Art and About Sydney – Opening Night


The opening of Art and About Sydney was celebrated at Martin Place earlier tonight. The celebration, coined as Friday Night Live, was an evening of cocktails, music and film that set the tone for what is sure to be an inspiring and exciting festival. The event started with a screening of The Arrival by Shaun Tan with a live performance of the score by percussionist Ben Walsh and the 10-piece Orkestra of the Underground. Next The Break filled the audience with trippy space age rock from their new album, Space Farm. Delicious cocktails were on offer throughout the night alongside quirky food trucks. 


For the night owls the evening was just beginning. Attendees could head to the Justice and Police Museum for part one of Penguin Plays Rough at City of Shadows exhibition. This exhibition/performance/literary hybrid brings together ten writers, comedians, playwrights and other wordsmiths to create a story, over several months, in response to a photo chosen from the Police Forensic Archive.

For those looking for a chilled evening Custom’s House library offered the solution: relaxed music, readings and performance. Other recommendations for the night included seeing the Artists’ Market at the State Library of NSW or taking in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition at the Australian Museum.

Art and About Sydney boasts an eclectic and intriguing mix of artworks and performances that will bring the city to life from the 20th of September to the 20th of October. Have a look at the full spread of events and exhibitions here. In the next weeks I will be trying to see and review as much of the festival as possible! Happy festivaling!

New Sydney Festival – Bleu Blanc Rogue

French festival1This weekend new festival Bleu Blanc Rouge premiers at the front of Customs House at Circular Quay, Sydney. The festival, which coincides with the anniversary of Bastille Day, celebrates French culture with music, cooking lessons, dancing and food – an idea that would get any francophile frothing.

While the festival is only short, limited to the 12th, 13th and 14th of June, it is already proving to be filled to the brim with attractions. During the festival you can book in for cooking lessons with French cuisine experts John Aymeric Saint-Lannes and John Ralley or try any number of the delicious vendors at the Bleu Blanc Rouge Village. Live performances will be shown throughout the day and night at The Caledonian Stage. On Saturday Night ‘le bal du quatorze juillet’ will be held with french and international beats played by DJ Georgina Sinclair.

For cyclist fanatics looking for a more ‘authentic experience’, make sure you head over to the Bleu Blanc Rouge Village to watch the Tour De France, shown on the big screen courtesy of SBS. French wine tastings are held on Area Bleu from 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm. For full program details check the Bleu Blanc Rouge website.




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Festival Details

When:                Between Friday 12 July and Sunday 14 July from 10:00 to 22:00

Sunday 14 July 10am-5pm

Where:              Customs House, 31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay, Sydney, NSW 2000

Cost:                  Free


Blonde in Bollywood


If you have followed this blog closely (anyone?), you might have noticed that this Summer there was a little lapse in the consistency of my posting. I got stuck in a little non-blogging rut because I was lucky enough to travel to Mumbai with the Beyond UTS International Leadership Development Society. With the society I got to spend three weeks studying Marketing in Bollywood. It was an amazing and eye-opening experience.

I started a blog about the experience at a new site:

It’s not entirely up to date, but despite this you may be interested in having a look. I had been inspired by Holy Cow: An Adventure in India by Sarah MacDonald and wanted to try my hand at travel writing.

I have included pictures, musing and incomplete journal entries. I have made a table comparing Bollywood Cinema vs. Australian Cinema. You can see that here:

Thanks again to the BUiLD for sending me. It was an absolutely amazing experience which I hope to one day turn into some good writing!



Mumbai wedding

Mumbai wedding


Gardiner Cupcake Festival

The Gardiner Cupcake Festival, the only cupcake festival in the Hudson Valley, was held at Wrights Farm this Sunday. The event has grown in popularity with a thousand guests attending this year, showing that the switch of venue from Main Street was a needed decision for the burgeoning festival. Vendors from across Upstate New York, New York City, and New Jersey presented their best in show. The event boasted activities such as wine tasting, face painting, zip lines, tractor and pony rides, and of course cupcakes!

Deising’s Bakery, Restaurant and Catering’s artful creations caught the attention of children and adults.

New Paltz local, Moxie Cupcake, was a favourite with its wacky flavours. The flavours ranged from alcohol-inspired creations like the tequila-infused ‘Margaritaville’ to the more child-friendly ‘School Days’ inspired by the American classic: peanut butter and jelly. Eddy Gonzalez, cupcake enthusist, tried ‘School Days’ from Moxie calling it ‘amazing because it reminded me of my childhood.’

Another notable flavour came from Sweet Maresa’s Upstate Cupcake. The cupcake in question was Chocolate Lavender, made with lavender leaves from Tweefontein Herb Farm. Maresa stated that the flavour was birthed from a desire to collaborate with Tweefontein Herb Farm, a farm collectively run by young people in New Paltz, New York.

Bettie’s Cupcakes towered over the competition, literally. The cupcake company had a furnished double decker bus. They dished out cupcakes through the side and had convenient seating on the upper level. It was a novelty that attracted a good crowd.

Kupcake Kouture’s twist on the classic cupcake, the Cupcake Push Pop.

Deising’s Bakery, Restaurant and Catering from Kingston took the (cup) cake for most aesthetically pleasing treats. Their cupcakes were figurine-esque creations of animals like lions, ladybugs, and monkeys that were so beautiful that it was a shame to eat them.

Newcomers Kupcake Kouture from Bayonne New Jersey surprised with a new cupcake invention: Push Pop Cupcakes.

Other cupcake companies took inspiration from their local area such as Peace, Love & Cupcakes. The Woodstock based company has named their creations after notable personalities over history.

Peace Love & Cupcake’s cupcake selection.

For those without a sweet tooth there were ample savoury options. Local vendors supplied falafel, pretzels, and pizza. Full Moon Farm cooked up some grass-fed steak, hot dogs, and burgers. All of this could be enjoyed while watching live acts on the main stage or taking a gander at the Amateur Baker Cupcake competition.

Overall the festival was a great family friendly day that didn’t break the budget (most cupcakes were around three dollars). It was great to see the range of local talent in Upstate New York and the surrounding areas.