We’ve got your weekly infusion of fun sorted with these weekend adventures to brand-spanking-new art exhibitions, spicy neighbourhood festivals and exciting performances across unusual stages. If out-there experiences like Eskimo Dance and Liveworks don’t get your blood pumping, spend your free 48 hours in the fresh air seeking out the most spectacular waterfalls around Sydney or the most scenic walking routes. If the sun gives us a little extra shine, head to a nearby ocean pool, and if stormy clouds prevail, tick off one or two of the 101 things to do indoors in Sydney. RECOMMENDED: The best day trips from Sydney.
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Many have called Woolloomooloo’s historic Gunnery Building ‘home’ over the years, including squatting artists in the ’80s. Appropriately enough, it’s now (legitimately) home to several arts organisations. Artspace moved into the Gunnery way back in 1992 and quickly established it as a hotspot of Sydney’s contemporary art scene. Its annual program includes exhibitions, artist residencies, talks and symposiums, and the publication of artist monographs. The current director of Artspace is Alexie Glass-Kantor.
As daylight starts to stretch on past quitting time and we emerge from our bubble of scarves and snow trips, Sydney is reborn with a plethora of exciting events. There’s major arts and culture festivals like Sydney Fringe and the Underground Film Festival, plus beloved neighbourhood celebrations like the popular Surry Hills Festival, the Cabramatta Moon Festival and the newly budding Camden Garden Festival. Plus there’s that hint of salty, summery expectation in the air. Don't forget, it’s Father’s Day on Sunday September 2 and school holidays from September 29.
Pocket City Farms is a not-for-profit, turning disused spaces into sustainable farms in the middle of the city. The project started out six years ago, looking for suitable locations to grow food – focusing on underused spaces like rooftops – but to their surprise the first viable location was a former bowling green. “We didn’t think we would be lucky enough to find somewhere at ground level,” says co-founder and farm manager Michael ‘Zag’ Zagoridis, 34, who tells us the main challenges of transforming the old Camperdown Bowling Green into a working vegetable farm included removing compacted grass and making sure the soil was tested for chemicals and heavy metals usually found on greens. “We’ve done various soil tests and found that the soil is really clean – cleaner than our backyard,” says co-founder and general manager Emma Bowen, 33, also Zag’s partner. “Weeds are little miracle workers.” To combat the lack of nutrition in the soil, the team (which includes Karen Erdos, Adrian Baiada and Luke Heard) built a temporary compost bay, which they used to make green manure that helps to put nutrients back in the ground. Once the site is more established, it’ll operate on a closed loop system with a greenhouse that turns over five cubic metres of compost per week. Food scraps come from the restaurant on site, Acre, plus leftovers can be brought in by locals through a community-composting program. They’ve got chooks on site too, which is fun for kids and handy for composting.