Whoever said the User Pays principle should rule your social life? At Weekend Notes we've ferreted out more freebies so that during May you can leave the credit card under lock and key while getting in touch with your foodie, musical, community and decorator sides. You might want to don your berets because there's a serious leaning towards the artistic in this month's offerings.
The Australian Galleries at the Art Gallery of NSW have been redesigned and the Open Weekend 2012 will be celebrating their re-opening in style with entertainment, talks, cinema and workshops. There is also a big program of live music over the weekend. And of course you can check out the new gallery. When: Saturday 12 May 10am to 9pm and Sunday 13 May 10am to 5pm. Where: Art Gallery of NSW What's On: Highlights include talks on the Australian Collection, music performances by Jane Rutter and Holly Throsby and interactive storytelling. More Information: You can access the Saturday program here and the Sunday program here.
Home, Food and Wine Weekend
If it's got anything to do with decorating, entertaining, cooking or gardening you'll probably find it at the Home, Food and Wine Weekend, Sydney's premier free home festival. Every hour industry insiders will present workshops, talks and demonstrations to entertain, educate and enthuse you. You can be taught by the professionals and it won't cost you a cent.
When: Friday 4 May to Sunday 6 May Where: Byron Kennedy Hall, Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park, Sydney What's On: You can meet the editors of some of Australia's most popular lifestyle magazines, enjoy wine tastings, learn how to make pavlovas and macarons, and create an outdoor living area. More Information: The full program is available here.You can register by clicking on the events of your choice.
There is also a range of competitions you can enter online here for fantastic and valuable prizes.
Arte de Cuba: Celebrating the Spirit of Cuba
If you think of countries with traditions of great art Cuba probably wouldn't immediately spring to mind.The Arte de Cuba exhibition will change that view, showcasing the talent, diversity and vibrancy of young artists from all over Cuba. And, just to emphasise the diversity angle, it will be held at the premises of Soka Gakkai International, the home of Nichiren Buddhism.
When: Exhibition launch Friday 25 May - 6.30pm for 7pm start. Exhibition runs from Saturday 26 May to Friday 8 June 10am to 4pm. Where: Soka Gakkai International Australia, Unit 3, 3 Parkview Drive, Homebush Bay What's On: Exhibition Launch with a live Cuban band, light refreshments and an address by the Cuban Ambassador Pedro Monzon. More Information: The launch is a free event but bookings are essential. Book by emailing email@example.com. The exhibition is free.
In 2012 Your Expos are providing six different free community expos throughout Sydney and the Central Coast. Your Northern Beaches Expo will be hitting town in May providing a free day out for the whole family with something for everyone.
When: Saturday 26 May 10 am to 5pm and Sunday 27 May 10am to 4pm. Where: Northern Beaches Indoor Sports Centre, Jacksons Road, Warriewood. What's On: 5 separate shows in one venue: Home Show, Retired Life, Pets Expo, All Woman, and Camping and Outdoors. A range of local businesses will present their wares and there will be cooking demonstrations, fashion parades and three stages with live entertainment. There will also be prizes and giveaways. More Information: Visit the website here.
The Wool Modern exhibition is part of the Prince Of Wales' (yes, old Chuckles himself) international Campaign For Wool, which aims to support the wool industry. It's described as "a celebration of wool in the 21st Century" and showcases creative approaches to the use of wool.
When: Thursday May 3 to June 2012 Where: Queen Victoria Building, George Street, Sydney What's On: See "the modern, innovative and avant garde use of wool throughout creative industries". Sounds intriguing but a little short on detail. Be assured that with the involvement of designers like Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Collette Dinnigan and Akira Isogawa, you'll probably see the sublime and the ridiculous. More Information: See the website here.