There are a few performances of Walsh Bay residents Bangarra Dance Theatre’s Patyegarang at the Sydney Opera House (until 5 July).

SWF is one of Walsh Bay’s favourite annual events, when thousands of booklovers flock to Pier4/5 and Sydney Theatre venues in May to indulge their passion...
This year the Festival explores writing that challenges, provokes and questions conventional concepts of culture, history and identity. Over 400 authors bring their insight and knowledge and creativity to push back boundaries and help us see life from different perspectives.

The City of Sydney's latest Business 101 seminar series shouldn't be missed by anyone planning to start their own business, open a small bar or join the fast-growing world of tech start-ups. The seminars, now in their third year, are designed for both existing and would-be small business owners who aren't sure where to start, are daunted by the process or are aiming to grow their business.

Vivid Sydney returning from 23 May, will feature over 50 new light installations running along the foreshore from East Circular Quay into Walsh Bay, five of them between Pier 2/3 and Pier 8/9. This extended Light Walk is expected to draw even bigger crowds to our local area than in 2013.

Other free 2014 Vivid Light highlights are:

  • Harbour Lights: ferries and vessels on Sydney Harbour, decked out in LED lights which will slowly change colour as they move into various zones around the harbour.
  • Martin Place: a new CBD precinct for Vivid, featuring giant light installations including 'map your face' onto a 3D giant face.
  • Lighting the Sails: the sails of the Sydney Opera House will feature a futuristic arrangement of 3D-mapped projections created by British group 59 Productions, who were part of the Opening Ceremony at the 2012 London Olympics.
  • Customs House and MCA: the sandstone facades of both buildings will again be bathed in light.
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge: after the huge success of 2013, visitors can once again choose the colour palette and light the Bridge.
  • Darling Harbour: the return of a spectacular water and light show, twice the size of last year's from Aquatique, the French pioneers of dancing fountains.

Celebrating it's 25th anniversary in 2014, Bangarra tells the story of Patyegarang, the inspirational journey of a potent Indigenous spirit alive in Australia's past and present. When the colonial fleet arrived in Eora country in the late 18th Century, Patyegarang befriended the colony's timekeeper Lieutenant William Dawes, giving him her language in an extraordinary display of trust and friendship.

In Dawes notebooks, rediscovered in 1972, are transcripts of this remarkable cultural exchange. Patyegarang words are a window into a rich, complex and utterly different perspective on her world, its values and its sacred meanings.

This deeply moving production is told through the acclaimed creativity of Stephen Page's choreography and David Page's soundscape, in a powerful and meaningful dance theatre experience.

At a meeting on March 27, WBAC Chair Brigid Kennedy discussed key upcoming events in Walsh Bay, outlining possibilities for local business involvement and the support WBAC will provide.
” The program for the “Sydney Writer’s Festival, from 19-25 May was released in early April.” she said. “.A charter bus will operate to bring visitors from Circular Quay – the “fare” is a gold coin donation.”
“Fresh Catering will once again provide a pop-up caf
é, Coffee and Papers: throughout the festival, and there will be a novel dining page on the SWF website where WBAC restaurant members will be able detail their special offers for visitors during the festival.
SWF have also extended the lunch break from 45 minutes to 90 minutes, to give people more time to eat.”

“Restaurants are uniquely positioned to take advantage of the increased foot traffic through the area – 80,000 over the festival period, based on last year’s figures. I recommend that you prepare food items that are quick and easy to eat but also showcase your typical cuisine, so that customers will want to return, when they have more time, to sample the rest of your menu. Don’t forget to check the program to see which SWF venues located near your premises will be hosting events finishing just before lunch.”

WBAC has been working hard on plans for the proposed Walsh Bay Arts Festival in December this year. We are delighted that we can now move ahead as our application for seed funding was unanimously approved by Sydney City Council on 7th April. Council sponsorship will consist of a cash grant of $30,000 and value in-kind of up to $20,000 for banner pole hire, subject to availability. 

Legislation to license James Packer's new Sydney casino passed the New South Wales Upper House on 20 November by 27 votes to seven.

The controversial $1.3 billion project at Barangaroo will be the city's second casino and is expected to be open for business from November 2019.