Sydney Writers’ Festival '17: Walsh Bay at capacity

Running over 22-28 May 2017, the 20th annual Sydney Writers’ Festival attracted more than 100,000 attendances across 60 venues in Walsh Bay, Greater Sydney, regional NSW and community theatres and libraries around Australia.

Some 59, 322 tickets were sold in the city venues collecting over $1.3 million dollars in revenue. And free events, which made up 40 per cent of the SWF program proved popular with all free of charge Walsh Bay events filled to capacity.

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Hotel Palisade: WBAC networking

An exceptional WBAC networking event took place at The Hotel Palisade on Tuesday June 6 with several VIPs including The Daily Telegraph’s Jen Jagielski (Eat Street) and Vivid's light curator, Anthony Bastic in attendande while Newcastle’s Inner City Winemakers provided fine, hand crafted wines.

Generously hosted by Dom Bienke and The Hotel Palisade team, WBAC took over stunning function rooms on level four - complete with a private balcony to take in the venue’s spectacular Sydney vista. Guests on the night enjoyed a delicious cocktail on arrival and were then treated to the luxe ‘Henry Deane, Graze Away’ menu – a teaser of the delicious food available at the hotel’s upstairs bar.

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Help Bangarra make a difference

While Bangarra’s talented dancers and creative artists focus this month on the world-premiere of Bennelong, the company’s dedication to changing lives in communities across Australia through outreach programs is ongoing. Members of WBAC can also play a part in this process.

Illustrating just one way the company has impacted an individual, Bangarra shared a testimonial from Rosa, a Meriam, Ugar and Erub teenager who participated in recent youth outreach program ‘Rekindling’:

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Walsh Bay Redevelopment: $210 million plan suffers a blow

The proposed $210 million redevelopment of Sydney's Walsh Bay has suffered a major blow after planning approval for the project was declared invalid because the state failed to consider the construction impact on nearby businesses. After a two-year legal battle, the NSW Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the owner of the Simmer on the Bay restaurant at Walsh Bay, who challenged the project on the ground that it had not been lawfully approved.

Read SMH’s Jacob Saulwich article HERE

Photo: Ryan Stuart

Member Profile: Hylton Mowday

Hylton Mowday is the Creative Director and Head Composer at We Love Jam Studios - a dynamic WBAC member and a successful Walsh Bay arts company. Here he shares some personal inspirations, what a ‘typical’ working day looks like and what’s new in 2017.

“I grew up in a very musical family. Music was around for as long as I can remember. I am extremely privileged to go to work everyday and not only make music, but get paid to do so. I’m inspired by all sorts of things; listening to people’s stories, going to concerts, checking out gigs its all part of the bucket from which you draw inspiration. The challenge is of course to convert inspiration into creation. Sometimes it happens successfully, sometimes sadly not!

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Out of Chamber: Bathurst Winter Festival

The Bathurst Winter Festival is an innovative newcomer on the NSW festival calendar. Run by Bathurst Regional Council the event aims to attract visitors from across the state to bolster local business by creating a carnival atmosphere embracing the town’s iconic buildings, cooler climate, food and wine.

Established in 2015 as part of Bathurst's bicentenary celebrations, the Festival runs from July 1-16 this year. The event has evolved over the last two years into one of the region's most popular attractions with some 20,000 visitors participating during major weekend activations.

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WHITNEY WORKOUT at Sydney Dance Company Studios

To celebrate former Company dancer Kip Gamblin starring in The Bodyguard Musical, all Jazz, JFH and Lyrical classes on Tues 23 May at Sydney Dance Company Studios will be Whitney Houston inspired.

Do you wanna dance with somebody, step by step, one moment in time?

Book now: goo.gl/sfu7ag

Sydney Writers’ Festival 2017

Sydney Writers’ Festival returns to Walsh Bay from May 22-28 and as always there is much to do, see and get amongst in the precinct. Below is a taster of just a few local highlights.

Marking the Festival’s opening night (May 22) guests will be treated to a special event hosted by literary giants; Brit Bennet, Anne Enright and George Saunders - each delivering an address on the Festival’s theme of ‘refuge’ at the Roslyn Packer Theatre. If escapism is high on the list why not try to catch a performance (May 22 and 23rd) of Jane Eyre: An Autobiography at Wharf 2? Or for a more casual vibe, on May 25, join the Sydney Morning Herald editors and journalists, along with special guest Norman Ohler, at the Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf to hear what’s making headlines and learn about what stories to follow.

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GTR: Australia Trade Forum

Returning to Sydney for its fourth year, Global Trade Review’s (GTR) key annual gathering has evolved into the Australia Trade Forum for 2017 and will take place at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth on Monday 29 May.

A corporate-focused occasion bringing together all sectors involved in international trade, the event will report on developments in global markets and their impact on Australian trade, and explore what the future may hold for Australia’s corporates and exporters. With organisers touting this year’s conference as an “ideal opportunity to establish new relationships with those currently doing business in the country, bypassing the need to set up countless meetings over several days, saving time and money.”

For more information click HERE (PDF)

WBAC 2017 Survey: Your Help

It is time again for our regular survey. We would like to hear from new and old members and friends. Please take a few minutes to complete the below survey and let us know what we are doing right, areas we can work on as well as ways to better to support you and benefit our growing precinct.

TAKE THE SURVEY

Tips to maximise festival season

With Sydney Writers’ Festival, Vivid Sydney and Sydney Film Festival almost upon us, The City of Sydney has issued some hot tips for business owners on how to make the most of the harbour city’s renowned Festival season… Click Here for more information

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