Clan is a new photographic book by renowned dance photographer Greg Barrett, in collaboration with Bangarra’s Artistic Director Stephen Page. It celebrates the past, present and future of the company, brilliantly captured in more than 150 striking images - part physical, part spiritual.

Bangarra’s current priority for improving development capacity is to implement a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system. This will enhance and streamline the development of Bangarra's multi-disciplinary programs, providing the company with the necessary, capacity to grow their relationships with audiences and supporters.

Their objective is to raise $50,000+ by February 2014 for a new CRM system, to be matched by Creative Partnerships Australia in the Plus1 Project,  a new initiative to assist not-for-profit arts organisations. This means that every dollar you pledge to Bangarra is worth two - and every dollar helps!

The 19th Biennale is seeking enthusiastic volunteers to join their team from February to July 2014. Biennale volunteers have the chance to go behind the scenes, meet like-minded people and interact with artists from around the world. If you love art and enjoy engaging with the public, you can apply now to be a part of the 19th Biennale of Sydney. Volunteers will assist across various areas, including exhibition, public and education programs, and market research. For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

And if you’d like to mix with Biennale artists, supporters and international celebrities of the art world, you can buy your ticket to Sydney’s biggest art party for just $150. Or if you become a Friend of the Biennale for $250, you’ll receive these great benefits:

Amplify your art is a professional development grant program for NSW artists with disability, designed to assist individual artists in all art forms to further their practice through professional development. 

Previous recipients have undertaken a range of skills development projects in art forms including sculpture, poetry, dance, ceramics, music, print-making and digital media.

The Barangaroo Delivery Authority has announced that it is preparing a planning application seeking to modify the Concept Plan for Barangaroo Central, and on 11 November released an online display of the Central Barangaroo revised MasterPlan framework. (HERE)

After the application is lodged in the next few months, it will be assessed by the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure (DoPI)
The aim of the new Master Plan is to “ensure that Central is a vibrant, active and accessible part of the wider precinct with welcoming public spaces and a diverse mix of residential, commercial civic and cultural uses.”

Walsh Bay and WBAC are always pleased to welcome newcomers, especially dynamic entrepreneurs like Nathan Kam and co-owner Zenta Staley, who have just opened Hickson’s Wine Bar at 17 Hickson Road, opposite Pier 7.

Both have connections with Firefl,y the previous occupants of this space, but as this is their first business venture and they don’t intend to be influenced by the past, it has just been completely refurbished : “Our philosophy is to bring more energy to one of Sydney’s first waterfront wine bars…. we wanted to utilise the obvious benefits of the space but make it more approachable by providing seasonal sharing plates, paired with a wine list that supports smaller growers who make their own wines.

An action plan to encourage more live music in Sydney has just been released - a “first” for NSW. It aims to create fresh opportunities for musicians and performers and overcome obstacles, addressing issues such as regulatory barriers, the availability of space to rehearse and perform, developing new audiences and providing opportunities for young people to enjoy and play live music.

The Live Music Matters action plan is the work of an 11-member Live Music and Performance Taskforce set up in December 2012 by the City of Sydney to revive Sydney’s live music and performance scene. It follows an exhaustive investigation into why live music and performance is under increasing pressure in Sydney Taskforce chair and Co-Director of the National Live Music Office, John Wardle, said the plan was the most thorough attempt yet made to resolve issues around live music..“A cultural planning policy that addresses both regulation and development of the live music and performance sector has never been undertaken on this level before”.

What if you were becoming obsolete – and weren’t aware of it? That was the question leading trend analyst Michael McQueen put to Chamber and local business representatives at the Lord Mayor Chamber Forum on November 7. 

Michael has spent the past decade tracking the dominant trends shaping society, business and culture, and has helped some of the world’s best-known brands navigate change and stay in front.