Enlightenment – Vivid Sydney’s opening night cocktail party

Enlightenment – VIVID Sydney opening night cocktail party at The Calyx in the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney on Saturday 26 May 2018, consisted of light, curated food and drinks, artisan performers and deep conversation.

The  Age of Enlightenment was an intellectual movement which advocates freedom, democracy and reason as primary values of society. It developed mainly in France, Britain and Germany in the 18th century when great thinkers such as Rousseau, Diderot and Voltaire started to look at the world in a different way. They used science and reason to shed new light on traditional ideas and the way of doing things. This philosophical, cultural and social movement spread out of Europe and changed the world. Three hundred years later, we still ask the same questions.

The evening at The Calyx explored curious things from existence, aliveness, being human and the very essence of enlightenment – probing the mind and soul to think about difficult questions – and their answers. Guests also enjoyed exclusive access to the VIVID Light Walk to end the evening.

Those attending the evening listened to speeches by Fiona Kerr, Neural and Systems Complexity Specialist who explored the wonders and possibility of our brain, Entomologist and Collaborative Memory and Intelligence Specialist Tanya Latty, Collective Mind Expert Derek Leddie and Philosopher and Writer Tim Dean. Never before did I guess that ants have transport systems far superior to humans, although their collective approach to society does result in a barbaric disregard for the weak.

One of the highlights of the night was the Enlightenment cocktail which was made from gold leaf, St Germain elderflower liqueur, vermouth infused with herb de Provence, Belvedere single estate vodka, and a dash of dandelions and burdock bitters

If you thought you missed out on a great night, or if you were here but have room for further enlightenment, there will be an Enlightenment Immersive Dinner on Saturday 2 June 2018 at the Calyx in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

The immersive dinner will include a three course shared feast, artisan performers and a selection of engaging speakers. Kerr, Leddy and Lattie will speak again and will be joined by Dan Goods, the Visual Strategist for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and founder of the Museum of Awe, who reminds people of the gift and privilege of being alive. Philosopher Matt Beard will also take to the stage, bringing old philosophical concepts of ethics, meaning and purpose into the modern world.

What: Enlightenment Feasts: Immersive Dinner – three course meal with matching wines, speakers and performances

Where: The Calyx in The Royal Botanic Gardens

When: Saturday, 2 June 2018, 6:30 pm – late

Price: $250

To buy tickets to Enlightenment at Vivid Sydney, go to:  http://www.hardthingstotalkabout.com/enlightenment/

Experience a scenic flight of Sydney’s coastline with Sydney Air Tours

When it comes to seeing the coastline of Sydney from north to south of the Harbour, most people will think of doing one of the many coastal walks or drives, but no one will think of a scenic flight. And when people think of doing a scenic flight of Sydney, most people will think of seeing Sydney Harbour, not the coastline of Sydney.

A scenic flight of Sydney’s coastline is a truly spectacular experience and not a part of Sydney that most people see from above. I am thankful to Sydney Air Tours for this opportunity to see Sydney’s coastline from an entirely new perspective.

We arrive at Bankstown Aerodrome and meet our pilot who gives us a thorough safety briefing. We have to wear seat belts and a life jacket while flying over water. We were granted permission to open the windows to take photographs but only once we reached the coast. This is not something they would allow for other passengers.


With the sun shining and a clear blue sky, we set off in our light aircraft for our scenic flight of Sydney’s coastline. I was wearing my brown aviation jacket that fit in well with the old world look of the wooden dashboard of the Cessna we were flying in.

We made our way north to Palm Beach and traveled down along the coast past Whale Beach, Avalon Beach, Mona Vale, Warriewood, Narrabeen, Dee Why and Manly. The northern beaches are spectacular from above, with beaches on one side and lagoons and lakes on the other. I spot Barrenjoey Lighthouse first at the most northern tip of the Palm Beach peninsula and then the Pittwater waterway pops up along my right and stays with me until we reach Mona Vale. At Mona Vale, I see a rock pool jutting out which we circle trying to capture the perfect photo. We continue south over some spectacular coastline consisting of sweeping beaches, rugged headlands, lagoons and bushland until we reach the more populated parts of the Northern Beaches: Dee Why and Manly.


We travel south and I catch glimpses of Sydney Harbour emerging over North Head. The iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Centrepoint Tower stand out from a distance. I can also see many of the tranquil bays and coves where many boats are anchored. Outside the harbour, there are spinnakers racing and other boats cruising around.


We continue past South Head and arrive at Sydney’s well-known beaches of Bondi Beach, Bronte Beach and Coogee Beach. I can see rugged cliffs, rock pools, parks and sandy beaches. As we approach Bondi I see the white vent in the middle of the headland first, and as we move closer, the familiar beach and promenade emerge. From so far away, the beach looks calm and tranquil on our picturesque day.


On the return journey, we travel back up north and head inland into the Hawkesbury River region where we see a national park with lots of valleys and highlands, dotted with secluded river communities. We follow the snake like river around and then head west back to Bankstown Airport.


Sydney Air Tours uses a number of light aircrafts for their scenic flights around Sydney. They include the Piper Warrior II P 28, the Cessna 128 (TZX) and the Beechcraft Duchess (WEU).

There is no need to worry about safety. The pilots are the best in the business and include the chief pilot and pilot instructor, Aminta Lucy Hennessy, who was awarded the Order of Australia for being the first woman to fly across the Atlantic in a single engine aeroplane. The maintenance coordinator of the planes is Ray Clamback, a former chief pilot and flying instructor, whose longest flight is 19 hours and 40 minutes and has completed 300 ocean crossings.

The pilots are so experienced that they flew the new planes from the USA to Australia themselves by removing all the seats from the back of the aircraft and filling it with a petrol bag so they can pump petrol into the fuel tank through a hose that was secured to the outside of the plane and fitted into the petrol tank when they noticed the fuel was low. The seats were shipped to Australia separately and installed back into the aircraft when they arrived. The plane’s petrol tank can only hold enough fuel for a six hour flight and the flight across the Pacific Ocean is much longer.

Sydney Air Tours offer a range of scenic flights around Sydney including Sydney Harbour, Sydney Coastal, Lion Island and Hawkesbury River, Kiama and the South Coast, Blue Mountains and Warragamba Dam. Prices vary depending on the aircraft used and the length of the flight. They start from $345 per aircraft for a 45 minute flight (to Warragamba Dam) to $560 per aircraft for a 1 hour and 20 minute flight (around Sydney Harbour or the Sydney coast) on a Piper Warrior II P 28 aircraft. The aircraft fits three people, and each person gets a window seat and a champagne picnic lunch at the end of the flight.

If you’re looking for a unique gift idea or something to do with your friends, family or that special someone, I highly recommend a scenic flight of Sydney’s coastline with Sydney Air Tours. The Sydney coastal tour allowed me to see Sydney from a whole new angle with the luxury of our own aircraft that we did not have to share with strangers.

Sydney Air Tours is located at 660 Tower Road Bankstown Airport.

For more information about a scenic flight with Sydney Air Tours, go to: www.sydneyairtours.com.au

Pyrmont Growers Market is returning to Pyrmont Bay Park

The Pyrmont Growers Market is back at Pyrmont Bay Park and, to celebrate, a launch party was held on Wednesday 16 February 2016 at PizzAperta at The Star.

Pyrmont Growers Market is back at Pyrmont Bay Park (Pirrama Road, Pyrmont NSW) from 25 February 2016 and every fourth Saturday of every month from 7:30am to 12:00pm.

The Markets will once again offer unique gourmet produce and top quality fresh food straight from the field and farm.

Pyrmont Growers Market started as a single one-off event that was part of the 1998 Good Food Month but continued for 18 years and became one of the most popular and well-attended markets in the city. It closed in April 2016 when Fairfax decided to stop sponsoring it. The likes of Pepe Saya and Toby’s Estate have made names for themselves here, and some of Australia’s most celebrated chefs have demonstrated on the market stage (such as Rockpool’s Neil Perry, Marque’s Mark Best, Biota’s James Viles, and Victor Churchill’s Anthony Puharich).

It is now produced and operated by the Pyrmont Ultimo Chamber of Commerce and proudly supported by The Star. The Pyrmont Ultimo Chamber of Commerce engaged food consultant Tawnya Bahr from Straight to the Source to secure the finest local producers and farmers to be part of the markets. The markets will offer a green, sustainable and relaxed community focused event.

The food at the launch party was made from ingredients sourced from the new stallholders at Pyrmont Growers Market. Guests were served two types of pizzas: ham and mushroom pizza made with Pino Dolce Vita smoked ham, mushrooms, San Marzano tomatoes and mozzarella; and vegetarian pizza made from eggplant, olives, pumpkin, zucchini, cherry tomato, basil and crescenza cheese. They were also served an Australian ocean trout roll with zucchini, leek, pumpkin puree and crescenza cheese. The roll is not a regular menu item at PizzaPerta but it was a standout dish that they should consider adding.

PizzaPerta is an open-air piazza style Italian Pizzeria and Bar operated by Stefano Manfredi (who was also present on the night). It serves pizzas, focaccias, salads, sides and desserts. His head chef, Gianluca Donzella, managed the kitchen and told me that they also make gluten free pizza that is popular with people with celiac disease.

For more information about the Pyrmont Growers Market, go to: http://pyrmontgrowersmarket.com.au/

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2017 program launches in Sydney

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2017 program was launched on Friday 2 December 2016 at a warehouse in Rozelle with one message: to create equality.

The theme for 2017 is Creating Equality. Equality by its definition is ensuring everyone is treated fairly and equally, and not discriminated against for their race, gender, ability, beliefs, sexuality or age.

It is a poignant message that has been the cornerstone of The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras’ ethos since its beginnings in 1978. Australia has come a long way in accepting gay and lesbian people but marriage equality has not been achieved.

The Festival starts on Friday 17 February, and runs for two weeks until Sunday 5 March 2017. It includes a bumper program of events, exhibitions, music and theatre in an all-inclusive, all-singing, all-dancing celebration of Australia’s LGBTQI community.

There are over 80 events in store. There are some new events including Koori Gras @ 107, a festival within the festival where people have the opportunity to discover the history of First People’s involvement in Mardi Gras. The Art Gallery of NSW will present a number of special events around the Adman: Warhol before pop exhibition. Frontier Comedy will bring huge international and local comedians together in Sydney for the Mardi Gras Comedy Festival.

Fair Day will return with tens of thousands of people coming together for a day in the sun. The pool party will take place at the exclusive CBD Ivy pool. Post the parade, there will be The Official Mardi Gras Party with over 12,000 ticket holders at Sydney’s Entertainment Quarter.

And of course, the jewel in the crown of Mardi Gras, the Parade will take place on Saturday 4 March 2017 and offer a chance for over 200,000 LGBTQI people and their supporters to come together and celebrate the community,

Tickets for this program go on sale Friday 02 December 2016.

For information about events or to buy tickets, go to: mardigras.org.au

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A pre-game party is the perfect way to kick-off the festivities before a major football game

The Trans-Tasman rivalry returned to ANZ Stadium on Saturday 20 August 2016 when the Qantas Wallabies played against the New Zealand All Blacks in the World Cup final of the Bledisloe Cup and there was no better way to kick-off the festivities than a pre-game party starting at 5pm at the Novotel Sydney Olympic Park.

The Novotel Sydney Olympic Park occupies a prime location across from ANZ Stadium. The indoor lobby/bar and the outdoor driveway (that had been converted into a large pop-up bar) was full of football fans, who were donning the green and gold, and hoping the Wallabies would defend their home turf.

These football fans had paid an admission ticket to the venue which included live entertainment by Maori dancers, a DJ, food and drinks.

The food was typical of what you would expect at a pre-game party such as: chicken schnitzel burger and steak fries; beef burger, swiss cheese, tomato and steak fries; German sausage burgermeister and steak fires; and steak cut fries.

Drinks included beers, wines and spirits such as: 150 Lashes, Summer Ale and Boags Lite, Auriela sparkling, Piper-Heidsieck Brut Cuvee, Pikorua sauvignon blanc, Pocketwatch pinot gris, Robert Oatley pinot noir, Hancock and Hancock shiraz grenache, Jim Beam bourbon, Johnny Walker Red, bundaberg Up Rum, Gordons Gin, and Smirnoff Vodka Red.

Despite the high-spirits of the crowd at the pre-game party, the Qantas Wallabies incur another humiliating defeat at ANZ Stadium. This means that the Bledisloe Cup will remain on the other side of the Tasman for yet another year.

For more information about the Novotel Sydney Olympic Park, go to: http://www.novotelsydneyolympicpark.com.au/

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Cool Yule Festival has returned to Darling Harbour for the winter school holidays

Darling Harbour will come alive this winter with Cool Yule Festival. The Festival launched on Friday 1 July 2016 showing guests what the public will experience during the Festival.

This year the ice skating rink is bigger than ever. There are learn to skate lessons from 9am to 10am daily for both adults and children. Buy your tickets in advance to be sure you secure a spot.

Top figure skaters will be showing off their skills as part of the Stars On Ice Show from 12:45pm to 1pm daily. The performances change daily with beautiful costumes and impressive routines.

The Cool Yule Snow Pit is back by popular demand. Children will be able to build a snowman or have a snow fight without leaving the city.

There is a 20 metres high and 20 metres long Frozen Forest to wander through with lit up trees, icicles and snowflakes. The Monkey Bae Theatre Company will be using this backdrop to entertain the little ones for free with interactive storytelling sessions and fun activities.

The sky will light up every Saturday at 8:30pm with spectacular fireworks set to a soundtrack. The best place to watch them is at the promenade at Cockle Bay.

The Cool Yule Ferris Wheel will lift you to the highest viewpoint in Darling Harbour. Admire the views of the harbour and the Cool Yule iceberg down below.

To capture your memories, there is a Cool Yule selfie station where you can design your own frosty themed selfie. Using augmented reality, you can interact with penguins and experience snow. Download the Cool Yule App for free from the App Store or Google Play.

There is also a Cool Yule Competition to celebrate Sea Life Sydney Aquarium’s new Penguin Island Expedition where you could win a Premium Merlin Annual Family Pass for 12 months. Simply photograph yourself with at Cool Yule and tag it with #DarlingHarbour and #CoolYule on instagram to win the prizes.

The event will run from 2 July to 17 July 2016 for the duration of the winter school holidays.

For more information about tickets and prices, go to www.darlingharbour.com/whats-on/cool-yule/

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Sydney Fringe Festival highlights announced

Sydney Fringe Festival, the largest independent arts festival in NSW, marks seven years of success by announcing its largest and most dynamic program yet, to be presented from 1 until 30 September. For the first time in 2016, Sydney Fringe together with Inner West Council will unveil and enliven a new Sydney cultural precinct ‘Off Broadway’ bringing pop-up spaces, performances and street activations to a previously disused strip of Parramatta Road.

Sydney Fringe Festival returns to take over the city this September with a ‘call to party’ theme inviting audiences onto the streets with more than 300 productions in over 50 venues spread across five cultural villages. Highlighting the city’s vibrant culture, the cultural villages presented for Fringe will activate Sydney suburbs with a diverse program spanning theatre, music, comedy, visual art, film, musical  theatre, dance, circus, literature and poetry.

Sydney Fringe CEO and Festival Director Kerri Glasscock said: “In 2016 the Sydney Fringe Festival will put the sparkle back into our City’s nightlife. It’s time for the Independent sector to stand up and say “party”, to celebrate the rich cultural offerings that are lovingly created throughout the City all year round and we want you to be there. This year we’ll be reawakening old haunts, reviving long forgotten venues and activating new precincts across the City throughout the month of September.”

A highlight of the 2016 festival will be the new Sydney creative precinct titled ‘Off Broadway’ to be unveiled by Sydney Fringe and Inner West Council for the first time during the Festival. Off Broadway will host a series of events in the disused shop fronts along Parramatta Road in Sydney’s inner west.

FRINGE IGNITE, the festival’s opening party, returns on Saturday 3 September and will take place in Darlinghurst along Stanley Street and neighbouring laneways. Teaming up with the Live Music Office and APRA AMCOS with guest curator Barney McAll, Fringe Ignite features a decadent program that will then spill into the neighbouring venues of Oxford St and Darlinghurst post 8pm for further celebrations. Further parties are planned for the Festival including a series of themed discos to take place at venues around inner Sydney.

Sydney Fringe Festival is delighted to work with 2016 Festival Ambassadors including actress Camilla Ah Kin, actress Paula Arundell, actor Nicholas Brown, comedian Sam McCool and the multi-talented Stone family with Yael Stone of Orange Is The New Black fame, musician Elana Stone and Jake Stone previously of band Bluejuice.

An extended family program of events will be offered with FRINGE KIDS presented over the first weekend of the school holidays on 24 – 25 September, including workshops by local Instagram sensation Handy With Scissors plus kids performances and family friendly events at 5 Eliza St Newtown. Sydney Fringe is also hosting a high tea for mothers while the kids are in workshops, a champagne brunch in aid of raising funds for Fringe Festival’s community partner Look Good Feel Better providing support to cancer patients. Camperdown Park will play host to a family movie screened in the park on 17 September and an Edwardian inspired family cricket and picnic day on 18 September.

A large-scale Silent Dinner Party at Paddington Town Hall on Saturday 24 September will be a highlight of the Festival’s closing weekend, following the popular 2015 Fringe Festival event that set a record for the largest silent dinner party. Guests at the Silent Dinner Party are instructed to “not use words or your voice, please don’t read or write, try to make as little noise as possible, don’t interact with technology and stay for at least 2 hours.” Dinner is included in the ticket price, offering the chance for guests be part of a living artwork that has now been hosted in eight countries across the world.

The full program for the 2016 Sydney Fringe Festival will be announced on 1 August 2016. Please visit https://www.sydneyfringe.com/ for further details and updates.


Celebrate Bastille Day at Circular Quay with dancing, eating and drinking

BBR Festival is proud to announce the 4th annual weekend bustling with appreciation for everything FRENCH. Held over Bastille Day weekend,Thursday 14 July – Sunday 17 July, the four day open air Festival boasts an array of artistic events and delicious stalls for punters across Circular Quay foreshore and Customs House Square.

Paying homage to Frances National Day (La fête nationale), the BBR Festival celebrates Le “Quatorze Juillet” in style with an array of live concerts, traditional French cabaret, French films, food and exciting cooking masterclasses with French chefs ! Oui, s’il vous plaît !! Last year’s festival attracted 350,000 people over the three days. This year is expecting to go above and beyond with an additional day of celebration, more attractions, stalls and entertainers.

The French immersion begins Thursdays 14 July at 7am with a French croissant and a “Cafe crème” on actual Bastille Day. Live concerts will start at 11am, followed by the official Bastille day party from 6pm with French music and cabaret girls ringing in Bastille Day in style. Firemen officers will also be around to celebrate Bastille Day like the French do !! Celebrations are set to be so French, you’ll be transported from Circular Quay to the Moulin Rouge with tunes, dancing, eating and drinking.  The party will be followed by the first of many films screened over the festival, the greatest cult French film “Les Bronzés font du ski” at the Open Air Cinema. (Free events)

Friday 15 July at 7pm, the Festival Village will host a 20 minutes authentic French Cabaret Show. Voted best three things to see in Sydney, The Magicians Cabaret will deliver an enchanting body of work at 2016 BBR Festival. When the curtain will rise, your will step back to Paris in the 18th century, the birthplace of cabaret. Experience its story telling, its song, its dance, its magic. (Free event)

For food lovers, one of the highlights of this year’s festival are the “Tour de France” cooking masterclasses held daily by French Chefs to learn how to cook traditional dishes from the regions visited by Le Tour de France 2016. From Mont St Michel to Mont Blanc, explore the culinary specialities of these summits crossed by Le Tour in 2016. The Masterclasses are the only ticketed events at this year’s festival.

The French Village Market features everything you need for a French experience in our backyards. Glorious French food with Stalls offering the best of the best from French eats. Bite into the best baguettes, smell stinky cheese and try traditional French cakes and treats.

The food centric market would not be complete without a feature of the best wines from the most reputable regions. Drink your way from Bordeaux to Beaujolais, Loire valley to of the nation’s luxury, Champagne.


This year, the BBR Festival also brings the best of European and French-speaking cultures home without the jet lag. Fest through the European village market with stalls across Greece, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Portugal and Switzerland. In total, the festival boasts 60 food vendors from 9 countries over 3 villages.

The market place will also feature authentic European style Artisan and Flea Antique Markets, showcasing the best of Parisian lifestyle design so you, your home and your fridge are so “Oh la la!”

Daily entertainment will be provided by a range of Street Artists, performing each afternoon, ranging from fire twirlers, circus revellers, flamenco and salsa dancers, German, Italian and Grec Folklore, and tantalising acrobats daily at Gateway Plaza.

We will also enjoy 14 free live concerts by French and international artists and bands and  funky free dance parties in the Festival village.

This year,watch your favourite French movie in a bed !  The Open Air Cinema will run nightly, featuring cult French movies with English subtitles, a selection from the funniest to the most popular family friendly films.


One of the biggest highlights of the BBR Festival 2016 is the Canadian Snow Island which will cover AMP Square/ Scout Place with 3 tons of real snow throughout the weekend for a total winter experience. The winter island welcomes a hockey field where the Sydney Bears players are set to host a street hockey game. There will be also a Maple Candy on ice station to create your own lolly with Maple syrup, a Maple products shopping area and of course the traditional Canadian “poutine”

The festivities end on Sunday 17 July with bang as a parade featuring all the performers takes place throughout the festival locations.

The BBR Festival is a not-to-be-missed celebration of the French “art de vivre”. 3 villages will transport you to the streets of Montmartre on a sensory exploration of Europe and snowy French Canada through wild entertainment and delicious delicacies across four days in Sydney’s Circular Quay foreshore.

Stay up to date with the BBR Festival
Website: www.bbrfestival.com.au/
Facebook: facebook.com/BBRfestivalSydney
Twitter: @bbrfestival
Instagram: @bbrfestival

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See the talent and passion of Sydney’s arts and craft industry come alive at The Rocks Markets

On Sunday 15 May 2016, media and bloggers were taken on a tour of The Rocks Markets and provided an insight into the creativity of stallholders and history of The Rocks.

At The Rocks Markets you will find arts and crafts, photography, clothing, bags, Australiana, indigenous artware, one-off jewellery, books and much more.

As part of the tour we got to talk to various stallholders and heard the stories behind the unique products they created. What became apparant was that the products they created were handmade with a lot of passion and talent.

We also met Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority’s archaeologist, Wayne Johnson, who told us about the history of the families who lived in the houses for almost 200 years. In the 1970s, the local community was concerned about being moved out of The Rocks, a place they and their families had been living in for generations. They called on the trade union movement and prominent Sydney personalities to help them save The Rocks. A leading force was Nita McCrae who formed The Rocks Residents Group. McCrae could trace her ancestors in The Rocks back to 1800. By 1975, the government decided all buildings north of the Cahill Expressway were to be retained, conserved and restored. As a result of the actions of this community group, the Australian Heritage Commission Act was passed. It set about the identification and protection of both built and natural items considered important to the people of Australia.

The stallholders at The Rocks Markets included:

  1. Bell Art has created unique aromatic, dining and stationing gifts with painting of Australian native flora by Meryl Bell.
  2. AHW Studio has been designing and making jewelry for over five years. Each piece is a combination on old elegance and modern detail.
  3. Animalyser has been making quirky animal t-shirts, singlets and accessories for four years. Buyers are encouraged to select an animal which reflects their personality.
  4. Arthur Avenue creates clothing with a vintage flair and modern twist to create mesmerising designs for trendy kids.
  5. Bee Bowen creates scarfs that capture a unique snapshot of a time and place in Australia.
  6. BonnieBix makes all butter shortbread pop culture themed biscuits that are decorated with sprinkles and M&Ms on the back.
  7. By Pure Pleasure manufactures natural products for well being such as skin treatments and aromatherapy candles.
  8. Christopher Hanlon makes organics skincare, handmade leather bags and fashion accessories.
  9. Christmas Never Ends sells exclusive Christmas ornaments all year round.
  10. Cleanse with Benefits creates artisan soaps, skincare and candles.
  11. Cool Leather sells Australian kangaroo leather bracelets, necklaces, anklets, rings and accessories.
  12. Creatively Belle sells handmade jewellery.
  13. Downward Dingo has t-shirts and singlets featuring animal yoga poses.
  14. Emporium of Chocolate has unique and delicious mouth-watering chocolates.
  15. Enchanting Angels is a newly launched range of unique premium Angel teddy bear and Angel playsuits.
  16. Erlenmeyer Art is a collection of watercolours and ink artwork by Stephanie Gray including illustrations, playing cardsm gift cards, books, prints and originals.
  17. Eva Cassis is a  lifestyle brand that creates fashion, accessories and homewares.
  18. Garage 16 makes customised and redefined new clothing with a renovated look.
  19. Giorgi’s Gelato is small husband and wife owned business making premium gelato.
  20. Gourmet Tucker is a business which makes dried fruit (without sulphites or sugar, jams, marmalades and curds.
  21. Hoity Toity makes baby clothes for newborns to 18 month old toddlers.
  22. Joseph Austin prints etched artworks particularly of Australian plants and animals.
  23. Jularoo Designs makes chalkboard mats for children, and hair accessories and jewellery for females of all ages.
  24. Kanguro Originals makes Australian made garments, unique Australian Christmas cards, greeting card, 100 per cent cotton tea towels.
  25. Kerry Malone Books creates illustrations for books and is the author of ‘You can do it Joey’.
  26. Leatheron is a premium leather fashion brand created in 2013 by designer Tommy Ge. It offers a full range os women and men’s ready to wear leather and accessories.
  27. Libby Pool creates exquisite handmade paua shell jewellery which she sources from New Zealand.
  28. Market Fresh Chestnuts provides freshly roasted chestnuts that are great for winter.
  29. Matteo Berna Art is art created by Matteo Bernasconi on a variety of mediums such as watercolour, oil, ink, charcoal, print and digital media.
  30. Mini Monet Cupcakes are unique shaped cupcakes inspired by the French impressionist artist Claude Monet.
  31. Mislu specialises in handcrafted papergoods, featuring quirky and unique designs and printed using premium paperstock and archival ink.
  32. MJ Ryan Leather makes goods in the Northern Rivers, keeping the old tradition of leathercraft alive.
  33. Natalie Ness is a bespoke jewellery designer specialising in custom made pendants and charms which are locally cast and plated in antique gold.
  34. Nattivo provides handmade wooden watches and sunglasses crafted by artisans in the Caribbean using recycled tropical wood.
  35. Paula Church is a botanical and brd artist who has previously worked on the diamond jubilee state coach of HM the Queen
  36. Penelope Red designs unique clothes with lots of colour, interesting textures and mixed with vintage styling
  37. Perri Dee creates original edgy artwork that is elegant, timeless, aesthetic stimulating and exciting.
  38. Ping Lian Yeak is a young artist whose work has been exhibited around the world. He was discovered at the age of 11 and has appeared in numerous documentaries and various high-profile shows.
  39. Poco a Poco are a group of artists that create new products out of glass bottles and provide consumers with a unique range of products that also help the environment
  40. Poetry makes deliciously crisp toffee, laced with roasted almonds, topped with the finest Belgium chocolate and dusted with almond fines.
  41. Ronnie-arts provides customers with contemporary made artworks and designs.
  42. Somkiat Hansathit makes beautiful watercolour prints featuring a personal view and a collection of Sydney areas by Dtai S. Hansathit. The artist carries a small sketchbook and portable watercolour palette with him everywhere he goes. He captures the mood, atmosphere and essence of his subjects across the spectrum of day to day activities; landscape; cityscape; people; sports.
  43. Soontaree creates multipurpose and everyday items with Soontaree’s unique eye for detail.
  44. Sticky confectioners make hand made beautiful rock candy that can also be used for weddings and corporate events.
  45. Studio 106 make traditional and art nouveau style jewellery handcrafted from sterling silver with 9ct gold details and a sparkle of natural gem stones
  46. Supertrooper Studio is a multidisciplinary design studio in the Northern Beaches which utilises traditional Swedish design values of quality, functionalism and simplicity.
  47. The Licorice Shop makes a variety of flavoured certified organic liquorice.
  48. Valeria D-Annibale is a 3D printed jewellery designer that makes hand dyed jewellery.
  49. Your Nuts makes a selection of tasty caramalised nuts.
  50. The Rocks Market Buskers is: The Rosie Meader Trio, a family band based in Sydney who originated from the Netherlands; or the Mimosa Duo, a Sydney born and bred guitar and violin duo.

The Rocks Markets is open from 10am to 5pm every Saturday and Sunday.

It is located at Playfair Street, George Street and Jack Mundey Place, The Rocks.

For more information go to: www.therocks.com

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A world of luxe cruising launches in Sydney Harbour

After sailing over 10,000 nautical miles to reach its final destination, the stunning Seadeck launches in Sydney on Friday 29 April 2016.

Seadeck is not just a vessel, it’s an unforgettable experience. Its unique and elegant custom design will transport you back in time to the 1920s and 1940s when luxury cruising was at its peak and boat design was considered an art form. Measuring 42 meters, this hand crafted European vessel has three vast decks from which to take in the 360 degree views of stunning Sydney Harbour. Each deck features luxurious lounge seating and bespoke furniture sourced from high-end suppliers all over the world with quality finishes throughout.

The launch event featured guests such as actor Nic Westaway, MTV’s Krit, Zilda Williams, Jay Lyons, Hugo from Flight Facilities DJing, DJ Sarsha Simone and more.

Guests were served Ciroc cocktails, Santa VIttoria water and food by the boats Executive Chef Drew Bolton (from Vine in Double Bay) while enjoying the spectacular boat which was designed by creative designer Alex Zabotto-Bentley.

Over the coming months, Seadeck will be used for private events and parties with plans to open it up to the public in Spring.

For more information about Seadeck, go to: www.seadeck.com.au

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