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Creative Sydney

Creative SydneyThe last 10 weeks of enforced waiting in Sydney reminded me of how much I love Sydney. I love the way the sun is always out, its beautiful harbour, its amazing food, the unholy mess of urban planning and best of all for the friends and family that will always make it home for me. The crazy thing is, I needed to be away from it to appreciate it fully, it took this ridicilous sin bin for the city to enchant me with its siren song.

Sydney MCA Zine FairThis week will mark the end of Creative Sydney, which as they put it:

Creative Sydney is part of Vivid Sydney, a unique new public festival featuring Luminous music festival at Sydney Opera House, Smart Light Sydney and Fire Water. Vivid Sydney is one of five anchor events in the first ever NSW Master Events Calendar created by Events NSW on behalf of the NSW Government. For the full Vivid Sydney program visit www.vividsydney.com.au

Sydney MCA Zine FairIt ran just after the writer’s festival which included the MCA Zine Fair, concurrent with the Sydney Film Festival and to think that I used to moan that the middle of the year was the start of the hibernation period for Sydney!

So where to begin…I wandered down to the Roxy to catch the Telling Stories and Telling It Like It Is pannel at the Roxy with Pirochan early last week to catch a panel of writers and directors present their movies, the motivation behind each story. The panelist included  Peter Gawler (co-creator and writer Underbelly), Paula Abood (Race and the City), Michaela Perske (Red Ithaka), Alicia Talbot (Urban Theatre Projects), Bill Kokkaris (Take Away Theatre), Antoinette Chiha (The Combination, Triple J, Serhat Caradee (Cedar Boys) and  Shortcuts Filmmakers Maria Tran, Vinh Nguyen, Sally Struhters, Ali Kadhim and Tresa Ponnor.

I was a little disappointed that there was very little discussion amongst the speakers, with such a diverse group it seemed like a bit of a wasted opportunity.

Sydney MCA Zine Fair

Going back in time, the MCA Zine Fair was a lot of fun. I met up with Y for an enjoyable Sunday out. I was told that it was even bigger last year, but it was definitely big enough for me. A few brave souls from the National Library approached a number of us asking for zines to be donated and archived. It tickled me to think that I might be noted down as an author of a knitting zine. Still a little surprised to note that copies of Sharp and Pointy sold out pretty quickly, I need to print out more and get ready for issue 4 for TINA later on in the year. Oh the pressure! Other notable zines/zinesters I saw were Vanessa Berry , Mix Tape and the ever so crafty Talk To The Sun.

Sydney MCA Zine Fair

MCA Zine Fair

Kinokuniya Zine Fair

The zine fair season is definitely picking up in Sydney with Kinokuniya starting off with its zine fair a couple of weeks ago. The MCA’s zine fair is on today  in collaboration with the Writer’s Festival happening around the same time. I will be lurking around the MCA and issue 3 of Sharp and Pointy will be on sale thanks to Pirochan. Let me know what you think of the next issue if you do buy one!

Kinokuniya Zine Fair


Sunday 25 May 11.00am-6.00pm

MCA in collaboration with the Sydney Writers’ Festival and the Centre for Contemporary Art and Politics (UNSW) presents speakers, bands and a
zine fair in the Foundation Hall. Visitors will be able to sell, buy or swap zines, listen to live bands and enjoy free guided tours of the exhibitions.

ALIENS AMONG US 12.30 – 1.30pm
Craig Schuftan of Triple J’s The Culture Club examines the rock star as outsider, and considers how loneliness, alienation, childhood illness and dungeons and dragons have shaped the life and art of Morrissey, Guns n Roses, Weezer and My Chemical Romance, and why Dostoyevsky and Proust are as important to the history of Rock as The Rolling Stones.

CREATIVE DISSENT 2.00 – 3.30pm
77% of Australians are racist, but a fair few of them listened, danced to and sang along with The Herd’s hit ‘77%’. Creative Dissent looks at the way in which artistic communities – satirists, bloggers, musicians and performers – challenge the status quo. It asks: Can a hip hop track, blog post or joke change the world for the better, or are they just more info-tainment adding to our collective media-overload?

Featuring Ozi Batla (The Herd), Antony Loewenstein, Charles Firth, Alecia Simmonds and Amy Corderoy. Click here for speaker bios.

ANDREA BOWERS 3.45 – 4.30pm
Elaborating on the art and activism themes of Southern Exposure, exhibiting artist Andrea Bowers discusses the political aspects of her work and oppositional themes.

LIVE MUSIC: CIRCLE 5.00 – 6.00pm
Sydney band, Circle, will be launching their new album “Just Keep Swimming” at the end of the day – so please stick around to enjoy the live music! Also featuring music from Creative Vibes all day: www.cvibes.com

A free zine program guide designed by artist Keg de Souza will be available at the MCA from 9 May