What’s On – 306

Stories about Hope
20 — 23 July, Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Pidcock St, Camperdown

It’s not often that we hear conversation about refugees that reflects the lived experiences and perspectives of these voices. An exhibition in the Inner West is hoping to do just this, after three successful exhibitions in NSW and Victoria. Partnering with Road to Refuge, a not-for-profit community organisation, Renee Dixson, the exhibition’s creator and producer, set out to construct a showcase that represents her own journey with her partner, Tina, of seeking safety in Australia. ‘Stories about Hope’ celebrates the courage and individual identity of people who have undertaken diverse journeys to Australia through photography and short films.

Future distant history
21 — 29 July, Artereal Gallery, 747 Darling St, Rozelle

Keen to exercise your intellectual and creative mind by examining the intersection of “invasive capitalist endeavours and the resultant environmental and cultural scars”? Hayden Fowler’s art exhibition is the perfect one for you, as he presents his latest body of works, Future Distant History. The exhibition explores Australia’s colonial history and the impact of exploitative industrial practices on the environment. The poetic images and objects include an installation of skeletal bleached bone. Also in the gallery is a second exhibition, Profiteer Chic, by Penelope Cain, which explores narratives of historical colonialism in our country.

Sydney Royal Wine Show
Saturday 29 July, 2-6pm, Howie Pavilion, Riverina Avenue, Sydney

Head down to the Sydney Royal Wine Show for an afternoon of wine, wine and more wine. Along with fine food and great music, join wine connoisseurs at one of the most prestigious wine shows in Australia, which dates back to 1826. Usually hosting around 500 patrons, visitors have the opportunity to taste and judge selections from 2,200 entrants, judging the wines on variants including complexity, fruitiness and balance. The afternoon is also an opportunity to learn a thing or two more about wine thanks to their Expert Judges Tours, who will guide you and your palate through the thousands of wines.

Photographing our mangroves
Saturday 5 August, 11am, Ron Routley Oval, Norman Street, Concord West

Ever wondered what interesting creatures are living alongside us in the Inner West? The mangrove habitat on the foreshore of Canada Bay is a sanctuary, playing an essential part in maintaining the health of our aquatic ecosystem. They act as coastal kidneys, filtering water and buffering strong tides to prevent erosion. Come and learn from passionate professionals about how to take the perfect nature photograph at just the right angle, and the importance of mangroves to our environment. Additional walking tours are on 22 July, 12 August and 16 August.

Bay Run
Sunday 6 August, 8am, Leichhardt Park, Leichhardt

The Inner West’s Bay Run is the envy of the city, a beautiful reminder that nature can still be found amidst the hustle and bustle. The Bay Run fun run aims to bring people of all ages together for a day of health, fun and exercise. The 8km run (or walk) around Iron Cove makes for a great warm up race if you’re thinking of participating in the City to Surf or Blackmores Sydney Running Festival. There is also a 2km Primary School Challenge  with great prizes on offer for the kids.  A great way to enjoy the water, get fit and spend time in our beloved Inner West community. Race you there!

Bear Hunt
Tuesday 8 Aug, 10am and 11.45am, Enmore Theatre, Enmore Road, Newtown

The award-winning children’s book, We’re Going On A Bear Hunt, is coming to you live on stage. If you’re after a morning of entertainment for the kids, this is one not to miss. The vivid, noisy and hugely innovative adaptation direct from London’s West End, sold out in Melbourne and at the Sydney Opera House, is hitting the streets of the Inner West. The quirky musical score with catchy songs will have your little ones laughing, rhyming and repeating in no time. There are also plenty of participatory scenes and hands-on adventures to transport them into another world.

PLUS: National Tree Day, Intellectual workouts and Sustainable Schools branch out. Check out what’s on in the Inner West in our calendar designed to be stuck on the fridge or book marked on your phone.