Parties have been few and far between lately, but if anything deserves a proper send-off, it's the multi-arts event that is the Sydney Biennale.
In honour of the Biennale's final weekend on Cockatoo Island, the legends at Mary's and the natural vino conoisseurs at Newtown's P&V Merchants are throwing a big bash at Cockatoo Island, where a selection of this year's works have been exhibited – in a socially distanced way, of course. You can still see works from the Biennale at other venues around the city, but Sunday, September 6 will be your last shot at seeing those exhibited on the island (and at the Rocks' MCA).
Catch the ferry across on Saturday, September 5 to feast on Mary's burgers and natural wine to the sound of ambient beats. The open-air wine bar will stock a curated selection of funky tipples from cutting-edge local winemakers, from pét-nats to chilled reds and oranges. If you're not into wine, pick from a range of ciders and wild fermented beers. The obvious accompaniment to outdoor bevvies on the harbour? Oysters, naturally. The P&V team will also bring along their best oyster shucker and buckets of the freshest bivalves from Wapengo Rocks on the South Coast.
Sip to the sound of DJ sets by by Dave Bowman and The Presets' Julian Hamilton. Hamilton will be taking the musical reins from 2-4pm, while Bowman will deliver a mix of funk, soul and R’n’B, as well as Japanese ambient micro music, brass street-style tunes from New Orleans and funk-tinged beats from the Middle East. Expect a musical vibe switch-up each hour.
The party runs from 11am-9pm, with ferries departing form Circular Quay to Cockatoo Island regularly throughout the day. It's free to enter, and you can't book – so it's first in, best dressed. The last ferry departs from Cockatoo Island at 11.19pm.
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