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The Best Free Things To Do In Sydney This April

By Alissa Del Vecchio - 03 Apr 2016

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Calling all Eurotrip savers, uni-budget dwellers, trigger happy online shoppers and everyone in between. Welcome to your one true love—a guide to all the latest and greatest of Sydney this month… sans the $$$. No need to thank us. 

The Sirens' Sydney spectacular at Harbourside

Straight outta Adelaide, The Sirens is an awe-inspiring, luminescent spectacle nestled amongst Darling Harbour’s Harbourside Shopping Centre. With four, huge, free standing Sirens adorned with lights, colour, stunning dresses and hauntingly beautiful music, you’ll be following them around as they glide past, as if you were a lost sailor. Take a peek from April 7th till the 1st of May every Thursday to Sunday at 6pm or (again) at 7:30pm.

Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize

Witness 43 of Australia and New Zealand’s top emerging contemporary artists all under the one, large, ostentatious roof of the National Art School, Sydney. Be sure to feast your eyes on winners of the coveted prize, Jack Lanagan’s ‘Studies in Light, Movement and Time’ and Pat Brassington’s ‘Pair Bonding’. Don’t miss the two month run from Monday 14th March.

Trivia at The Forresters

If your friends are anything like mine, trivia means war. The Forresters are here to settle the score every Tuesday from 7:30 over some quality (but not free) $12 schnitty, cash prizes, games and ultimate bragging rights. 

The Soda Factory Monday Movie Nights

Cult classics, thrillers, actions feat. a shirtless Brad Pitt—Soda Factory brings Hollywood downtown every Monday from 5pm. Tune in this month for Back to The Future, Fargo and Fight Club. Yes, there will be popcorn. 

Glebe Markets

Head on down to Glebe Markets every Saturday from 10am till 4pm for a pastiche of homegrown produce, tasty treats, fun threads, handmade items and local brands. Better yet, have something to sell? Become a stallholder! #getyourglebeon

Sydney Biennale

Nothing screams art better than Biennale—a three month long contemporary art festival spanning over the whole city in gems including Cockatoo Island and the Carriageworks. From artist talks, guided tours, exhibitions and live performances, you’ll get the full immersive experience amongst some of the world’s most reputable and inspiring artists. For more information and to plan your experience visit their website here.

Flashback: 160 Years Of Australian Fashion Photos

For a throwback of stylish proportions, The State Library gives you an exclusive and in-depth look into all the glitz and glamour on fashion. Plus there’ll be a sneaky cameo from style goddess, Jennifer Hawkins and the oldest working model in the world, 82 year old Carmen Dell’Orefice to look forward to reminding us that style knows no age. Touring regionally, head on in to the city before the 30th of June. To plan your trip, click here

ARTEXPRESS at the Armory

Ahhh the HSC, how we loved to loathe you… But then learned to love you again when you created a freaking amazing exhibition, showcasing some of the most thought-provoking and detailed works year after year. Handpicked by the Board of Studies, be sure to catch the works of these 40, top-notch students at the Armory Gallery till the 24th of April. We’re sure we’ll see their names at the MCA one day.

Free Meditation Classes in Paddington

Turn your daily ummm into ommm with Paddington’s little piece of weekly zen. Duck in on Wednesdays at Paddington Public School and learn how to balance your wellbeing in accordance with Sahaja Yoga, set to connect your mind, body and spirit. Sticking around till December, you have heaps of time to refine your skills. 

Shakespeare Fan Day

As suave as he was eloquent, we assume Shakespeare was the Ryan Gosling of his time. So it’s only fair we head down to the Shakespeare Fan Day on the 23rd from 10am, to celebrate all things beautifully Midsummer Nights, existentially Hamlet, and forever doomed Romeo and Juliet. Think actors galore, activities, drawing sessions and The Shakespeare Room open with first collection works on display. 

Explore Chippendale: Free Gallery Walking Tours

Calling all culture vultures—take a trip through the insightfully provocative streets and galleries of Chippendale, Sydney’s newest little urban art-land. Adorned with social commentary, pop-culture references and styles these walls have a lot to say. Rendezvous at the Kensington Contemporary Galleries on the 9th at 2pm to find out what. 


Image credit: Zakarij Kaczmarek at Biennale of Sydney (Cockatoo Island)

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