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July Review

July was actually a busy month for me. Despite the turn in the weather, I actually headed out on quite a few occasions after work to check out what Sydney had to offer including a visit to the Sonos House in Woollahra for an immersive and sonically powerful panel with three of Australia’s best female artists in the industry today (including Wafia and my girl Thandi Phoenix) to discuss their BattleHymn. On the same night, I was invited to attend the Sydney premiere of “Her Sound, Her Story,” a beautiful, impactful and inspiring piece of cinematography that needs to be watched and shared by everybody.  And last week, I squeezed in a quick visit to Carriageworks to check out Ryoji Ikeda’s trippy “micro| macro” installation,

So what’s in store for August?

Celebration In My Neighbourhood
August 4 2018 @ Auburn Centre for the Community, Auburn
This one-day festival in Auburn will reflect the many cultures that contribute to the rich social tapestry of the area and will tell the stories of those who have become part of the community as refugees or after seeking asylum in Australia. The day will include workshops in creating Afghan tapestries and kites, Rangoli design artwork, and multicultural mural painting and toy-making. There’ll also be diverse market stalls and food offerings.

August 12 @ Hyde Park

It’s the big one on the run calendar. Whether you’re a serious runner, jogger, walker, pusher or want to join in for the first time, don’t miss your chance to cry on the way up Heartbreak Hill. There are 80,000 participants each year and entries for Sydney’s biggest fun run are now open.

Le Dernier Appel (The Last Cry)
August 15-18 @ Carriageworks

First Nation, immigrant and settler descent dancers from Australia and New Caledonia come together in a new work by Indigenous dance company Marrugeku that explores the impact and aftermath of decolonisation across the Asia Pacific. It asks what should remain and what should be discarded when countries unshackle themselves from their colonial pasts.

Eat Your Heart Out Liverpool
August 25 @ Railway Street, Liverpool

Liverpool will welcome this second street celebration of music, art and food. Railway Street will be covered with public art, carnival games, and stalls of designer and handmade goods presented by the Westies Markets. Local businesses along the strip will become part of the festivities, besides more of Liverpool’s favourite eateries in food truck form, and a curated music and performance program of local and international acts.


Chau Tran is the founder of The 5 to 9 Life, a blog that covers fashion, music, art/design, and events happening around the country (and beyond) outside of her 9 to 5 corporate job. Check out more of her writing at http://www.the5to9life.com/

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