It’s a particularly dynamic time in Walsh Bay with the Sydney Writers’ Festival (18-14 May) and Vivid 2015 (22 May - 8 June) kicking off this month.  In exciting news for members and friends the WBAC are pleased to announce we have joined forces to hold a Chamber networking event and tour of the Walsh Bay installations by Vivid Light Walk creator, Anthony Bastic, on Tuesday 2 June.

Guests to this unique evening will be taken on a special, guided tour of the magical light installations and sculptures in the Walsh Bay area. As well as being treated to delectable nibbles and refreshments courtesy of Simmer on the Bay, guests are given an insight into the creation of each installation and why it was placed in Walsh Bay.

Well-known WBAC member - Australian Theatre for Young People, are in the midst of their major fundraising drive for the year - the ATYP 2015 Annual Appeal.
As part of this the group are holding a gala performance on Tuesday 5 May of their latest co-production - A Town Named War Boy at the State Library of NSW. Tickets to the special event cost $75 including the performance, an exclusive post show meet and greet with the cast and production director, Fraser Corfield, as well as refreshments.

Don’t forget the NSW Business Chamber Awards are open for nominations from now until 12 June. Not only is the program a way to gain public acknowledgement of business excellence past winners report increased confidence as a result of their awards triumph – leading to yet more success down the line.

The winners of the regional awards will be announced on 23 July at Sydney Town Hall and will go on to the state finals in November. In a bid to lead by example Walsh Bay Arts and Commerce will be entering the Awards for the first time and encourages all interested members to join us in this effort.

El-Phoenician is open for lunch and dinner this Mother’s Day – Sunday May 10 and in response to customer feedback, rather than develop a limited set menu for the occasion, the iconic establishment have opted to offer its fine middle-eastern dining experience unchanged.

With restaurants in Walsh Bay and Parramatta El-Phoenician’s standard menu offers an extensive range of premium Lebanese cuisine. From traditional ‘mezza’favouritessuchas homous, baba ganouje and home made Labne to specialty middle-eastern style lamb, chicken and beef dishes along with a range of contemporary seafood options, there is something to please even the fussiest matriarch.

Businesses no longer need to be run out of one of Australia’s capital cities to be successful on a national or international stage but many entrepreneurs still don’t have the digital know-how to take the online world by storm.

In a move designed to help regional businesses capitalise on the endless opportunities presented by digital marketing, Port Macquarie Business Chamber have enlisted some big business names as part of its ‘Digital Marketing Big Day Out’ initiative.

Late last month the City of Sydney issued all major tourist kiosks with a new pocket-sized guide of Sydney’s villages featuring more than 250 businesses operating within each precinct called the Little Book of Sydney Villages.

The publication, set to become a go-to handbook for tourists, celebrates the unique flavours of Sydney’s city villages- from gourmet delis to laneway bars, shopping and cultural experiences and provides many compelling reasons for people to visit the city.

March marked a milestone in STC history with its Sydney Theatre ‘home’ officially renamed the Roslyn Packer Theatre, Walsh Bay. This month is also a big one for the company with the highly anticipated official opening of Samuel Beckett’s masterpiece, Endgame, on April 7.

The name change to the Roslyn Packer Theatre, announced last October, is in recognition of Ms Packers’ decades of support and generosity to the arts sector in Australia.

Vivid Sydney returns once again to Walsh Bay from 22 May. As one of the city’s best known and most unique festivals this year’s event covers off everything from innovative light shows to art installations and inspiring guest speakers including the likes of publishing innovator Tyler Brule and well known musician, Daniel Johns.

In Walsh Bay the ever-popular Vivid Light Walk will again take place, drawing visitors to the area to view the many magical light installations and sculptures on show after dusk.

The Phillips Tree of Light, located in Hickson Road reserve, will be another star attraction in this line up. Five thousand twinkling LED light points will join together to create an organic web of digital light transforming nature into a spectacular artwork appealing to young and old visitors alike.