Vivid Sydney Festival at The Rocks Night Markets | 27 & 28 May

The countdown is on for Vivid Sydney Festival! This is a night that will ‘light up’ the harbour. To celebrate, Vivid will also be hosting the Vivid Sydney Night Markets at The Rocks. How Excitement!

With over 60 specialty stalls set up at The Rocks’ cobblestone laneways, be bedazzled by the lights as you nibble on some yummy gorumet foods and browse through the great range of fashion, jewellery, arts, crafts and homewares stalls.
DATE: Friday & Saturday, 27th & 28th of May 2011
TIME: 6pm to 11pm
VENUE: Jack Mundy Place & Playfair Streets, The Rocks.
LOCATION MAP: Click here
GETTING THERE: The best way to get there is to catch a ferry or train and alight at the Circular Quay stop. The venue is a short walking distance from the stop.

If you happen to be in Circular Quay, the check out the 40 light sculptures that will be set up around the Quay. The sculptures have been created by local and international artists and will be shown in a FREE outdoor exhibition.

If you can see, you will love this! Come and interact with giant lit up sculptures, an enormous sketchpad where you can draw your own light art, a giant crystal spiderweb shimmering in the dark, a social network of friendly fireflies that that react to torch light and a group of rainbow life-size men. Fun Fun Fun.

Images from here.
xox Love, 
Festival Girl

52 Suburbs – A Search For Beauty In The Sydney ‘Burbs

I don’t think I can express in words the level of excitement and joy I felt when I heard about the concept of 52 Suburbs. So perhaps, I should just resort to using onomatopoeic words such as wow and ohh and eee and urgh. Okay, so I’m not making much sense, but stumbling onto this concept was like finding my creative soulmate and has left me admittedly a little dumbfounded. 
52 Suburbs is the brain child of Louise Hawson – an award-winning copywriter and art director who decided she no longer wanted to be a stranger in her own city and was inspired to see Sydney from another perspective. Combining her passion for photography and her quest for the search of beauty, Louise took to the streets and visited one new suburb every week for a year. She then turned her findings into a photographic blog, and to her surprise, people loved the concept. 
Louise’s images celebrate ordinary objects, landmarks and people and somehow makes them seem extraordinary. She not only captures a moment, but manages to create ‘life’ through textures, colours and surfaces in the images. Not an easy feat to accomplish. 
What I love most about her work are the fundamental ideas of searching for beauty, appreciation of culture and noticing the little things that make you smile or think. I’d like to think it’s very similar to the things I love to try to bring out in my blog too. 
Louise said, “Instead of presenting my photos as single images I wanted to present two photos side by side as diptychs with a caption as the third element. This would enable me to make a comment and tell a story without hitting someone over the head with the message. The diptychs could be humorous and light-hearted or more serious and thought provoking. Or they could just be two images that complemented one another through colour or composition.”
Fun at the Park
I nearly pissed myself when I saw this one. Maybe it wasn’t really meant to be that funny, but maybe I have a wry sense of humor.
She then was able to turn her electronic blog into a good old fashioned book. The book’s 528 pages aims to dig deeper than the standard glossy brochures of Harbour Bridge or Opera House and show the non-postcard side of Sydney.
Louise – “It’s the hidden Sydney, the one that lives, loves and works beyond the clichés.”
From blog to book to book signings to commissioned photographer to guest speaker at the Sydney Writers festival to an exhibition at the Museum of Sydney. 
52 Suburbs Exhibition at Museum of Sydney

There are really so many beautiful things that all suburbs in Sydney and Australia have to offer and it’s really fantastic to see a project like 52 Suburbs hopefully be able to give people the confidence to explore the real Sydney.
If you would like to meet Lousie Hawson, Dymocks will be hosting Louise Hawson in-store for a special Q&A and book-signing event for the recently published 52 Suburbs at Dymocks 424 George St Sydney.
Date: Thursday 26 May
Time: 6.00pm
Venue: Dymocks 424 George Street, Sydney
Cost: FREE
Festival Girl

Sydney Writers’ Festival 2011


The 2011 Sydney Writers’ Festival will be on from 15-21 May 2011 with events happening in venues all over Sydney. Although Sydney Writers’ Festival’s main precinct is at Walsh Bay, events will also held at venues throughout the city, and in suburban Sydney including Parramatta, Bankstown, Blacktown, Cambelltown and regional NSW. Hoorah!


The festival will showcase some of the world’s finest poets, novelists and authors ranging in different programs/genres//locations including autor talks, conversations, launches, panels, performances, readings, school days and workshops.


If your are in the City CBD, check out The Chaser‘s Empty Vessel or FBI Radio’s power trip or captivating an evening with Ingrid Betancourt as she recounts how she survived six terror-filled years as a hostage in the Colombian jungle.


Although most sessions are ticketed events, there are a number of free events on offer too including:


Beauty in the ‘burbs

1pm to 2pm, Wenesday 18 May 2011

Join in the conversation with Louise Hawson, as she decided to embark on a mission to explore and photograph a different Sydney suburb every week for a year, resulting in book and blog titled ‘52 Suburbs.’


If you are from the West, the Parramatta Riverside Theatres will be hosting a range of intriguing events in celebration of the festival including:
Primary School Days

9.40am to 2.30pm, Wednesday 18 May 2011
A celebration of books and writing for students aged eight years and over, with Deborah Abela, Morris Gleitzman, Richard Newsome, Garth Nix and Sean Williams. Tickets $20.



7pm to 8pm, Friday 20 May 2011
Join world famous storyteller and poet Rives, well known for his TV appearances on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, in this special performance. Free to attend but bookings are essential.


Eyes on the Prize

7.30pm to 9pm, Friday 20 May 2011
Join winners of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Regional Awards for best book and best first book and gather for a literary extravaganza. Tickets $10.


Struggle Without Hate

11am to 12noon, Saturday 21 May 2011
Palestinian doctor, Izzeldin Abuelasish will present an inspirational talk about his real life struggle in Gaza and reveals the liberating power of a call for peace in a time of deep personal grief. Tickets $10.


How to get there (Walsh Bay)

For more information click here and here 
Images from here and here

Hope you can make it,

xox Love,

Festival Girl