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.

‘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.