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What’s on this weekend?
ICYMI: art fairs are the driving force of the contemporary art world – from London’s Frieze and New York’s Armory Show to Switzerland’s pioneering Art Basel. Usually they’re like massive expos where commercial galleries buy a booth and spruik their wares: artworks. The Other Art Fair is different. Founded by British events and exhibitions producer Ryan Stanier in 2010 as an alternative to Frieze, the fair showcases emerging artists who aren’t represented by a commercial gallery. Eighty artists and 8000 visitors later, they’re returning in 2016 – with a new location and a larger line-up.
Now in its 20th year, Sculpture by the Sea is one of Sydney’s key annual arts events, drawing more than 500,000 to the 2km coastal walk from Bondi to Tamarama to enjoy site-specific sculptures by top artists and emerging talents from Australia and abroad. The 2016 Sculpture by the Sea line-up has some local art stars – Sean Cordeiro & Claire Healy, Ken Unsworth, the late (and legendary) Inge King – and plenty of regulars. But if there’s one thing we know about SxS it’s that the most captivating works can come from the least-known artists. All it takes is a great idea. As with last year, Grounds by the Sea will pop up at Marks Park with coffee and food to sustain you on your art adventure.
If you’ve ever wondered if there’s more you could do to help animals, the Cruelty Free Festival is a good place to start. From an ethical fashion parade to speed dating for animal lovers, the Cruelty Free Festival offers a full day of activities and entertainment that promote cruelty-free lifestyle options. Visitors can browse the marketplace, listen to speakers on the main stage or enter the rescue animal photo competition. Stallholders include Suzy Spoon’s Vegetarian Butcher, Sea Shepherd Australia, the Cruelty Free Shop, Gogo Vego and Greyhound Rescue. It’s $5 entry for adults and free entry for kids under 12.
Dungog Festival returns for its third year. Situated deep in cattle-rearing country, Dungog will play host to food events including a long table communal dinner showcasing local produce and a Hunter Valley wine matching lunch hosted by distinguished chef Christine Manfield. The short film program is to be screened at the historic James Theatre, the oldest purpose-built cinema in Australia, with a prize pool of $30,000 for the winning entrant. Eighties new wave band Pseudo Echo have been announced as the newest musical addition to the line-up.
The fourth annual British Film Festival, this year sponsored by BBC First, is a treasure trove of great stars, notable filmmakers and revived film greats. Oh, and just for giggles they’re playing a couple of Carry On films too. Including A Monster Calls, A United Kingdom, I, Daniel Blake, and The Man Who Fell to Earth.
If you like your Halloween with pizza instead of candy then Frankie’s is the place for you. This Halloween, the rock ‘n’ roll pizza club is pouring out the scares with Moo Brew beers, a malty Tasmanian brew. And what goes better with Tassie beer than heavy Tasmanian metal? Death metal gang Psycroptic will be bringing the mosh pit on the night so if you love throwing horns and banging your head you’d best get down early as this night is sure to pack out.
Jurassic Lounge is bringing all their scariest friends along for an adults-only party with the dinosaurs. You can get up close and personal with tarantulas and funnel webs in the augmented reality cave where scientists will milk the spiders for their venom. Look out for a giant red back roaming the museum as puppeteer company Erth will be bringing their horrifying spider puppet on stilts. Sneak into the silent disco for a silent dance-off. Step inside a darkened room and answer the question ‘trick or treat?’
Open every day of Sydney Craft Beer Week (Oct 22-29), Time Out’s annual pop-up craft beer bar at World Square is back for another year of foamy fun and crafty conversation. Bringing beers from around Australia to your doorstep, Time Out have created the perfect excuse to knock off from work on time. To complement the hand-picked selection of beers, live entertainment and pop-up kitchens – from Burger Project, Grill’d, and Bavarian – will operate throughout the week.
Look, eight days is a long time to be downing delicious brews, but thankfully Wombat from Young Henrys knows what it takes to get you through: bacon, coffee and Berroca. Every day of the festival you can get a free fry-up at the Young Henrys Brewery in Newtown from 10-11am.
You know what the perfect Sunday looks like? It’s strolling through a street fair dedicated to ice cold cider, shaded by big fig trees and with the harbour lapping at the shore only a few feet away. That is the blissful event that awaits you if you bug tickets to this year’ Watsons Bay Cider Festival. It’s the third year for the far-east outpost, and your ticket includes ten tasting tokens and a complimentary bottle of your favourite from the pop-up cider bar.
Article thanks to: Time Out Sydney – http://email.timeout.com/re?l=