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Five Free April Events in Sydney

There's a surprising and eclectic mix of free events in Sydney this April. Beer, art, cinema and music all contribute to your freewheeling fortunes this month. So exercise your free will, and enjoy your free time freeloading.

Japanese Cinema Week

In 2012 The Japan Foundation Sydney will be showcasing Japanese cinema during the April, June and September school holidays. Broaden your horizons beyond Godzilla and Gamera and be introduced to the best of contemporary Japanese cinema.

When: Monday 16 to Friday 20 April.
Where: Japan Foundation Multipurpose Room, Shop 23, Level 1, Chifley Plaza, 2 Chifley Square, Sydney.
What's On: Movies for children will screen at 2pm and movies for adults at 6.30 pm throughout the week. All films are in Japanese with English subtitles.
More Information: You can download a program here. Admission is free but bookings are essential. Email or phone 02 8239 0055. Website

Paddy's Hop Harvest Festival

Paddy's Brewery at the Markets Hotel, Flemington, will really be hopping at its beer festival with a difference. While there''ll be plenty of beer on offer the focus is well and truly on the humble hop (the secret behind all good beers).

When: Saturday 21 April, 11am to 5 pm.
Where: Paddy's Brewery, Markets Hotel, 268 Parramatta Road, Flemington.
What's On: Entry to the festival is free but middies will sell for $3.00. You can meet industry experts, learn about hops, and taste fine craft beer from NSW local and regional brewers. Those represented include Black Duck, Happy Goblin, Rocks Brewing, HopDog BeerWorks, Paddy's Brewery and many more.
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Kaldor Public Art Projects Parlour

Kaldor Public Art Projects have been presenting the work of international artists in public spaces for forty years. Parlour is a very different way to experience The Dailies, a new artwork by Thomas Demand. There will be cocktails, workshops, talks, films, DJs, games and model-making. Who said art wasn't fun? Come along for some adventures in art and design.

When:Thursday evenings 5, 12 and 19 April from 5.30pm to 9pm.
Where: Levels 1 and 2, the Commercial Travellers' Association (CTA Club), Martin Place, Sydney
What's On: Each Parlour will have a different theme and events. 5 April is The Doppelgänger Parlour
, exploring doubles, 12 April is Parlour Kino Sydney, featuring crowd-sourced videos and 19 April is The Mirror Parlour.
More Information: Admission is free but you must register here.

River Rhythms

Mic Conway's National Junk Band

Unfortunately I missed this one in my March report, but I'm making up for it now. This free concert series sets Sundays swinging with some of Sydney's favourite soul, jazz, blues, rock and folk performers in the historic setting of Newington Armory Wharf, formerly the Royal Australian Naval Armament Depot, and now a thriving community arts precinct.

When: Sundays 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 April from 1pm to 4pm
Where: Newington Armory. Access via Jamieson Street, Newington. Free parking available at the adjacent Blaxland Riverside Park.
What's On: Artists include Pat Powell, Andy Baylor's Cajun Combo, Dan Barnett Quartet, Mic Conway's National Junk Band and the colourfully named Pugsley Buzzard
More Information: Access the full program here.

Korean Cultural Office Cinema on the Park

The Korean Cultural Office's Cinema on the Park program was Sydney's surprise social success last year. Films are shown every Thursday evening from February to June.

When:Thursday evenings 5, 12, 19 and 26 April at 6.30pm.
Where: Korean Cultural Office, Ground Floor, 255 Elizabeth Street, Sydney (Opposite Hyde Park).
What's On: The theme for April's offerings is dramatic relationships. All films are in Korean with English subtitles.
More Information: Admission is free but bookings are essential. Download a program and book online here or phone (02) 8267 3477. Website
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Why? Quality entertainment you won't need the credit card for.
When: Throughout April
Where: Various venues. See article for details.
Cost: Free
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What are the free things to do in April? Where can I find details about them please?
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