Sydney Festival 2013

RubberDuckSydneyFestival2013Sydney Festival has begun! There is SOOO much going on it’s not even funny. For three weeks each January, Sydney Festival offers a rich program of around 80 events involving upwards of 1.000 artists from Australia and abroad covering dance, theatre, music, visual arts, cross media and forums. Whoo!!

Festival Highlights:

1. ‘Rubber Duck’
at Darling Harbour:

Courtesy of SMH

This is possibly the cutest thing to ever enter the harbour and guess what, it’s a FREE event! Netherlands artist Florentijn Hofman presents his urban scultpure which happens to be in the shape of a ginormous yellow ducky. This is one of my favourite styles of art – fun for no apparent reason. It’s big, it’s bold and just totally larger than life.

Hofman says ‘Rubber Duck’ doesn’t discriminate and has no political connotation. “It relieves everyday tensions, as well as defining them. Its purpose is to do no more than amaze.” The bright yellow inflatable is five storeys high and five storeys wide and has been popping up in various cities around the world since 2007.

You can find more info about Rubber Duck here. Image courtesy of SMH


2. Song Dong’s: ‘Waste Not’ at Carriageworks.

SongDongWasteNotSydneyFestival_2013There is a lot of hype about this artwork (isn’t really exciting when art gets people talking?) Originally from Beijing, artist Song Dong has produced an installation piece to remember. After the death of his father, the work represents his mother’s process of mourning and remembrance. Consisting of the entire contents of her house, ‘Waste Not’ reflects a journey of hardship and grief, resulting in a display of personal resilience and ultimately a celebration of life.

January 5 – March 17 10am – 6pm daily FREE

You can find more info about ‘Waste Not’ here.


3. Parramatta Opening Party

ParraOpeningPartySydneyFestival2013Parramatta Opening Party is family friendly and suitable for all ages. The Parramatta Opening Party begins with an afternoon full of music and activities perfect for kids in and around the Riverside Theatres.

So what will be happening on the day:
– The Megaphone Project will be happening along Church Street
– Listen to a symphony of car stereos by composer Matthew Timmis in Car-Cophony
– Check out Parramatta’s fabulous new Baroque-style mirrored Spiegeltent, the Salon Perdu.
– As the sun sets, Church Street will burst into life with Pyrophone Juggernaut the world’s largest hand operated multi octave fire organ, an enormous musical instrument that explodes with flames and irresistible beats.
– Across the road, Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE) will throw open its doors to present Tokyo Love-In’s Tablatronics.?
– And at the end of the night, head along the river’s edge to the Parade Ground @ Old King’s for an exciting double bill including Kashmere Stage Band and Malian superstar Rokia Traoré. We dare you not to dance!

If you’re out and about in Parramatta, you can score yourself 20% off tickets here if you buy 3 or more tickets – whoo!

Where Prince Alfred Park, Church Street, Parade Ground @ Old King’s, Market Street and Riverside Theatres, and more streets and parks around Parramatta

When January 19 from 4-11pm Duration 7 hours! Tickets FREE!

Get more info here. Images from Sydney Festival.

Nom noms…

festivalFeastsSydneyFestival2013Looking for grub, here is the best place to see where all the best Festival Feasts are on here.

Sydney Festival – 5 – 27 January

Don’t forget to check out the official site for all the specific details and venues for all the fun filled activities around Sydney this month! Images from Sydney

Hope to see you there,

Love, Festival Girl

The Entrance Waterfront Arts & Crafts Markets

TheEntrance_V1So just before Christmas, the boy and I went up to the Entrance for a couple of days of sun, sand and of course, some local markets. The afternoon we arrived, the weather was looking a little worse for wear… but the holiday gods were good to us and brought out some beautiful sunshine over the couple of days we were there!

The Waterfront Arts and Crafts Markets are conveniently located in the epicenter of the Entrance. Just head to the shore, you can’t miss it! I’ve been to this market a couple of times over the last couple of years so it was a shame to see it looking a little quieter than previous years.

TheEntranceMarket_4Some local artists show off their talents.

TheEntranceMarket_3Locals produce some wonderful handmade wood products.

TheEntranceMarket_6Jewellery by the beach – yes please!

TheEntranceMarket_7Granny chic eat your heart out!

TheEntranceMarket_5 TheEntranceMarket_8My childhood favourite pastime. There is something so magical about a carousel. I don’t know if it’s the twinkling lights, mirrors or the perdy horses…ahhh…

TheEntranceMarket_1What better way to finish off an afternoon of visiting the markets than tucking into some holiday nom noms with some delicious crunchy fried chicken wings from the local Vietnamese restaurant. Although its not really the cheapest place to eat if you’ve got a hankering for it, you’ll happily cough it up.


Waterfront Arts & Craft Markets
When: Every Saturday
Where: Waterfront Plaza, The Entrance
Time: 9am – 4pm
Contact: 4333 5377
Description: Hand made art & craft goods.  Stroll through the stalls to find a special gift or personal souvenir of your stay.

Love, Festival Girl.