Beams Arts Festival

This month we gain ‘out of area’ inspiration thanks to the Chippendale Creative Precinct’s innovative and successful BEAMS Arts Festival. 

The multi-disciplinary cultural Festival returns this year to illuminate Balfour and Little Queen Streets and surrounding laneways in Chippendale for one night only on Saturday 19 September.

This year an expanded event and program line up showcases creative works across a wide spectrum of the arts including; live music curated by Pandora Internet radio, spoken word, art and light installations, video and interactive displays as well as an Origami-making workshop.

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WBAC Chair: Business Leader of Year

In a coup for the WBAC our Chair of more than six years, Brigid Kennedy, has taken out the award for Business Leader of the Year at the recent Sydney City Business Awards.

Brigid owns and runs two highly successful hospitality businesses - one in Walsh Bay and the other in the NSW Southern Highlands. Along with being a passionate arts and business advocate for Walsh Bay and a renowned “Paddock to Plate” chef, she volunteers to three committees and chambers – heading up the WBAC as chair.

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Wentworth Travel cruise into Walsh Bay

Not wanting a cookie-cutter approach to your next travel experience? Newcomers to Walsh Bay, independent corporate and lifestyle travel agency, Wentworth Travel, might provide you with an answer.

Established in Woollahra 30 years ago the agency opened their new office on Hickson Road – just down from Fratelli Fresh, in June. Priding themselves as experts in high-end and unique travel experiences the company’s local operation is headed up by senior travel designers - Jane Tatham and Barry Gervan.

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Dine and be entertained at Walsh Bay’s finest…

Just like water views, you’ll never be short of excellent dining options in Walsh Bay. This month the Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf is offering new lunch specials and The Gantry Bar and Restaurant’s pre-theatre menu won’t disappoint while on a different note ATYP’s latest production runs from September 9.

The Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf’s new set lunch menu is available from 12pm and includes a choice of four main courses including a gourmet “WOW” burger and free range chicken breast with kale and red quinoa, plus glass of wine (or something softer) for under $20.  

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Member profile: STC’s Patrick McIntyre

The WBAC member profile for August is Sydney Theatre Company’s executive director, Patrick McIntyre. As co-leader of the STC, alongside artistic director Andrew Upton, Patrick juggles the artistic and commercial needs of the company.

“My job is about keeping everything headed in the right direction, so I take pride equally in an artistic triumph - such as Uncle Vanya from 2010, as I do in observing the expert work done by our management, production and administrative areas,” Patrick says.

“Probably the thing I take most joy from is when our staff, and the artists and creatives who work with us, tell me how much they love working for the company.”
In a sector that is all about harnessing and celebrating artistic creativity Patrick draws on sources close to home to stimulate and motivate.

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Glebe: Chamber of the Year

Glebe Chamber of Commerce triumphed at the recent Sydney City Business Awards and as a result feature as our out of area story for August.

Competing against two other shortlisted chambers, including Walsh Bay, Glebe successfully took out the Local Chamber of the Year award for its contribution to the business community of central Sydney.

The win is also due to the Chamber’s dedication to sustainability, revitalisation of the local precinct and helping its members access business opportunities throughout Sydney and NSW. 

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Chamber events and wins

The Chamber has been particularly busy over the past month hosting a number of member events, running a Concierge Famil as well as entering and being shortlisted in the Sydney-City Regional Business Awards.

In June the WBAC partnered with Vivid Sydney to host close to 80 people at a unique, joint networking event. Starting at Simmer on the Bay the group of WBAC members and friends enjoyed mulled wine and a delicious grazing table of nibbles followed up by Curator of the Light Walk - Anthony Bastic, taking guests on a tour of the fabulous Walsh Bay instillations. The evening was a huge success and the Chamber plan to partner with Vivid to offer the event again in 2016.

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SWF and Vivid: record numbers

As the dust settles in Walsh Bay on another year of two of the area’s most extraordinary festivals – Sydney Writers’ and Vivid, the respective event organisers have much to celebrate when it comes to record-breaking attendance levels.

Sydney Writers’ Festival executive director, Jo Dyer, said both audience numbers and box-office takings increased this year with total attendances estimated at 97,700 – up from 89,000 last year. 

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Fashionistas and retailers: mark the date

The City of Sydney is behind the upcoming retail initiative ‘Fashion Saturday’ and they are calling on all fashion, beauty and design retailers to take part in the unique event on 12 September 2015. 

The event is about bringing together like-minded retailers for a series of creative in-store events, special offers, designer talks, street entertainment, food trucks, competitions and other promotions to get consumers offline and into stores.

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Gondwana go local + global

Having just completed another successful Sydney Children’s Choir (SCC) Winter Concert series in Sydney over the weekend of July 4-5, WBAC member Gondwana Choir’s children and youth contingents are backing up with performances across Asia and Tasmania.

Until July 19 the SCC are on tour in China and Hong Kong, under the leadership of Artistic Director and Founder, Lyn Williams - OAM. The group kicked off their Asian odyssey with a performance at the impressive Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre the morning after arriving - ensuring the young vocalists quickly got into their tour schedule.

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July 6: ban on smoking outdoors

All Walsh Bay cafes, restaurants and licensed establishments should be aware that from 6 July, changes to the NSW Smoking Legislation prohibit smoking in outdoor dining areas.

The key changes include:

  • Commercial outdoor dining areas in licensed venues, restaurants and cafés must be smoke-free
  • Areas within 4 metres of a pedestrian entrance to, or exit from, a licensed venue, restaurant or café must be smoke-free.

Mandatory prescribed ‘No Smoking’ signage must be displayed within a commercial outdoor dining area.

For more information on the legislation see NSW Health’s update:



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