WBAC networking kicks off

A special thank you to The Park Hyatt Sydney for hosting the first WBAC networking event of the year on Tuesday, March 15.  

The Bar, set aside for our exclusive use was a luxe location for our arts, business and newest members to meet and share ideas for new possibilities around the precinct.  The total membership was well represented in the 30 who attended, some for the first time.  Many new connections were made and a number of artistic collaborations have resulted.  

The sublime canapé selection included soft shell crab tapas-style, panko tiger prawns with sweet chill, Jamon Iberico La Barrica Decebo cheese selection and decadent Macarons while consistent supporters of Walsh Bay venues and events, Hand Picked Wines provided a delicious preview of their latest releases from their vast selection of wine styles and varietals.

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Sydney Dance Company and ATYP: holiday workshops

Dance and theatre are two extra curricula activities that top many a child’s wish list. So if you’re in the market to score a few brownie points with junior members of your family over the upcoming holiday period, Sydney Dance Company and the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) are running a number of workshops in April pitched directly at school-aged children.

Sydney Dance Company is running a series of two-day workshops for 8 to 18 year olds from Tuesday 12 to Friday 22 April. Taught by some of the best and most experienced professional dancers in the country, the workshops are offered in a number of dance styles including Jazz, JFH (combining Jazz, Funk and Hip Hop), Hip Hop, Contemporary and Lyrical. At a cost of $165 per participant, the workshops promise to be fun, dynamic and hugely rewarding. The Company is also running a one-day intensive program on Monday 11 and Monday 18 April to give experienced dancers an insight into what to expect from its year-long Pre-Professional course. The intensive will cover yoga, ballet, and contemporary repertoire – suitable for ages 14 to 18 years. www.sydneydancecompany.com.au

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Easter performances: Sydney Philharmonia and The Song Company

What better way to celebrate the Easter season than by attending Sydney Philharmonia Choirs performance of Mozart’s final work - Mozart Requiem and the Australian premier of Sir John Tavener’s It is Finished - featuring the hauntingly beautiful Song for Athene? 

With a high profile line up including Helpmann Award winning soprano, Taryn Fiebig, and a stellar cast of soloists, get in now to secure a place at this exclusive, Opera House Performance on Saturday March 26. www.sydneyphilharmonia.com.au

Or if the sublime sounds of Monteverdi’s Missa In illo tempore interleaved with motets by William Byrd, Alice Chance, Nicolas Gombert, Elliott Gyger, William Mundy, along with The Song Company’s Artistic Director, Antony Pitts, appeals this Easter season make your way to St Mary’s Cathedral on Wednesday March 30.

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Easter magic at The Langham Sydney

‘Yes, that's it,’ said the Hatter with a sigh: ‘it's always tea time.’ Taking inspiration from Lewis Carroll’s timeless classic, Alice in Wonderland, The Langham Sydney is putting on a unique tea party for big and little kids this Easter Sunday (March 27).

Billed as an “escape to a world of wonder, fun and nonsense,” The Langham Sydney’s ‘Alice Easter Tea Party’ is an event where children (and adults) are encouraged to explore their imaginations, taste buds and ‘fantastical creativity’. 

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NSW Business Chamber Awards: 2016

The NSW Business Chamber Business Awards program is as an annual celebration of business excellence in NSW across business leadership, business ethics, sustainability, innovation, export, small business, employer of choice and local chamber of commerce.

Last year WBAC Chair, Brigid Kennedy, took out the prestigious award for Sydney Business Leader of the Year and WBAC members aspiring to emulate such success need to start planning now as Sydney City region entries open on May 2.

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Start a creative business: Business 101

The City of Sydney’s next, free Business 101 seminar shares the know-how as well as hopes to inspire would-be entrepreneurs to get out there and start up a creative business.

Special guests as part of the day-long workshop include successful small business creatives such as Sam George, the founder of ‘pop-up’ exhibition concept, LOCO Project and Juliet Rosser, the brainchild behind unique art gallery brand, Platform72.

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Indulge in luxury: Marie-France Group

Walsh Bay Arts and Commerce warmly welcomes boutique French hair and beauty salon, Marie-France Group, to the Walsh Bay business community.
Inspired by the essence of Parisian life, Marie-France is a hair and beauty boutique specialising in 'Visagisme' - a French art that explores the relationship between who you are and the image you portray.
Established seven years ago on Sydney's North Shore, the Group quietly opened its doors on Hickson Road in December but held off on an official launch until earlier this month.
Taking an individualistic approach to hair and beauty – one the company says it achieves through an in-depth client consultation process taking into account style preference as well as other factors such as individual face shape, personality and lifestyle demands. Once the necessary information is gleamed the group’s talented stylists are armed with the information to tailor beauty treatments.

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Member profile: Pier One’s Maria Macri-Nosari

This month we introduce Pier One Sydney’s Guest Experience Manager (GEM) - Maria Macri Nosari. A new position to look out for at the best five star establishments across the world, Maria’s role at the iconic Walsh Bay establishment is all about making guests feel special in a customised and unique way - a job she explains is one of the best in the world!

“I meet and look after people from all over, from different fields and cultures… we (Pier One) are people’s home away from home. We: take care of people, celebrate their special occasions, create unforgettable memories from holidays to birthdays, weddings and everything in between. It is my job to create special memories for our guests, all tailored to their requests and needs. We also create wonderful surprises to make their stay something out of the ordinary,” Maria says.
“GEMs are a new role that hotels have been implementing in the past few years across the world. As we travel so much more than we ever did before we need to take travel and the travel experience to a new level. Guests are looking for an experience to take away with them - as opposed to just a place to stay.”

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Deckchair Arts back in 2016

As part of the official line up for the Sydney Morning Herald’s 2016 Spectrum Now Festival, Walsh Bay Arts and Commerce are for the second time, holding Deckchair Arts – this year on Sunday, March 13.

The event is a unique Walsh Bay celebration of sight, sound and tastes that will feature collaborations from a range of talented performers including 11-piece horn and drum street band, Hot Potato, Indigenous dancer Kaleb Taylor, Australia’s best jugglers, comedian Benny B along with Sarah Louis-Jean on the boleadoras and drums.

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WBAC members: February events

As always WBAC members have a range of exciting new events on offer in and around Walsh Bay. This month we have the final installment of the ATYP’s ‘Voices Project’ for aspiring young actors (until February 20), contemporary Chinese art specialist, Vermillion Art Gallery, launch a exciting new exhibition featuring renowned photographic artist, Zhang Xiao, while Sydney Dance Company will get you into shape with a new lunchtime dance class, Jazz Express.

All Good Things is the last season of the ATYP’s six-year investment in monologues for young actors. Directed by one of Australia’s leaders in new writing, Iain Sinclair, this latest production aptly explores the theme of departures. Promising to be: “always surprising, tender, shocking and funny,” The Voices Project has been an important venture for a generation of young Australians. All Good Things runs until 20 February. Tickets $35 per head - www.atyp.com.au

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AMPLIFY: COS’s live music pilot program

Businesses in the City of Sydney as well as Leichhardt and Marrickville local government areas interested in implementing a live music program, or refine an existing live music program, can gain free advice from experienced musicians in a new pilot program to encourage widespread live music in Sydney.

AMPLIFY is a program that aims to cover many different aspects of getting involved in live music and will provide support for existing live music spaces - while encouraging the development of additional performance opportunities alongside the Live Music Office, Music NSW, APRA AMCOS and Leichhardt and Marrickville Councils.

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