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Boomalli Music Event

Known for their beautiful gallery and ongoing art exhibitions, Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative is back with another event, but this time it’s musical. Heading down a different avenue of the arts, the event will feature both musical and poetry performances by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.

Kicking off at 2pm, this Sunday July 10th, the event will feature local performers including Hamish Brown, Kathryn Miller, Blak Douglas, Burri Jerome, Rick Wells, Robyn King and James Wilson-Miller. Held in their Flood Street Leichhardt gallery, works from Boomalli’s current exhibition, ‘How We See Country’, will surround the audience, taking the atmosphere to another level and allowing visitors to enjoy the music while also viewing this must-see collection.

For an entry fee of $5, everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy the live performances, while supporting an organisation doing important work to address social inequality.

For further information visit www.boomalli.com.au.


AFL Multicultural Festival

We may only have a few footy fans here at Ciao, but we do support the need for diversity. This event celebrates both footy and multiculturalism, recognising AFL’s important role in bringing people together. The free event is open to all members of the public – regardless of whether you are a footy fanatic or don’t understand the difference between AFL and NRL – and has plenty on offer, with a celebration of the many cultures that make the game special. From free rides, to food stalls, to AFL clinics, workshops, henna, and live performances by a variety of acts, there is plenty to keep you and the kids occupied.

The festival will be held at Cathy Freeman Park at Sydney Olympic Park, from 11am to 7pm, with organisers recommending a quick walk across the road to catch the Giants v Collingwood match, but we won’t judge you if you decide to camp out on a bean bag with some festival snacks and give the game a miss.

Saturday July 9th, 11am-7pm. Cathy Freeman Park, Olympic Boulevard, Olympic Park, Sydney.


Sunday 10 July, 3-5pm
Stories from the Ville

Once upon a time in the great big melting pot of the Inner West, ordinary people gathered to tell extraordinary stories. This Sunday six Inner Westies will be performing their tales at Petersham Bowling Club, all themed around the phrase, ‘Tales told of times past’. Each story will go for nine minutes and you will be able to enjoy them all for just a $5 entry fee! Kids are very welcome and stories will be child appropriate.

Petersham Bowling Club, in the Green Room


Tues 12 July, 7-10pm
July Poetry Night

One for the bohemian wordsmiths among us, poetry night is back at Sappho Books featuring a line-up of esteemed guest poets including: Ouyang Yu, Claire Nashar, Juan Garrido Salgado and Beth Spencer. If listening to those great poets gets your muse firing, the night also features an open-mic portion, where you can try your hand at reading some of your own rhyming or non-rhyming creations. Set in the beautiful, cosy courtyard, surrounded by books, with coffee and wine on hand, could it get any better? Nah.

Where: Sappho Books Café & Wine Bar, 51 Glebe Point Road, Glebe


Wed 13 July, 2.30-4pm
Harry Potter Trivia

Do you know a hippogriff from a thestral? The name of Hagrid’s dog? How to destroy a Horcrux? If so, you are probably in a decent position to take home some of the prizes on offer when Pottermania hits Balmain Library.

For ages 12 and up, it’s one for the whole family. But don’t let that stop you attending as an adult, we are the Hogwarts generation and have been training for this all our lives!

Free but bookings essential. Visit www.leichhardt.nsw.gov.au or call 9367 9211.

Where: Balmain Library, 370 Darling St, Balmain


13 July – 24 July
Bus TV

Here in the Inner West, we are lucky to be surrounded by so much art, but with so many exhibitions happening constantly, it can get overwhelming. That’s why when something original catches your eye; it’s best to take the opportunity. Bus TV, a video exhibition, is just that – original. Giving a voice to those who keep our city moving, the exhibition explores the lives of those behind the wheel of Sydney buses.

Where: Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Pidcock St, Camperdown


Tues 19 July – 6 September
Inclusive Dance and Theatre Workshops

Delivered by integrated, disability-led performance company Murmuration, these workshops are open to all people, of all skill levels, with or without a disability. It doesn’t matter whether you are a professional performer or a complete novice when it comes to dance and theatre, the workshops are a great way to explore or expand your arts practice. Better yet, tickets are available as a one-off casual class, perfect for dipping your toe in the creative waters, or as a discounted season pass.

For further information and pricing visit www.murmuration.com.au

Where: The Gumbramorra Hall, 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville


Sun 14rd August, 10am-4pm
The Good Grief Café

Join the Sydney Threshold Choir and friends for a workshop on grief, loss and embracing life’s transitions, through conversation, song and movement. Morning and afternoon tea will be provided to keep you going throughout the day. The Threshold Choir is a global organisation of singers who perform to those on the thresholds of life. The event is free, but reservations are essential, visit www.goodgriefcafe.eventbrite.com.au

Where: Hannaford Centre, 608 Darling St, Rozelle