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From October 15- 25 you can catch The Australian Theatre for Young People’s latest production - Luke Llyod: Alienoid.

The play’s central character, Luke, is smart funny and imaginative but has no friends at school. From the outset Luke realises he’s not only unique but of an entirely different species to the other kids in his class!

If you’re after a high-octane musical and dance experience look no further than Louder Than Words at The Sydney Dance Company (until October 18).

The 11-show season showcases world premiere works from Greek choreographer Andonis Foniadakis - in his debut presentation to Australian audiences, along with Sydney Dance Company’s Artistic Director, Rafael Bonachela.

Whatever your taste the NSW Wine Awards’ ‘Outstanding on the Pier’, is likely to have it covered.  Back to Walsh Bay’s Pier 2/3 on Thursday 30 October for the second consecutive year the event is a celebration of the best wines the state has on offer. Along with tastings and critiquing of around 100 plus different wines attendees have the chance to vote and potentially win a prize as part of the People's Choice Award.

The highly successful 2014 Sydney Writers’ Festival will be the last that incumbent executive director, Ben Strout, will manage on behalf of the iconic Walsh Bay literary event.

Ben joined the Festival management team in 2009, aiding in its financial growth by 60 per cent annually and pushing attendee figures up to around 80,000.

For the first time in more than three decades The Australian Theatre for Young People are presenting their own professional Australian works – a 75 minute show produced solely by the national youth theatre company. Debuting in the Northern Territory the world premiere season of Sugarland is on in Walsh Bay until 13 September.

Whether you’re thinking of starting a new business or are at a crossroad with a current venture Start Up Australia – a not-for-profit, volunteer-run organisation promoting business growth in Australia, is worth a look.

Lead by an advisory board including successful business names such as Siimon Reynolds and George Wahby, the company’s mission is: “to create a strong Australia for the future, through the creation of more entrepreneurial ventures” and by 2020 for Australia to be recognised as one of the most entrepreneurial countries.

The Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf is located at the end of the wharf (Pier 4) at the Sydney Theatre Company.  The daily lunch menu features delicious share-plates and specials.  House picks include the Pulled Pork Carnitas ($12), Smokey Aioli Naan Sarnie ($14), the Roast Organic Chicken, Fennel & Caramelised Onion Ciabatta or the WOW Burgers ($16) served with chips.