute Artists converge on NSW’s Central West for five days of incredible live music. The preliminary round of the international Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest also returns in 2019, with leading Elvis tribute artists from Australia and abroad battling it out at Parkes Leagues Club. Officially endorsed by Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc, the winner will represent Parkes in the Semi Final round of the 2019 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest in Memphis, USA, during Elvis Week in August.

Tickets to all Parkes Elvis Festival shows, across the many venues in the city, will be available to purchase online, making booking your entire five day Elvis extravaganza a breeze.

Joseph Lloyd

Photo Credit: Steve Ostini, Maree Tanswell, Keith Turk, J. Brown, Frances Thornton

EVENT NAME: Parkes Elvis Festival

DATES: 9-13 January 2019

THEME: All Shook Up – celebrating all things ’50s

WEBSITE: www.parkeselvisfestival.com.au

LOCATION: Parkes, NSW, Australia

 

Sudio Headphones – wireless, compact and tangle free! Perfect for a Christmas gift too!

We’ve been using the Sudio headphones for a while now, specifically the Bluetooth wireless model. They are light, stylish and come in a variety of colours. Swedish design and handmade details. Our first purchase was the white pair and we used these whilst travelling all across North and South America. They are super small and pack down into their case for each transporting and tangle free. They charge quickly and have 3.5 hours battery life. I often use these for the gym too, and having no wires means I can’t get caught up in the cord like I’ve been known to do.

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We’ve updated our pair with the new release of the Vasa Bla. Wow! We’ve tested them out recently and whilst we loved our first pair, these are even better. We have black/gold style but there’s a variety of colours to select from from white to green and even baby pink.

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They also have a new product – Nivå. As the name probably highlights, Sudio are of Swedish origin. These are noise cancelling and with a microphone and Siri voice control!

If you prefer larger models, they also sell regent headphones with designer caps, colours of which can be changed. Check out their website for further details.

Throughout the Christmas period you can get a free gift box with every purchase + free fast delivery + Use our code for 15% off: AROUNDTHECLOCK15

https://www.sudio.com/au/

The Shambala Fields of Lost Paradise

Lost Paradise, the mind-blowing immersive festival experience held over New Year’s in the enchanted hinterland of Glenworth Valley, has announced its incredible three-day (29 December-1 January) Shambhala Fields programme line-up for 2018.

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With an ever-growing desire for a place for festivalgoers to nourish their mind, body and soul, Lost Paradise’s family-friendly Shambhala Fields programme curated by experienced yogi and doula Catriona Byrne, has doubled in size, and this year indugenous and cultural tent is a dedicated and for the very first time, a women’s only sanctuary. The stream-side oasis will showcase some of the most experienced and qualified teachers from around the world encouraging guests to guests to learn, unwind, and reconnect.

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YOGA & MEDITATION TENT:
Designed by award winning bamboo architects, Lucid will be the calming centre of Shambala Fields.  The space will feature highly regarded and respected international master yogis such as Mark Whitwell – conducting special sessions on how The New Feminine is a collaboration between men and women – and Simon Borg Olivier, who has been teaching for 35 years with masterclasses on spinal freedom, energy gathering, and accessing your unconscious. Renowned local yogis will also lead the program including Truth Robinson’s ‘Secrets of the San Bao’,the resounding heart workshop with Aimee Pedersen and Matt Omo which combines the practices of yoga and sound healing, and Hatha Yoga with Eliza Giles.   With benefits ranging from muscle relaxation, increased oxygen levels, and curing stress-related illnesses, guests can also take part in laughter yoga with Jeevi Ramtel aka the Laughing Chef for one of the funniest types of exercise at the festival.

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TALKS TENT:

The dedicated talks tent is a new area that will immerse guests in new ideas and conversations, challenging thought and inspiration, from neuroscience, and medicinal mushrooms, to urban farming, mental health, drug awareness, and inspiring stories from everyday people who have overcome the odds and made social change.

Dr. Kaushik Ram, a pioneer of research into the nervous system and who leads ground-breaking talks in Australia and across the globe (including TedX), will present his ‘Forbidden Intelligence’ talk, combining cutting edge neuroscience with the ancient intelligence of intuition. His session will challenge guests by blindfolding them and inviting them to trust their primitive instincts and unlock their natural abilities. Entomologist Tanya Latty will present a talk on how social insects such as bees and ants could help town

planners solve bottlenecks in city infrastructure and urban renewal.

There will also be a green panel talk, ‘Lost Paradise’s War on Waste’, opening up the conversation around waste and inspiring guests to be conscious of their footprint on the environment. Festival goers can ask

questions from a panel of experts including Jo Taranto and Corina Seeto from Good for the Hood (featured on ABC TV’s War on Waste), environmental scientists from ‘Green Music’, the ‘EARTH warriors’, and respected elder Phil Bligh who will speak on the topic of sustainability from an indigenous perspective.

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WORKSHOPS TENT:
The workshops tent will feature a range of intensive and enlightening activities that will engage the senses and give festival goers an opportunity to try something new – from belly dancing with Eve White, to drumming workshops with Soul Drummer, sound healing sessions by the Sydney Sufi ensemble, and hoola hooping. For those looking to get creative there will be drawing classes, live art and yoga sessions, cookery classes, spell crafting and forest bathing.

BOARDI INDIGENOUS AND CULTURAL TENT:

BOARDI, meaning ‘placing one’s feet in the earth in a meaningful way’ was the name chosen by the Darkinjung elders for the Indigenous space at Lost Paradise. The space is curated by respected elders Phil Bligh and Dave Beaumont with Shambhala curator Catriona Byrne, and is the spiritual centre of the festival which connects guests to the sacred land and history on which the festival is set. The BOARDI space will have ongoing activities all day, recreating an authentic community atmosphere with talks and and cultural workshops local aboriginal elders. They will be breaking down perceptions of the ‘one dimensional Aboriginal person’ and tackling issues of sustainability, mental health, and disconnection from community and environment from
an Indigenous perspective.   Darkinjung members will host a very special indigenous Opening Ceremony.   The rest of the festival ceases running at this time as a mark of respect, and guests are invited to walk ceremoniously from Shambhala Fields to the main stage for the welcoming. Lost Paradise are proud to work alongside the Darkinjung people, and over the past five years have been building and expanding on a joint vision of sharing culture in an authentic way.

HEALING ARTS SPACE AND THE RED TENT:
The healing arts space will feature creative practices promoting healing, wellness and personal change – massage, body work, psychic, tarot readings, witchcraft, reiki, sound and crystal healing and astrology readings. The red tent will be a first for Lost Paradise, a female sanctuary with a programme run by Jane Hardwick Collins from the School of Shamanic Woman Craft will include women’s circles, Shamanic drum journeys, wisdom of the cycles tutorials, craft activities, and holding space for women who are on their cycle.

HEALTH FOOD:
The hugely popular Holy Cow Chai Tent will be making its debut this year at Lost Paradise with its carnival-themed chill space specialising in edible sweet pleasures and breakfast bowls, alongside their iconic brewed Chai, coffee, super lattes and iced drinks.  Also for the first time, will be the Sacred Cacao Dome,  a geometric dome tent dedicated to cacao elixirs and ceremonies, guided meditation, a cacao party with curated music with different vibrations and beta waves to harmonise and balance guests. The organic cacao bar also provides delicious treats.

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Joseph Lloyd, Contributor
Photo Credits: Gabe Tiano, Jordan Munns, Nathan Bonnici, Tye Winer,

For all ticket and camping details and to purchase tickets visit: www.lostparadise.com.au
Second release 3-day tickets: $349 + bf
Second release 4-day tickets: $399 + bf
All tickets include a general camping spot.

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NYE in the Park – back for a 2nd year

“New Year’s in Sydney has always been overcrowded, overpriced and ultimately, under whelming, and we want to change that. Our mission has always been to provide the Best. New Year’s. Ever. Last year’s event offered a hugely fun, highly affordable, drama-free night out – with ample space to dance, more bars and toilets than you can poke a stick at, a wide selection of great, gourmet street food, and an amazing line-up of music. This year, we’ve managed to top that” –The NYE In The Park team.

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After the success of their 2017 inaugural event, there was no way fans of this new alternative were going to enter another new year without another epic bash!   A hit with many providing a welcome diversion from the inevitable gridlock of  the 1.6 million crowd swarm about to hit the city.

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The picturesque greenery of Camperdown’s Victoria Park will frame the 2 stage areas pop up bars and food stalls to create a relaxed haven to reflect and send off 2018 to the music of the land’s finest creative performers.

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NYE In The Park 2018 Line-Up:

The Presets

The Jungle Giants

Hayden James

Hot Dub Time Machine

Thundamentals

Confidence Man

Luke Million

One Day DJ’s

Thandi Phoenix

The Meeting Tree

Fleetmac Wood

CXLOE

Kinder

SOSUEME DJ’s

Sideboob

Tasker

Be prepared for the BEST. NEW YEAR’S.  EVER!

Final Release & VIP Tickets are still available:

https://nyeinthepark.iwannaticket.com.au/event/nye-in-the-park-2018-MTYyMTY?qitq=e6e7bf0d-d8c3-496b-acf2-287f59215384&qitp=fd490029-979c-495a-b9c7-a191ee912ba6&qitts=1543242793&qitc=iwannaticket&qite=13063&qitrt=Safetynet&qith=c7ff82c045868b33492fc640e93a2b53

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A quick guide to Sydney Festival

Navigating through the Sydney Festival Program can be complicated, so the team have scoured through every page across every date and made a quick and easy list for you by event type.

THEATRE & OPERA

Jan 23-27 (Roslyn Packer Theatre), Beware of Pity, Sydney Festival; Schaubühne Berlin presents its first work with Complicité (UK) director Simon McBurney. This bold, technically adventurous and  sexually charged staging of Austrian Stefan Zweig’s 1939 novel is a masterful and newly prescient portrait of a Europe stumbling  toward chaos.
Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/beware-of-pity

Jan 9-18 (Roslyn Packer Theatre), HOME, Sydney Festival; a large-scale performance work by multi-award-winning theatre-maker Geoff Sobelle, combining theatre, choreography, illusion, live music, and audience interaction in a magical meditation on the meaning of home. Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/home

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Jan 11-Feb 2 (Sydney Town Hall), Counting and Cracking, Sydney Festival; sixteen actors play four generations of a Sri Lankan family in this world premiere about Australia as a land of refuge, staged in Sydney Town Hall and served with a communal meal.
Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/counting-and-cracking

Jan 10-13 (Carriageworks), Daughter, Sydney Festival; this Australian premiere is a provocative one-man monologue confronting toxic masculinity performed by award-winning Canadian performer Adam Lazarus. Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/daughter

Jan 16-20 (Carriageworks), The Chat, Sydney Festival; devised and performed by ex-offenders, this is a dark and comic exploration into the realities of the criminal justice system created by theatre maker and former parole officer JR Brennan.
Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/the-chat

Jan 23-26 (Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House), Man With The Iron Neck, Sydney Festival; a powerful new work by leading physical theatre company Legs on the Wall and written by Ursula Yovich about a family embracing life after trauma and addressing the issue of suicide amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders youths.
Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/man-with-the-iron-neck

Jan 16-20 (Carriageworks), Deer Woman, Sydney Festival; a solo theatre performance about one woman’s vengeance for her sister in a country where 1,600 Indigenous women and girls are currently recognized as being missing or murdered, performed by Canadian First Nations actor and activist Cherish Violet Blood. Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/deer-woman

Jan 9-11 (Carriageworks), La Passion de Simone, Sydney Festival; a new interpretation of the story of French Holocaust philosopher and activist Simone Weil performed by the Sydney Chamber Opera in a deeply spiritual contemporary opera.
Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/la-passion-de-simone

Jan 18-23 (Carriageworks), The Weekend, Sydney Festival; a one-woman play by Henrietta Baird following a family’s search for a new beginning.
Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/the-weekend

Jan 12-20 (Upstairs, Belvoir St Theatre), Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story, Sydney Festival; inspired by the real-life stories of two Romanian Jews seeking refuge in Canada in 1908, this is a dark, funny and high-energy hybrid of music and theatre starring acclaimed musician Ben Caplan. Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/old-stock-a-refugee-love-story

Jan 23-27 (Upstairs, Belvoir St Theatre), The Iliad – Out Loud, Sydney Festival; actor William Zappa brings Homer’s epic Iliad to life in this new nine hour adaptation performed by four actors and featuring a live score of percussion and oud.
Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/the-iliad-out-loud

Jan 9-19 (Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House), A Ghost in My Suitcase, Sydney Festival; A family theatre show by Barking Gecko, about ghosts, grief and a secret family gift, adapted from Gabrielle Wang’s award-winning children’s novel. Twelve-year-old Celeste visits China to scatter her mother’s ashes, where she reunites with her gutsy grandma and is thrust into the thrilling world of ghost-hunting.

Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/a-ghost-in-my-suitcase

Jan 7-19 (SBW Stables Theatre) & Jan 22-25 (Raffertys Theatre, Riverside Theatres), Since Ali Died, Sydney Festival; spoken word poet Omar Musa unleashes a suite of politically-charged and deeply personal storytelling, rap and song inspired by the passing of his hero, boxing legend Muhammad Ali.
Links: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/since-ali-died-parramatta and https://sydneyfestival.org.au/since-ali-died-sydney

Jan 25-Feb 5 (Sydney Opera House, Joan Sutherland Theatre), Wozzeck, Sydney Festival; William Kentridge, one of the greatest visual artists of our time, directs Alban Berg’s opera about a hapless soldier driven mad by army life and his faithless lover.
Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/wozzeck

Jan 16-20 (Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House), In The Heights, Sydney Festival; the return of the Tony Award-winning musical written by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda which is set in Manhattan’s vibrant, close-knit Hispanic-American neighbourhood.

Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/in-the-heights

Jan 24-26 (Carriageworks), Yellamundie National First Peoples Playwriting Festival, Sydney Festival; a  showcase for new and  distinct voices in Australian  theatre, Yellamundie  is  a biennial  celebration of  national and international  First Peoples playwriting. Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/yellamundie

CIRCUS, CABARET & DANCE

Jan 10-20 (Riverside Theatre), Shànghǎi MiMi, Sydney Festival; this world premiere cabaret inspired by 1930s Shanghai is directed by the award-winning Moira Finucane and includes thrilling performances from an international cast of dancers, acrobats, aerialists and a live band playing long-lost vintage Chinese jazz and blues.
Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/shanghai-mimi

Jan 8-27 (Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent, Festival Garden), Pigalle, Sydney Festival; Marcia Hines leads an international cast of performers in this world premiere disco-burlesque-cabaret set in an old Parisian nightclub with a soundtrack of ‘70s classics.
Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/pigalle

Jan 23-27 (Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent, Festival Garden), Le Gateau Chocolat: ICONS, Sydney Festival; cabaret sensation Le Gateau Chocolat performs a joyous and moving tribute to the musical icons that shaped his life.

Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/le-gateau-chocolat-icons

Jan 17 & 18 (Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent Festival Garden), Paul Capsis with Jethro Woodward & The Fitzroy Youth Orchestra, Sydney Festival; Paul Capsis, accompanied by a high-octane rock band, lights up rock music’s dark side, interpreting songs by artists such as Patti Smith, Lana Del Rey and Led Zeppelin. Link:

https://sydneyfestival.org.au/paul-capsis-with-jethro-woodward-and-the-fitzroy-youth-orchestra

Jan 11-13 (Prince Alfred Square, Parramatta), Circus Comes to Town, Sydney Festival; a weekend of circus fun including Mallakhambindia performances, Heliosphere, Flying Trapeze workshops and Aerialize affordable circus skills workshops.
Link: http://www.sydneyfestival.org.au/circus-comes-to-town

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Jan 10-13 (Lennox Theatre, Riverside Theatres), Rock Bang (Circus Oz), Sydney Festival; Australia’s leading circus troupe joins forces with art-rock comedy duo Otto & Astrid in an electric new show combining acrobatics, laughter and head-banging live music.
Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/rock-bang

Jan 11-13 (Lennox Theatre, Riverside Theatres), Splash Test Dummies, Sydney Festival; an hour of aquatic adventures from the family circus trio including juggling, synchronised swimming on unicycles, human balancing acts and water skiing through the theatre.
Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/splash-test-dummies

DANCE

Jan 11-20 (QT Sydney), Biladurang, Sydney Festival; A dark, sexy and intimate solo work  by Wiradjuri dancer and choreographer Joel Bray, loosely echoing the story of the Biladurang – the platypus.
Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/biladurang

Jan 23-27 (Carriageworks), One Infinity, Sydney Festival; this cross-cultural music and dance performance is a collaboration between choreographer Gideon Obarzanek, recorder  virtuoso Genevieve Lacey, Chinese guqin master Wang Peng, composer Max de Wardener, Beijing Dance Theatre and contemporary dance troupe Dancenorth, where the audience become performers.

Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/one-infinity

Jan 9-13 (Carriageworks), Dust, Sydney Festival; a new work by contemporary dance company Dancenorth questions personal, cultural and political inheritance, featuring live violin from Canada’s Jessica Moss (Thee Silver Mt Zion) and an architecturally designed set by award-winning Liminal Spaces.
Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/dust

Jan 19 (City Recital Hall), The Nutcracker and I, Sydney Festival; Tchaikovsky’s classic tale is reimagined by renowned pianist Alexandra Dariescu in a contemporary multimedia performance merging piano, ballet and digital animations.
Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/the-nutcracker-and-i

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MUSIC

Jan 25 (Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House), Spinifex Gum, Sydney Festival; Felix Riebl and Ollie McGill of The Cat Empire join Marliya from Gondwana Choirs, a choir of young Indigenous women, for musical snapshots of life in the Pilbara, with special guests Briggs, Emma Donovan and Peter Garrett.
Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/spinifex-gum

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Jan 15 & 16 (Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent, Festival Garden), Orquesta Akokán, Sydney Festival; this big band mambo collective comprised of Cuba’s finest musicians brings the party direct from Havana, celebrating music of the 1940s and 50s.
Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/orquesta-akokan

Jan 15 & 16 (Carriageworks), Neneh Cherry, Sydney Festival; Swedish rebel icon of trip hop and feminist pop brings her albums Broken Politics and Blank Project to Sydney.
Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/neneh-cherry

Jan 18 (Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent, Festival Garden), Nakhane, Sydney Festival; South Africa’s Nakhane sings sultry synth-pop with emotive, fragile vocals and a charismatic presence.

Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/nakhane

Jan 24 (City Recital Hall), Lucibela, Sydney Festival; Cape Verdean singer Lucibela performs Portuguese-folk-influenced sounds of the West African islands in this Australian Exclusive. Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/lucibela

Jan 19 (Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent, Festival Garden), Les Filles De Illighadad, Sydney Festival; Niger’s only women-led band play the haunting desert blues of traditional Tuareg guitar folk. Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/les-filles-de-illighadad

Jan 10-13 (Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent, Festival Garden), Camille O’Sullivan: Where Are We Now?, Sydney Festival; in an Australian premiere, singer and storyteller-in-song Camille O’Sullivan interprets songs of her late heroes David Bowie and Leonard Cohen. Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/camille-osullivan

Jan 20 (Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent, Festival Garden), Julia Holter, Sydney Festival; art-pop composer Julia Holter brings her distinctive sound to Sydney, holding influences from a range of genres together with her electronic harpsichord and delicate vocals.
Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/julia-holter

Jan 22 (Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent, Festival Garden), Mulatu Astatke & the Black Jesus Experience, Sydney Festival; the father of Ethio-jazz performs his blend of African and Western-inspired jazz, backed by Melbourne ensemble band Black Jesus Experience.
Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/mulatu-astatke

Jan 17 (Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent, Festival Garden), Jonathan Bree, Sydney Festival; New Zealand indie pop royalty Jonathan Bree delivers a sultry and self-effacing masterclass in clever pop songwriting.

Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/jonathan-bree

Jan 12 (Carriageworks), Ben Frost: Widening Gyre, Sydney Festival; experimental Australian composer Ben Frost uses 2017’s critically acclaimed The Centre Cannot Hold as a departure point into Widening Gyre, a new kaleidoscopic multi-sound environment performed in the round. Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/ben-frost

Jan 11, 12 & 13 (Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre), Mary Lattimore, Sydney Festival; performing in the Harry Seidler-designed Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre, harpist Mary Lattimore plucks arpeggios and otherworldly loops played through speakers submerged in the pool.
Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/events/mary-lattimore

Jan 12 (Harry and Penelope Seidler House), Elena Kats-Chernin, Sydney Festival; renowned Australian composer and pianist Elena Kats-Cherrin performs works from her ARIA number one albums as well as live improvisations responding to the Harry and Penelope Seidler House.

Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/events/elena-kats-chernin

Jan 23-25 (Seidler Penthouse), Lori Goldston, Sydney Festival; Seattle cellist Lori Goldston plays songs, improvisations and compositions that restlessly explore the far reaches of the instrument’s voice. Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/events/lori-goldston

Jan 18-20 (Julian Rose House and Rose Seidler House), Chuck Johnson/ Laurence Pike, Sydney Festival; a double-bill featuring two acclaimed artists Laurence Pike and Chuck Johnson.
Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/events/laurence-pike-chuck-johnson

9-27 January  (Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent, Festival Garden), Dollar Bin Darlings, Sydney Festival; Sydney’s fabulous DJing duo spin fruity disco records found in bargain bins from Wednesdays to Saturdays in the Festival Garden.Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/dollar-bin-darlings

Jan 12 (City Recital Hall), Bridge of Dreams, Sydney Festival; an Indian-Australian jazz collaboration featuring Hindustani singer Shubha Mudgal, jazz saxophonist Sandy Evans and the 17-piece jazz  super-collective Sirens Big Band, who showcase Sydney’s leading female and trans musicians. Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/bridge-of-dreams

Jan 12 & 13 (Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre), Suppression Dam, Sydney Festival; three celebrated art music ensembles – Ensemble Offspring, International Contemporary Ensemble and Ensemble Adapter – combine in a world exclusive. Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/suppression-dam

INSTALLATIONS

Jan 9-27 (World Square), Fly Me To The Moon, Sydney Festival; marking the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, Sydney Festival is inviting everyone to collectively cycle 384,400 kilometres to the moon. Participants can pedal on World Square’s Lunar Velocipede; get  involved  in organised  rides; or donate  the kilometres from  their daily travel or  gym sessions.

Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/fly-me-to-the-moon

Jan 9-27 (Barangaroo South), Apollo 11, Sydney Festival; 11 artworks and participatory experiences commemorating the 1969 space flight that first landed people on the moon.
Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/apollo-11

Jan 9-27 (Barangaroo Reserve), ALWAYS, Sydney Festival; Barangaroo headland will host a large scale outdoor sculpture by local  Bangarra artist in residence Jacob Nash, featuring the declaration  ‘ALWAYS’: always was, always will be. Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/always

Jan 25 (Barangaroo Reserve), The Vigil, Sydney Festival; a  vigil will be held overnight  to reflect on the impact of colonisation  in Australia, the significance of the day before  the First Fleet arrived, and what happened after, with musical performances and stories of Country from current and future community Elders. Link: https://2019.sydneyfestival.org.au/events/the-vigil

VISUAL ART

Jan 11-March 3 (Cement Fondu), The Ropes: Amrita Hepi, Sydney Festival; artist, dancer and choreographer Amrita Hepi’s newly commissioned video installation explores the history of skipping with aspects of blak experience. Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/the-ropes-amrita-hepi

Jan 10-12 (Art Gallery of NSW), Masters of Modern Sound, Sydney Festival; an after-dark experience in art, space and sound, with leading Australian and international composers, musicians, sound designers, and performers. Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/masters-of-modern-sound

Jan 19-March 24 (4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art), Xiao Lu: Impossible Dialogue, Sydney Festival; the first retrospective of this leading contemporary Chinese artist, anchored in her landmark 1989 performance work Dialogue, in which the artist fired two bullets at her own art installation.
Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/xiao-lu-impossible-dialogue

Jan 14-23 (Museum of Contemporary Art), Article 14.1, Sydney Festival; A 10 day durational performance by Australian artist Phuong Ngo, who relives  the momentous journey of his parents’ immigration by boat from Vietnam in 1981. Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/article-141

Nov 23-March 3 (Carriageworks), Nick Cave: Until, Sydney Festival; American artist  Nick Cave’s largest and most thought-provoking  installation, speaking to the urgent issues of  gun violence and race in America. Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/nick-cave-until

Jan 18-March 31 (Artspace), Just not Australian, Sydney Festival; leading local artists from different generations and media, including Soda_Jerk and Abdul Abdullah, explore the origins and implications of Australian identity. Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/just-not-australian

Jan 20 & Jan 23-27 (T5 Camouflage Fuel Tank, Georges Heights), T5 Tank Sound Project, Sydney Festival; four  new site-specific artworks  by renowned Sydney-based sound  artists Chris Caines and Gail Priest,  and experimental, multi-disciplinary artists  David Haines and Joyce Hinterding, premiere at  a massive decommissioned military fuel tank hidden  in Mosman. Includes a live performance on the 20 January. Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/t5-tank-sound-project

Jan 21-28 (Museum of Contemporary Art), Blood Money Currency Exchange Terminal, Sydney Festival; a provocative, participatory installation that  reinvents the national currency as a celebration of Aboriginal  history.
Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/blood-money-currency-exchange-terminal

Jan 5-Feb 23 (UNSW Galleries), The Beehive, Sydney Festival; an innovative video installation by artist Zanny Begg and creative producer Philippa Bateman addressing the mystery 1975 disappearance of heiress and anti-development campaigner Juanita Neilsen.
Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/the-beehive

PARRAMATTA & WESTERN SYDNEY

Jan 9-2 Feb (Blacktown Showground Precinct), Blak Box, Sydney Festival;  the voices of Elders  and future leaders from  Blacktown’s Indigenous community  feature in Four  Winds,  a surround-sound  ‘deep listening’ experience  curated by Daniel Browning.
Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/blak-box

Jan 19 (The Crescent Parramatta Park), Sydney Symphony Under the Stars, Sydney Festival; the Sydney Symphony Orchestra performs a selection of iconic film music and well-known classical favourites by Rossini, Strauss, Tchaikovsky and more.
Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/sydney-symphony-under-the-stars

Jan 11-13 (Prince Alfred Square, Parramatta), Circus Comes to Town, Sydney Festival; a weekend of circus fun beginning with an opening parade. The weekend will include performances from five of India’s best Mallakhamb artists presenting the ancient sport rarely seen outside of India; the Heliosphere, a giant moon-like sphere, flying 20 metres in the air with a talented aerialist performing twists and turns; Flying Trapeze and affordable circus skill workshops from Aerialize.
Link: http://www.sydneyfestival.org.au/circus-comes-to-town

Jan 10-13 (Lennox Theatre, Riverside Theatres), Rock Bang (Circus Oz), Sydney Festival; Australia’s leading circus troupe joins forces with art-rock comedy duo Otto & Astrid in an electric new show combining acrobatics, laughter and head-banging live music.
Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/rock-bang

Jan 11-13 (Lennox Theatre, Riverside Theatres), Splash Test Dummies, Sydney Festival; an aquatic adventure from the family circus trio – including juggling, synchronized swimming on unicycles, human balancing acts and water skiing through the theatre.
Link: https://sydneyfestival.org.au/splash-test-dummies

Joseph Lloyd, Contributor

More information on www.sydneyfestival.org.au

Music to your ears: a Christmas Wish List

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening?  On your bookshelves these treats will get them glistening!
Walking through a music wonderland, we uncover these limited edition books giving us a deeper insight into some of our most favorite musicians, making for the perfect Christmas gift.

Chrissie Hynde – Adding The Blue
“I always thought I would get into painting, but I got waylaid by rock ’n’ roll. Finally, I thought, ‘Now’s the time.’ As soon as I was in a situation where I could be alone and paint without any interruptions, I just couldn’t stop.” says Chrissie Hynde, the founding member of The Pretenders.   A selection of paintings were unveiled in a special exhibition at the After Nyne Gallery in London’s Notting Hill and is currently on its way to Franklin Bowles gallery in Soho New York from Saturday the 1st December.
 

The Limited edition book and fine art print set, and a hard book store addition are now available for you to enjoy the complete series of 200 original artworks ranging from oil canvas, still life studies and abstract compositions with her own personal account and interpretation of each thought provoking piece.

HardCover available on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Adding-Blue-Chrissie-Hynde/dp/1905662548 

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Eric Clapton – Sunshine Of Your Love

A legend in his own right being the sole artist to have been inducted into the Hall of Fame three times, Sunshine Of Your Life is the official limited edition book and vinyl box set of the Crossroads.
The book’s manuscript has been created from new and previously unpublished interviews with Eric Clapton and artists who appeared at the Crossroads Festivals such as J.J. Cale, Robert Gray Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, John Mayer, Robert Randolph, Carlos Santana, James Taylor, Derek Trucks, Steve Winwood, Ronnie Wood and many, many, more. “One by one, my heroes would eventually be in the same room with me. What do we do? We just play our hearts out.” – Eric Clapton.   The collector’s items are handcrafted in Milan, quarter bound in leather with foil blocking and silver page edging with the very rare print run individually signed by at least two Crossroads musicians.

Exclusively available at Ariel Booksellers, Paddington:
https://www.arielbooks.com.au/

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Ringo Starr – Another Day In The Life

The world renowned drummer of The Beatles, presents a private collection of unpublished photographs as he reflects back on his career and adventures with personal thoughts and commentary. ““I love taking photos of random things, and seeing how they all fit together. Whether it is at home or on the road, certain things catch my eye – and when I see something that interests me, that’s the emotion of it, and I want to capture it. I am a photographer as well as a musician.” says Ringo Starr.   Die hard fans will be able to re-experience some of the bands historic tours, and landmark moments including his return to the New York Plaza Hotel 50 years after The Beatles first visited the USA and the day he received his Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys.

Pre-Order the Collector Edition here:
https://www.genesis-publications.com/book/9781905662586/another-day-in-the-life

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Ronnie Wood – The Rolling Stones Set Lists

One of the most iconic rock musicians, songwriters, multi-instrumentalist, artist, author and radio personalities of all time, we all know him as one of the founding members of The Rolling Stones. Over the last two decades, each song the Rolling Stones have played in rehearsals has been recorded by Ronnie Wood in a series of hand-painted set lists. The result is a unique collection of canvases that document sell-out tours across the globe, such as the band’s landmark 50 & Counting tour, historic concerts such as 2016’s performance in Havana, as well as closed-door sessions from their latest album, Blue; Lonesome.

Bound in burgundy leather, it’s limited to 1000 copies:
https://www.genesis-publications.com/book/9781905662555/the-rolling-stones-set-lists

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Can’t get enough of the Rolling Stones?   The band’s private archive has just landed in Sydney in a magnificent show of over 500 pieces, in the biggest exhibition of its kind at International Convention Centre.  On until February – secure your tickets: 

https://premier.ticketek.com.au/Shows/Show.aspx?sh=ROLLINGS19

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Joseph Lloyd, Contributor
Photo Credit: Genesis Publications

Music, dancing and Burlesque galore. See this show, you’ll be begging for more! @ Wanted + Wild Rock and Roll Follies, the Birdcage.

Whirly bird are at it again, keeping the masses entertained. Their regular Saturday night show at the Birdcage is super popular with all things glitz, glam and Burlesque. Visit the event and receive a glass of champagne and a three course dinner for $89.

Birdcage’s popularity has led to a new Friday night event titled “Wanted + Wild, Rock & Roll Follies”. Whirly Bird was filled with customers ready for a night of variety style entertainment with food, drinks, a live band and tantalizing performances from the Burlesque dancers. At only $34 for the show, purchased through Eventbrite, it is good value for a solid night’s entertainment.

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The night was hosted by Porcelain Alice & Diesel Darling. Porcelain Alice a showgirl, burlesque dancer and producer. She demonstrated her skills on the evening with her light hearted nonchalant boganesque crude demeanour and profanities, delivering many laughs. Although not advertised as a comedy show, there are many laughs to be had. She is a seasoned performer with a wealth of credentials and her experience and ability to entrance a crowd was apparent. Dieslel Darling supported the hosting and also performed a routine englfing fire that the crowds on the edge of their seats in addition to her crazy electrical performance.

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The band rolls out the tunes between sets bringing rock classics to the crowd. The band, consisting of Katie Elle Jackson, Scott Page, James Sibbit & Felix Lalanne , perform classics from Alice Cooper, Jimi Hendrix and more. The house band is joined Aussie Rock Legend herself – Christa Hughes , the vocalist of Machine Gun Fellatio. 

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As for the Burlesque, this show had it all and the girls were amazing. Quality performances by Kael, Miss Burlesque NSW 2018 delivering an increible David Bowie routine, Ginger Fox, Miss Burlesque Australia runner up 2015 – performing two sultry routines and Miss Arizona demonstrating some amazing skills on the pole. Kelly Ann Doll’s impressive rockabilly dancing done at a cracking pace with plenty of sensuality in the performance was certainly entertaining. Diesel Darling topped off the show with her use of snakes and outfit with metal grinders spraying sparks throughout her performance.

 

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This show was a real eye opener, it was refreshing to see some exciting live entertainment in Sydney, with all performers putting on a great show. It was great alternative to entertaining yourselves at a bar or staring at the footy on TV at the pub. This show was equally enjoyed by both ladies and gents. If you are looking for something to do and a little different, then we thoroughly recommend this.

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This event was a sell out and they’re coming back for an encore. The next show is due Friday, 16 November 2018 from 21:00-23:30. Get in fast before they sell out! Tickets can be purchased for $30 on eventbrite.com.au  

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Where to enjoy Good Food Month out west? Parramatta Lanes

In 5 years, this event has grown from a turn out of 6000 to 100,000 last year! We’re sure crowds would have been just as big, if not bigger. This year, Parramatta Lanes, organised by the City of Parramatta alchemises 8 lanes, carparks and spaces into a radiating light show and creative canvas for creatives.

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Boasting 45 food outlets, 6 bars and rooftop rollerskating rink, the four day event running from 9 to 12 October every night from 5pm provides a playground for the city’s creatives in a massive showcase of culinary comforts and performing arts prowess.

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Explore the maze of laneways and immerse yourself in abstract art installations, groove to the sounds of DJs and live entertainment while snacking on the gourmet street foods, cocktails and craft beer on offer.

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FOODIE LINE-UP BY LANEWAY

Aird Street:
Flipp Burgers, Espresso Warriors, Mr Black, Katerin Sabbath, Archie Rose Distilling Co.

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St John’s Cathedral
Diego’s Donuts, Adora Handmade Chocolates, Good Food Union, Balls, Frencheese

Centenary Square
StroopBros, Nutie  Donuts, Sacred Seed, Eat Art Truck, Happy As Larry, Sofrito, Braza, Churrascaria, Middle Eastern Street Food

Parramatta Mission Cafe
Daisy’s Milkbar Pop-up

Horwood Place
Superior Burger, Little Lagos, Lat-Dior African Eatery, Jamaican Delight, Uncle Kurt’s

The Rooftop Eat Street Carpark
Gelato Messina, Pimp My Donut, Butter Sydney, BL Burgers, Two Good Co., Mitch Orr pop-up, WatsOn Events Bar

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Roxy Carpark
Chilli & Grains, 2 Boys In Saris, O!momo, Chatkazz, Temasek Restaurant

Riverbank

Shiso Fine, Korean BBQ, Koi Dessert Bar, Kensington Street Chippendale, Duo Duo Ice Cream, Arisun Restaurant, Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart

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The Nighthawk Diner, Sweethark Diner, 2 Smoking Barrels, Waroo Lamb, Torch Me Creme Brulee, Park Royal, The Carter Sydney

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The Coffee Emporium Australia

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Callan Smith pop-up
A range of party spaces ranging from chilled to wild, the City of Parramatta’s commitment to sustainability couches the event with no single-use cups, plastic straws or drinking bottles throughout the festival

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The final night is on tonight, October 12, so make sure you get down there and don’t miss out.

Parramatta Lanes

hosted by City of Parramatta
Tuesday 9 October until Friday 12 October from 5pm

Download the map here:
http://parramattalanes.com.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/709601/Parramatta_Lanes_2018_-_Event_Map.pdf
Joseph Lloyd, Contributor