Talks and workshops

Talks and workshops

  • What’s on
  • Neural Knitworks
    Friday 22 September 2017
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    Join our knitting circle and create a textile neuron while you forge new neural pathways and learn about neuroscience and mental health. Our 2 facilitators, neuroscience researcher Dr Sarah McKay from The Neuroscience Academy and community artist Pat Pillai, will introduce you to these electrically excitable cells of your brain.

    Presented by the City of Sydney Library and Inspiring Australia, in partnership with the Big Anxiety Project, Neural Knitworks is a collaborative art/science project. Based on the principle that through challenge, connection and mindfulness, yarn craft can keep your mind sharp and engaged.

    Test your memory and get acquainted with the nifty neurons that form the basis of your thoughts. Contribute your woolly design to a travelling textile brain exhibition.

    Pat Pillai
    A community artist with a background in science and an interest in psychology and art therapy. Pat founded the Neural Knitworks as a National Science Week project in 2014, where workshops amassed hundreds of textile neurons that made up a giant brain exhibition. Neural Knitworks continues to bring together neuroscientists and community members to promote brain and mind health through yarn craft.

    Dr Sarah McKay
    An influential brain health commentator and neuroscientist, she specialises in translating brain science research into simple, actionable strategies for peak performance, creativity and wellbeing. Dr McKay founded The Neuroscience Academy, offering e-learning and in-person training with a focus on applying neuroscience, positive psychology and mind-body medicine to life and work.

    This free event is suitable for 18+ and no knitting experience is necessary. With a maximum of 20 people, bookings are essential.

    Glebe Library is wheelchair friendly.

    Glebe Library
    Friday 22 September 2017 from 11am to 1pm
  • Musica Viva: Teranga
    Saturday 23 September 2017
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    The City of Sydney joins forces with Musica Viva to bring you a series of free musical workshops for kids at Green Square Library.

    These fun music workshops for primary school-aged students are designed to develop a love of music. No matter what their musical experience, these interactive performances will challenge, delight and enrich.
    Teranga
    West African ensemble Teranga, is led by charismatic Senegalese musician Pape M’Baye. Pape has shared the stage with music legends BB King, Miles Davis and Ringo Starr. Their percussion-based music transports audiences to a world of poetic, rhythmic storytelling, where tales of small village life become metaphors for how we live today.

    A crowd favourite at Musica Viva Festival’s Family Day program, Teranga will get children up on their feet with their high energy show.

    In this free workshop, children will get to experience all the fun of a Musica Viva In Schools ensemble at Green Square Library.

    Suitable for kids of all skill levels and ages 8 to1 2 years. There is limited capacity, so bookings are essential. Children will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
    Green Square Library is wheelchair friendly.

    See other workshops in the series:
    Saturday 7 October – The World According to James
    Saturday 4 November – Arcadia Winds

    Green Square Library
    Saturday 23 September 2017 from 2pm to 3pm
  • Speak your Mind: Climate change
    Tuesday 26 September 2017
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    Our climate change experts will shine a factual light on the contemporary climate debate. Alongside them, our speculative fiction writers conjure an imagined future of desolate landscapes and resource scarcity.

    Panellists

    Daniel Findlay – Year of the Orphan
    Historian and kids’ writer, Dan has edited leading youth magazines and is a freelance writer and photographer. His debut novel Year of the Orphan is set in the Australian outback in a post-apocalyptic future.

    Harriet McKnight – Rain Birds
    Harriet’s work has been shortlisted for the Overland VU and other prestigious short story prizes. She is currently Managing Editor of The Canary Press and Rain Birds is her debut novel.

    Mark Butler – Climate Wars
    Mark is Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy and National President of the ALP. He has also previously held the ministries of mental health, housing, homelessness, social inclusion, climate change and the environment.

    Jane Rawson – The Handbook: Surviving and Living with Climate Change
    Her first novel, A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists, won the Small Press Network’s 2014 Most Underrated Book. Jane was shortlisted for the Aurealis Award for her sci-fi novel, Formaldehyde.

    Jim Chalmers
    Jim is a Labor MP and Shadow Minister for Finance and previously was the chief of staff to the Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer. He has a PhD in political science and international relations and author of Glory Daze (2013).

    This is a free event. Bookings recommended.

    Presented by City of Sydney in collaboration with Better Read Than Dead

    Unfortunately the gallery space at Newtown Library is accessible only by stairs. We apologise for any inconvenience.

    Speak Your Mind is series of topical panels that feature unique Australian voices from fiction authors and academics to activists and experts. Offering readers and writers diverse perspectives on feminism, climate change, wellness, technology and race, this is an opportunity to join in the conversation.

    Newtown Library
    Tuesday 26 September 2017 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Please Laika Me
    Wednesday 27 September 2017
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    The National Young Writers’ Festival touches down in Sydney for one-night-only. Join City of Sydney Library and literary organisation, Subbed In, for a night of workshops, interactive installations and performances. Get some performance tips, test your material and meet other young writers from interstate. You can also make, sell and buy some zines.

    Performances
    Feature readers include Kiwi poet, Hera Lindsay Bird, who has developed a cult following, poet and co-founder of Bankstown Poetry Slam, Sara Mansour, and poet and critic, Melody Paloma. They’ll be supported by 1-minute open mic spots in which punters can trial their workshop material.

    Digital poetry
    Meet poets who create in the digital sphere and interact with their work. Featuring digital innovators Peter Wildman and Karen Lowry.

    Zine Lab: Zines, zines, zines
    Learn zine-making from the best including seasoned pros Bastian Fox Phelan, Jesse Anderson and Shareeka Helaluddin. Plus snap up some zines for your collection or even sell your own.

    Workshops

    Let’s Get Loud
    Stacey Teague and Dan Hogan from Subbed In will provide emerging writers with a safe space to learn, discuss and practice the art of reading and performing their work in public.

    Writing to Constraints
    Join award-winning writers, Holly Isemonger and Dave Drayton, as they present a range of modes and methods for generating new writing and ideas.

    This drug and alcohol-free event is suitable for ages 16+. Performances may contain course language and adult concepts.

    Bookings are essential. You can sign up on the night for the workshops and activities you want to participate in. Some have limited capacity, so places are on a first in best dressed basis.

    Haymarket Library is wheelchair friendly.

    Produced by City of Sydney in partnership with National Young Writers Festival and Subbed In.

    Haymarket Library
    Wednesday 27 September 2017 from 7.30pm to 10.30pm
  • School holiday workshop: The art of character making
    Thursday 28 September 2017
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    As part of the City of Sydney Library school holiday program, learn storytelling skills through the art of character making. 2 facilitators from Matriark Theatre, lead this hands-on drama skills workshop designed to help build confidence.

    What makes a character? A costume, a way of walking or speaking, a full-body transformation?

    All these things can help to create a memorable character. Over 2 hours, you’ll get to explore them all and transform yourself for the stage. Using physical theatre and physical comedy, participants will work with a skilled theatre teacher, playing and experimenting to turn themselves into their own unique characters.

    Matriark’s amazing teaching-artists are skilled at physical theatre and will have you rolling, falling and laughing the whole time. This workshop will harness the energy and vibrancy of participants while gently encouraging the shy and inexperienced. This unforgettable theatre experience will end with our student storytellers putting on a showcase for parents and carers in the last 10 minutes of the workshop.

    Matriark Theatre
    Sydney-based theatre-makers, Matriark, create new work for young people and families. Residing above Waterloo Library in one of City of Sydney’s new Creative Live/Work spaces, they hail from a variety of creative backgrounds. Matriark use puppetry and physical comedy to build worlds and imagine surreal characters and stories for the stage. Their work has graced numerous Sydney stages, including the Monkey Baa Theatre, City of Sydney, Casula Powerhouse and Riverside Theatres.

    Suitable for kids aged 10-13, this free event caters for a maximum of 20, so bookings are essential.

    After parents have signed their children into this event children will be supervised by City of Sydney staff for the duration of the activities.

    All children should bring their own waterbottle with them.

    Waterloo Library is wheelchair friendly.

    Waterloo Library
    Thursday 28 September 2017 from 2pm to 4pm
  • This is your black life: Kodie Vs Colin
    Thursday 28 September 2017
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    Have you ever been told you’re good looking for an Aboriginal? Have cab drivers driven straight past you? When you turn 40, do you qualify for elder status and free cups of tea? These are the hard-hitting questions Cope ST’s Colin Kinchela will answer as he’s grilled by fellow Cope ST member Kodie Bedford. Don’t miss their second show in the series: This is your black life.

    Kodie, who learnt everything she knows from Oprah Winfrey, will be covering arts, Indigenous politics and social issues as she drills down Colin’s passion, motivations and life story. And in a world exclusive, Kodie has discovered the thought process behind his Facebook statuses and will uncover his success into getting likes.

    Using a mix of videos and live performance, This is your black life will reveal the secret lives of each member of Indigenous arts collective Cope ST. In absurd, insightful and comedic style, this will be your entertaining monthly dose of Redfern gossip. No topic is off limits and no embarrassing anecdotal stone will be left unturned.

    Presented by City of Sydney in collaboration with Cope ST.

    About Cope ST

    Bjorn Stewart, Katie Beckett, Colin Kinchela and Kodie Bedford make up Cope ST. The Indigenous arts collective has banded together to make quirky art, theatre and multi-media projects that represented their nerd and weird interests. They rose to prominence in 2016 when their comedy video How to do Blackface went viral. The group wrote and performed sci-fi comedy One of the Good Ones to much acclaim at Sydney’s Red Rattler for a season. They will appear on the upcoming comedy sketch show The Slot on Fox 8 later in the year.

    Other events in This is your black life:

    Glebe Library
    Thursday 28 September 2017 from 8pm to 9pm
  • Get gaming coding workshop for beginners
    Saturday 30 September 2017
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    Kids with an interest in coding will love our hands-on 2-hour workshop for beginners. They’ll get to explore 2 different coding environments – Gamefroot and Stencyl and will go home ready to start creating their own games using this free and accessible software.

    With the help of experienced Coder Academy facilitators and library staff, participants will dabble and adjust the different game templates. Splitting up into 2 small groups, they’ll complete a 45-60 minute session with 1 coding platform and then swap to the other.

    This workshop will develop the confidence to keep exploring at home, building their own games or collaborating with others.

    Coder Academy
    Home to the famous coding bootcamp, this is the space to go to learn coding and web programming. Since 2013, this savvy school has been giving the coding curious the means to reach their tech dreams. Combining skill and know-how, they’re helping to shape even the wildest of visions.

    This free event is suitable for 10 to 12-year-olds. Parents are required to stay in the library during the workshop. With a maximum of 30 participants, bookings are essential.

    Surry Hills Library is wheelchair friendly.

    Surry Hills Library
    Saturday 30 September 2017 from 1pm to 3pm
  • Meditation station: Customs House Library
    Sunday 1 October 2017
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    During Mental Health Month this October, each City of Sydney Library branch will host a guided meditation station. Our meditation stations will have an iPad loaded with self-directed, anti-anxiety meditations from our eaudiobook collection. Sit down and make yourself comfortable for a 5-minute meditation to slow down your busy day.

    Guided meditations are widely recognised as effective strategies for managing anxiety and nurturing positive mental health.

    This free meditation activity is suitable for all ages. There’s an iPad available at each branch and headphones are provided.

    Bookings aren’t required – drop in at any time during library opening hours and see branch staff if you have any questions. Meditations can also be borrowed by Library members from our eaudiobook collection, so you can meditate using your own device, anywhere and anytime.

    Customs House Library
    Weekdays, 10am to 7pm
    Weekends, 11am to 4pm

    Sunday 1 October to Tuesday 31 October 2017

    Closed on public holidays

  • Meditation station: Kings Cross Library
    Sunday 1 October 2017
  • Event details

    During Mental Health Month this October, each City of Sydney library branch will host a guided meditation station. Our meditation stations will have an iPad loaded with self-directed, anti-anxiety meditations from our eaudiobook collection. Sit down and make yourself comfortable for a 5-minute meditation to slow down your busy day.

    Guided meditations are widely recognised as effective strategies for managing anxiety and nurturing positive mental health.

    This free meditation activity is suitable for all ages. There’s an iPad available at each branch and headphones are provided.

    Bookings aren’t required – drop in at any time during library opening hours and see branch staff if you have any questions. Meditations can also be borrowed by Library members from our eaudiobook collection, so you can meditate using your own device, anywhere and anytime.

    Kings Cross Library
    Mondays and Tuesdays, 10am to 7pm
    Wednesdays to Fridays, 10am to 6pm
    Saturdays, 10am to 4pm
    Sundays, 11am to 6pm

    Sunday 1 October to Tuesday 31 October 2017

    Closed on public holidays

  • Meditation Station: Surry Hills Library
    Sunday 1 October 2017
  • Event details

    During Mental Health Month this October, each City of Sydney Library branch will host a guided meditation station. Our meditation stations will have an iPad loaded with self-directed, anti-anxiety meditations from our eaudiobook collection. Sit down and make yourself comfortable for a 5-minute meditation to slow down your busy day.

    Guided meditations are widely recognised as effective strategies for managing anxiety and nurturing positive mental health.

    This free meditation activity is suitable for all ages. There’s an iPad available at each branch and headphones are provided.

    Bookings aren’t required – drop in at any time during library opening hours and see branch staff if you have any questions. Meditations can also be borrowed by Library members from our eaudiobook collection, so you can meditate using your own device, anywhere and anytime.

    Surry Hills Library
    Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10am to 6pm
    Tuesdays, 10am to 8pm
    Thursdays, 10am to 9pm
    Weekends, 10am to 4pm

    Sunday 1 October to Sunday 8 October 2017

    Except public holidays

  • Meditation station: Ultimo Library
    Sunday 1 October 2017
  • Event details

    During Mental Health Month this October, each City of Sydney library branch will host a guided meditation station. Our meditation stations will have an iPad loaded with self-directed, anti-anxiety meditations from our eaudiobook collection. Sit down and make yourself comfortable for a 5-minute meditation to slow down your busy day.

    Guided meditations are widely recognised as effective strategies for managing anxiety and nurturing positive mental health.

    This free meditation activity is suitable for all ages. There’s an iPad available at each branch and headphones are provided.

    Bookings aren’t required – drop in at any time during library opening hours and see branch staff if you have any questions. Meditations can also be borrowed by library members from our eaudiobook collection, so you can meditate using your own device, anywhere and anytime.

    Ultimo Library
    Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 10am to 6pm
    Wednesdays, 10am to 7pm
    Weekends, 12pm to 4pm

    Sunday 1 October to Tuesday 31 October 2017

    Except public holidays

  • Meditation station: Waterloo Library
    Tuesday 3 October 2017
  • Event details

    During Mental Health Month this October, each City of Sydney library branch will host a guided meditation station. Our meditation stations will have an iPad loaded with self-directed, anti-anxiety meditations from our eaudiobook collection. Sit down and make yourself comfortable for a 5-minute meditation to slow down your busy day.

    Guided meditations are widely recognised as effective strategies for managing anxiety and nurturing positive mental health.

    This free meditation activity is suitable for all ages. There’s an iPad available at each branch and headphones are provided.

    Bookings aren’t required – drop in at any time during library opening hours and see branch staff if you have any questions. Meditations can also be borrowed by library members from our eaudiobook collection, so you can meditate using your own device, anywhere and anytime.

    Waterloo Library
    Mondays to Thursdays, 10am to 6pm
    Fridays, 10am to 5pm
    Saturdays, 11am to 4pm

    Tuesday 3 October to Tuesday 31 October 2017

  • Meditation station: Glebe Library
    Tuesday 3 October 2017
  • Event details

    During Mental Health Month this October, each City of Sydney library branch will host a guided meditation station. Our meditation stations will have an iPad loaded with self-directed, anti-anxiety meditations from our eaudiobook collection. Sit down and make yourself comfortable for a 5-minute meditation to slow down your busy day.

    Guided meditations are widely recognised as effective strategies for managing anxiety and nurturing positive mental health.

    This free meditation activity is suitable for all ages. There’s an iPad available at each branch and headphones are provided.

    Bookings aren’t required – drop in at any time during library opening hours and see branch staff if you have any questions. Meditations can also be borrowed by Library members from our eaudiobook collection, so you can meditate using your own device, anywhere and anytime.

    Glebe Library
    Mondays and Wednesdays, 9am to 7pm
    Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 9am to 6pm
    Saturdays, 10am to 4pm

    Tuesday 3 October to Tuesday 31 October 2017

  • Meditation station: Green Square Library
    Tuesday 3 October 2017
  • Event details

    During Mental Health Month this October, each City of Sydney library branch will host a guided meditation station. Our meditation stations will have an iPad loaded with self-directed, anti-anxiety meditations from our eaudiobook collection. Sit down and make yourself comfortable for a 5-minute meditation to slow down your busy day.

    Guided meditations are widely recognised as effective strategies for managing anxiety and nurturing positive mental health.

    This free meditation activity is suitable for all ages. There’s an iPad available at each branch and headphones are provided.

    Bookings aren’t required – drop in at any time during library opening hours and see branch staff if you have any questions. Meditations can also be borrowed by Library members from our eaudiobook collection, so you can meditate using your own device, anywhere and anytime.

    Green Square Library
    Weekdays and Sundays, 10am to 6pm
    Saturdays, 10am to 4pm

    Tuesday 3 October to Tuesday 31 October 2017

    Except Sunday 8 October, Sunday 15 October, Sunday 22 October and Sunday 29 October

    Sundays CLOSED

  • Musica Viva: The World According to James (ages 8–12)
    Saturday 7 October 2017
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    The City of Sydney joins forces with Musica Viva to bring you a series of free musical workshops for kids at Green Square Library.

    These fun music workshops for primary school-aged students are designed to develop a love of music. No matter what their musical experience, these interactive performances will challenge, delight and enrich.

    James Greening is among Australia’s leading jazz trombonists. In live shows, he and his tight knit ensemble radiate an infectious joy and passion for music that’s almost as big as James’s striking eyebrows.

    Featuring brass, drums and bass, The World According to James invite children to discover the core elements of jazz and the world of improvisation. They’ll learn how to be “in the moment”, incorporate the unexpected, and turn “mistakes” into masterpieces to create improvised compositions.

    In this free workshop, children will get to experience all the fun of a Musica Viva In Schools ensemble at Green Square Library.

    Suitable for kids of all skill levels and ages 8 to12 years. This free event has limited capacity, so bookings are essential. Children will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

    Green Square Library is wheelchair friendly.

    See other workshops in the series:
    Saturday 23 September – Teranga
    Saturday 4 November – Arcadia Winds

    Green Square Library
    Saturday 7 October 2017 from 2pm to 3pm
  • Everyone’s got a Story: Kings Cross – Round Midnight 1990s
    Saturday 7 October 2017
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    Be transported to the Cross in the 1990s when backpackers embrace it as a cheap party destination. Strip joints are pumping and the Round Midnight club is jumping with late night dancers and funk bands. The Tender Trap and Sounds of Seduction are the regular dance nights at the old Les Girls.

    During this time, series producer and performer, Vashti Hughes, worked at a halfway house for runaway kids on Darlinghurst Road. Vashti interviews some extraordinary individuals who helped make Kings Cross so unique.

    Our storytellers

    Jaimie Leonarder aka Jay Katz
    Jay has been involved in Sydney’s music and creative industries for over 35 years. During the 90s, he worked with people experiencing homelessness as a Missionbeat driver as well as running the iconic Sounds of Seduction dance night.

    Imogen Kelly
    Crowned the World Queen of Burlesque in 2012, Imogen is also an acclaimed writer, director and producer. In the 90s, Imogen worked with the Sex Workshops Outreach Project in the Cross’ strip clubs.

    Louis Nowra
    One of Australia’s leading playwrights, author and Kings Cross local. Louis authored Kings Cross: A Biography which reveals stories and a cast of characters from his neighbourhood.

    Vashti Hughes
    Vashti has a gift for character. With Kings Cross as her stamping ground, she’s played a variety of roles and curated cabarets. Her latest show, Piccolo Tales, set in the Piccolo Café Bar, celebrates the colourful characters of the Cross.

    This free event is suitable for ages 18+. There is limited capacity for this popular series, so bookings are recommended.

    Kings Cross Library is wheelchair friendly.

    Kings Cross Library
    Saturday 7 October 2017 from 4pm to 5pm
  • Curious Science: Creative Science and Technology Learning
    Wednesday 11 October 2017
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    City of Sydney Library joins forces with Inspiring Australia to investigate some cutting-edge research. In our final series for 2017, we’re looking at Australia’s deficit in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) skills. Join us for one or all of our Curious Science series at Ultimo Library from September to November 2017.

    Experts lead a talk and Q&A exploring how to prepare young Australians for the future. With STEM disciplines being key to our economic growth and social wellbeing, our STEM skills shortage has become a national priority.

    Around 44% of jobs will be automated, making STEM skills invaluable alongside creative problem solving and digital literacy. The World Economic Forum estimates the majority of today’s primary school aged kids will end up working in jobs that don’t yet exist and by 2020, 75% of all jobs are likely to involve STEM.

    Creative science and technology learning
    Learn how educators use makerspaces, maker tools and maker mindsets to engage students in STEM and how you can help get these innovative programs into schools. Also discover how to take advantage of informal learning programs in museums, online and in libraries.

    Speakers

    Joachim Cohen
    Joachim is Technology Innovation Lead at the NSW Department of Education, with wide experience as a school, state and national leader. He is a passionate educator, who tests and communicates the power of STEM infused maker technologies to school students and teachers.

    Isabelle Kingsley
    Working in informal science education and science outreach at various cultural institutions, here and overseas, Isabelle has produced multiple initiatives. She currently runs the Sydney Science Festival, engaging all ages in science. Beginning a PhD, she’s measuring the effectiveness of science education in improving people’s understanding of science.

    This free event is suitable for an audience 16+. Bookings are essential.

    Ultimo Library is wheelchair friendly.

    Ultimo Library
    Wednesday 11 October 2017 from 6pm to 7pm
  • Tall Tales and True from the City of Sydney Collections
    Thursday 12 October 2017
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    Three objects. Three storytellers. Who is telling you stories?

    Inspired by the ABC’s Collectors program join three cunning tellers of tales as they give you the background of three different objects taken directly from the City of Sydney’s upcoming exhibition, 175 years in 175 objects. All claim to be trustworthy but only one of them is telling the ‘truth’.

    Take a dip into the collections of the City of Sydney to explore all manner of curiosities that have made it what it is today. From governing to building, working to inspiring this show will illuminate the people, places and often unexpected things that make up civic life. Resident museophiliac, collections nut and liar, Maxine Kauter, presents this evening in which we explore the vivid intersection of history and perspective that makes up this city’s identity.

    Each of our three story tellers will spin a tale about the history selected objects. All of them will relate tales from the history of this city but only one of them will be telling the truth. Can you spot a tall tale from the true? Our audience will get the chance to outwit our panel of fablers with off the cuff questions. Think you’re an expert? Can you spot a liar? Join us to celebrate the City of Sydney’s 175th anniversary and find out!

    Bookings recommended, however there will be a standby queue on the night.

    Customs House is wheelchair accessible.

    Customs House Library
    Thursday 12 October 2017 from 8pm to 9pm
  • Speak your Mind: Wellness
    Tuesday 17 October 2017
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    This new series of topical panels feature unique Australian voices from fiction authors and academics to activists and experts. Offering readers and writers diverse perspectives on feminism, climate change, wellness, technology and race, this is a great opportunity to join in the conversation.

    The contemporary wellness movement encourages active participation in dieting, exercise, alternative medicine and mindfulness. Our panel will discuss wellness from multiple perspectives and answer questions around your own search for wellness.

    Our panellists

    Leanne Hall – Head First, Health Fast
    As an experienced integrative psychologist, qualified personal trainer and nutrition coach, Leanne focuses on prevention and sustainable health. Lecturing at the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales, she also features as a health expert on Channel 10 and writes for Open Colleges.

    Lola Berry – Beauty Food
    As a leading nutritionist, Lola appears on The Project, The Today Show and A Current Affair. A spokesperson on nutrition and wellbeing, she’s devised the groundbreaking 20/20 Diet, based on her own weight journey and has authored 6 bestselling books. Lola believes you decide how you nourish your body, mind and soul – every day

    Brigid Delaney – Wellmania
    A senior writer for Guardian Australia, Brigid previously worked as a lawyer and journalist at the Sydney Morning Herald, the Telegraph (London), Ninemsn and CNN. She is also the author of 2 books: This Restless Life and Wild Things.

    Richard Cornish – Brain Food
    Richard came to food writing with a mission: to bring authenticity to the serious tone of Australia’s food media. His column, Brain Food aims to have fun with the concepts of food, cooking and dining while delivering down-to-earth information.

    Tickets are limited and bookings are recommended.

    Presented by City of Sydney in collaboration with Better Read Than Dead.

    Unfortunately, the venue is accessible only by stairs

    Newtown Library
    Tuesday 17 October 2017 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm
  • This is your black life: Kodie Vs Katie
    Thursday 26 October 2017
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    Have you ever been unfairly stereotyped for acting roles? Have you been told you’re not black enough to be Aboriginal? How often do you say the word “deadly” and what intonation do you use? These are the hard-hitting questions Cope ST’s Katie Beckett will attempt to answer as she is grilled by fellow Cope ST member Kodie Bedford in their third This is your black life show at Glebe Library.

    Kodie, who learnt everything she knows from Oprah Winfrey, will be covering arts, Indigenous politics and social issues as she drills down Katie’s passion, motivations and life story. And in a world exclusive, Kodie has uncovered that Katie is a secret nerd and puts the Dr. Who evidence to her.

    Using a mix of videos and live performance, This is your black life, will reveal the secret lives of each member of Indigenous arts collective Cope ST, in an absurd, insightful and comedic style that will be your entertaining monthly dose of Redfern gossip. No topic is off limits and no embarrassing anecdotal stone will be left unturned.

    Presented by City of Sydney in collaboration with Cope ST Collective

    About Cope ST:
    Bjorn Stewart, Katie Beckett, Colin Kinchela and Kodie Bedford make up Cope ST, an Indigenous arts collective that banded together to make quirky art, theatre and multi-media projects that represented their nerd and weird interests. They rose to prominence in 2016 when their comedy video How to do Blackface went viral. The group wrote and performed sci-fi comedy One of the Good Ones, to much acclaim at Sydney’s Red Rattler for a season and will appear on the upcoming comedy sketch show The Slot on Fox 8 later in the year.

    Glebe Library
    Thursday 26 October 2017 from 8pm to 9pm
  • Build an Experimental Musical Instrument: Biosynth Workshop
    Saturday 28 October 2017
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    Build your own biosynth experimental musical instrument in this workshop with electronic artist, Pia Van Gelder. You’ll learn how to combine a basic synthesiser circuit with natural and found objects to create your own sounds and music.

    Get hands-on to learn about the basic circuit and experiment with ways of modifying and personalising the circuit. You don’t need any prior knowledge or experience in electronics to make the most of this creative workshop.

    Push your musical boundaries and get innovative by adding different found-objects and plant-life as control inputs. Using your imagination, you can essentially learn how to play your environment. Then take home your musical masterpiece so you can keep experimenting and creating at home.

    Pia Van Gelder
    Electronic artist, curator and teacher, Pia, develops performances and installations by working with media machines like the audio-video modular synthesizer, and common electronic devices. Challenging assumed design, she’s interested in presenting opportunities to experience audio visual mysticism.

    Pia has curated various festivals, art events and exhibitions and is a lecturer at the University of New South Wales Art & Design. She’s also the Overlord of Dorkbot Sydney, a regular meeting for people doing strange things with electricity.

    This small group workshop is suitable for anyone 16+ and bookings are essential. Tickets are $35 each and include all materials and equipment.

    Waterloo Library is wheelchair friendly with a lift and an accessible toilet.

    Waterloo Library
    Saturday 28 October 2017 from 11am to 4pm
  • Architecture on show: Collaborative Vision
    Saturday 28 October 2017
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    In partnership with The Australian Institute of Architects, this Architecture on Show event delves into the client-architect relationship. When homeowners embrace an architect’s vision, a unique collaboration is formed. To create effective, joyful and enduring spaces that can accommodate daily life, clients will divulge intimate truths about their home and family. On the other hand, architects will unveil the deep-seated values that govern their creativity.

    Through conversation and Q&A, we unravel the exchanges via the work of architect, Eva-Marie Prineas, and her relationship with client, Ariana Koller. Balancing communication, trust and respect, these 2 successfully navigated this complex process to create the beautiful, combined vision of House Koller.

    In creating House Koller, a 2-story timber pavilion was added to the rear of the existing traditional bungalow, serving as a nostalgic nod to the clients’ Swiss heritage. This was separated from the existing house by a glazed link, providing a smooth transition between old and new whilst taking full advantage of solar amenity. Next came landscaping works and putting in a pool.

    Ariana Koller, Client
    With her husband, Peter, Ariana engaged Eva-Marie to realise their dream home. As a yoga instructor and mum, her primary focus was to future-proof her home, particularly as her children stepped into their teenage years.

    Eva-Marie Prineas, Principal Architect and Founder, Architect Prineas
    With a background in heritage architecture, Eva-Marie treasures existing beauty, coupled with an intention to build on their enduring qualities. She engages in place-making – supporting her clients’ unique vision for living.

    The Australian Institute of Architects
    As the peak body for the architectural profession in Australia, The Institute works to improve our built environment by promoting quality and sustainable design.

    Bookings are essential for this free event as places are limited.

    Surry Hills Library is wheelchair friendly.

    Surry Hills Library
    Saturday 28 October 2017 from 2pm to 3pm
  • Musica Viva: Arcadia Winds (ages 8–12)
    Saturday 4 November 2017
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    The City of Sydney joins forces with Musica Viva to bring you a series of free musical workshops for kids at Green Square Library.

    These fun music workshops for primary school-aged students are designed to develop a love of music. No matter what their musical experience, these interactive performances will challenge, delight and enrich.

    Dynamic woodwind ensemble, Arcadia Winds, use the clarinet, bassoon and flute to show children how to use their breath and their bodies to make musical instruments vibrate and come alive. Their infectious love of music ignites every workshop performance.

    Children will get to experience all the fun of a Musica Viva in Schools ensemble at Green Square Library in this free workshop

    Suitable for kids of all skill levels and ages 8 to 12 years. This free event has limited capacity, so bookings are recommended. Children will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
    Green Square Library is wheelchair friendly.

    See other workshops in the series:
    Saturday 23 September – Teranga
    Saturday 7 October – The World According to James

    Green Square Library
    Saturday 4 November 2017 from 2pm to 3pm
  • Speak your Mind: Technology
    Tuesday 7 November 2017
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    This new series of topical panels feature unique Australian voices from fiction authors and academics to activists and experts. Offering readers and writers diverse perspectives on feminism, climate change, wellness, technology and race, this is a great opportunity to join in the conversation.

    Technology plays a pivotal role in our daily lives; in the way we work, communicate, shop and spend our time. This panel explores surveillance, connectivity, the changing workplace and the role of technology in consumerism.

    Our panellists

    Mike Quigley – Changing Jobs
    As the first employee of the Australian NBN company and its CEO for 4 years, Mike is now Adjunct Professor at UTS’ School of Computing and Communications.

    Jim Chalmers – Changing Jobs
    As Labor MP and Shadow Minister for Finance, Jim was Chief of Staff to the Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer before being elected to Parliament. With a PhD in political science and international relations, he’s the author of Glory Daze.

    Lyn McLean – Wireless Wise Families
    As Australia’s foremost consumer advocate on the issue of electromagnetic radiation (EMR), Lyn monitors and writes on the subject. Publisher of quarterly periodical, EMR and Health, she’s also Director of EMR Australia.

    Richard Denniss – Affluenza
    Formerly head of the Australia Institute, Richard is now its Chief Economist. Moving between policy-focused roles in academia, federal politics and think-tanks, he co-authored Affluenza and writes for the AFR and The Monthly.

    Claire Corbett – Watch Over Me
    Claire’s worked in film and government policy. After publishing her first novel, When We Have Wings, her fiction essays have been published in Southerly and Overland. She also writes on defence for The Diplomat and The Monthly.

    Free event suitable ages 18+. Bookings are essential.

    Presented by City of Sydney in collaboration with Better Read Than Dead.

    The gallery space at Newtown Library is unfortunately only accessible by stairs.

    Newtown Library
    Tuesday 7 November 2017 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Curious Science: The business of Science and Tech Careers
    Wednesday 8 November 2017
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    City of Sydney Library joins forces with Inspiring Australia to investigate some cutting-edge research. In our final series, we’re looking at Australia’s deficit in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) skills. Join us for one or all of our Curious Science series from September to November 2017.

    Experts lead a talk and Q&A exploring how to prepare young Australians for the future. With STEM disciplines being key to our economic growth and social wellbeing, our STEM skills shortage has become a national priority.

    Around 44% of jobs will be automated, making STEM skills invaluable, alongside creative problem-solving and digital literacy. The World Economic Forum estimates the majority of today’s primary school-aged kids will end up working in jobs that don’t yet exist and by 2020, 75% of all jobs are likely to involve STEM.

    The business case for STEM careers
    Australia’s STEM skill shortage has been identified as a future risk to many leading businesses who say that we don’t have the talent to meet future workplace demand. If just 1% of Australians moved into STEM roles by 2035, they could deliver a $57.4 million economic benefit.

    Discover why business and government are collaborating to encourage more students into STEM studies and prepare them for future careers.

    Speakers

    Tess Arriotti, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Samsung Australia
    As a corporate responsibility professional, Tess leads community investment and sustainability initiatives. With specialist skills in corporate communications, PR and marketing of social impact projects, she focuses on how government, corporate and not-for-profit sectors can create stronger communities.

    Jackie Randles, Manager, Inspiring Australia (NSW)
    Jackie finds creative ways to get STEM professionals and community members collaborating. She’s driven by extending the reach of STEM programs and promoting the relevance of science, technology and innovation to everyday life.

    Bookings recommended for this free event.

    Ultimo Library
    Wednesday 8 November 2017 from 6pm to 7pm
  • Speak your Mind: Race
    Tuesday 21 November 2017
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    This new series of topical panels feature unique Australian voices from fiction authors and academics to activists and experts. Offering readers and writers diverse perspectives on feminism, climate change, wellness, technology and race, this is a great opportunity to put your questions to the panel and join in the conversation.

    This panel explores the diversity of Australia through fiction, memoir and non-fiction writing. The discussion focuses on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ perspectives and multiculturalism – tackling the issues of incarceration, sexuality, stereotypes and feminism.

    Our panellists

    Peter Polites – Down the Hume
    Of Greek descent, Peter wrote and performed Three Jerks about the Cronulla riots and has been commissioned to write a play about the migrant experience in Western Sydney. Down The Hume is his first novel.

    Jenevieve Chang – Good Girl of Chinatown
    Born in Taiwan, Jenevieve worked for China’s first Vaudeville Burlesque club and has performed her family stories for the Sydney Writer’s Festival.

    Amal Awad – Beyond Veiled Cliches
    Writer, journalist, author and public speaker, Amal has written for SBS Life and ELLE and is a producer for ABC Radio National. She’s authored Courting Samira and Beyond Veiled Clichés: The Real Lives of Arab Women.

    Megan Williams – #JustJustice
    A Wiradjuri descendant, Megan is a Senior Lecturer at UTS with extensive experience drawing out insights from research. She’s also active in the #JustJustice project, publishing examples of Aboriginal-led solutions to over-incarceration.

    Free event suitable ages 18+. Bookings are essential.

    Presented by City of Sydney in collaboration with Better Read Than Dead.

    The gallery space at Newtown Library is unfortunately only accessible by stairs.

    Newtown Library
    Tuesday 21 November 2017 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm
  • This is your black life: Kodie Vs Cope ST
    Thursday 23 November 2017
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    What free stuff have Aboriginal people received from the government? Should we move on from 1788? Should there be a special Tinder add on to tell you if you’re related to the blackfella you’re about to send a naked photo to? These are the hard-hitting questions Cope ST Collective will attempt in their final showing at Glebe Library of This is your black life.

    Using a mix of videos and live performance, This is your black life, will reveal the secret lives of each member of Indigenous arts collective Cope ST, in an absurd, insightful and comedic style that will be your entertaining monthly dose of Redfern gossip. No topic is off limits and no embarrassing anecdotal stone will be left unturned.

    Produced by City of Sydney and presented in collaboration with Cope ST.

    About Cope ST:
    Bjorn Stewart, Katie Beckett, Colin Kinchela and Kodie Bedford make up Cope ST, an Indigenous arts collective that banded together to make quirky art, theatre and multi-media projects that represented their nerd and weird interests. They rose to prominence in 2016 when their comedy video How to do Blackface went viral. The group wrote and performed sci-fi comedy One of the Good Ones, to much acclaim at Sydney’s Red Rattler for a season and will appear on the upcoming comedy sketch show The Slot on Fox 8 later in the year.

    See other events in the This is your black life series
    – Thursday 31 August: Kodie Vs Bjorn
    – Thursday 28 September: Kodie Vs Colin
    – Thursday 26 October: Kodie Vs Katie
    Bookings recommended, however there will be a standby queue on just prior to the start of the show.

    Glebe Library is wheelchair friendly.

    Glebe Library
    Thursday 23 November 2017 from 8pm to 9pm