Sydney is positively swimming with festivities this December. The most popular are obviously those that are Christmas related, such as the plethora of free Christmas Carols events around town. If you fancy some outdoor movies and are prepared to pay there are also plenty of places for you to get your cinematic fix. But if you're all ho ho ho'd out you can still find some fabulous free events with nary a sign of Santa, Rudolph, Christmas carols or celebrity singers.
Free Courtyard Sessions @ The Seymour Centre
Summer is the perfect time in Sydney for lazy evening music gigs in the great outdoors. This summer The Seymour Centre is providing the perfect venue under the trees, as well as a truckload of new and emerging indie musical talent for your Friday night enjoyment at its very popular Courtyard Sessions.
When: Friday evenings from 23 November 2012 to 22 March 2013. Sessions from 6pm to 9pm. Where: Seymour Centre Courtyard, the corner of Cleveland Street and City Road, Chippendale in the University of Sydney campus. More Information: Visit the website here or the Facebook page here.
Cultural Festivals at Darling Harbour
Not one, but two cultural festivals will be celebrated at Darling Harbour this December and they couldn't be more diverse.
First up is the Sydney Armenian Festival. Not that you'd know it based on the exploits of the world's most famous Armenians (the Kardashians), Armenia actually has a very rich and ancient cultural history. You can find out all about it on 9 December when traditional arts, music, dance, craft and food will all be part of the festivities. And the bonus is that there won't be a Kardashian in sight - well, at least not one of those Kardashians.
One week later things will be turning Japanese at Darling Harbour for the annual Japanese Festival. This colourful cultural explosion will include the Japan Expo and will showcase traditional and contemporary performance, Japanese food, tourism and arts. I think the real highlight will be the delightfully named Yakuta Beauty and Hunky Contest. How could you resist?
When: Sunday 16 December from 10am to 7pm Where: Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour More Information: Visit the website here.
Free Introductory Acting Workshops @ Actors Centre Australia
If you think you're going to need some great acting skills to get through Christmas lunch with the in-laws then the Free Introductory Acting Workshop could be for you. The 2 hour workshops, which are only available twice a year, are presented by The Actors Centre Australia's Founding and Creative Director, Dean Carey who, it's worth noting, taught Hugh Jackman everything he knows. Now there's a man with acting creds.
When: Tuesday 4 December at 7.30pm and Saturday 8 December at 2.30pm. Where: Actors Centre Australia Theatre, corner of Devonshire and Crown Streets, Surry Hills. More Information: Visit the website here.
The Drama of Korean Cinema @ Cinema on the Park Every Thursday evening since February the Korean Cultural Office has presented Cinema on the Park, a unique, and free, peek into the world of Korean movie-making. And what a world it is. Each month explores a new genre and in December you can see the best of Korean Drama.
Image from Cinema on the Park Facebook page.
When: Thursdays 6, 13 and 20 December. Doors open at 6pm, and movies begin at 6.30pm. Where: Korean Cultural Office, 255 Elizabeth Street, Sydney. More Information: See the program here. Entry is free but you must book either online here or by phoning (02) 8267 3477.
UpRaw Pop-up Art Exhibition
UpRaw began life began life as an online showcase and shop for for the works of new and emerging artists from around the world. It's kicking off its Sydney presence with a pop-up exhibition and shopfront. If you've always fancied the idea of becoming an art collector but those exorbitant price tags have stymied your vision, then this could be where you unearth the next big thing in Australian art, and get it hanging on your wall. Not just collectors, but all art lovers are welcome to peruse the pieces on show.