Art and About Sydney – Opening Night

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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. 

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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!

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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

Website:            http://bbrfestival.com.au

Freshly Squeezed

I’m really excited that I’ve been invited to participate in Freshly Squeezed 2012. Freshly Squeezed is a workshop run by StageJuice that brings together ‘Sydney’s most exciting’ (their words 😛 ) emerging artists in theatre, dance, sound art, music, visual arts, media, film and installation, to work together with mentors. The idea is for the workshops to be a way for new works to develop. The mentoring and workshopping culminates in an evening of short experimental works, a presentation of fresh ideas and new collaborations.

The presentation will be showing at PACT theatre with performances on Friday the 19th of October (7pm) and Saturday the 20th of October (2pm and 7pm) . I hope you guys can come!

For more info go here.

You can track our progress on the Freshly Squeezed Blog here.

Forest Fest

 

Forest Fest is a music and arts festival held in New Paltz, in upstate New York. Held this year at the Center for Symbolic Studies, the Festival has developed greatly from previous years but hasn’t lost any of its grass roots charm. A varying line-up of dubstep, electronic, punk, rock and reggae kept the crowd pleased.

Besides music there was plenty to keep people entertained. A car was left at the whim of the crowd to be decorated and hulahooping was very popular. Food wise local vendors, such as Rock Da Pasta, offered affordable and delicious options.