Launching together this October with premium partner ClassBento, Sydney Craft Week is an Australian Design Centre initiative and is the only festival in Sydney dedicated to making by hand.
The ten-day showcase launches on Friday 11 October, and will unite community-led programs across Sydney that are dedicated to celebrating all that is inspiring, innovative and creative.
Open to all ages and levels of interest in craft and design, this year's festival theme, Play, strives to reignite the creativity within us all.
Sydney Craft Week is the perfect chance to take some time alone or together with loved ones, detach from technology and slow down to nourish wellbeing and enhance mindfulness through making.
This year's dynamic program encompasses 57 workshops, 37 exhibitions, 30 open studios, 13 live demonstrations, 13 market and retail events and six talks, all hosted by local businesses and makers reaching from Northern Sydney to Thirroul. ClassBento founders John and Iain are confident that the widespread and varied nature of the program "ensures a dynamic, vibrant arts community and allows everyone to be involved".
The Sydney Craft Week classes bookable via ClassBento - Australia's fastest growing online marketplace for creative workshops - will take place across Sydney's Inner City and Inner West and include a range of diverse workshops such as Sustainable Jewellery, Botanical Embroidery, and Making Your Own Glasses Frames. Each class is a one time only experience to learn from and support your local artisans and let your creative juices flow.
By attending classes you'll be supporting local small businesses and artists and nurturing your creative spirit. Not only that but $1 from every class sale will go towards Dementia Australia, helping fund Australian research and promoting community awareness.
Sydney Craft Week is not only an exciting week of artistic activities but a chance to stay mentally stimulated – promoting brain health and taking the time to discover new passions and reignite the joy of learning.
Check out our Top 12 Workshops at Sydney Craft Week below: bookings are essential and session times will vary - click on the links to find out more!
Rag Rug and Necklace Making Class: Commuter Craft - Ride with us on a crafty coastal train trip (or simply join us at Thirroul Heritage Railway Hall) learning skills that make the most of those hours spent commuting, waiting or killing time. By the end of this creative journey you'll have crafted a fabulous rag rug and made a beautiful collection of polymer clay beads strung as a necklace!
Start planning your Sydney Craft Week adventure today by heading to:
sydneycraftweek.com // @sydneycraftweek
classbento.com.au // @classbento