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Sydney Design Festival: Last Chance

The Sydney Design Festival wraps up on the 15th so this weekend is your last chance to get out and make the most of it. Here’s a choice selection of what’s still on…

The Australian Architecture Association are conducting walks covering Sydney’s city architecture and architectural history. Both are on this Saturday to coincide with the festival, but they are held throughout the year ($30).
Urbanwalkabouttours have a design lovers tour of Surry Hills offering insights and discounts at various boutiques (Sat 14th, $75).
And of course you can still join in with the Small Stories Big Picture self-guided photography tour of Surry Hills on Saturday (free).

Dinner. On a bike.
Ride On Dinner hosted by Object Gallery is the cycling-est event left on the programme, and it sounds like a blast. Bring along a bike, join your fellow travellers/diners in a ride around town and have dinner served to you by the ride on dinner folks who have been running similar events with great success in Melbourne. (Sat 14th, $20)

I’ve got a soft spot for Usyd’s Tin Sheds Gallery – in my distant youth I spent some work experience time with the university’s art collection and way back then they were already talking about knocking it down. Amazingly, the gallery is still there, despite the developmental metamorphosis (ooh, see what I did there?) undergone by the University. On top of that, a show based on Architecture students responding to Ovid’s tales appeals to both the classics-geek and design-buff in me. (until Aug 28, free)

If you haven’t been able to find the time during the festival, or prefer to do things with earphones in rather than talking to people, the Audio Design Museum has a collection of audio-tours that you can download and use to guide yourself around town… or it will, from the 18th. (any time, free)


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.

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