The Rockdale Arts Festival (RAF) is a month long festival that serves to promote, engage and acknowledge the creative community of our region. RAF incorporates activities represented by other national and state initiatives including Seniors Week and Youth Week. Now in its 5th year the festival is set to embrace its hallmark events, whilst growing the capacity for cultural endeavours and arts activities which value our creative and vibrant City.
The festival is bigger than ever featuring an exciting series of arts and cultural events, workshops installations and exhibitions that are accessible, innovative and all engaging.
The Rockdale Arts Festival will be launched Sunday 10 April and finish Sunday 8 May 2016.
During the Rockdale Arts Festival 2016 the shores of Cook Park, Kyeemagh will be transformed with an exciting display of artistic talent with ROGAP 2016: Sculptures by the Bay. The temporary outdoor exhibition showcases Rockdale's growing multiculturalism and diversity and is a stimulating platform for artistic and cultural celebration to the region.
Council invites submissions from local, national and international artists to take part in the 5th annual Rockdale Outdoor Gallery Art Prize for temporary public artworks.
Free event. For a complete list of exhibitors, please download our 2016 Exhibition Catalogue.
And our ROGAP 2016 Winners are ...
Youth Prize Winner: Athelstane Public School with "Back in Time Viewer"
Cooks River Environment Prize Winner: Angela Van Boxtel with "Tree of Life"
Harmony Awareness Prize Winner: Natalie Duncan with "Stargazers"
Highly Commended Prize Winner: Karen Manning with "Stone Chameleons"
First Prize Winner: Selina Springett, Krešo Srpak and Alessandro Berini with "Waves"
People's Choice Award Winner: Geoff Harvey with "Scrap Yard Dogs"
The opening event of the 2016 Rockdale Arts Festival coincides with the opening of the Rockdale Outdoor Gallery Art Prize at Cook Park, Kyeemagh. A fun day out for all ages, includes art and craft workshops, circus playground, pop-up exhibitions and more.
Council invites local residents to take part in a Photographic Competition with the theme "Living Local". The competition aims to highlight the assets of the LGA such as its
- Family life
- Architecture and heritage
- Landscape, rivers and parks
Entries close Monday 18 April, 2016, for more info or to submit your entry visit the CamerART page.
The competition is open to Amateurs and Professionals: Prizes will be awarded to the winner and first runner up/highly commended in the three major categories; Junior, Youth & Open (Amateurs & Professionals). There are also prizes for the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce 'People's Choice Award' and this year we are welcoming a new category and sponsor; the Discovery Point Community Prize.
- Junior (Up to 12 years)
- Youth (13-18 years)
- Open (Amateurs & Professionals)
- Rockdale Chamber of Commerce 'People's Choice Award'
- Discovery Point Community Prize
Art Attack (primary ages)
[Monday 11 April - Sunday 24 April 2016 - Rockdale City Branch Libraries]
Free arts and crafts events.
Bookings essential at www.rockdale.nsw.gov.au/LibraryEvents
Express Yourself - Write! (ages 13-18)
[Wednesday 13 April, 2pm-4pm - Rockdale Town Hall]
Award-winning author B. Michael Radburn will be running this fun and hands-on creative writing workshop. He was a short-story teller before moving to novels which allow him to explore his characters, as well as the natural and supernatural environs.
You'll get tips to get your story flowing and find out about the road to becoming published. If you have a story or a novel idea in the works, bring it along to get some practical advice. Michael mixes his workshop up with music and if you play an instrument, bring it along for an impromptu jam session at the end. Double the creativity! Double the fun!
This is a Rockdale Library Youth Week 2016 free event for teenagers aged 13-18
Bookings essential: www.rockdale.nsw.gov.au/LibraryEvents from Monday 21 March. For more information, contact Rockdale City Library on 9562 1821.
Photography Workshop for Beginners 1½ day (ages 13-18)
[Day 1: Thursday 14 April, 10am-3:30pm - Pindari Room, Rockdale Town Hall & Day 2: Friday 15 April, 1:30pm-4pm - Shopfront Theatre, Carlton]
Ever wondered what goes into taking an amazing photograph? Don't miss this opportunity to learn from internationally accredited photographer and photography teacher Andre Morawski. In day 1, we cover the art of photography basics, have fun taking photos and then come back on day 2 to edit them into masterpieces.
Admission is free but bookings are essential. Visit rockdaleartsfestival.eventbrite.com to book from Monday 21 March
Ocean Play - Drama Workshop (ages 9-12)
[Monday April 18, 10:30am-12:30pm - Level 1, Rockdale Town Hall]
Eaton Gorge Theatre Company has designed a unique drama workshop based around the theme of marine protection and conservation. During this fun workshop each participant will use their imagination and get to practice simple storytelling and improvisation skills. Participants will get to put on a short play for each other at the end of the workshop.
The event is free, but bookings are essential at www.rockdale.nsw.gov.au/LibraryEvents. For more information, contact Rockdale City Library on 9562 1821.
Earth Day Eco-Fair (open all ages)
[Friday 22 April, 10am-2pm - Cook Park, Kyeemagh]
Get creative at our recycled art and sculpture workshop, hear from local environmental groups and see this year's ROGAP: Sculptures by the Bay exhibition. No bookings necessary.
Art Therapy Workshops
[Wednesday 27 April and Wednesday 4 May, 12:30pm-2pm - Pindari Room, Rockdale Town Hall]
Fun and interactive workshops run by Artist and Art Therapist Jacqueline Maureira for those interested in exploring art materials and art making in a very friendly, playful and non-judgemental environment. No art skills or experience necessary and open to all ages, everyone is invited to discover the benefits of communication through art making.
Afternoon tea provided.
Free event, bookings essential. Visit rockdaleartsfestival.eventbrite.com and book for one or both!
Writing Your Family History or Memoir: a Workshop with Geoff Bartlett
[Thursday April 28, 6pm-8pm - Council Chambers, 1st Floor, Rockdale Town Hall]
This workshop is for those interested in preserving the history and stories of themselves or their family. It offers ideas on gathering raw material and methods for sorting through information and pictures to create an attractive, easy to read and informative record of the history of your family, business or organisation.
Places are limited and bookings are essential at www.rockdale.nsw.gov.au/LibraryEvents. For more information please call Natalie on 9562 1821
Song Writing for Beginners
[Saturday 30 April, 10am-5pm - Senior's Centre, Rockdale]
Interactive and collaborative song writing workshop led by seasoned film and theatre songwriter Joanna Weinberg. Participants will learn over the course of one day how to devise and construct a song using rhythm, melody, lyrics and rhyme. All songs will be set to music and participants will leave with their very own original work, plus a take-home worksheet for future reference.
Free event, bookings essential. Visit rockdaleartsfestival.eventbrite.com to book.
Sans Souci Library Knitting Group
[Monday 2 May, 11:30am-1pm - Sans Souci Library]
Group meets every first Monday of the month. Charity affiliated with: Wrap With Love. From beginners to experienced knitters. Bring 8 ply wool and No. 4 needles. Light refreshments provided.
Calling All Emerging Artists!
Council is currently looking for local emerging artists to take part in a community mural project during RAF 2016. High School students are encouraged to apply. Please submit all expressions of interest along with Artist resume or description of prior art experience via email to Council's Recreation, Arts & Culture Officer.
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Artists, Art & Cultural Workers, Creatives & Enthusiasts are invited to attend the 2nd St. George Arts & Cultural Network Forum. Initiated as a partnership between Rockdale, Kogarah and Hurstville City Councils, the St George Arts & Cultural Network Forum aims to connect artists, share information and resources and to promote the diversity of cultural activities in our region.
The forum hosts a variety of guest speakers and will be followed by drinks, refreshments and a preview viewing of The Guild Theatre's production of 'When Dad Married Fury'.
Free event, registrations essential.
Please RSVP to Caroline Cortes, Recreation, Arts & Culture Officer - Rockdale City Council on 9562 1633 or email
The Regals present 'The Boy From Oz'
[Opening Weekend Friday 6 May to Saturday 14 May 2016 - Rockdale Town Hall]
Director: Julian Batchelor
Musical Director: Peter Sampson
Choreographer: Tracey Rasmussen
From the Production Team that brought you our most recent sell out show 'Hairspray'; 'The Boy From Oz' is the most successful Australian musical ever and the first to make it to Broadway. It is a musical biography/tribute to the late great Peter Allen. Peter Allen was born in the outback Australian town of Tenterfield in 1944. He made his entertainment debut at the age of five impersonating Al Jolson. As a teenager he became a pop star and then toured Asia. There he met Judy Garland who took him to London where he met and became engaged to her daughter Liza Minnelli.
In the US Peter enjoyed the highs of success by winning an Oscar, selling out performances in Radio City Music Hall, and receiving adulation when he returned to Australia. There were also plenty of lows … breaking up with his wife, staging a Broadway flop, the death of his partner, and his own battle with illness. Peter Allen had an extraordinary life which producer Ben Gannon realized had the potential to become a magnificent musical, and together with Robert Fox they turned it into the smash hit that became; 'The Boy From Oz'.
Book by Nick Enright, Music and Lyrics by Peter Allen.
Child (< 12 yr): $29
Visit www.theregals.com.au to book your tickets or call 0417 676 377
The Guild Theatre presents 'When Dad Married Fury'
[Opening Weekend Friday 6 May to Sunday 8 May, 2016 - The Guild Theatre, Rockdale]
Directed by Chris Searle
Alan, an aging but very wealthy businessman, is coming back to Sydney after years of working in the US. His two sons and their wives are at the airport to greet him. They are not happy - Alan has just married a young, good looking woman with her own business. What happens if she has a child? Someone else to share their inheritance with!! And they want that inheritance very badly. This is a Williamson staple product: biting social satire and very funny dialogue.
Play by David Williamson
Theatre Parties (20 or more): $20
The Booking Office will open for telephone bookings on Tuesday 12 April 2016. Bookings can be made between 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday by calling 9521 6358. You can also email email@example.com or visit www.guildtheatre.com.au
The Australian Macedonian Theatre of Sydney presents 'The Suitcase'
[Opening weekend Saturday 7 May to Sunday 8 May - Macedonian Cultural Centre "Ilinden" 65 Railway Street, Rockdale]
Written by Dushan Ristevski
Directed by Stefo Nantsou
'The Suitcase', holds a past life of hardships and dreams, of trials and riddles. It belongs to a woman who has sacrificed much for her children to have a better life. You can never be rid of your past. It follows you like a shadow. 'The Suitcase', holds secrets that struggle to remain hidden when, "the walls have ears".
Standard ticket: $20
Tickets available at the door or for bookings and more information please contact: Dushan Ristevski on 0425 231 335 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rockdale Outdoor Gallery Art Prize 2016: Cook Park, Kyeemagh - from Sunday 10 April to Sunday 24 April
CamerART 2016 Exhibition: Rock-Up Creative Space 1, Shop 6/495 Princes Highway, Rockdale - from Monday 18 April to Sunday 8 May
Pop-up CamerART Finalists Exhibition: Swallow Coffee Traders Cafe, 1 Tramway Arcade, Rockdale - from Thursday 21 April 21 to Sunday 8 May
Second Creative Space to be announced very soon!