Sydney Festival 2013: My 5 tips

Sydney Festival 2013: My 5 tips

It’s time for one of my favourite annual performance festivals in Sydney … the Sydney Festival (www.sydneyfestival.org.au). In 2013 the festival runs from 5 – 27 January. As always it is choc-a-bloc with exciting events, performances and exhibitions. Venues have been selected across Sydney including Darling Harbour, the Domain, Seymour Centre, Sydney Theatre Company, the Recital Hall in Angel Place and many more. There are indoors and...

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Sculpture by the Sea 2012

Sculpture by the Sea 2012

Sculpture by the Sea (http://www.sculpturebythesea.com) is an annual outdoor art exhibition of Sydney. It also visits Perth and Denmark. In 2012 the Bondi program ran from Thursday 18 October to Sunday 4 November 2012. I went along to the Bondi event on Sunday 28 October 2012 and took a Kiwi friend who was visiting. The festival attracts thousands of entrants from around the world. Over 100 finalists were selected for Bondi 2012. The...

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My favourite sculpture in Sydney

My favourite sculpture in Sydney

There are some amazing sculptures scattered around Sydney yet my all-time favourite has to be the huge boar, ‘Il Porcellino’, outside the Sydney Hospital and  Eye Hospital on Macquarie Street (next door to Parliament House, The Mint and Hyde Park Barracks). You cannot miss him. He is so cute with his lovingly shone nose (and genitals!) The water that drips from his mouth looks like drool. Very funny. Toss a coin in the coin slot and make...

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Ever felt like someone is watching you?

Ever felt like someone is watching you?

Australia’s Secret Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) was set up in 1949 has files on over half a million Australians over the years.  They have watched and recorded information on suspected of threats to national security, alleged communists, and university student hippies such as movie reviewer David Stratton (I kid you not). The Historic Houses Trust has a fantastic exhibition at the Justice & Police Museum called ‘Persons of...

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Give me a gnome among the gumtrees – Australia Day at the Gnome Convention

Give me a gnome among the gumtrees – Australia Day at the Gnome Convention

The 7th Australian Gnome Convention was held in Glenbrook Park in Glenbrook Village on Australia Day. Crowds braved the stifling heat adorned in their best blue and gold.  Over 2,000 gnomes were submitted for judging and organisers expect to raise up to $10,000 for Lower Blue Mountains Rotary. It took volunteer landscapers 2 days to carefully sculpt the gnome display area that included a miniature train track and tunnel.  Chief Gnome and...

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