There's a lot to celebrate about living in Sydney, and one of the reasons for celebration is the proliferation of free entertainment. On any given weekend you'll find festivals, community get togethers and free demonstrations and displays all around the city. My nose for free events has this month led me to entertainment related to arts, history, music, fashion, bikes and green living. Enjoy, and it won't cost you a cent.
World Musician Day
Music. Where would we be without its ability to stir, to soothe and to entertain? So it seems only fitting to have a day set aside to honour those whose technical expertise gives us so much. Enter World Musician Day, a worldwide celebration of all people musical. 2 stages will feature the ten headline acts and there will also be other spaces for up to 40 acts to sign up on the day. These ad hoc performers will be eligible for the $1,000 Peoples Choice Jammer Award. the event will also incorporate arts and crafts and yoga workshops.
When: Saturday 6 April from 12 noon to 5pm. The event may need to be rescheduled if wet weather causes safety issues. A decision will be made at 9.30 am on 6 April and updates will be posted to the Facebook page.
As part of the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA) the City of Sydney is running a special festival "live" site in the centre of Sydney at Martin Place -Sydney is Fashion. You don't need to worry if you didn't get an invitation to the exclusive events or if you can't afford tickets. Runway shows are accessible by the public via Martin Place's big screen. And as an added bonus you can even purchase food and drinks courtesy of the pop-up bar, run by Double Bay's fashionable Pelicano eatery.
It may be called the Smart Arts Mini Fest but there's nothing mini about the talent on display. This celebration of youth culture and arts is run by young people for young people. It launches with a street party on Friday 5 April that includes theatre, art, installations and live music, and continues with an art exhibition and free art workshops throughout April.
We've had pop-up bars and pop-up restaurants, but I think we can safely claim that this is the first time Sydney has been home to a pop-up windmill. "What's it for?", I hear you ask. For four autumn weeks The Rocks Windmill Pop Up will be home to workshops, performance, films, music and more, connecting the present firmly to the area's colourful past. There's everything from Shakespeare to Secret Music Nights, and workshops to walks. You'll have to hurry, though because some events have already sold out.
Obviously this community festival has something to do with cycling. But that's not all the organisers have up their sleeves. The East Side Ride, presented by Eastside Radio 89.7 FM, The City of Sydney and Centennial Parklands, is also about green living and live music. They like to think of it as "Dancing on those pedals", but that should probably only be practised by the very experienced.
Three hubs will be setup: Cycling with displays from Bicycle NSW, Sydney Bike Polo, Sydney Electric Bikes and bike and bikewear retailers, along with bike advice and information.
Green Living with an edible kids' garden, food from a range of organic producers and information about the green 3 Rs - reduce, reuse, recycle.
Live Music with performances by Lily Dior, dig (Directions in Groove), King Tide and DJs from Eastside Radio.