Sydney Design Festival: Small Stories Big Pictures

The Sydney Design festival runs from July 31 to August 15 covering a range of events all across town. Over the next few days I’ll be poring over the programme and picking out the events that are bike-related, or just plain fun. For more info see or follow @syddes.

Small Stories Big Pictures is essentially an elaborate marketing exercise for a collection of independent Surry Hills stores, but it’s still a lot of fun. If you were lucky enough to register in time, you get to borrow a bike and a funky Lomo camera for a Saturday, and then go explore Surry Hills. Even if you didn’t, you can still participate with your own bike and camera by picking up a ‘passport’ and taking the tour yourself.

Last Saturday I did the latter with some friends who had been smart enough to register, and we loved it. Essentially, you wander around Surry Hills, visit the participating stores, and snap photos of whatever tickles your fancy. At the end of the three weeks, participants’ photos are displayed in a massive collaborative montage displayed at the Beresford Hotel. To be honest, you don’t really need a bike (although it does give you a chance to test the much maligned Bourke St cycleway), and you don’t even need to take photos. It’s just a good excuse to get out, see a bit of town you might not normally, enjoy a few free coffees/cakes/beers, and collect a few discount offers at a range of stores. Thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended.

Small Stories Big Pictures is running August 7 and 14, starting at Metalab or Cloth, and lasts as long as you want it to. The photo exhibition takes place at the Beresford Hotel on August 18 from 6pm, with a raffle to win one of the quirky Lomo cameras.

  1. August 12th, 2010

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