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It's a great time of year to get out and about and sample
some of the spring time goodies on offer
There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but if you're in Sydney
this September, there are loads of free (or almost free) events as
part of Sydney Fringe, which is organised by the City of Sydney.
Whether you're into food and wine, photography, exhibitions, comedy,
recycling, green initiatives, fashion or performance art, the calendar
is packed with a diverse range of events to satisfy almost any
interest. And now that winter is finally over and lots of little
things are starting to grow, it's a great time of year to get out and
about and sample some of the spring time goodies on offer, whether
you're a local or a visitor. Here are our top 10 picks...
This is an art exhibition by
people who use the Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre in
Kings Cross. The theme for this year is ‘I am…", and encourages
participants to explore the different dimensions of their
personalities. The artworks depict life as viewed from a little
understood and often marginalised perspective.
Where? Kings Cross Library, 50-52 Darlinghurst Road,
When? Weekdays 9am – 5pm, Monday 7th until
Friday 18th September
Baking workshops aimed at kitchen novices who'd like to
expand their culinary repertoire. The workshops are presented by local
librarian and amateur baker, Kathy. Likely to be popular so bookings
Where? Surry Hills Library, 405 Crown Street, Surry Hills
When? 12pm – 1pm, every second Tuesday from
8th September until 10th November
A great line-up of some of the best stand-up, including
Darren Sanders, Chris Franklin, Sharyn Booth, and Triple J's Dave Jory
(pictured) as the headliner on 22 September. General admission is $10,
but that includes two-for-one meals and a $5.00 beer special.
Where? Harold Park Hotel, 70a Ross Street, Forest Lodge
When? 8pm – 10.15pm, Tuesday 8th,
15th and 22nd September
Billed as "a party with a mission to inspire people
to move freely, let go and enjoy the music with no inhibitions".
Discotheque 71 will be a night of disco (of course), funk, afrobeat
and swaying' grooves from the ‘70s where people come together to be
connected by the energy and joy of dance.
Where? Ching-a-Lings, 133 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
When? 6pm – 1am, Thursday 10th September
Omg did someone say chocolate????? NOVA Entertainment
will celebrate decadent desserts and chocolate designs from some of
the best patisseries, ice creameries, chocolatiers and restaurants in
Australia. What chockie lover could resist an event that includes
something called the Arnott's Tim Tam Temptation Tent? Free admission.
BYO taste buds.
Where? The Rocks, Sydney
When? 10am – 8pm Saturday 12th and 10am –
5pm Sunday 13th September
Sydney is celebrating fashion during September. This is
a free interative workshop suitable for beginners. Bring along a
garment of your own that you'd like to either mend or upcycle and
Laura Walsh from Bobbin and Ink will show you how it can be done. It's
a perfect intersection of fashion and recycling. Free admission.
When? 11am – 1pm & 1.30pm – 3.30pm (two
sessions), Saturday 12th September
This inter-generational and gender fluid informal
afternoon tea explores the ideas of gender-based obstacles in the
creative arts. The event is aimed at involving both women and men of
all experience and ages to celebrate women's headway in the arts
sector. Free admission.
Where? Verge Gallery, Jane Foss Russell Plaza, City
When? 4pm – 6pm, Saturday 19th September
A truly grassroots exhibition of photos taken by members
of local neighbourhoods in the Pyrmont area. The photographers
represent all different ages and backgrounds. Visitors can vote on
their favourite photograph while enjoying free drinks, nibbles and
entertainment. Free admission.
Where? Pyrmont Community Centre, cnr John and Mounts
When? 6pm – 8pm, Friday 25th September
Sunday 27 September is the UN's World Tourism Day, so
the Institute of Australian Tour Guides is asking its professional
ranks to walk the walk and talk the talk. Find out the hidden secrets
and stories of some of the buildings and locations you walk past every
day. Free admission.
Where? Museum of Sydney, cnr Phillip and Bridge
When? 10am – 3pm, Sunday 27th September
(tours departing every 15 minutes)
Presented by Metro Screen, this is a chance for film and
music makers to get together and talk about the process of making
music videos. Watch some clips and hear from the filmmakers who will
discuss their respective creative journeys. A collaborative evening
for local musicians and filmmakers to share their stories and inspire
each other. Cost: $10 (student).
Where? Paddington Town Hall, cnr Oxford Street and
Oatley Road, Paddington
When? 6pm – 8pm, Wednesday 30th September
Of course, if you'd like to be involved in these kinds of cultural
events from the inside rather than the outside, TAFE NSW can help you
with courses in chocolate-making, fashion design, photography, tourism
& events, commercial cookery, sound production and 3D animation.