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Published September 29th 2014
Your Guide to the Best Free and Affordable Things to See and Do in October



September had awoken the festival heart of Sydney. With Spring in full swing, October brings a month celebrating the arts, good food and top films in Sydney. Delight you senses everyday starting with the best of local, regional and international gastronomy courtesy of Sydney Good Food Month and Omnivore World Tour Sydney; indulge in the 'Art & About' you and celebrate the unexpected and unconventional with PACT centre for emerging artists; experience the best movies from Italy and documentaries from around the world and here in Australia; take a family trip to a galaxy far far away on the Millennium Falcon; and even get help to grow your business. Whatever you choose, make your October the best ever with these top picks of not-to-be-missed festivals and cultural events.

Sydney Good Food Month
The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Month
Photo courtesy of Fairfax Media

One of the largest food festival in Australia returns with a month long celebration of the best restaurants, cafes, bars and producers in Sydney and the region. Presented by Citibank and supported by the City of Sydney, the Sydney Good Food Month will also showcase world-class chefs such as Australia-born David Thompson whose Bangkok restaurant 'Nahm' was top of Asia's 50 best Restaurants and 13 on the World's 50 Best. He was recently in Singapore for the Epicurean Market. Check out the exciting line up of venue-based events and offers including pop-ups, parties, bar hops, talks, workshops, tours, 'Let's Do Lunch' and 'Hats Off Dinners' from the event website or phone: 02 9282 2833 for more information.

Date: 1 to 31 October 2014
Venue: Various locations around Sydney
Cost: Varies with venue and dining programme
Web: Your text goes here

Omnivore World Tour Sydney

Omnivore sydney
Photo courtesy of Omnivore


Celebrating young chefs and culinary innovation is what the Omnivore World Tour is all about. Held at iconic Maritime Museum, this 4-day festival of "young cuisine" presents a series of dinner, master classes and evening events that pair international and local chefs. Some of the culinary greats include Australia's Carla Jones of 4Fourteen, Nathan Sasi of Nomad and Josh Niland of Fish Face. International guest chefs joining the festival include Morgan Mc Glone, Pierre Sang, Julien Burlat et Julien Bobichon and Gita Seaton. Tickets start from $45 and are on sale via Mostix.

Date: 2 to 5 October 2014
Venue: Australian National Maritime Museum, 2 Murray Street Darling Harbour 2009
Cost: Varies based on event
Web: www.omnivore.com/sydney

Star Wars Reads Day

Kinokuniya Sydney star wars read day
Photo courtesy of Kinokuniya


You've seen the movies. You've seen the cartoons. You;ve probably bought the toys too. But have you ever attended a reading event on Star Wars? For one day only, you and your family can now enjoy more of Star Wars as Kinokuniya bookstore is transformed into something from another galaxy for the inaugural Star Wars Reads Day in Australia.

Make your way to the bookstore at George Street on 11 October and join Star Wars authors, artists and fans for a day of fun activities, competitions and photo opportunities with Darth Vader, Storm Troopers and Jedis. Kids can also dress up as their favourite Star Wars characters and participate in the costume parade. Best of all, this event is FREE. All you need is to pre-register on the day to take part in selected competitions. For more information, check out the website or phone: 02 9262 7996.

Date: 11 October, 11am to 4pm
Venue: Books Kinokuniya, Level 2, The Galeries, 500 George Street Sydney 2000
Cost: Free
Web: www.facebook.com/KinokuniyaSydney

Lavazza Italian Film Festival
Lavazza Italian Film Festival & Nadir Caselli
Nadir Caselli / Photo courtesy of Lavazza Italian Film Festival

Lavazza Italian Film Festival returns to Sydney to thrill fans of cinema Italiano, the local Italian community and movie goers. Festival Director Elysia Zeccola-Hill has curated a line up of 35 show-stopping new features and documentaries and one glamorous classic from Italy to share with local fans, movie goers and the Italian community. She has also brought Italian screen goddess, Nadir Caselli to open the Festival.

In addition to Sydney, the Festival will also tour Melbourne, Perth, Fremantle, Brisbane, Bryon Bay, Adelaide and Hobart. Make a date with the best of Italian cinema in the various Palace Cinemas before the Festival ends on 12 October. For more information on the schedule, check out the Festival website.

Date: Till 12 October 2014
Venue: Palace Norton Street, Palace Verona and Chauvel Cinema
Cost: Palace Movie Club Members $15.00, Adult $19.00, Concession $16.50
Web: www.italianfilmfestival.com.au/venues/sydney

Art & About Sydney

US by James Dive, The Glue Society
US by James Dive, The Glue Society / Photo courtesy of City of Sydney


Starting in September, this collaborative arts festival that transforms every street, laneway, building site, intersection and thoroughfare in Sydney into a canvas for creation and storytelling continues into October. Highlights include 'Us by James Dive, The Glue Society' which invites you to be part of a group photograph with people you've never met before and become part of a digital archive; 'Bodies in Urban Spaces by Willi Dorner' gets people to recognise the changes in our architectural environment by using cramming brightly clothed human bodies into doorways, alcoves and any gap available in the CBD; and 'The Walking Neighbourhood' where kids will take adults on a 90 minute tour of city streets including Kings Cross and Redfern and sharing their thoughts and experiences of the neighbourhoods. Check out the various events, talks, workshops, installations and performance for adults and families before the festival ends.

Date: Till 12 October
Venue: Various locations around Sydney
Cost: Free admission
Web: www.artandabout.com.au

Antenna Documentary Film Festival
Antenna Documentary Film Festival
Photo courtesy of Antenna Documentary Film Festival

Supported by City of Sydney, the Antenna Documentary Film Festival returns for a 4th year. This year's programme promises a jam-packed schedule of international guests, industry talks, retrospective screenings, cash prize awards and other special events.

All this is in addition to a line up of 35 feature length films from more than 20 countries packed full of adventure, human spirit, compassion and a good dose of some very bizarre tales. Don't miss the opportunity to catch the very best documentaries from around the world and Australia. Check out the Festival website for more details on the screenings and schedule.

Date: 14 to 19 October from 6pm to 10pm.
Venue: Palace Norton Street, Palace Verona and Chauvel Cinema
Cost: Adult $18, Senior $15
Web: antennafestival.org

How to grow your business
business seminar city of sydney
Photo courtesy of City of Sydney

With the financial calender going into the 2nd quarter, small business owners are working hard at driving sales and finding new ways to grow their business. As part of the City of Sydney's efforts to support local business, it is hosting a FREE seminar which brings together a team of experts to address key areas of financing, marketing and mentoring on 15 October.

Join Luke Heard (business consultant) as he discusses raising finance and Gina Lednyak (Director of Lednyak and Associates) talks about social media marketing. Lisa Penson (from Small Biz Connect) will discuss about the merits of finding a mentor. Simply visit the event website to register or phone: 02 9265 9333 for more details.

Date: 15 October from 18.30 to 20.30
Venue: Customs House, 31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay, Sydney, NSW 2000
Cost: Free
Web: www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/business/business-support/programs-and-seminars/business-101-workshops

PACT 50 Years On The Edge

PACT centre for emerging artists Inc
Photo courtesy of PACT centre for emerging artists Inc


PACT centre for emerging artists is celebrating 50 years on 18 October with a special event. Those organisation is known for supporting, developing and presenting emerging artists and their original works. Its annual programmes including the PACT Ensemble production, Tiny Stadiums Festival and Sydney Fringe program promote creative research and supports skills development.

PACT's 50 years celebration event includes performances from PACT artists, installations of archival footage, a presentation from the Lord Mayor of Sydney Clover Moore and the launch of its 2015 Programme. Tickets can be purchased from the website and start from $50 and include general admission with food and drink. Proceeds from the tickets will go to fund the next generation of emerging artists.

Date: 18 October, 6pm to 9pm
Venue: PACT, 107 Railway Parade, Erskineville 2043
Cost: From $50 per ticket
Web: www.pact.net.au/2014/06/pact-is-50
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