Autumn has well and truly settled in, but the fourth month of the year has its seasonal highlights to keep us entertained. There’s LOLs aplenty at the annual Comedy Festival, cute animals and fairground rides at the Royal Easter Show and school holidays keep parents on their toes. Plus, it's ANZAC Day, so you'll want to know where to play two-up, and most of us get four days off over Easter, so it's the perfect time for a short getaway.
April's biggest events
The Ritz in Randwick is one of Sydney's true architectural gems, built in 1937 and one of only two Art Deco cinemas left in Sydney. A visit here can bring lustre to any film. To mark the 80th birthday of the Ritz, they have programmed a season of nine all-time Hollywood greats spanning 1939 to 1967, all of them digitally restored and all of them must-sees for everyone who loves movies.
Rising Minds is a global think-tank and free monthly talk series that currently has outposts in London, New York and Toronto. Australian founder Drew Smith, who previously ran Creative Mornings in London, says bringing the series to Sydney is a sort of like a “homecoming” for him. he talks aim to stimulate debate, share ideas and ruminate on the futures of business, technology and culture, and where these three pillars intersect.
Many know of the tragic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD that buried the Italian cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum under volcanic ash and debris. The cities and their residents were preserved for almost 2,000 years under the Earth’s surface, and have since become tourist destinations in their own right. But it's a little-known story of bravery that will soon take centre stage in an upcoming exhibition at the Australian National Maritime Museum.
Just an hour away from Sydney’s CBD, Dharawal National Park provides stunning scenery and an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Until recently, public access to the bushland was restricted, now you can enjoy guided tours of the park every second Saturday of the month. The 90-minute walks are designed for people of all fitness levels and there are options for children as well as wheelchair accessible tours. Guiding the way will be an Aboriginal Discovery Ranger who will share local knowledge about flora and fauna along the way, as well as Dreamtime stories that connect Indigenous Australians to the area.
Held at the Royal Randwick Racecourse every Sunday, the Fair Farmers Market will sell locally sourced and competitively priced produce from family farms. Helmed by fresh fruit and veggie company For Goodness Sake, the market will feature 50 stalls with a broad choice of sustainably sourced, ethically produced meat, seafood, eggs and dairy, including goods from Country Valley Diary, Jenny Brown’s free range eggs and Serendipity Ice Cream.
A cloud hangs over White Rabbit’s foyer this autumn, a nebulous grey form by New York-based artist Lin Yan. Suspended from the ceiling by black strings (which she conceives of as rain), the piece is made from handmade ‘xuan’ paper – polluted with grey ink, tire tracks, brick rubbings and other vestiges of the industrial world. A smaller cloud form hands above it, almost at ceiling height; at the back of the foyer space hang long strips of pristine creamy-white xuan paper.