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The Rocks Village Bizarre 2015

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A Vaudevillian World of Mystery, Magic, Music and Markets
The Rocks Village Bizarre, The Rocks, Sydney Rocks District
The Rocks Village Bizarre - image courtesy of The Rocks FB


The Rocks is one of Sydney's most interesting colourful urban localities. You will get a sense of Sydney's history as you weave your way around cobblestone laneways, past historic old pub, funky bars, cute cafes and unusual shops. The rocks is also the home of bespoke fashion boutiques, one-off jewellery shops. A cultural hub for art, craft, poets and modern art enthusiasts.

The Rocks Village Bizarre, The Rocks, Sydney Rocks District
The Rocks - image - The Rocks FB


But there is so much more and it's brought to you by The Rocks Village Bizarre. A unique event every Friday evening, 6.30 pm - 10 pm from 13 November until 18 December. The Rocks has been transformed into a vaudevillian world of mystery, magic, music, dance and markets, offering a range of culinary delights. Live entertainment in Vaudevillian style would be featured throughout The Rocks laneways, square and main street.

To discover this special event, I was invited to a media famil. Like most Sydney-siders I had the impression the Rocks area was mainly a tourist attraction, full of a few souvenir shops, cafes and pubs. I had fond memories of when I was a kid, visiting the Argyle Stores building to watch glass blowing, staring at precious gems set in exquisite jewellery and the favourite was, the shell shop where you could buy a real shark's tooth.

The evening started at The Push bar. Instantly I felt the cosy ambience of the bar. I was greeted by the Cardinal Spin public relations team and members of the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority.

The Rocks Village Bizarre, The Rocks, Sydney Rocks District
The Push - Photography by Seafarrwide


Drinks were flowing and tasty morsels were served. The food was delicious. The menu created by Head Chef James Metcalfe offers plenty of delicious food. I hadn't previously been to The Push but after tasting the food, I would definitely return for more.

The Rocks Village Bizarre, The Rocks, Sydney Rocks District
Photography by Seafarrwide


The Rocks Village Bizarre, The Rocks, Sydney Rocks District
Photography by Seafarrwide


The rain was pouring down, this couldn't dampen the excitement we all felt in being amongst the first to enjoy The Rocks Village Bizarre. So with food in our bellies, wine relaxing the tension of the week, we set off with umbrellas in arms and cameras at the ready.

The Rocks Village Bizarre, The Rocks, Sydney Rocks District
Photography by Seafarrwide


Almost immediately we came across a performance artist inside the shop window of UGG. Jackson Davis shimmering in style. He will be in the UGG shop window 13, 20, 27 Nov 6.30pm - 9.15pm

The Rocks Village Bizarre, The Rocks, Sydney Rocks District
Performer Jackson Davis - Ugg - Photography by Seafarrwide


The rain kept coming, no one seemed to care. The Rocks appeared busy regardless of the weather.

The Rocks Village Bizarre, The Rocks, Sydney Rocks District
Photography by Seafarrwide


The next live mannequin was dancer and actress Natalia Ladyko in the window of high fashion retailer Cosette. Her scintillating moves showed us the potential of an outfit like we'd never imagined. You can see her every Friday 6.45pm - 9.30pm on 13, 20, 27 Nov at Cosette and Deadly Companions shop 4,11,18 December.

The Rocks Village Bizarre, The Rocks, Sydney Rocks District
Miss Ladyko - Natalie Ladyko - Photography by Seafarrwide


As we wandered further, we could hear voices coming from two Lamp posts. At first you think they are just ordinary Lamp posts until you get a little closer. Talking Lampoosts, singing and discussing all manner of things - you can see and hear them 13, 20 November & 11 December 6.30 pm - 10 pm.

The Rocks Village Bizarre, The Rocks, Sydney Rocks District
Talking Lampposts - Photography by Seafarrwide


Next we came across Henrietta Bird representing the Kukyalandji people of far North Queensland. Her dance expresses a story in the shop window of hand-made designer Wendy Murray. You can see her every Friday 6.30pm - 9.15pm.

The Rocks Village Bizarre, The Rocks, Sydney Rocks District
Henrietta Baird - Photography by Seafarrwide


Everyone was loving the window performances. Some performances are only on certain nights. Click here for the full program.

The Rocks Village Bizarre, The Rocks, Sydney Rocks District
Photography by Seafarrwide


In the shop front of men's fashion store Joe Bananas we found French-Australian dance artist Cloé Fournier. Her quirky bold moves were riveting.

The Rocks Village Bizarre, The Rocks, Sydney Rocks District
Cloé Fournier - Photography by Seafarrwide


The Rocks Village Bizarre, The Rocks, Sydney Rocks District
Photography by Seafarrwide


Lurking against the shop fronts were a motley crew. The Sepia Jezebels tried to charm us with their beauty. You will find them roaming the streets every Friday 6.30 pm - 10 pm 13 November - 18 December.

The Rocks Village Bizarre, The Rocks, Sydney Rocks District
Sepia Jezebals - Photography by Seafarrwide


The rain kept streaming down, but no one seemed to care. We were mesmerized by the different performances.

The Rocks Village Bizarre, The Rocks, Sydney Rocks District
Photography by Seafarrwide


Further up Greenway Lane, we found the Lady from Orient. Paul Cordeiro plays with gender and sexuality with a demure dance inspired by an exotic painting.

The Rocks Village Bizarre, The Rocks, Sydney Rocks District
Lady from Orient - Paul Cordeiro - Photography by Seafarrwide


The Rocks Village Bizarre, The Rocks, Sydney Rocks District
Paul Cordeiro - Photography by Seafarrwide


On a good weather night, you would also be browsing through all the night markets. So many great gift ideas and delicious food to buy. As it was still raining, we hurried on to the Rocks centre.

I came across some girls that had been transformed. I think they were from the Take a Shot installation. At Take a Shot, you can choose your party persona—The Daredevil, The Explorer, The Lover or The Party Animal—sign a contract promising to inhabit those characteristics, take your mocktail shot, and embrace your true party alter-ego for the next hour.

The Rocks Village Bizarre, The Rocks, Sydney Rocks District
Photography by Seafarrwide


Inside the Rocks Centre, you can be dressed in a fabulous costume at Kamikaze Couture (13 Nov, 11 & 18 Dec 6.30 pm - 1 pm), all for free and get some great selfies.

The Rocks Village Bizarre, The Rocks, Sydney Rocks District
Kamikaze Couture - Photography by Seafarrwide


The Rocks Village Bizarre, The Rocks, Sydney Rocks District
Kamikaze Couture - Photography by Seafarrwide


You can dress up like any character you wish. Why not Carmen Miranda!

The Rocks Village Bizarre, The Rocks, Sydney Rocks District
Kamikaze Couture - Photography by Seafarrwide


Of course, no fancy dress outfit would be without a free 15 minute makeover at the Glitta Supernova's Parlour Bizarre. Places are limited, it's a good idea to register early in the evening. (Available 13, 27 Nov, 11 & 18 December 6.30pm -10pm).

The Rocks Village Bizarre, The Rocks, Sydney Rocks District
Glitta Supernova - Photography by Seafarrwide


Everywhere you look something is going on. Provocateurs dance and perform with music from junkyard instruments.

The Rocks Village Bizarre, The Rocks, Sydney Rocks District
Cabaret Sasquatch - Photography by Seafarrwide


If you like dancing in total darkness, then you can spice it up inside the No Lights No Lycra room. There are no lights, just free movement. 45 minute sessions (7.45pm -8.45pm)

Of course, the rocks wouldn't be with-out a crazy character like Professor Mac, The Snake Oil Merchant.

The Rocks Village Bizarre, The Rocks, Sydney Rocks District
Professor Mac The Snake Oil Merchant - Photography by Seafarrwide


Even walking in the rain through the Playfair Street terrace area gives a nostalgic feeling of what the rocks was once like.

The Rocks Village Bizarre, The Rocks, Sydney Rocks District
Photography by Seafarrwide


The Rocks Village Bizarre, The Rocks, Sydney Rocks District
Photography by Seafarrwide


There is so much to see. We couldn't cover everything as we were all starting to feel soaked through. A quick glance at the Cabaret Sasquatch on the Dodge Truck stage then onto Vaudevillia.

The Rocks Village Bizarre, The Rocks, Sydney Rocks District
Cabaret Sasquatch - Photography by Seafarrwide


Vaudevillia is an outdoor lounge bar where you can chill out, listen to a live band and watch the show. You can enjoy a few beers from the Rocks Brewing company, or a cocktail. See some hilarious crazy circus performances from Slide Lounge.

The Rocks Village Bizarre, The Rocks, Sydney Rocks District
Vaudevillia by Slide Lounge - Photography by Seafarrwide


The Rocks Village Bizarre, The Rocks, Sydney Rocks District
Photography by Seafarrwide


The Rocks Village Bizarre, The Rocks, Sydney Rocks District
Photography by Seafarrwide


You might find after all the shenanigans, you have worked up a feisty appetite. Right in the heart of the Rocks is Pony Dining. This restaurant situated in the historic bond warehouse on the corner of Argyle Street and Kendal Lane. This great establishment is widely regarded as the pioneers of the wood fire grill. The building has been beautifully restored, featuring a large open kitchen with a pony hide clad counter. The heritage brick walls are covered with commissioned woven art hangings creating a truly unique place to dine.

The Rocks Village Bizarre is a fantastic event that unveils the precinct as you have never seen it before. Exciting immersive performances, culinary delights to tastes, unusual art installations and surprise encounters with captivating characters in shop front windows and street corners. For six weeks, you will be entertained for free, opening your eyes and hearts to how unique a visit to The Rocks can be. If you previously thought of The Rocks as just a tourist attraction, after a visit to the Rocks Village Bizarre - you will conclude it is also a destination for anyone who wants to have fun day or evening.

Despite the rain, I thoroughly enjoyed my experience of The Rocks Village Bizarre and will definitely be back to visit on another occasion.

The Rocks Village Bizarre, The Rocks, Sydney Rocks District
Photography by Seafarrwide


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Why? Experience The Rocks Vaudeville Style
When: Friday 13 November - Friday 18 December, 6.30pm -10pm
Phone: (02) 9240 8500
Where: The Rocks, Sydney
Cost: Free
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