The ‘Sleep Happy’ Festival comes to Sydney

Sleeping Duck, an Australian sleep company, launched their 10-week bed festival in Surry Hills, Sydney on Thursday 17 March 2016.

Guests were encouraged to wear their pyjamas, lie on the mattress and even have pillow fights. They also enjoyed breakfast-inspired canapes and cocktails.

The “Sleep Happy” Festival highlights the company’s commitment to change the way we shop for mattresses.

From Friday March 18 till May 26, the 10-week pop-up will host five events running fortnightly for 2 weeks each. And because the best activities are undoubtedly the ones you get up to in bed, they’ve planned a few to keep things interesting.

You’ll find yourself fighting off bedfellows with a pillow, having your dreams read, and getting out of the office and into the bed for your weekly meeting. You’ll even skip that awkward first date by taking it straight to the bedroom. And forget Netflix & Chill, Sleeping Duck has you covered with movie screenings for you and your friends, or that coveted second date.

Sleeping Duck co-founder Winston Wijeyeratne said the pop-up is all about transforming the traditional mattress buying process.

“Shopping for a mattress can be so tedious and frustrating. We’ve created this popup so that customers can have fun, whilst also engaging with the brand and product in a lively and exciting way.”

Held at the blank_space gallery in Sydney’s Surry Hills, the space will be transformed into something out of a dream, featuring exclusive art installations by Sebastian Barkoczy, Jacqui Hudson and Saxon Duke.

Whether you like your mattress not too hard, not too soft, or somewhere in between, Sleeping Duck has a sleep solution to match your bedtime preferences. With the pull of a zip, their unique modular mattress can be simply adjusted to personalise your firmness.

“We don’t expect you to make a decision after lying on the mattress for ten minutes. That’s why we give you 100 nights to trial the mattress, where you can either swap the firmness or return it for a full refund.” Winston said.

Collaborating with SUKUHome, Derma e skincare, Dri Glo, Madame Flavour Tea and more, Sleeping Duck’s Sleep Happy festival will have lots of goodies and fun activities on offer.

“Mattress shopping shouldn’t be stressful and confusing. We wanted to continue the buying experience that people get via our website. When you go into a store it should be both a learning and an enjoyable experience, and this is what our festival is all about.”

They have kept costs down by cutting out the middle man and selling directly to the customer through an interactive and streamlined online store..

The no-fuss online buying experience and friendly service provided by Sleeping Duck allows customers to simply go online, select their firmness option and get the mattress delivered in a surprisingly small box.

Also, exclusive to Sleeping Duck, they have a half-half option for couples who can’t decide between medium and firm.

Whether you like your mattress too hard, not too soft, or somewhere in between, Sleeping Duck has a Sleep solution to match your bedtime preferences. The unique and modern design means Sleeping Duck can easily adjust firmness for customers by swapping out a single firmness layer, allowing for a firmer or softer mattress, or if required a bit of both.

The calendar for the 10-week Sleep Happy Festival is as follows:

  • Week One and Two: The Pillow Fight (Friday March 18 – Thursday March 31)

Have you ever wanted to let out your frustrations in a healthy manner? This is the time to do it. The showroom will be transformed into an arena with a bed in a boxing-style ring – all with an umpire to watch over as people let loose and fight it out.

  • Week Three and Four: Dream Teller (Friday 1 April – Thursday April 14)

Forget fortunes, we’ii tell your dreams . Come in, lay down and have a dream teller decipher your dreams.

  • Week Five and Six: Movie Screenings: (Friday 29 April – Thursday April 28)

What’s better than a night in watching 90’s flicks? Enjoy a front row screening of your favourite classic film at our Surry Hills pop up, with dinner, drinks and pillows on Sleeping Duck.

  • Week Seven and Eight: Sleep on the Job (Friday April 29 – Thursday May 12)

Meetings in the boardroom are never as fun as meetings in the bedroom. Use out pop-ups for the perfect team-bonding experience for your Monday morning WIP or your Friday afternoon beers.

  • Week Nine and Ten: First Dates (Friday May 13 – Thursday May 26)

An Australian first – bed first, dinner second. No more awkward moments. Bring your date to our bedroom and play an assortment of games as you work out if you-re found the one.

What: Sleeping Duck’s Sleep Happy Festival

When: Friday March 18 – Thursday May 26

Where: blank_space gallery 374 Crown St Surry Hills NSW 2010

Trading Hours: Monday – Friday: 10am – 6.30pm | Saturday – Sunday: 10am – 5pm

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Irish Film Festival celebrates the past, present and future

The 2nd annual Irish Film Festival returns in 2016 boasting a melting pot of films to provide a window into Irish culture. The Festival will open in Sydney on Thursday 07 until Sunday 10 April, 2016. The Festival screens at the Chauvel Cinema, Paddington and will present eight feature films and three shorts.

From action packed mob chases, to weekend love affairs, and films to commemorate the centenary of the Easter Rising, the Irish Film Festival presents audiences with the very best of contemporary Irish culture. Ireland has a rich history of struggle for social justice and the films programmed in the 2016 Festival uncover rich and rare stories that capture the spirit of the Emerald Isle.

Festival Director, Dr Enda Murray says “The films in the festival shine a light on contemporary Ireland. The big story in Ireland this year is the commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising which saw Ireland strike for its freedom from British colonial rule. It’s easy to see some parallels with Australia and the debate around the impact of a republic. Why was it such a big deal in Ireland? You’ll have to come and see the films!”

The opening night celebrations include a screening of Glassland (Thur 07 April).Glassland stars Australia’s own Toni Collette as an alcoholic mother whose addiction pushes her son into the underground world of human trafficking. The award winning film has been praised for its two leads’ bold and understated performances which saw Collete nominated for an Irish Film and Television Award and co-star Jack Reynor taking out the World Cinema Special Jury Prize for Acting at Sundance Film Festival.

The opening night gala screening will also include a pre-screening reception hosted by The Consulate of Ireland. Irish food, drink and music are guaranteed to flow, providing movie goers at the Chauvel with a taste of Ireland in Sydney.

Other films on the bill include the landmark documentary 1916: The Irish Rebellion (Fri 08 April), which examines the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin and the subsequent events that led to the establishment of an independent Irish State and indirectly to the breakup of the British Empire. Narrated by acclaimed actor and Irishman, Liam Neeson, this is a fresh look at the events and their significance in Irish and international history.

Continuing the theme of the Easter Rising, After ’16 (Fri 08 April) presents 9 short films in a range of styles from animation to live action, drama and documentaries that capture the filmmakers’ responses to the events that took place in 1916. Older Than Ireland (Sun 10 April), is a touching documentary that looks into the lives of centenarians, people who were born in the dawn of Irish Independence and the immense social, political and technological change they encountered throughout their lives.

Something that will have the little one’s bursting with delight, the Festival has programmed their first family film with and the critically acclaimed Irish folk animation Song of the Sea (Sat 9 April). The film follows the story of Ben and his little sister Saoirse, the last seal-child, who embark on a fantastic journey across a fading world of ancient legend and magic in an attempt to return to their home by the sea.

For a modern turn, Pursuit (Sat 09 April), takes audiences on a high speed chase with a contemporary take on the Irish legend of Diarmuid and Gráinne. This road-movie employs all the great aspects of a truly engaging thriller – pursuit of power, class, love and the chance to start again.

Relationships are also a focus of the Festival with Lost in the Living (Sun 10 April), a complicated love story set in Berlin. The director of Lost in the Living, Robert Manson will introduce his film in person as well as attend the opening night of the Festival. Game of Thrones’ Aidan Gillen stars in You’re Ugly Too (Sat 09 April), which won Best Irish First Feature at the 2015 Galway Film Fleadh and is a touching take on modern family relationships.

Three stand out shorts also compliment the program. Two of the shorts explore aspects of being Irish and in Australia. @Home looks at Melbourne’s ageing Irish community using social media to close the distance between Ireland and Australia while Follow the Rainbow to Ireland follows the Sydney Queer Irish group as they prepare to march in the 2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras ahead of the Irish marriage equality referendum. A third short, Ballsy, is an uplifting documentary on a cancer sufferer’s search for meaning in the world.

The Irish Film Festival provides an essential window onto contemporary Irish culture for all Australians. Whether you’re of Irish heritage or just have an affection for the Emerald Isle and its people, the Irish Film Festival is a must.

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When:                  Thursday 07 – Sunday 10 April, 2016

Where:                Chauvel Cinema, 249 Oxford street, Paddington

Tickets:                Book at 02 9361 5398 or

$30* Opening Night (includes Opening Night Gala Reception)

$20* Full Price

$15* Concession (excludes Opening Night)

* Transaction fee applies ($1.30).



Thursday 07 April

7:30pm Opening Night Gala Reception + 9.00pm Glassland


Friday 08 April

6:30pm 1916: The Irish Rebellion

8:45pm After ‘16


Saturday 09 April

2:00pm Song of the Sea

6:30pm You’re Ugly Too

8:45pm Pursuit

10:00pm Festival Party @ the Gaelic Club, Surry Hills.

The Irish Film Festival will party late into the night on Saturday night with  amidnight performance of his new show The Man from Moogaga by Irish comedian and musician Aindrias de Staic (The Hardy Bucks, The Jig Gig) – direct from a sold out run in Dublin.


Sunday 10 April

4:00pm Older than Ireland

6:30pm Lost in The Living