Feel-Good Friday: September 16 – Buy & Fly
The Wallabies were robbed last night, and the nation’s spirits are low. However, we’ve got the perfect remedy to turn that frown upside down: Feel-Good Friday. So lace up your boots and prepare to tackle the ultimate list of positivity this side of the Tasman Sea; our latest edition will have you feeling victorious all weekend long.
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Championing Australia’s Best Artists
Since it was established 20 years ago, Sydney art gallery China Heights has been a dedicated proponent of Australia’s creative scene, acting as a hub for visual artists, musicians, fashion designers, and more. From their location in Surry Hills, gallery owners Edward Woodley and Nina Treffkorn have a knack for spotting and supporting the very best talent, with Otis Hope Carey, Lucy O’Doherty and Max Berry all included amongst the impressive crop of artists currently represented by the gallery.
Now, China Heights is hosting one of Sydney’s most exciting artists. For the next three weeks Hugh Van Schaick will return to the gallery with a new collection entitled “Bodies of us” after his 2021 appearance there sold out – during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic no less. The new works capture Van Schaick’s love of drumming and dance, while simultaneously embracing a significantly increased scale that gives his human figures an elemental quality not unlike the rock formations of the Australian landscape.
Alongside Van Schaick’s showing, China Heights is also hosting the multi-talented Brooklyn-based artist, DJ, photographer and singer-songwriter Rahill Jamalifard. Her new collection – “I Walk In Your Memory” – consists of 31 pieces, through which she threads together the memories of people who’ve had great influence in her life, from Brian Eno to Hakeem Olajuwon.
Opening night for both exhibitions is 6-8pm tonight at China Heights with both shows running until October 9.
Win Tickets to the 2022 Toyota AFL Grand Final and Meet the Stars
To celebrate the Toyota AFL Grand Final returning to its home of Melbourne this year, Toyota Australia is giving away 2 x Reserved Seat tickets to one lucky winner to the Toyota AFL Grand Final on Saturday, September 24 at the MCG.
AFL fans keen to grab their hands on some tickets need to head to the Toyota Good for Footy Club House located at the AFL live site in Yarra Park, Melbourne between Wednesday 21 September and Friday 23 September 2022 and tell them your favourite Grand Final memory as well as follow Toyota’s Instagram. To enter scan the QR code that will be dotted around the Toyota live site area.
The winner will be announced on the morning of Saturday 24th September.
What is the Toyota Good for Footy Club House? The clubhouse pays tribute to grassroots footy clubs by showcasing the stories of some of Australia’s best local clubs. The venue also hosts special appearances from a range of AFL and AFLW stars including Marcus Bontempelli, Tayla Harrus, Brodie Grundy and Zach Merrett. Fans can test their strength on the Clubhouse Bounce, or donate $2 for a classic sausage sizzle, with proceeds going to the Ladder Foundation. There’s also a chance to grab signed Sherrins and guernsey’s, plus much more.
Toyota has been supporting and building grassroots football in ways big and small by raising more than $9 million dollars through its Good for Footy Program since 2013. This year’s raffle sold out raising more than $1 million for Good for Footy clubs across the country, which provides financial support for clubs to purchase new gear and new equipment for their teams.
Travel Revelers Get Ready to Buy and Fly in Style
Sydney is now the official home to one of the world’s most innovative and contemporary retail travel destinations, Lotte Duty Free. Lotte Duty Free is the second largest duty free retailer worldwide, and this multi-level boutique has landed on the corner of Pitt and Market Street, the heart of Sydney’s retail precinct. Lotte Duty Free is home to many brands never seen before in Australian travel retail. International favourites such as Pola, Cosme Decorte, Helena Rubinstein are available alongside cherished beauty brands like La Prairie, Estee Lauder, Lancome, Shiseido, SK-II and Gucci Beauty. They also sell niche fragrances such as Le Labo, Frederic Malle and Killian.
Lotte Duty Free’s offerings extend far beyond most retail outlets, shoppers are greeted by a concierge and will discover each of the 3 levels has its own unique experience. Shoppers can immerse themselves in the elegance of our beauty floors and travel upstairs to an authentic cellar door experience where wine connoisseurs can take a moment to connect with Lotte Duty Free’s resident Sommelier and enjoy local wines or sample one of their premium whiskies from the 100 bottle Whisky Bar.
The city location gives shoppers the opportunity to pocket the duty and tax savings while taking their time to enjoy Duty-Free shopping and browse at their leisure as opposed to rushing at the airport by injecting the shopping experience into their travel planning journey. For more information, head to the Lotte Duty Free website.
Rekōdo Restaurant and Vinyl Bar is Coming to Sydney
On Friday, September 16, Solotel will be launching its latest offering to Sydney’s music and hospitality scene with Rekōdo Restaurant & Vinyl Bar. A nod to Japanese listening rooms, the venue will blur the lines between food, drink and music, enlisting singer-songwriter and ARIA award-nominee Meg Mac as guest curator to create an immersive restaurant and vinyl bar experience on level one of Barangaroo House.
In addition to the curated program, there will be a high rotation of live vinyl DJs taking over from Thursday-Sunday; from Ayebatonye and Harvey Sutherland to local favourites Mike Who and Andy Webb, the September roster is expected to cater to a wide range of genres and musical tastes. For more information head to the Barangaroo website.
First Nations Sydney WorldPride 2023 Roadshow Kicks Off
First Nations LGBTQIA+SB communities are getting a major boost this week, with the announcement of the First Nations Sydney WorldPride 2023 Roadshow. Undertaken as part of a wider effort to ensure that those First Nations LGBTQIA+SB voices are heard and included in future Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras celebrations, the Roadshow is hitting 11 locations around the country, beginning on September 21. At these events, the First Nations team will provide face-to-face engagement about the Sydney WorldPride festival and the various ways that communities can get involved. If you want to help spread the word and ensure First Nations LGBTQIA+SB voices are heard, check out the link below and register to attend.
Dubbo Dream Festival is Back
Who’s ready to celebrate the best of Dubbo? The classic home-grown Dream Festival is back for 2022 – bigger, brighter and bolder than ever. This time around, you can expect to see a massive program across all forms of creativity. From lights, lanterns, music, markets, art competitions and more; the festival is an exploration of all things arty and inspiring. Best of all, you can get involved in the action. From enlightening experiences such as lantern-making workshops or Fong Lees Lane to the well-known favourites: DREAM Lanterns which includes the lantern parade, market stalls and entertainment to suit everyone. Dubbo Dream Festival rubs from 12-23 October 2022 with more information available below.
GYG is Giving away Free Guac for International Guacamole Day
Get ready to guac and roll because Guzman y Gomez is serving up free guac today for International Guacamole Day. GYG’s signature guac can be added to every meal on the menu, or even enjoyed on it’s own with a side of corn chips. All guac lovers have to do to claim the freebie is order via the GYG app and ~top tip~ if it’s their first time downloading the app, they can also claim a FREE burrito! What better way to kick off the weekend?!
Willie the Boatman x Crooked Tunes Micro Distillery Launch Event
A recently converted toilet-block in an industrial precinct may not be the first place you’d expect to find a micro distillery – which is fitting, given that most people wouldn’t ever expect to find corn liquor of all things, being made in Sydney. But that’s exactly where Crooked Tune Micro Distillery has decided to call home, preparing to launch Sydney’s first Corn Liquor distillery this weekend in the Inner West.
Unique in almost every aspect, Crooked Tune is only licensed to accommodate a mere 8 guests at a time (nope, not a typo). This is where their neighbour, the much-loved local brewpub, Willie the Boatman steps in as the host of the day’s festivities. Creating an action-packed day out for the whole family, with live entertainment, games, food truck bites and of course, plenty of hooch to keep spirits high (…literally).
- Where: Willie the Boatman, 601/75 Mary St, St Peters
- When: 12pm – 8pm. Sunday, September 18, 2022
- Cost: FREE
Spotify and BWS Launch World-First Cool Room Concert
Two of the biggest vibe enablers, BWS and Spotify are coming together this September to launch a world-first cool room concert, featuring BROODS and Client Liaison. That’s right, a literal concert inside the local bottle-o cool room, where both artists will perform a live set that sees them do the opposite of acoustic; adding instruments, styles and attitude that take it further than the original version, with these intimate performances set to be so hot, fans will be thankful they’re already chilling in the fridge. The scene will be extremely intimate, with fans able to secure their spot via the competition link, where they’ll be among a handful of Aussies who can brag about this world-first experience.
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