Get yourself to the Greek
The 21st Greek Film Festival returns this October, bringing dozens of great films that demonstrate the many different walks of life in the Mediterranean….
The festival kicks off its 21st anniversary with the period drama Little England, directed by veteran Pantelis Voulgaris and adapted from his wife Ioanna Karystani’s bestselling novel. Set in a fisherman’s village where women were left alone to raise the children during World War II, this film tells the story of two sisters who fall in love with the same sea captain and is a gorgeous portrayal of separation and loneliness.
Other films in this year’s listing are Panos Koutras’ queer road drama Xenia (pictured above), Greek New Wave director Alexandro Avranas’ dark family drama Miss Violence and film noir hit-man thriller Stratos, the fourth feature by Yannis Economides.
Also returning for its fifth year will be the Greek-Australian Short Film Festival where filmmakers compete for both international and local awards.
Thanks to Palace Cinemas, we have 5 FREE double passes to give away.
Of course, you realise this means war!
The latest play by Alex Lykos, Marrickville local and writer of the hit Alex & Eve theatre trilogy, has just arrived at the Factory Theatre and it follows a conflict that anyone can relate to…
It’s War is a comedy that follows the story of two couples, all best friends and neighbours. The conflict begins innocently enough with a simple backyard house extension, yet this soon triggers an all-out war that sees friendships broken, forces neighbours to choose allegiances and eventually reveals a well-kept secret that threatens to unravel the entire community.
Writer Alex Lykos said he wanted the play to tackle the all-too-familiar problems that arise when neighbours don’t communicate with on another.
This play, which will be running from the 9th-19th October, is being produced by the Bulldog Theatre Company and features an exciting cast including Alex & Eve star Jenny Apostolou, Chris Argirousis, Ben Maclaine and more. Ticket prices are $25 for an adult and $20 for concession.
To go into the running to win a FREE double pass to It’s War, see our Giveaways page for details. To make a booking, visit www.bulldogtheatre.com or call 9550 3666.
Fri 10th-Sunday 19th October
Shop Local Newtown
Presented by Eat Happily, Shop Local is a campaign that celebrates local seasonal food within a one-mile radius, distributed by independents and shared amongst the community. Involved in this campaign are a variety of events, such as the Cook a One Mile Meal that simply asks participants to make a great meal with locally sourced ingredients. At the core of this movement is a love of community, healthy and organic ingredients, and, of course, delicious tasting food. There are many ways to be get involved with Shop Local Newtown so visit their website to find out where you can start.
For more information, visit www.eathappily.org
Wednesday 15th October
Newtown Bike Brekkie
As part of Ride2Work Day, a sustainability initiative that seeks to get more people using carbon-free transport, Inner West cyclists are invited to this year’s Newtown Bike Brekkie. All participants to this event will be treated to a free breakfast made by Alfalfa House, including a bike-powered smoothie. There will also be free coffee and maintenance tips on hand on the day. So stay green, stay fit, and treat yourself to a free, delicious breakfast.
Where: Hollis Park, 7-9am
Saturday 18th October
Round She Goes
Celebrating October’s Buy Nothing New Month, the Round She Goes secondhand market will be hosting their final event for the year on Saturday 18th October at Marrickville Town Hall. Dedicated to women’s preloved fashion with the goal of reminding shoppers to be more conscious about their consuming habits, this market gives everyone the opportunity to offload their unwanted items in exchange for someone else’s once-loved clothing. The market runs from 10am-3pm and has a $2 entry.
Sunday 19th October
Balmain Family Fun Day
Held at King George Park, this Family Fun Day is great weekend event for the family and a fun way to raise money and awareness for kid’s cancer research. The day was inspired by Ciara Flanagan, a Rozelle local who diagnosed with neuroblastoma at just 12-weeks-old. She is now four and a half years old and in remission but many other children have not been so lucky. Other than supporting a great cause, this Family Fun Day will have a lot of great entertainment including live music, face painting, a petting zoo, food stalls and much more, so come along, make a contribution and enjoy the community spirit.
Saturday 25th October
Your Best Body Challenge
For those of you who want to be fitter and healthier, but always manage to come up with an excuse not to, here are a couple of great reasons to get started. The Fitness Factory is currently offering a FREE six-week fitness course, combining both exercise and nutritional programs to get your body transformation under way. On top of this, this program will also be raising funds for the Salvation Army, meaning you can help improve the community while improving your own health. With a great social atmosphere and an award night at the end of the six weeks, there is really no reason not to be a part of this.
For more info or to register, visit www.fitfactory.com.au/yourbestbody
Saturday 25th October
AAC Awareness Picnic
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is an umbrella term for all communicative methods used by people who have difficulties with speaking and/or writing. AAC is a necessity for people living with a variety of conditions, from congenital impairments like cerebral palsy to acquired conditions such as sclerosis. To help raise awareness for people who have differing speaking abilities, AAC Voice is holding a picnic in Victoria Park and they invite everyone interested in AAC to come on down and celebrate the power of communication. If you are available, please come and show your support.
For more information, visit www.aacvoice.com
Saturday 25th October
Vertical and Balcony Gardening Workshop
Do you love to garden, but your home is just too restricted in space to really let your green thumb out? This workshop, run by City of Canada Bay council, will teach you all you need to know to create a garden appropriate to your space. There a variety of techniques available that will help you create vertical gardens, running up your wall, balcony or fence, that are beautiful and easy to maintain. Spaces are strictly limited so book early.
For more info, call Canada Bay Sustainability Team on 9911 6411. To make a booking, visit www.eventbrite.com.au/o/treading-lightly-3872044903