Member profile, Sally Walker

Sally Walker is a Yuin woman from the South Coast of NSW and since 2015, Bangarra Dance Theatre’s Development Coordinator. She is also a valued WBAC committee member and advocate for Walsh Bay. She tells us more about herself.

“My role at Bangarra has a large philanthropic focus and I also coordinate all of our donor events including opening nights. I have always admired Bangarra and the work they do so I was thrilled to be welcomed into the family,” Sally says.

Read more: Member profile, Sally Walker

Out of area: inspired chambers

South Sydney Business Chamber, along with Sydney TAFE and the City of Sydney, has come up with a unique way to help local retailers increase consumer footfall by reinvigorating their shopfronts. Karen Levin, South Sydney’s Treasurer and Executive Manager, shares insight on the Chamber’s Shopfront Showcase and Be a Localist campaigns.

“Running for the third consecutive year in 2016, South Sydney Business Chamber is behind Shopfront Showcase - a campaign that successfully unites commerce and arts by giving small businesses in South Sydney a great opportunity to showcase their unique displays to the public,” says Karen.

Read more: Out of area: inspired chambers

WBAC - Vivid 2016 event

Despite the rain, a crowd of 70 strong turned out after hours on Tuesday 31 May for the annual WBAC - Vivid event held in Walsh Bay.

This year guests were treated to three Vivid VIPs; arts event extraordinaire, Adam Lowe – responsible for all aspects of Vivid (light, ideas and music) on behalf of Destination NSW, renowned curator of the light walk, Anthony Bastic as well as artists from mcdermottbaxter (Australia) – the group responsible for this year’s spectacular Underwater Forest in Walsh Bay. Anthony conducted a brief Q&A with the mcdermottbaxter artists to give guests insight into the creative process behind their stunning light installation as well as an idea of how the artists go about pulling together such a project.

Read more: WBAC - Vivid 2016 event

BarCycle buzz

Adding another casual evening dining option to the Walsh Bay foreshore, licensed café, bar and popular bike riders pit stop, BarCycle, recently announced extended trading hours - taking in evenings on Friday and Saturday nights until 10pm.

Read more: BarCycle buzz

Walsh Bay Arts Table 2016

"A Night of Food, Wine and Song"

Walsh Bay’s annual Arts Table dinner will be held on Tuesday 8 November. Now in its 7th year, this long table dinner offers the unique opportunity to dine al fresco on the water’s edge with the spectacular views of Sydney Harbour Bridge and the historic Walsh Bay wharfs as a backdrop. An ideal event for lovers of food and the arts.

Each year the Arts Table dinner is supported by a number of generous sponsors and all proceed from the dinner are donated to one of Walsh Bay’s resident arts companies. This year co-hosts and recipient of the event funds are The Song Company - Australia’s preeminent a cappella ensemble. Thanks to our multitalented co-hosts, a number of exciting performances will take place on the night. The theme for the night in celebration of Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary is “If Music be the Food of Love”.

Guests are invited to enjoy a five-course degustation dinner from some of Walsh Bay’s finest restaurants. Catering sponsors include: Pier One Sydney Harbour (The Gantry), View by Sydney, Simmer on the Bay, Walsh Bay Kitchen and Sydney Dance Lounge.  Each course will be matched with wines from various vineyards of the Southern Highlands Food and Wines Clusters (Wine sponsors include: Tractorless Vineyard. Bendooley Estate, Artemis, Mount Ashby Wines and Joadja Estate).

This year may also be the last opportunity to attend an Arts Table in its current format due to the planned redevelopment of Pier 2/3. If you haven’t yet experienced it, make sure you don’t miss out on this wonderful celebration of Walsh Bay’s finest, food business and artistic talent.

Event details:
Walsh Bay Arts Table 2016
Pier 2, 13 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Tuesday 8 November
6.30 – 10pm
Tickets: $180 include five course degustation dinner with matching wines

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Surry Hills: new take on hoarding

In this month’s out-of-area feature we look at how Surry Hills Business Chamber are working with Transport for NSW to use hoarding to be erected along the light rail construction corridor, to add rather than take away from the local community.

The Surry Hills chamber has been working with TfNSW to ensure that hoarding that goes up is anything but uninspired. In a bid to reflect the rich artistic tapestry of the area and support local business, the planned hoarding will be used as a creative platform to promote what Surry Hills has to offer through locally designed artworks reflective of different segments in the area.

Read more: Surry Hills: new take on hoarding

New Face at WBAC

This month we profile Walsh Bay Arts and Commerce’s new marketing co-coordinator, Catherine Franklin.

Joining us in late May Catherine takes on the role from the outgoing Melissa Wilson explaining the position is about building on the momentum gathered over the past few years: “to coordinate and market a range of events with the aim of promoting Walsh Bay as a destination as well as a unique hub of arts and commercial businesses”. Drawing on a wealth of experience, having worked previously for Willoughby City Council to promote The Concourse in Chatswood - home to a concert hall, theatre, function space as well as a number of restaurants, Catherine brings a fresh perspective and a unique set of skills to WBAC.

Read more: New Face at WBAC

Sydney Writers’ Festival: 2016 update

Sydney Writers’ Festival returns this month to Walsh Bay and surrounds from May 16- 22.nd This year the theme ‘Bibliotherapy’ will explore literature’s restorative effects in terms of mental health, improved relationships and the ability to empathise.
As always the festival will bring together some of the world’s top writers and influential people, described this year by organisers as; “a week-long extravaganza of ideas and literature”.

As for festival updates in the Walsh Bay precinct, SWF is expanding to Pier 5 with a new venue at the end of the wharf called ‘The Waterfront’ and on the last day of programmed events (Sunday 22nd) the Childrens’ Precinct will incorporate Bangarra’s and Sydney Dance studios and the Pier 5 apron as well as the SWF Library. ‘Russ The Bus,’ will also be parked outside the Shore Shed’s over this final weekend.

Read more: Sydney Writers’ Festival: 2016 update

Vivid Sydney 2016

Vivid Sydney returns to Walsh Bay along with several new precincts in and around the city from 27 May – 18 June.

Last year 1.7 million visitors attended the world-renowned festival of light and this year’s event, running for a record 23 day duration, is packed full of innovative light shows, art installations, unique musical experiences and a host of inspiring guests, including designer Khai Liew, artist Louis Pratt andThe Daily Telegraph’s crime editor, Mark Morri.

Read more: Vivid Sydney 2016

Member profile: SWF’s Kate Steinweg

This month we introduce Kate Steinweg, SWF’s Program Manager - a post she has held for the past eighteen months.

“ I work closely with the Artistic Director to select the guests and curate the events for the Festival. I am also in charge of the logistical side of the authors’ experience,” Kate says.

Although SWF’s enduring success is based on the quality and breadth of festival guests, the interesting and challenging topics covered and a whole lot of hard work by the festival team, Kate is smitten with Walsh Bay as a venue. 

Read more: Member profile: SWF’s Kate Steinweg

Out of area: SWF in the Southern Highlands

It might be called the Sydney Writers’ Festival but there are some events planned a little further afield for book lovers not based in or near the city. This year the majestic NSW country town of Bowral will host three, unique SWF events on Sunday May 22nd and the area is also planning its own literary initiative, Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival on Saturday 16 July.

SWF in the Southern Highlands kicks off at 10 am on May 22nd with a discussion hosted by Aviva Tuffield and author Emily Maguire. The duo will talk about the significance of The Stella Prize - a major literary award first offered in 2013 in honour of the iconic Australian author, Stella Maria Sarah ‘Miles’ Franklin. Next up Petina Gappah, a Zimbabwean writer with law degrees from Cambridge, Graz University and the University of Zimbabwe, will talk about her debut story collection - An Elegy for Easterly, and her poignant latest novel, The Book of Memory. Finally Shirley Barrett, best known as a screenwriter and director, (Love Serenade - her first film that won the Camera D'Or at Cannes Film Festival in 1996) talks about her debut novel, Rush Oh!

Read more: Out of area: SWF in the Southern Highlands

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