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Miles Franklin Award Hopefuls Visit Newtown

The Miles Franklin Literary Award is considered one of the most prestigious accolades for Australian authors. Each year it attempts to recognise the novel of highest literary merit reflecting Australian life in its many facets. No biggie.

With the recent announcement of the five authors shortlisted for the prize, the Inner West is lucky to host two of the hopefuls, A.S. Patric (pictured above) and Charlotte Wood, as they appear at Better Read Than Dead in Newtown on Wednesday July 27th to discuss their works. Kicking off at 6.30pm, the event is free and will feature an audience Q&A and book-signing. Calling all literary nerds, it’s time to start compiling your questions!

The award winner will be announced on August 26th at the Melbourne Writers Festival.

To celebrate Ciao has a package with all five shortlisted novels to give away. For details see our Giveaways page.


whats-on-balmain-sinfoniaBalmain Sinfonia

Since its conception in 1991 by artistic director, conductor and Drummoyne resident Gary Stavrou, the Balmain Sinfonia has had a long and illustrious journey. After leaving its original location in Rozelle and Balmain to act as Macquarie University’s resident orchestra, the orchestra is now returning to its Inner West home; this time setting up shop in Leichhardt’s Italian Forum.

Their long-awaited debut at the Forum will be a Saturday afternoon concert, taking place at 5pm, August 5th and will feature Beethoven, Brahms and Tommy Tycho’s Violin Concerto – a piece written by the Australian maestro especially for Maria Lindsay, violinist of the Balmain Sinfonia.

Stavrou says the audience experience will be improved by the move, in part due to the “delightful restaurants and cafes nearby”.

Tickets are available at www.balmainsinfonia.com.

Ciao has a double pass to give away to the August 5th concert. For details see our Giveaways page.


André Rieu at Hoyts Broadway

For two special showings only, Hoyts cinema will display ‘The King of the Waltz’ André Rieu’s annual Maastricht concert on the big screen, which may be the next best thing to actually being there. And you don’t have to fly to the Netherlands. Featuring the maestro in his element alongside his 60-piece Johann Strauss Orchestra, this is a chance to see one of the world’s most legendary performers deliver an unforgettable musical concert.

Where: July 30 – 31, 2pm, Hoyts Broadway, Broadway Shopping Centre. Tickets can purchased at www.hoyts.com.au

Ciao has 3 double passes to see André Rieu’s 2016 Maastricht Concert on the big screen to give away! For details see our Giveaways page.


July 6 –30

This group exhibition, featuring artists Lara Merrett, Hyun-Hee Lee and Mark Titmarsh, attempts to pull off more than the average art show, going beyond ‘painting’, to the artists different approaches to making art, challenging notions of what art should be. Described as a “lyrical cacophony of colour, falling, flowing, folding…” it’s hard not to be intrigued. Luckily, held at our local Artereal Gallery, there’s no reason not to indulge your intrigue and check it out.

Where: Artereal Gallery, 747 Darling St, Rozelle


July 22 – 30
Two Peas present Drift

Independent Inner West Theatre Company, Two Peas, is back with a new production, Drift. After operating our of their “shoebox flat” in Summer Hill for many years, the company now have the opportunity to spread out as they take over the Australian Theatre for Young People’s Studio 1. Hailed as a theatre company to watch, get in early and support these young thespians, some of whom you’re sure to be hearing a lot more about in future.

Tickets are $20 and available at www.thetwopeas.com

Where: Australian Theatre for Young People, Pier 4/5 Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay


Mon 25 July, 6pm
Author Talk: Dr Kristy Goodwin

Like it or loathe it, we are living in a digital world. For parents, this means they are pioneers having to pave the way in raising children as digital natives. Luckily, you are not completely alone, with children’s technology and development expert, mother and author Dr Kristy Goodwin here to provide support, tips and tricks in her new book Raising Your Child in a Digital World. Don’t miss the chance to catch her in the flesh and bombard her with questions.

The event is free, but reservations are essential. To book call 9911 6210.

Where: Concord Library, 60 Flavelle St, Concord


Sun 31 July, 9am-12pm
National Tree Day

How good are trees? Seriously, not only do they allow us to breath – cheers for that – their leafy, greenness makes our Inner West home feel a little less like an inner city wasteland. Show your gratitude to trees by celebrating Planet Ark’s National Tree Day with the City of Canada Bay Council’s planting activities. There may even be a sausage sanga in it for you!

Register online at www.treeday.planetark.org by 28 July.

Where: Arthur Walker Reserve, Nullawarra Av, Concord West


Sun 21 August, 10am-4pm

There are three things you need to bring to the Ferragosto Italian Street Festival: your family, your appetite and your dancing shoes. Come see Five Dock overrun by Italian culture, with over 160 food and wine stalls, kitchen demonstrations, dance and musical performances and even an Italian vehicle display. It’s a great chance to celebrate multiculturalism… and pizza!

Where: Great North Rd, Five Dock