After a year away from their traditional Christmas performances of Messiah, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs return to Handel’s masterpiece with a stellar line-up of soloists joining their Symphony Chorus and Massed Choirs.

But in 2013 there’s a difference: a revival of this great oratorio’s 18th century association with charitable support. The premiere of Messiah, in Dublin, was given in aid of several charities, and back in Handel’s adopted city, performances benefiting London’s Foundling Hospital for children became an annual institution. Similarly, the performances of Messiah in 2013 will be presented in association with The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Proceeds from the concerts will be shared with the hospital, and volunteers will be at all performances to collect donations.

As its Golden Jubilee year draws to a close atyp is celebrating the end of its 50th year in style. by going back one last time to where it all began: 1963. The world was exposed to diet cola, Australia stopped testing nuclear weapons on itself and we decided a beehive was something wonderful! 

Join atyp to wave a fond farewell to 2013 and relive the best bits of the last 50 years as the funny folk of the Dwarf Revue are let loose in Studio 1. It’s a flashback that won’t leave you too traumatised…

The Walsh Bay Precinct Association who are hosting this year’s Precinct Christmas Party on Thursday 12 December, especially welcomes Walsh Bay businesses and Arts organisations. “It would be great to see you all there. Every year it gets better and 2013 will be no exception. Join us and your neighbours to celebrate the Festive Season, in the courtyard in front of Pier 6/7.”

What Is We Love Jam ?

With studios in both Sydney and Cape Town, We Love Jam is a Music Composition and Sound Design Studio dedicated to creating unique sounds. Delivering services across Film, Advertising, The Arts, TV and of course live performance, JAM is a place where composers and sound designers work in collaboration across musical genres and audio applications. From simple voice overs right through to large commercial campaigns, whatever job big or small, we at JAM are able to suit your needs and are proud to present a diverse portfolio of work, always aiming to inspire one another, share ideas and do great work.

Walsh Bay Suburb

A community workshop aimed at resolving the question of renaming Walsh Bay a suburb failed to reach the required consensus, but the large majority in favour will continue their efforts..

Held on 16 October at Abraham Mott Hall, in Millers Point, the meeting was organized by the City of Sydney, after conflicting community opinions had emerged following a request for the renaming. The City hoped that these differences could be reconciled through further discussion.

Walsh Bay Sculpture Walk App

Emeritus Professor Ron McCallum will help launch the Walsh Bay Sculpture Walk audio tour app on November 27. Blind almost since birth, Professor McCallum is one of Australia's most respected legal scholars and an activist on behalf of disabled people around the globe. Professor McCallum is a technology enthusiast and even uses an app for sorting his washing into "coloureds" and "whites"!

The Walsh Bay Sculpture Walk audio tour app is designed to enable people who are blind or vision impaired to appreciate the artwork fully. The app also includes transcripts of the audio, allowing people who are deaf or hard- of- hearing access to the rich content. In fact, all visitors to Walsh Bay can benefit from the app as it includes audio-description of artworks and interviews with artists, adding to the public art experience.

Applications to the Amplify your art grant program for NSW artists with disability opened on Friday 11 October, 2013.

Grants will be awarded for amounts of between $5,000 and $10,000 for the costs associated with developing an artist's professional practice in a range of art forms including sculpture, poetry, dance, ceramics, music, print-making and digital media. This $150,000 funding program has been made available through a two-year NSW Government partnership between Arts NSW and Ageing, Disability and Home Care, to promote a culture of inclusion in the arts for people with disability. Costs can include training, mentoring, travel and skills development.Applicants from regional and remote NSW are particularly encouraged to apply.

19th Biennale of Sydney Preview

The 19th Biennale of Sydney has produced an overview of You Imagine What You Desire, the exhibition to be presented from 21 March – 9 June 2014, under the artistic direction of Juliana Engberg, "You Imagine What You Desire is an evocation celebrating the artistic imagination as an ... exploration of the world through metaphor and poesis* It makes enquiries into contemporary aesthetic experience, and relates this to historical precedents and future opportunities to imagine possible worlds. It seeks to understand the need artists have today to create immersive and expanded environments" ..... It reminds us that powerful art is not divorced from the cultural conditions, political, social and climatic environments in which it is generated. ... it often exists to provide a ...commentary on these aspects of society....

Sydney Dance Company celebrates its 45th year in 2014 with three première seasons and an extensive touring program, with performances in five of the country's capitals as well as regional centres across Queensland and Western Australia.

The company will commission eight new works in the coming 12 months, including two from Sydney Dance Company Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela, alongside works from renowned Greek Choreographer Andonis Foniadakis and celebrated Melbourne choreographer Gideon Obarzanek. Four choreographers, still to be chosen, will be given the opportunity to create works for the Company's dancers for the November season of New Breed.SDC opens 2014 with an exciting triple bill season.

An innovative education program based at a former gym in Argyle Place, Millers Point, Regenesis Youth targets local disadvantaged and at-risk youth, in partnership with the City of Sydney's Youth Services unit.

It launched in March, filling a critical demand for alternative educational programs to help young people who fall through the cracks of conventional school programs. Aimed at 15 to 19-year olds. it has two full-time staff - TAFE teachers who each morning deliver a certificate II course, the equivalent of year 10. Students also are taught life skills and given emotional support to address the issues that forced them out of school in the first place.

About 1000 people took up Barangaroo's invitation to visit the Headland Park construction site on August 4. They came from across Sydney, Victoria and as far away as Brazil!

The Open Day was a free public event that offered a rare opportunity to view the creation of the Headland Park and to see the many different construction activities underway behind the scenes of a major construction site.

Corroboree, the new Sydney festival celebrating contemporary Indigenous arts and culture on Gadigal land around Sydney Harbour. will light up the city for 11 days and nights from 14 November.

The festival's creative director is Hetti Perkins, artist in residence at Bangarra Dance former Curator of Indigenous Art at the Art Gallery of NSW, and a member of the Eastern Arrernte and Kalkadoon Aboriginal peoples. ''We wanted to begin the festival with young people" she said.