Talks and workshops

Talks and workshops

  • What’s on
  • Tech Savvy Seniors @ Kings Cross Library
    Monday 20 November 2017
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    This free 6-part series is designed to help older people improve their computer and digital literacy.

    Get technology on your side by keeping connected, accessing vital services and doing business. Join us for the whole series or pick and choose the sessions that best suit your needs.

    Get savvy using our library PCs and dive into the digital world.

    Funded by the Telstra Foundation and FACS.

    Introduction to computers – 6 November.
    Introduction to internet part 1 – 13 November.
    Introduction to internet part 2 – 20 November.
    Introduction to email – 27 November.
    Introduction to iPads – 4 December.
    Introduction to social media – 11 December.

    Sessions are free, run for 2 hours and cater for 8 people. Bookings are essential as there are loads of keen learners.

    Kings Cross Library
    Mondays, 11am to 1pm

    Monday 6 November to Monday 11 December 2017

  • Tech Savvy Seniors @ Surry Hills Library
    Tuesday 21 November 2017
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    This free 4-part series is designed to help older people improve their computer and digital literacy.

    Get technology on your side by keeping connected, accessing vital services and doing business. Join us for the whole series or pick and choose the sessions that best suit your needs.

    Funded by the Telstra Foundation and FACS, get savvy using our library PCs and dive into the digital world.

    Introduction to computers – 7 November
    This workshop covers what a computer is, it’s components and how it’s operated. You’ll learn to use a mouse and keyboard and then road test your skills as you create your first document and perhaps do a little web surfing.

    Introduction to internet part 1 – 14 November 2017
    Become familiar with the internet basics of getting online and surfing the web. Get well acquainted so you can go home, sign up for an internet service and hang out on the www yourself.

    Introduction to internet part 2 – 21 November 2017
    Growing your know-how from part 1, we’ll look at ways to make web navigation a breeze as well as seek out video and music add-ons. We’ll make sure you know how to keep yourself safe online and get you going with tips for the best sites to view online.

    Introduction to email – 28 November 2017
    Keep connected to family and friends with email. We’ll walk you through setting up a free Gmail email account as well as how to send, read and reply to your emails.

    Sessions are free, run for 2 hours and cater for 8 people. Bookings are essential as there are loads of keen learners.

    Surry Hills Library
    Tuesdays, 3pm to 5pm

    Tuesday 7 November to Tuesday 28 November 2017

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

    Jenevieve ChangGood Girl of Chinatown
    Born in Taiwan, Jenevieve worked for China’s first vaudeville burlesque club and has performed her family stories for the Sydney Writers Festival.

    Amal AwadBeyond 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 for 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.

    This event will be Auslan interpreted.

    Newtown Library
    Tuesday 21 November 2017 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Tech Savvy Seniors @ Customs House Library
    Wednesday 22 November 2017
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    This free 6-part series is designed to help older people improve their computer and digital literacy.

    Get technology on your side by keeping connected, accessing vital services and doing business. Join us for the whole series or pick and choose the sessions that best suit your needs.

    Get savvy using our library PCs and dive into the digital world.

    Funded by the Telstra Foundation and FACS.

    Introduction to computers – 1 November.
    Introduction to internet part 1 – 8 November 2017.
    Introduction to internet part 2 – 15 November 2017.
    Introduction to email – 22 November 2017.
    Introduction to cybersafety: how to stay safe online – 29 November 2017.
    Introduction to social media – 6 December 2017.

    Sessions are free, run for 2 hours and cater for 8 people. Bookings are essential as there are loads of keen learners.

    Customs House Library
    Wednesdays, 10.30am to 12.30pm

    Wednesday 1 November to Wednesday 6 December 2017

  • 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.

    This event will be Auslan interpreted.

    Glebe Library
    Thursday 23 November 2017 from 8pm to 9pm
  • Design on Show: Creative artificial intelligence
    Saturday 25 November 2017
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    In partnership with University of New South Wales Art & Design, join leading designers, Oliver Bown and Kazjon Grace, in a talk and Q&A. Discussing emerging techniques for automating the creation of art, music, literature, architecture and object design, they ask – is this the death of all authors?

    Known by various names from procedural content creation to creative artificial intelligence or AI, these developments are transforming the creative industries. Architects are optimising generative building designs with automated building analytics tools and companies are offering computer-generated music at reduced cost.

    Our experts consider how generative technologies might respond to the demands of augmented and virtual reality content creation. They look at how music consumers and gamers might start to create their own soundtracks as well as how the automated generation of memes may contribute to ‘fake news.’

    Oliver Bown
    Senior Lecturer at the Interactive Media Lab at the University of New South Wales. Oliver’s background spans social anthropology, evolutionary and adaptive systems, music informatics and interaction design. Working with creative technologies, he’s created interactive works including Vivid Sydney and Aphex Twin.

    Kazjon (Kaz) Grace
    Lecturer in Computational Design at the University of Sydney. Kazjon’s research explores how computers can act as partners, rather than tools, in the design process. Kaz focuses on systems that inspire curiosity and encourage broader horizons: to eat and read more diversely and overcome design fixation.

    Interactive Media Lab
    An initiative of University of New South Wales Art & Design, this is a new open-access facility. Students and staff are welcome to share skills, discuss ideas and experiment with creative coding methods and interactive technologies.

    This free series is suitable for adults with an interest in creative design. Places are limited, so bookings are essential.

    Surry Hills Library is wheelchair friendly with an accessible toilet.

    Surry Hills Library
    Saturday 25 November 2017 from 2pm to 3pm
  • Everyone’s got a Story: Kings Cross - Locked out
    Saturday 2 December 2017
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    Join well-known and ‘ordinary’ locals as they bring Kings Cross’ unique character to life. This special series, produced by Vashti Hughes, comes to an end as we look at the current decade.

    Vashti talks to her guests about the changes brought by the rise of development and the reform of licensing laws. Come along and listen to firsthand stories of life in the modern day Cross for small business owners, theatre makers and community workers.

    Our storytellers

    Eulalie Moore

    Eulalie, a long-term customer of Piccolo Bar, has recently taken over its management. She’ll share her story about opening a small business in the Cross in the current climate and things she’s trialling to keep customers coming.

    Warren Fahey

    Warren is not only a local but also a prolific creative – folklore collector, author, actor, broadcaster, producer, artist, songwriter and performer. He’ll be chatting about the cultural changes over this decade, especially the successful independent theatres.

    Guy Cooper

    Guy has worked at Wayside Chapel as Community Development Manager since 2011. He’s responsible for transitioning Wayside from a crisis centre into a broader community hub serving the needs of all local residents.

    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 show, Piccolo Tales, set in the Piccolo Bar, celebrated the colourful characters of the Cross.

    There is limited capacity for this popular series, so bookings are recommended.

    Kings Cross Library
    Saturday 2 December 2017 from 4pm to 5pm
  • All Abilities Musical Jam and Storytime
    Sunday 3 December 2017
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    The City of Sydney Library is teaming up with Musica Viva, the Deaf Society and Vision Australia to present an all abilities event to celebrate International Day of People with Disability.

    11.30am and 12.30pm
    Auslan storytime

    These engaging sessions are suitable for pre-school age deaf and hearing children and their families. Library staff and deaf presenters team up to deliver storytime sessions in English and Auslan. Parents or guardians are required to stay during the session.

    1.30 – 2pm
    Feelix Storytime

    This special sensory storytime is suitable for pre-school age children with vision impairment as well as sighted children and their families. Staff from Vision Australia’s Feelix Library bring stories to life through braille, tactile books, objects and craft. Feelix storytime kits help children with vision impairment learn and develop in a unique, sensory way to support literacy. Parents or guardians are required to stay during the session.

    The Feelix Library will also be available to explore before and after the half hour storytime session (from 11.30am – 3.30pm).

    2.30 – 3.30pm
    All Ages All Abilities music workshop

    For all ages and abilities, this fun and inclusive workshop lets you explore musical expression in a supportive group environment. Led by Musica Viva ensemble, The World According to James, this session combines performance with tactile, interactive opportunities. By playing percussion instruments, feeling vibratory sensations, singing and using body percussion, all participants can access music. This workshop will be Auslan interpreted.

    About The World According to James

    James Greening is a leading jazz trombonist. Through his tight-knit ensemble, discover jazz and improvisation, as you learn to be ‘in the moment’ and turn ‘mistakes’ into masterpieces.

    This is a free event, however, as session numbers are limited, bookings are recommended.

    Customs House Library
    Sunday 3 December 2017 from 11.30am to 3.30pm