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Sydney Irish Festival


When: Saturday 10th November & Sunday 11th November
Sydney Showground

With a little over three weeks to go until the 2018 Sydney Irish Festival opens the gates, organisers have today announced performance times and more around the ground action, as well as confirmation that the Wild Geese Trophy, the first fully sanctioned, full format hurling match played outside Ireland will be broadcast live around the world on FOX SPORTS. The Wild Geese Trophy between 2018 National Hurling League victors Kilkenny and 2017 All Ireland champions and archrivals, Galway, will take place on the final day of the 2018 Sydney Irish Festival over 10 and 11 November 2018 at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park. Described as “the Riverdance of sport” and a “warrior game with ancient links to Irish history”, hurling has been played for more than 3,000 years and is one of Ireland's native Gaelic games. Widely considered to be the fastest game on grass, the game consists of two teams of 15 trying to drive a ball down the field with a stick in order to score against each other. Without a doubt, it is one of the fastest, and most high scoring sports played today and is a colourful mix of skill, stamina and bravery. The design of the Wild Geese Trophy was inspired by the Catalpa Wild Geese Memorial, situated on the beach at Rockingham, Western Australia, from where six Irish Fenian political prisoners were rescued by the American whaler: The Catalpa, in 1876, and followed their leader John Boyle O’Reilly, to Massachusetts. See here for more background and a hi res picture of the trophy. Micheál Donoghue, Galway senior hurling team manager, said: “This is a great opportunity to get a really high quality game at what would normally be a quiet time of year. Matches against Kilkenny are invaluable because you know that a Brian Cody coached team will be giving it everything and we will approach it exactly the same way in Sydney. We are looking forward to what promises to be a great occasion.” The 2018 Sydney Irish Festival is a celebration of all things Irish showcasing traditional Irish dance and music with hurling clinics, market stalls, comedy, face painting, marching bands, buskers, amusement rides, player autograph sessions, and plenty of family friendly activities right across the weekend. On top of the huge variety of around the ground attractions, the Sydney Irish Festival will include musical performances from some of the Emerald Isle’s musical treasures including Damien Dempsey, Mary Black, Lúnasa and Saint Sister, as well as local Irish outfits Hooper & O’Toole, The Irish Rogues and Irish Hooley on Saturday, 10 November. Set to enthrall our littlest páistí over at the Davis Amphitheatre Family Stage, Nickelodeon’s PAW Patrol Show featuring rescue pups, Chase and Marshall and those mischievous yellow twins, B1 and B2 – the Bananas in Pyjamas, will each be performing three shows on Saturday, 10 November. Day two on Sunday, 11 November commences with a myriad of family friendly activities and more live music, as well as a curtain raiser match between NSW and Victoria commencing at 1.30pm, before the pre-game welcome parade of the teams into the stadium commences at 3.00pm with the teams taking the field for the Wild Geese Trophy tip-off at 3.30pm. Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) and Paul Sergeant Events (PSE) are thrilled to announce that the full Wild Geese Trophy match on Sunday, 11 November will be shown in Australia on FOX SPORTS More (Foxtel Channel 507*) commencing at 3.30pm AEDT and throughout Asia on FOX Sports Asia and RTE into Ireland (check local guides for details). FOX SPORTS is committed to bringing a wide variety of sports from around the globe to the homes of Australian sports fans and their support of niche and emerging sports is second to none. Their commitment to the Wild Geese Trophy compliments an already strong suite of emerging sports in November including hockey, gymnastics and lawn bowls. FOX SPORTS is available on Foxtel. Ahead of the Sydney Irish Festival, the official Business Function will be held at Dockside, Cockle Bay Wharf at midday on Friday, 9 November. Tickets include a three course lunch, beverage package and first class entertainment including RTE Sport’s own Marty Morrissey as MC, a preview of the 2018 Wild Geese Trophy with both team Managers, Brian Cody (Kilkenny) and Micheál Donoghue (Galway), as well as Irish sporting legends Sonia O’Sullivan and Tadhg Kennelly.

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Article by Sydney Irish Festival.

Pioneer Play Festival


When: Friday 23rd November & Saturday 24th November
Pioneer Theatre, cnr. Castle Street & Pennant Street, Castle Hill
Time: 10am-10pm
Cost: Individual events from $5 - $50. Festival Passes: from $52.75

A celebration of pioneering Australian theatre and performance takes centre stage in the heart of The Hills with the inaugural Pioneer Play Festival. The Pioneer Play Festival brings Sydney’s theatre lovers for two days of new and pioneering Australian plays, workshops, panels and kid’s activities celebrating the inaugural theme ‘Australian Voices’. Curated by Artistic Director Goldele Rayment and presented by theatre makers Company of Rogues, the festival will feature:
- the Sydney premiere of Felix Nobis’ play ‘Boy Out of the Country’ - a searingly funny contemporary bush ballad about family, urban development and the progress of life told in Australian vernacular verse.

- 50th Anniversary performance of Alex Buzo’s powerful exploration of race, culture and identity - ‘Norm and Ahmed’.
- Kid’s Creative Play - designed for young creatives aged 4 to 12, the Pioneer Theatre’s Rebellion Room will become a playground of kids’ performance and fun activations lead by professional performers, only $5!
- Women’s Voices in Theatre – Donna Abela’s Jump for Jordan and Joanna Murray-Smith’s Female of the Species come to life on stage in this interactive performance seminar.

The Pioneer Play Festival will also include a new national playwriting competition, the Pioneer Play Awards. The awards aim to encourage the development of new Australian theatre by rewarding an outstanding novice, emerging or established artist, in two categories – Youth (aged 0 to 17 years) and Adult (aged 18+). The awards will be presented by Mayor of The Hills, Dr Michelle Byrne, at a gala event that will include staged readings of the winning entries and a glamorous Mayoral reception on Friday, November 23rd. Festival events are ticketed separately OR purchase a Pioneer Pass to access all of the events in the program and get a discount as well! Pioneer Passes start at just $52.75.

Official website
Article by Company Rogues.

Mov'in Bed: Sydney's Outdoor Ben Cinema


When: Friday 30th November
The Showring, The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park
Time: 7pm
Cost: $10-$93.90

Open Air Bed Cinema at the Entertainment Quarter Sydney. With a spectacular 150 beds under the stars, Mov’in Bed is the biggest outdoor bed cinema in the world and surely the most comfortable one too. Blanket, pillows, glow side table, … Recline and unwind this summer at the Entertainment Quarter in Sydney. Get  your  snuggle  buddy(ies)  ready  coz  Mov’in bed  combines  the  best  things  in  life:  a movie night under the  stars in a comfy bed, sipping  on  a  glass  of  wine,  munching  on  some popcorn with your love one(s). Yes, you can be up to 3 in one bed…

The MIB (Mov’in bed) Team literally spend months selecting the best movies. Get ready for the latest blockbusters with the amazing, A Star is born, Bad times at the El Royal, Venom, First man , Bohemian Rhapsody… or enjoy movie classics such as Love actually or the Nightmare before Christmas and get the family out with the Incredible 2, The Jungle Book…  We don’t play twice the same movie, It’s an outdoor movie Festival!

If you think a breakfast in bed is cool, try a dinner in bed under the stars ! The very exclusive “Bed delivery” take the movie experience to the next level. Mov’in bed is partnering with the Rockpool   Dining  Group  - Fratelli Fresh, Bavarian Bier Café and Burger Project for a unique culinary experience. The food is delivered straight to your bed and the Bar will be serving wines, champagne, ice cream, candy and popcorn so that you are all set up for the perfect night.

Let’s make Cinema affordable for everyone ! Mov’in bed is offering to all movie lovers, very cheap ticket options on the grass. Tickets are limited per night, you can bring your blanket and your picnic and enjoy your favourite movie under the stars with your friends for as little as $9 per head. That’s a deal!

Phone: 8065 5071
Official website
Article by BBR Agency.

Lights of Christmas


When: Wednesday 5th December
St. Mary's Cathedral, 2 College Street, Sydney
Time: 7:30pm-midnight

The spectacular Lights of Christmas, an AGB Event presented by Paynter Dixon, will adorn St Mary’s Cathedral with Sydney’s favourite Christmas tradition. The free nightly light and sound show will run from December 5 – 25 inclusive, 7.30pm choir performances and projections from 8.30pm to midnight.

Phone: 9368 7277
Official website
Article by Alexis.

Clearview New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruises


When: Monday 31st December
The Promenade, King Street Wharf
Time: 6pm-1am

New Year’s Eve Cruises in Sydney may be months away, but Clearview Glass Boat Cruises have opened bookings with early bird prices offering great savings. Three unique glass boat packages (one is already sold out) that include a 5-course dinner, premium drinks & entertainment! This topped by 360° views of the harbour events and NYE fireworks displays are definitely a class apart from anything you’ve seen or experienced before! Don’t let this Sydney New Year’s Eve cruise pass you by!

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Article by Toms John.

Tell No Tales


When: Saturday 16th February
Hordern Pavilion

Tell No Tales will return to Sydney for a very special Summer edition on Saturday 16th February at Hordern Pavilion. For the first time in a long time, Hordern will open its doors for an additional OUTSIDE STAGE, located in the foyer courtyard. After its successful return last Summer featuring Laurent Garnier, Pan-Pot, Deborah De Luca, Derrick Carter and Agents Of Time. This special edition of Tell No Tales is a MUST for any techno fan in Sydney, with one of the biggest techno lineups to date.

Nina Kraviz
Amelie Lens
Damian Lazarus
Dax J
Eagles & Butterflies
Guy J
Sam Paganini
Woo York

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Article by Hordern Pavilion.

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