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Footprints Ecofestival

The annual Footprints Ecofestival is here to celebrate all things sustainable and encourage all members of our local community to take some weight off their eco footprint.

On August 21st, Whites Creek Valley Park, Annandale, will be transformed into an eco-community with workshops, exhibitions, film screenings, fashion shows and plenty of activities for the kids, all for free. Our top picks include last issue’s cover stars The Jitterbugs, the clothing swap where you can exchange your oldies for something new and, of course, Ciao‘s recycled fashion parade.

The festival runs from 11am to 3pm, with food stalls on site to keep you going.

Feeling the eco-energy already? Why not reduce your footprint by cycling to the festival and leave it with the free bicycle valet.

To view the program and festival map visit www.leichhardt.nsw.gov.au/News-and-Events/Our-Events/Footprints-Ecofestival


Cooks River Day Out

Running through the Inner West, the Cooks River is more than just a pretty backdrop to your bike ride or picnic. The river fosters bird and fish life and serves as a major part of our stormwater drainage system. Despite this, since the beginning of European settlement the Cooks River has suffered extreme degradation.

That’s where the Cooks River Alliance and their Cooks River Day Out come in. Taking place on August 21st, between 11am and 3pm, the day is about celebrating the river, but more importantly educating people on its conservation through traditional Aboriginal practices and contemporary ecological knowledge.

You are invited to connect with the river through a number of environmental workshops. If you really want to be one with nature, you can jump on a kayak tour.

The event will take place at Steel Park, Marrickville, with plenty of food stalls, music, crafts and river views to go round.

For further information or to register visit www.cooksriver.org.au.


Sun 21 Aug, 9am-4.30pm
Sydney Tea Festival

Tea lovers delight, unite and descend on Carriageworks for one day of all-you- can-sip artisanal tea tasting. You may be there for the brew, but that’s not all there is. Food trucks will be on site to keep your belly full plus there’s a wide range of workshops planned to keep you entertained. From the history of tea to food pairing there is much knowledge to be learnt and tea to be tasted.

To purchase tickets visit www.sydneyteafestival.com.au
Where: Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Everleigh


Tues 23 Aug, 6-9pm
Life With Paint Social Art Night

Beer, check. Music, check. Socialising, check. Two hours of art tuition by an experienced artist, check. This is a pub night with a twist. Explore your inner artist in a fun and supportive environment. Bring nothing but yourself and your enthusiasm, as all supplies are provided. You can even take your masterpiece home at the end. (Tickets are $65.) The class is situated in one of Balmain’s most aesthetically pleasing pubs, so there will be plenty of inspiration on hand.

Visit www.weteachme.com/lifewithpaint.
Where: Exchange Hotel, 94 Beattie St, Balmain


26-28 Aug
Alliance Française Classic Film Festival

Back for it’s second outing, this time the festival’s theme is Les Blondes, which for those of us without the gift of the French language means… The Blondes! The festival celebrating five iconic and tres sexy blonde French screen goddesses: Bridgette Bardot, Catherine Deneuve, Jean Seberg, Romy Schneider and Simone Signoret. This is a must see for all Francophiles, cinephiles and blondephiles. And you won’t have to pardon your french!

For further information and ticketing visit www.afclassicfilmfestival.org
Where: Palace Norton Street, 99 Norton St, Leichhardt


Fri 26 Aug, 6-8pm and Fri 2 Sept, 6.30pm
Australian Poetry Slam

Think you can speak, scream, howl, whisper or sing with the best of ‘em? Have a backlog of original words you are dying to share with the world? This is your chance to be Australia’s next slam poetry champ. Come along to a workshop with Philip Wilcox where you can craft a two-minute poem for the September heat. There 20 poets will perform with three chosen to take part in the Sydney Slam Final.

Both events are free. Visit www.canadabay.nsw.gov.au to book.
Where: Concord Library, 60 Flavelle St, Concord


Sun 28 Aug, 11am-3pm
Free Pet Microchipping

Microchipping is an important part of pet ownership, however, it is also a task that can easily be set aside and forgotten. The Inner West Council understands this and is giving all residents of the local government area the chance to come along, get their pets chipped for free and get hot tips on how the council can help protect your pet.

The mircochipping is free, but registration fees apply.
Appointments essential, contact Josie Leeson on 9367 9328 or josiem@lmc.nsw.gov.au.
Where: Whites Creek Valley Park, Piper Street, Annandale


Sun 4 Sept, 12pm-12am
The King Street Crawl

One of the biggest nights in Newtown’s calendar is fast approaching and this year they are taking over Erskineville Road and Enmore Road, too! The people behind the crawl believe the pubs, bars, restaurants and shops lining Newtown are what make the Inner West’s heart beat, so for one night they bring together these businesses for a massive party, celebrating live music and, more importantly, celebrating Newtown! With The Preachers putting in a surprise headline act last year, who knows what will go down this September! Best of all, taking part is completely free!

Where: King St, Newtown