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Sydney Fashion Weekend

Sydney’s most exclusive designer shopping and runway event is back – and it’s officially packed! Get ready for the Sydney Fashion Weekend 14th – 17th May, Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park.

Join Sydney’s fashion elite and shop from over 100 of Australia’s most-loved designers, including Ginger & Smart, Samantha Wills and Bec & Bridge to name a few, all offering exclusive discounts at Sydney’s biggest designer sale. Find yourself front row at the impressive Fashion Weekend Runway featuring over 100 leading looks, indulge in the latest beauty trends with make overs, blow dries, spray tans and more at the Beauty Hub. It’s the ultimate day out, so grab the gals and get set for Sydney’s biggest weekend in Fashion and Beauty.

And what’s more, Ciao has five pairs of tickets to give away to our readers.  To win just write to info@ciaomagazine.com.au and tell us the name of one of the designers taking part in Fashion Weekend.

If you aren’t one of the lucky five winners, Ciao readers have also received a special ticket offer saving 20% off Fashion Weekend tickets. Simply go to www.ticketek.com.au/fashionweekend and enter the password FASHION8  when prompted. For more information visit www.fashionweekend.com.au



Mothers Day Gifts from Ciao

Resort living for MUM, HER dog and a loved one!

How much do you love your mummy? Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort and Spa is kindly giving a lucky reader a night away with mum and her four-legged friend!

The offer includes one night’s accommodation in a Deluxe Resort View Room for two people and a dog, including buffet breakfast, wi-fi access and parking. The deal comes with a bed and a bowl for doggie!

To go into the running to win see our Giveaways page.

Well-deserved downtime

Ease those aching bones with a very special Mother’s Day Gift from Thai Remedy in Balmain. The winner of this luxurious package will receive the option of having an hour-long massage (usually $80) or nominating to have two 30 minutes massages (normally $100).

For a chance to win email info@cioamagazine.com.au and tell us why you or your Mum deserves some downtime. Please include your contact details and address.

To go into the running see our Giveaways page.

To keep up to date with Ciao’s giveaways simply slap us a ‘Like’ on our Facebook page!



A Festival of Sight and Sound

2015 is the fourth annual year of Leichhardt Council’s Site and Sound Program, lighting up Leichhardt’s beautiful town hall after over 100 years of its continuous use.

Running from April through to June, the curators of the Site and Sound program have put much effort into creating a program that will be fascinating for littlies and arts enthusiasts alike.

Some highlights coming up over May include the double bill of plays, Blue Italian and Nil by Sea both written by Australian Katie Pollock. On Saturday May 2nd the Asyik Kids Festival will kick off providing a cultural family fun day that embraces all the sounds, sights and tastes of Indonesia.

Not only does Site and Sound provide a spectacular arts program for you to enjoy, you can meet new friends and make a stronger connection to your community

    • For more information about the Site and Sound program visit Leichhardt Council’s website: www.leichhardt.nsw.gov.au/community and follow the libks to the Site and Sound page.



Thurs 30th April
John Connor on UN Climate Reduction

Climate Change Balmain-Rozelle and the Balmain Institute are asking the question: What about Paris? John Connor, CEO of the Climate Institute will talk about the UN’s new carbon reduction framework to be finalized in November at talks in Paris.

Come along to hear answers to many questions including: What role should Australia play and how is our Government already performing on this?

Comedian and screenwriter, John Doyle, will be the night’s MC and host.

  • The talk will take place at Balmain Town Hall Meeting Room at 6.30pm. $7.00 including supper. RSVP to ccbalroz@gmail.com
Sat 2nd May
3D Printing for Social Good

Have you been wondering what all the fuss about 3D Printing is, well we certainly have! 3D printing has been coined to be changing our physical world and could revolutionise the way we make products by bringing the factory to the individual person!

Facilitated by Three Farm, participants in this free workshop will have an opportunity to get hands on and see a real 3D printer in action. Remember to bring your laptops!

The workshop will be held at St Peters/Sydenham Library from 10am-1pm. Register at: http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/3d-printing-for-social-good-tickets-16508994848

Sat 2nd May
Theatresports World Cup

Theatresports Australia, in association with Amnesty Internationa,l is presenting the Theatresports World Cup with competing nations – Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the Rest of the World combo team to battle it out for the last laugh.

The Inner West will be well represented in the international romp with Newtown’s Michael Gregory and Canadian expat and Balmain local, Cale Bain taking the stage. The night will be hosted by TV celebrity, Andrew O’Keefe and bring to the stage some of the world’s greatest improvisation comedians.

  • The World Cup will takes place at the Enmore Theate at 6.30pm, tickets from $28. Book online at: http://www.ticketek.com/
Miniatures and Doll House Fair
Sat 2nd – Sun 3rd May

The Sydney Miniatures and Doll House Fair was started 26 years ago and has been running annually ever since. Step into a world of miniature furniture, food and interior decor created by Sydney-siders, where one foot might be scaled down to less than an inch!

The fair will showcase many of the skills needed to create beautiful miniature displays and will include trading stalls so you can start working on your own dream home!

  • The fair will take place at the Sports Centre, Olympic Boulevard at Sydney Olympic Park. Tickets $10, children $5.
Wed 6th – Tues 16th May
3.99Hz Interactive Exhibition

What happens if we take away the usual boundaries that enclose our mind? What depths of our mind could we reach? What significance do our dreams have on our subconscious mind? These questions are raised in 3.99Hz; an interactive art exhibition featuring the work of Sydney creative director Chrissie Hall and Melbourne artist Angie Taylor.

Featuring experimental works of film, installation, paintings and photography, visitors are encouraged to interact with the various experiments within the exhibition. A soundscape will be heard upon entry – or is it just your own mind whirring?

  • Kind of Gallery in St Leonards. Opening night Wednesday 6th May from 6:00-9:00pm, and on show Wednesday – Saturday 11:00-4:00pm.
Fri 8th May
Comedy for a Cause

Together with Comedy for a Cause, Ashfield Public School issue an invitation to an evening jam packed with laughter. Matt Wakefield will bring his team of hilarious comedians with him for a night to Ashfield Public as a fund raising drive for the school. Also booked for the evening are James Smith (Flight of the Conchords, Rove Live, The Footy Show), Triple J’s RAW comedy runner up Katie Burch, established comedian John Cruckshank. Hold on to your hats because you’ll have to be ready to play with this line up!

  • The show will be held in Ashfield Public School hall at 7.30pm.Tickets are $35 and the school P&C will also be selling drinks and finger food.
Thurs 14th – Sun 17th May
History: The Musical!

Local musicians David Macualay and Elias Calabretta from Drummoyne will be providing the tunes for this experimental musical that is being staged as part of Parramatta’s Anywhere Fest. The idea of the festival is to encourage theatre and music to pop up in all sorts of places, and this musical will run amok in a local Chinese restaurant!

Great for kids who want to see a different side of history, get prepared for the Reformation Rap, Shakespeare Mash-up and Buzz Aldrin Tango.