The Rockdale Arts Festival will run from Saturday March 16 to Sunday March 24, featuring a range of arts events, workshops, activities and exhibitions throughout Rockdale City. The event is very family friendly and won't cost you a thing.
Cook Up a Poem
Taking place a few days before the festival officially begins, on Wednesday March 13, this event will be hosted by writer and poet Margaret Owen Ruckert at Rockdale City Library, from 1.00pm to 3.00pm. You will listen to some short poems on a variety of themes (but particularly focusing on food) and then try your hand at writing your own. Bookings can be made online here.
creARTivity This all-ages event marks the launch of the Rockdale Arts Festival and features elements promoting Harmony Day. Activities will include craft workshops, art displays by local artists, live music, sport, cupcake decorating, indigenous sand art, a circus playground and pop-up exhibitions, all taking place in Arncliffe Park, Arncliffe, on Sunday March 17, from 11.30am to 3.30pm.
Running for the length of the festival, at Cook Park in Kyeemagh, this outdoor sculpture walk will offer the public an opportunity to see the finalists of the 2013 Rockdale Outdoor Gallery Art Prize.
For those who get inspired by the works, there will also be sculpture workshops at the park on Sunday March 24, between 11.00am and 3.00pm, which are suitable for the whole family.
African Drumming Workshops These free workshops will be hosted by Soul Drummer and will run on Tuesday 19 March, at 5.30pm and 6.30pm, at Bexley Community Centre. Bookings can be made by phoning 9562 1633 or clicking here.
Art Attack – An Inner City Art Tour On this tour you will explore the White Rabbit Gallery and learn about Brett Whitely's life and art at the Brett Whitely Studio in Chippendale. It will run on Thursday March 21, from 9.00am to 5.00pm. Bookings are essential and they can be made by calling Rockdale City Council on 9562 1666.
Word Sculpture Youth Event
An event for those 13 years and older, Word Sculpture involves picking a word, choosing materials and creating a sculpture with others. It will run on Thursday March 21, from 4.00pm to 6.00pm, at Rockdale City Library. Bookings can be made online here.
Shopfront Open Day Shopfront is a contemporary arts centre where youth under 25 years can create themselves. It will be holding an open day on Saturday March 23, from 11.00am to 1.00pm, giving families a chance to see what it's got planned in 2013 and get an insight into its Saturday workshop program.
Pop-up Artisan Market Taking place along the foreshore at Cook Park, this market is a place to discover emerging artists and craftspeople, who will be showcasing their original designs and handmade works. It will take place on Sunday 24 March, from 10.00am to 3.00pm.