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Published February 28th 2017
The Best Things In Life Are Free
Marvel at colourful bodyart in the Artist's Playground (by City of Sydney)
Autumn in Sydney still features enough sunshine for plenty of free outdoor fun. As new sporting seasons begin and our gardens change colour, enjoy the best of Free Sydney with this list of March's free events and activities
The Artist's Playground - 1 - 20 March, 9am to 6pm
The Galeries on 500 George St has been transformed into an immersive art gallery, using the features of the laneways as a backdrop for interactive digital creations. Use your smartphone or tablet and the Eyejack app to bring the artworks to life, dancing with colour and sound in an augmented reality art hunt rivalling the recent Pokemon craze. There are also performance body art displays, using the human form to create striking murals. Visit the The Artist's Playground website for details and to download the app.
Tech Start-Up with Moji Edit - Thursday 2 March, 6pm to 7pm
At the Apple Store on 367 George St, join Colina and Hripsime Demirdjian in a workshop where they'll reveal the secrets to their popular Moji Edit app, giving users the ability to create emojis reflecting their personalities. You'll learn the tips to create your own tech start-up and bring your smartphone app to a global audience. Visit the Apple Store Events website for details.
Who Bombed the Hilton? - Thursday 2 March, 6.30pm to 7.30pm
In 1978, a bombed exploded outside Sydney's Hilton Hotel, killing 3 people. Many consider these the first terrorism-related murders in Australia. Almost 40 years later, the crime is unsolved. Join award-winning filmmaker Rachel Landers and author Suzanne Leal to explore the evidence, conspiracy theories, corruption, politics and forensics to attempt to identify the truth behind this cold case. The conversation is hosted at Queen Elizabeth Dr, Bondi Beach. Visit the Eventbrite website to book.
Street Food Markets - Saturday 4th, 18th March 4pm to 9pm
Outside the Community Centre on Addison Rd, Marrickville, sample exotic tastes from around the world, prepared using authentic recipes mastered by new migrants and refugees, bringing the cuisine of their former homelands to Australia. In the tradition of Asian street markets, there is also music and craft while books, food, politics and art are discussed in Hut 47. Visit the Addison Road Community Centre FB page for details.
Sydney Swans Fan Day - Saturday 4 March, 10.30am to 1.30pm
Meet each of our Sydney Swans players at the SCG, Driver Avenue, Moore Park as the 2017 AFL season begins. You can grab selfies and autographs, try AFL training drills and lock in your membership to watch all our home games. Visit the Sydney Swans website for details.
Pick up organic produce and local art at the Double Bay Markets (by City of Sydney)
Movie Trivia Night - Monday 6 March, 6.30pm to 9.30pm
Hosted by Kevin Curley at Event Cinemas in George St, test your movie knowledge in a fun trivia night with lucky door prizes, a special menu at the bar and $10 bargain movie tickets. Email Event Cinemas to book.
Royal Botanic Garden Guided Walk - Daily, 10.30am and 1pm on weekdays
Explore 30 hectares of lush green gardens in the heart of Sydney, discovering the historical and floral highlights of our Royal Botanic Garden with a learned guide on a 90-min tour. Join the tour at the info booth in the garden shop. Visit the Royal Botanic Garden website for details.
ArtExpress - Daily, 10am to 5pm
The best artwork by our promising next generation of Australian artists is an annual feature in the Art Gallery of NSW, returning in 2017 with the most outstanding 38 pieces of art, handpicked from the efforts of over 9,000 Visual Arts students graduating high school in 2016. The selection ranges from paintings and photography to sculpture and film. Visit the Art Gallery of NSW website for details.
Sculpture on the Wharf - Daily until 18 March, 8am to 10pm
Along Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf, just east of the Royal Botanic Garden, 75 sculptures, created by some of Australasia's most dynamic contemporary artists, are on display both inside the wharf and along the boardwalk. Each work is for sale, ready for delivery and installation in large public or commercial indoor or outdoor spaces throughout our region. Visit the ARTPark website for details.
Creative writing, spoken word & poetry group - Wednesdays, 6pm to 8pm
In the Redfern Community Centre on 29 Hugo St, Redfern, Elizabeth Wymara will teach you how to tell your story using monologues, poetry and scripts designed to produce plays, films and radio skits. During the workshop in your small group, you'll actually share your work live, building confidence and receiving constructive feedback to continue writing and creating. Visit the Music and Studio RCC website for details.
Known for its frenetic pace, New Yorkers were recently invited to unwind in a comfy outdoor chair installed throughout NYC. Sydney continues the trend, with over 100 candy-striped deck chairs placed throughout Sydney City. Enjoy the sunshine while sipping coffee at the cafe tables and reading a free book. The chairs are unfolded in Sydney Square (Outside Sydney Town Hall), Wynyard Park, Paddington Reservoir Gardens, Harry Jensen Community Centre, and Llankelly Place, off Darlinghurst Road, Potts Point.
Intermediate Technical production Course - Wednesdays, 6pm to 9pm
Join instructor Steve 'Espa' Petridis to learn the techniques to bring the music in your mind into the studio to create soulful songs. You'll learn the microphone, mixing, and presentation techniques for vocal and instrumental music in a studio environment at Redfern Community Centre, 29 Hugo St. Email StudioRCC to book.
Community Gardening - Thursdays, 1pm to 3pm
At the Reg Murphy Community Centre 19 Greenknowe Avenue, Potts Point, get green thumbs as you help create a delightful indoor community garden, making friends with the locals and relieving the stress of modern life. You'll learn about the best indoor flowers and plants and how to make them thrive with beautiful colours and fragrances.
Tudor Comedy - Mondays and Thursdays, 7.30pm to 10.30pm
At the Tudor Hotel, 90 Pitt St, Redfern, follow the laughter (or the heckling) to find the show, hosting a mix of seasoned comedians and new talents eager to test their jokes, skits, gags, satire and dry wit. Stay for drinks, dinner and the show or take the mic to try your latest knock-knock jokes on an unsuspecting audience. Visit the Tudor Comedy FB page for details.
EXIT - Tuesdays to Saturdays until 25 March, 10am to 5pm
As millions of people migrate to new homes across the world, French artists have captured the data of their journeys, creating EXIT at the UNSW Galleries, Corner of Oxford Street and Greens Road, Paddington, a dramatic visual representation. You're invited to the Australian premiere to consider the social and economic reasons for these migrations in an immersive, 360-degree exhibition using data transformed into a world map, revolving in space. Visit the UNSW EXIT site for details.
Experience global culture and cuisine in Marrickville (by City of Sydney)
The sport of orienteering, where participants use a physical map and compass to find hidden treasure via waypoints, has been revolutionised in the 21st century with geocaching. In the Rocks, you can use your smartphone's smarts, connecting with GPS (Global Positioning Satellites) to find hidden containers or 'caches'. If successful, you'll discover colourful interpretations of our history created by local contemporary artists. Download the Geocaching app, choose a geocache from The Rocks website and sign the logbook once you've succeeded. You can also find plenty more geocaches throughout NSW at the Geocaching website. Visit the Geotour in the Rocks website for details.
A Million Things That Make Your Head Spin - throughout March
In the Customs House Atrium, marvel at the cloud of colour, created by American Megan Geckler, famous for colourful art installations. Her latest work dazzles visitors as they ascend into a rainbow of ribbons, transforming the view of each level of our library at Circular Quay as diffused sunlight streams through historic windows. Visit the A Million Things That Make Your Head Spin site for more info.
A Fit Place for Women: NSW Parliament - daily 9am to 5pm
In our state's parliament house on 6 Macquarie St, the significant contribution of women serving NSW in politics is explored. The efforts of politicians, campaigners, protesters and voters are highlighted for the positive changes resulting from civic involvement. After the NSW Womanhood Suffrage League campaigned for women to vote in state elections, historic change continued, as reforms were driven by bold leaders, including Millicent Preston Stanley, the first female in the Legislative Assembly, Catherine Green, one of the first females in the Legislative Council, and Janice Crosio, NSW's first female cabinet minister. Most recently, our first female premier, Kristina Kenneally, has continued the story of Australia's oldest parliament. Visit the NSW Parliament website for exhibition details.
Surfboard Design Workshop - fortnightly on Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10am to 4pm
At 157 Curlewis St, Bondi Beach, you can splash your surfboard with a part of your personality, creating digital design, either begun on paper, your smartphone or a during a vivid encounter in the ocean. Book at Disrupt Sports.
In the Ultimo Community Centre at 40 William Henry Street, grab a paddle for a hit and a chat at one of 6 table tennis tables. The games are open for all ages but watch out if Forrest Gump arrives. He's a pro. Visit the Ultimo Community Centre site for more info.
Learn to produce music at the Studio RCC (by City of Sydney)
At the Pyrmont Community Centre on the corner of John and Mount Streets, join or watch the community theatre as the Pyrmont Players, grown to over 20 performers, practise their craft, supported by set designers, costume makers and stage managers. You can join the fun, either as an actor or in one of the supporting technical roles, creating a new theatre group in Sydney's diverse grassroots culture. Visit the Pyrmont Community Centre website for details.
Double Bay Market - Thursdays, 9am to 2pm
Rain or shine at Guilfoyle Avenue, Double Bay, browse the stalls of gourmet food, organic produce, flowers, gifts and arts and crafts. Visit the Organic Market Foods website for details.
Twilight Food Fair - each Friday evening
At Civic Park in North Sydney, unwind after the working week with a picnic, watching the sunset over the city while enjoying international flavours and tunes from the pop-up food stalls and live bands. Visit the Twilight Food Fair website for details.
Tai Chi - Thursdays, 10am to 11am
Since the 16th century, Tai Chi has been practised to find a gentle harmony in mind and body. Enjoy increased flexibility in body, peace in mind and serenity in spirit, guided by an experienced instructor in a session suitable for all physical levels. Join the session at the Cliff Noble Community Centre, cnr Renwick and Suttor Streets, Alexandria.
Healthy Cooking and Gardening Workshop - Thursdays until 30 March, 3pm to 6pm
Help grow fruit and vegetables in the vertical gardens of the Cliff Noble Community Centre, cnr Renwick and Suttor Streets, Alexandria. Using those succulent ingredients, you'll be guided by a chef to make fresh, healthy, delicious meals using pasta and the succulent, colourful produce grown in the centre. Email Cliff Noble Community Centre to book.
Courtyard Sessions - Fridays until 17 March, 6pm to 9pm
Beneath the trees beside the Seymour Centre in Chippendale, enjoy free music at dusk as our next generation of musical talent, including Skyscraper Stan, The Cruisin Deuces and Goldheist perform rock, pop, electronic and jazz music. Beside the stage, a pop-up bar, barbecue and vintage games add to the relaxed atmosphere, ideal for families and pets are welcome. Visit the Courtyard Sessions 2017 for the lineup.
Foodmate - Fridays, 9am to 12pm
Expand your culinary reportiaire with new skills and recipes learnt alongside the locals tending the community kitchens, gardens and markets. Each week, you'll receive a hamper and recipe kit to prepare dinner at home using your new skills. The workshop is held at the King George V (KGV) Recreation Centre, 15 Cumberland Street, The Rocks. Register your interest via email to King George V (KGV) Recreation Centre.
Cardio Boxing - Saturdays, 8am to 8.45am
Start the weekend with a punch in a boxercise workout at 100 Joynton Ave, Zetland where you'll learn boxing combinations and footwork and bodyweight resistance exercises as you hit mitts in a series of cardio drills. Designed for beginner and advanced participants, mitts and gloves are supplied. Call Stephen on 0422914420 to register.
Have we missed your favourite free activity March 2017? Please let us know with a comment.