The Coalition government took Operation Sovereign Borders – a military-led response to “combat people smuggling and protect Australia’s borders” – to the September 2013 federal election. Apocalypse Theatre initiated an immediate response by inviting playwrights across the country to create plays examining this widely debated policy and the selected plays matched to directors and actors. For 12 nights 24 new Australian works, largely presented as staged readings, consider what it means to seek asylum.
Lindsey Stirling drove the crowd nuts when she performed at the Enmore Theatre in Newtown, mesmerising fans willing to listen to her live performance and fall under her unique musical spell. For the electro-pop violinist and YouTube sensation, this was the second time Lindsey graced the stage in Australia, and she brightly professed her joy at the enthusiasm of Sydneysiders.
DARLINGTON: Concerned residents of Wilson Street have formed an action group (Residents for CMEO Rescue) to highlight the deteriorating condition of two State heritage listed buildings, the Chief Mechanical Engineer’s Office building (CMEO) and the Scientific Services building, at 505 and 503 Wilson Street respectively. UrbanGrowth NSW is currently responsible for maintenance, conservation and adaptive reuse of both buildings.
At sunrise on Wednesday February 18, an excited crowd gathered outside the iconic Quadrangle at the University of Sydney. It was time to revive the legacy of the 1965 Freedom Ride – a student bus tour of country NSW that finally made newsworthy the inequalities faced by Aboriginal people. February’s 50th anniversary ride saw greater positivity, support and community spirit than previous rides, even as it broadcast the ongoing concerns of Indigenous Australians.
My name is Ibrahim Sakar. I am a Muslim, Lebanese and an Australian. I am 14 years of age, I like communicating with people, debating and public speaking, but not in front of a lot of people, but I am excited about the challenge of speaking to you tonight.
WATERLOO: Friday February 6 marked the eighth Summer on the Green, after bad weather back in December forced its postponement. For the past five years the organisation of this event has been overseen by the Redfern and Waterloo Neighbourhood Advisory Board Events Group, which is made up of local agencies and Housing NSW tenant representatives.
GLEBE: For more than a year, a community of homeless people has been living in tents under the tramline at Wentworth Park. The community has been there for more than a year. Despite Council policy which refers to working with the homeless in a respectful and compassionate way (via a dedicated homelessness unit and a number of services and outreach programs), the rough sleepers have accused the City of Sydney of insensitive action.
Morandir Armson knows the facts on fruit bats and is Sydney’s real-life “Batman”. He is a WIRES (Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service) volunteer and is so passionate about saving these misunderstood mammals that he has transformed the larger of his two bedrooms into a “bat cave”, which has been a healing haven for the last three years.
At the University of Sydney, we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Freedom Ride, and we’d love you to join us. Bring your picnic blanket along on Friday March 20 and join some of Australia’s best-loved musicians — including Paul Kelly and Troy Cassar-Daley, along with special guests — to celebrate, in front of the University of Sydney’s Quadrangle on the Camperdown campus. It’s free and open to all.
For a last-minute announcement of a band no-one has ever heard or seen before, Trap Knife at Surry Hills 505 sold out with surprising speed. Take a closer look at the members of the band and it doesn’t take long to realise why.