Lord Mayor Clover Moore and Minister for the Arts Don Harwin have today announced a total of $120,000 in funding to the Sydney Fringe Festival, allowing them to reopen the iconic Kings Cross nightclub as a multi-venue, open access arts hub called Fringe HQ.
The pilot project will run for six months and features four low-cost performance spaces across three levels, providing a home for emerging artists to develop their craft and for established artists to test out new ideas. A hospitality tenant will occupy the ground floor.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the project could generate a viable business model for other creative organisations looking to activate new, permanent performance space in the city.
The closing ceremony of the 66th Sydney Film Festival culminated in an award to Korean Director, Bond Joon-Ho whose prevailed over twelve other competition films.
“Parasite has an outrageous disregard for genre conventions – it is tender and brutal; beautiful and harsh; funny and tragic and a masterwork in its exploration of class.” describes Jury President, John Maynard as he announced the winner at the Closing Gala at the State Theatre.
When Vivid Sydney kicks off this weekend, the six metre tall puppet installation, ‘Marri Dyin” (‘Great Woman’ in Sydney local language) returns taking centre stage at the Barangaroo waterfront precinct which will be transformed into a magical busland setting entitled, ‘Winter Camp’.
The artistic collaboration brings together the talents of Erth Visual & Physical Inc., Jacob Nash, Mandylights and James Brown. Combining world-class puppetry, mechanics, sound and light, the artwork and performance will be a spectacular showcase of Australian artistic innovation and creativity.
It isn’t often that different sports cross-promote, however in a first for NSW, the Australian Turf Club (ATC), AFL club GWS Giants and NRL club Wests Tigers have united to promote a new tourism product for Sydney’s West, called The Ultimate Weekend.
Spearheaded by Western Sydney Business Connection (WSBC) and funded by the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, the campaign is aimed at promoting Sydney’s West as a destination for fun, families, entertainment and sport.
With Longines Golden Slipper Day at Rosehill Gardens on 23 March and then GWS Giants playing Essendon Bombers at Sydney Showground Stadium, as well as Wests Tigers playing the New Zealand Warriors at Campbelltown Stadium on 24 March, the stage was set for an innovative collaboration to join forces and pool marketing resources.
Luxurious houseboat, River Dream Boatel, recently named one of the Best Floating Accommodations in the World by the UK Telegraph has announced a new concept in houseboating. Designed for singles and couples, the concept encapsulates an all inclusive fully escorted luxury gourmet escape in the intimacy of a small group for singles and couples.
For those new to Sydney Festival, it’s a three week summer celebration of the city, its ideals, thoughts and community make up that draws in hundreds of thousands of people each year. Its origins go back to the 1950s Waratah Festival which was hosted in the Spring. The earlier advents of Sydney Festival included vintage car rallies, face painting, kite flying to bocce, dog obedience trials and Chinese scarf dancing. The 1980s saw the breakout of a riot when profitability and artistic credibility were brought into question. Today the staging area of venues extends throughout the CBD out to the Western Suburb showgrounds, Eastern Suburb and South premiering international and local productions exploring subject matter through celebration, commemoration and social awareness.
Inner west Sunday sessions are in full swing after the launch last weekend of ReccoLab’s L’ Aperitivo Italiano Sunset Sessions. It’s bitter and twisted with the unveiling of their Aperitivi cocktail menu, designed in collaboration with Campari Australia.