‘Fashion in the Villages’ is an event run in conjunction with Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival and Vogue Fashion’s ‘Night Out’. As part of The City’s broader “Sydney is Fashion” campaign the retail initiative will feature in Pyrmont, Surry Hills, Darlinghurst, Newtown, Paddington and Potts Point. 

Once again ATYP will run a host of holiday programs suitable for school children of all ages. This spring the company will also run some free introductory workshops for youngster keen to get a taster of what a session with the award-winning youth national theatre might be like.

This month The Sydney Theatre Company present a thought provoking play by acclaimed writer Sue Smith (Mabo, Brides of Christ) about Australia’s relationship to modern China.

The show chronicles the trials and tribulations of two friends – the carefree Australian - Dylan and the introverted Chinese exchange student Lian. The two are introduced full of youthful idealism when they meet at a Sydney university but as time goes by the weight of history pulls them into scandal and they struggle to find common ground.

From 11 Sept – 18 October, tickets from $50 plus booking fee. www.sydneytheatre.com.au/whats-on/

Unwinding and meeting other local businesses is what Walsh Bay Arts and Commerce networking evenings are all about. The latest event was hosted by "the makers of sweet sounds" We Love Jam (studios). The July 16 event attracted some 50 WBAC members and friends at the hosts' character-filled audio production facility on Hickson Road. Thanks to Jam's talented Hylton Mowday and Andrew Stevensen guests were treated to an impressive dance and musical line up including performances by: Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Sydney Dance Company and two songs from ex-The Voice finalist Laura-Leigh Smith.

Sydney's central district has copped flak in the past for not being as pedestrian friendly as some other major capital cities. Although the Walsh Bay precinct is ahead of many other areas in terms of its 'walkability' improvements to unlock many of the area's hidden and historical gems, as well as creating safer neighbourhoods are important.

Responding to this need The City of Sydney is currently in the process of developing a Walking Strategy and Action Plan. The plan will align with the Sustainable Sydney 2030 vision for a globally competitive and innovative city with integrated transport and land use. The strategy will also seek to work with the State Government to unlock potential for local government to deliver walking infrastructure, through improved guidelines, warrants and technical directions for walking related infrastructure. 

One of the most anticipated local, annual events, The Walsh Bay Arts Table, is back for the sixth consecutive year – a joint initiative of Walsh Bay Arts and Commerce and this year's hosts, Gondwana Choirs. Plan ahead and mark out Tuesday November 10 in your calendar and expect to enjoy an al fresco degustation waterfront dining experience. Restaurants participating include View by Sydney, The Loch, Pier One Sydney Harbour, Sydney Dance Lounge and Simmer on the Bay and sponsors include Tempus Two, Fratelli, Integral, Sonoma and Vittoria Coffee.

Did you know that in Australia 3.6 million people or 19 per cent of the population have a disability? Add into this equation the number of families, carers and friends and the number of people affected in the community is considerably large. Are you unsure of how best to access and service people with a disability?

If you're interested in finding out how to improve disability awareness and be more commercially inclusive the Information on Disability and Education Service (IDEAS) has teamed up with The City to offer a number of free, three- hour workshops for small businesses in a number of central Sydney village hub locations. The workshops aim to assist retailers, business owners, cafes, hospitality and tourism operators to better connect with, and cater for, people with disability. Participants will gain an understanding and knowledge of the history of disability in Australia, barriers to inclusion and how they can be overcome (or minimised) and more confidence and connectedness through instruction on effective communication and interaction techniques.

The next installment of the hugely popular Art & About will launch with a giant "Quarter Acre Block Party" in Martin Place on September 19 – paying homage to the fading yet still iconic oversized Aussie backyard. This year the diverse three-week cultural program put together by The City of Sydney includes: Australian Life (formerly Sydney Life) photographic competition and exhibition, Nomads – an illuminating display by top local and international graphic artists on oversized tepees in Hyde Park, high-energy and unique theatre works in and around the CBD as well as artworks and sculptures that will no doubt be popping up in and around the neighbourhood!

For more information and details of the full program go to www.artandabout.com.au