Tuesday, May 26, 2009

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Monday, May 25, 2009

Trip the light fantastic

Vivid Sydney
26th May - 14th June

A quick look at some of my favourite photos on Flickr proves that Sydney is a dream for the creative eye. With a balance of natural beauty and iconic man-made structures, artists capture the very best of the city and the result is an instant masterpiece. So when the team behind Vivid Sydney decided to turn Australia's greatest muse into a dynamic canvas for a festival of music, light and ideas our collective breath was taken away.

Despite a hectic schedule of word class events, Sydney is yet to experience anything like Vivid Sydney. The largest festival of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, it includes:

Luminous The inaugural annual event (curated by Brian Eno) with performances by Ladytron, Lee "Scratch" Perry and Rachid Taha. While well known as a record producer, Brian Eno is also generating excitement with his program of light installations including Lighting the Sails and 77 Million Paintings. Read more ...

Smart Light Sydney Charged with the purpose of creating magic through light across Sydney, Smart Light will also present innovative approaches to energy conservation. Don't think greenwashing - instead imagine the most amazing light creations illuminating the Sydney Harbour precinct. Read more ...

Creative Sydney The promisingly provocative schedule of events designed to discover and showcase Sydney's future creative talents. 100 Creative Catalysts have been named to recognise existing contributions and will be leading discussions around strategies for success, change and world domination. Read more ...

Fire Water The Rocks will host a three night event of sculptures, music, lanterns, flame grilled food - all while a 19th century convict ship burns in Campbells Cove. Read more ...

Vivid Sydney promises to be a spectacular experience for Sydneysiders - follow me on Twitter for the latest updates (including all the photos I can possibly take!) to share the experience!

Sydney Soundtrack
Trip the light fantastic to Cut Copy: Lights and Music

Friday, May 22, 2009

The Sydneysider Diary

Top picks for what’s on in Sydney this weekend:


A Balmain 217-223 Darling Street Saturday
B Rozelle Cnr Darling St & Victoria Rd Saturday
C Glebe 183 Glebe Point Road Saturday
D The Rocks Playfair & George Streets Saturday & Sunday
E Kirribilli Bradfield Park Saturday
F Paddington 395 Oxford St Saturday
G Bondi Campbell Parade Sunday
Going Out


Purple Sneakers Abercrombie Hotel 7pm
Red Riders Annandale Hotel 8pm

World Bar

Bel Air
The Villians

Candy’s Apartment

Astronomy Class
Queens Wharf Brewery, Newcastle


Bangers & Mash

The Cross

Pussycat Dolls
Lady GaGa

Sydney Acer Arena


Oxford Art Factory

Red Card Comedy Roxbury Hotel 8pm

Arthouse Hotel

The Club Club Chinese Laundry 9pm


Newtown Flicks Short Film Festival
Sydney Writer’s Festival
Sydney Italian Festival
Greek Festival of Sydney

Sydney Soundtrack
Get yourself pumped for the weekend with this hot track from Red Riders: Slide in Next to Me

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Sydney goes Italian

Sydney Italian Festival
19th May – 8th June 2009

When a Sydneysider thinks of Italy they think of leather, Lamborghini, linguine and Leichhardt. Not content with merely a slice of little Italy, the Sydney hotspot is leading the celebrations and painting the town red, white and green this week for the 2009 Sydney Italian Festival.

Sydney goes ItalianItalian restaurants across Sydney are offering inspired dining experiences for the duration of the Festival and the calendar boasts a diverse mix of events with food & wine, art & culture, film & fashion.

What I love about this Festival is how you can choose to immerse yourself in workshops exploring the finer details of Italian culture or simply indulge in the very best it has to offer. One of the most enticing events is Weekend Italiano A Tavola, a weekend of interactive workshops including gnocchi making, coffee, art, language skills and yoga.

Visit the Sydney Italian Festival site and conveniently add events of interest to your planner – a smart way to ensure you get to experience as much as possible. My planner currently includes the Italian antipasto tasting plate at GPO Sydney; the Italian Connection Rally; Viva Leichhardt Short Film Festival and the Casa Barilla Masterclass, just to name a few.

Sydney Soundtrack
Unleash your inner Italian Stallion to the sexy sounds of Angus & Julia Stone: Bella


Monday, May 18, 2009

Sydney Style

It was handbags at dawn this weekend for Fashion Weekend Sydney, dubbed the ultimate fashion event. Considering the weekend offers Australian designer clothes at discounts of up to 70% - the title is well earned. With catwalk shows, beauty booths, Chambord cocktails and rack after rack of discounted threads from some of the nation's hottest designers, fashionistas got down to the serious business of shopping.

I have to admit, the organisers of Fashion Weekend have set a difficult precedent. I'm now expecting the same shopping experience wherever I go - complimentary professional hair styling; toilets transformed by flowers, candles and Dermalogica products; quick onsite make over and manicures; and photo booths that make you look worthy of a Marie Claire cover.

Hot designers
Camilla (as seen on Beyonce, Elizabeth Hurley, Fergie); Fleur Wood (as seen on Kate Hudson, Miranda Otto); Sass & Bide (as seen on Kylie Minogue, Nicole Richie, Miranda Kerr); Shakuchachi (as seen on Sydney girls with style!)

Best buys
Natasha boots down from $550 to $150 (via @juzzycullen)
9 pieces of Splendid for $180 and a Manning Cartel dress for $50 (via @ecobabetweets)
skinny sass & bide jeans for $120 (via @dailyaddict)
15% off at Viva La Frock (via @sydney_sider)

Viva La Frock and Sydney Sider are giving you the opportunity to save 15% on your next purchase from www.VivaLaFrock.com.au (shipping to AU, UK, US, NZ & Singapore). DM sydney_sider on Twitter for details!

Sydney Soundtrack
Shop til you drop to this fantastic tune from Little Birdy: Summarize

Monday, May 11, 2009

Once in a lifetime trip to Sydney

Do you fancy a once-in-a-lifetime all expenses paid trip to Sydney, Australia?

If so, we’re looking for 2 active and outgoing people, aged 18-30, from the UK or Ireland who are ready for a fun filled seven days in Sydney.

So what’s the catch? You’ll be filmed and photographed as you experience all the fantastic sights, surf, culture, eating, drinking and excitement that Sydney and the surrounding areas have to offer. You’ll also be featured in video diaries of your time in Sydney and contribute to a blog detailing the highlights of your trip.

This amazing trip includes all flights, accommodation, travel, food, drink and entrance fees to various attractions.

You must be from the UK and/or Ireland and aged between the ages of 18-30 at the time of travel and you must be available to travel between 21 June and 4 July 2009.

Please visit http://facebook.sydney.com for more details and to register your interest.