In a coup for Sydneysiders, Kaldor Public Art Projects recently announced they will be bringing the talents of renowned performance artist, Marina Abramovic,́ to Walsh Bay’s Pier 2/3 over 12 days from June 24.

A unique and free public art experience, Marina Abramović: In Residence, takes place as a series of exercises from the Abramović Method.

The Serbian-born artist will work with her assistants to engage directly with guests, continuing her dynamic investigation into the shifting roles of artist and audience.

Back for the fourth consecutive year The City’s ‘Business 101’ Seminar Series is offered again this month. Ten free seminars run from March to November - covering everything from the basics of setting up a small business to practical advice on issues new operations face and tips on how to market a business online.

Each seminar features presentations and the chance to ask questions of industry experts and City staff as well as learn from case studies from successful entrepreneurs.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the seminars were a great opportunity for both emerging and established business owners to get expert insight.

It may be geographically isolated from urban creative hubs but Moss Vale Chamber of Commerce knows the value of good, fun community entertainment.

Thanks to the growing success of the Southern Highlands townships’ annual Buskers Day competition – held each year in the in-conjunction with the area’s Bush Week Street Parade, Moss Vale Chamber of Commerce just announced they will be staging a more professional and multi-layered version of the event in 2016.

From next year local, as well as busking talent from afar, will be called on to enter the Moss Vale event - lured by increased prize money for winners.

From relatively modest beginnings in 2007, Earth Hour has grown into a highly successful global environmental-change movement.  And the Walsh Bay area plays a part in this thanks to event cofounders’ - ad agency Leo Burnett, based on 26 Hickson Road.

The extend of Earth Hour’s success is evident from the more than 162 countries and 7,000 cities and towns worldwide that participated in last year’s event.

WBAC welcomes Australian Theatre for Young People’s Andrew Deane to this year’s WBAC executive in the role of treasurer.  On staff at ATYP since 2013, Andrew is responsible for developing relationships with the group’s donors and supporters as well as data capture as well as creating a new Parents Committee.

Gaining daily inspiration from all those involved with ATYP – from participants and their parents, tutors and donors, Andrew says the organisation is about bringing out the best in young people through theatre.

The WBAC is a proud supporter of Fairfax’s inaugural ‘Spectrum Now Festival’. The Sydney arts-based event runs from March 11-29th and with a number of Chamber businesses involved and renowned actor Richard Roxburgh as creative director it’s shaping up as the latest ‘must do’ festival.

Organisers promise;  “Sydney will be abuzz with pop-up spectacles, eateries, artist showcases, dance works, interactive and installation art and contemporary garden displays - to name just a few elements”.

Although our focus has already turned to the 2015 event WBAC is pleased to report that the 2014 Arts Table was a huge success raising $20,000 for Regional Arts NSW.

The event - which took place last November, was a sell out. Guests were treated to a five-course degustation menu from local restaurants - Dedes on the Wharf, Seawall, Lotus Dumpling Bar, Simmer on the Bay and Sydney Dance Lounge whilst regional wines were provided from Canowindra’s Pinnaroo Estate. Deputy Premier, Minister for Trade and Investment and Minister for the Arts, the Hon Troy Grant MP, was guest speaker on the night and the live entertainment as well as a silent auction of artworks donated from regional artists proved to be real crowd pleasers.

2014 was a busy and productive year for Walsh Bay Arts and Commerce. Along with another successful ‘Arts Table’ the Chamber hosted a special celebration during Vivid as well as numerous well-attended member networking evenings such as our Chinese New Year party in conjunction with Lotus Dumpling Bar and Walsh Bay showcase at boutique sound studio - We Love Jam. Along with these events the Chamber continued to attract new members whilst lifting its profile through social media, marketing, PR and advertising activities.