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Town Hall faces final face-lift

By ALLISON HORE The final stage of the restoration of Sydney’s iconic Town Hall is set to begin soon, with the southern and western facades of the building to disappear behind screens and scaffolding, to be polished, repaired and replaced. The project will take two to three years to complete and will utilise blocks of […]

THE NAKED CITY – HITS AND MISSES AT THE SYDNEY FEST

Throughout the world major cultural festivals inevitably reflect the social environment and historical background of the cities in which they are held. Look at Australia for example. The highly successful and always innovative Adelaide Festival has built its brand on both the intimate layout of the city itself and decades of strong patronage of the […]

NAKED CITY – SYDNEY’S OMNIPRESENT WRECKING BALL

When the then premier Jack Lang opened Sydney’s grand T&G building in the early 1930s he declared it would stand for another hundred years or more. At 68m to the top of its impressive tower and with no less than 12 expansive floors it was then the city’s tallest office building and an architectural marvel of […]

THE NAKED CITY – A LICENCE TO KILL

It was an unusually balmy autumn night in Kings Cross last Wednesday week. A group of musicians had gathered on the chairs outside the Piccolo Bar in Roslyn Street for an impromptu jam. The music was by no means loud and hardly noticeable amongst the usual cacophony of passing traffic and pedestrian banter. Nevertheless, almost […]

City of Sydney shows her age

BY ISABELLE BASTIAN The City of Sydney Council has compiled Our City: 175 years in 175 objects, a major exhibition of 175 objects representing Sydney’s past, to celebrate the council’s 175th anniversary. The exhibition shows the immense growth of the city from 1842 until the present. “Sydney has transformed from a penal colony in 1788 […]

Post-it notes removed from Hong Kong House

By Jessica Rapana A display of support for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests has been removed from the walls of Sydney’s Hong Kong House. The display, made up of a series of Post-it notes containing messages of encouragement to protesters, was established on September 29 after a group of Hong Kong Sydney University students rallied more than […]

Naked City: Sydney’s make do concert venues

  Apart from notables like the Opera House, the City Recital Hall, Sydney Lyric Theatre and the all-purpose Entertainment Centre, Sydney boasts very few purpose-built concert venues – especially for a city that aspires to international status. When it comes to staging concert-style music events there’s a long history of making do with an infrastructure […]

Sydney Film Festival makes the most of its local roots

by Samantha Jonscher Sydney Film Festival (SFF) director Nashen Moodley believes that there is something transformative about sitting in a darkened room with 500 strangers to communally share in the emotional ups and downs of a good film. "Film festivals allow you to have a very different experience than just going to the local multiplex," […]

TALKING THROUGH YOUR ARTS – CROSSING BOUNDARIES

Our histories reveal a continuous development of new concepts in the unending struggle to arrive at new goals.  A dynamic and restless attitude provides the climate in which our arts are nourished. This is an evolutionary manner of development that arises out of our communities. Crossing Boundaries is an exhibition survey of the present situation in […]