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The Rocks Village Bizarre

Mystery, Magic, Music and Markets.

Friday nights from 7 November through until 19 December, 6.30pm – 10pm, Free
Various locations throughout The Rocks

Catch a glimpse of a colossal white rabbit over rooftops, encounter captivating characters around every corner, satisfy your foodie side and meander through night markets of handmade treasures.

Expect the unexpected at the Rocks Village Bizarre, as laneways, shopfronts and spaces are transformed into a world of mystery, magic, music and markets every Friday night from 7 November to 19 December.

The Rocks Village Bizarre
Every Friday, 6.30pm – 10pm
7 Nov – 19 Dec

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Here are our top picks for a fun and fabulous Friday night at Village Bizarre. Be wowed by incredible music and dance, enjoy a cold craft brew, meander past some colourful comedy and window performances and squeeze in some shopping for the perfect night in The Rocks.

The Gin Mill Social
The Gin Mill Social Every Friday, 6.30pm - 10pm
7 Nov - 19 Dec
The Rocks Square
Free entry

Hidden in the heart of The Rocks is The Gin Mill Social.

Step beyond the iron walls and into a lively 1920s juke joint, where the drinks are flowing and the band is swinging.

You never know where the night will take you, as burlesque and vaudeville performers burst into the spotlight when you least expect it.

Head down to The Gin Mill Social for an authentic 1920s party where anything goes!

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The Clubhouse with PeterBaeckerLive
The Clubhouse with PeterBaeckerLive Every Friday, 6.30pm - 10pm
(The Clubhouse opens 11am - 2pm, Mon - Fri)
7 Nov - 19 Dec
Atherden Street
Free

Join Berlin-based performance artist, dancer and DJ Peter Baecker as he transforms a local shopfront into an interactive art installation.

As the official artist in residence and ‘Mohawked Mascot’ of The Rocks Village Bizarre, Baecker’s performance reignites the euphoria of the 1980s.

Gaze into a world Behind the Windows to see him perform ‘sleep installations’, catch his blogs and vlogs from around the curious corners of The Rocks and drop into The Clubhouse during the week for a Rubik’s cube or Lego workshop.

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Love Tv
Love Tv Every Friday, 6.30pm - 10pm
6-8 Atherden Street
Free

Wear your heart on your sleeve for Love TV.

Watch as the amorous Aphrodite invites celebrities, musicians, local heroes and members of the local community into her studio for a chat.

This hot-pink, TV-shaped mobile theatre is transformed by enigmatic hostess, Rebecca McIntosh, into a space for intimate and spontaneous conversation about love and passion.

Interviews will be beamed live onto a big screen for easy viewing, then uploaded to social networks so you can share the love.

Crack open the heart of the city with this unique, interactive performance piece where personal and shared stories and personal love affairs come to life.

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Etsy at the Village Bizarre Night Markets
Etsy at the Village Bizarre Night Markets Every Friday, 6.30pm - 10pm
7 Nov - 19 Dec
Playfair Street

Each Friday night at the Village Bizarre Night Markets you’ll find a unique curation of Etsy stalls.

Global online marketplace Etsy is renowned for its vibrant selection of vintage and hand-made goods.

Peruse charming curiosities that are hand-crafted, hand-stitched and hand-dyed and find the perfect gift to yourself or someone special.

 

ART INSTALLATION

Be surprised and inspired by a range of innovative and thought-provoking art and design installations around The Rocks during Village Bizarre. From a giant, glowing rabbit that moves locations each week to a showcase of young design talent, to a secret installation hidden away in a haunted lane, prepare yourself for a truly unique artistic experience.

Intrude – Rabbit Installation by Amanda Parer
Intrude – Rabbit Installation by Amanda Parer Every Friday, 6.30pm - 10pm
7 Nov - 19 Dec
Various
Free

Catch a glimpse of a colossal white rabbit peeping over charming colonial rooftops. Like all of our playful art installations, you never know where they’ll pop up next. Intrude Rabbit is contemporary art in the form of a friendly and familiar creature, a delight for children and art-lovers alike.

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Smoke and Mirrors, Part 2
Smoke and Mirrors, Part 2 Every Friday, 6.30pm - 10pm
7 Nov - 19 Dec
Greenway Lane
Free

The Association of Optimism invites you to gather around Greenway Lane and step beyond the velvet curtain for an unexpected and unforgettable experience. This innovative installation dwells in the space where spirits live, fleeting moments haunt and imagination is as tangible as reality.

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UTS open house
UTS open house 6.30pm - 10pm
7 Nov
Foundation Park
Free

Be inspired by the best and brightest young designers at the UTS design lab on opening night of Village Bizarre.
Five groups of talented third-year UTS design students will showcase their most creative and cutting-edge projects, from installations to interactive objects.

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Behind the Windows

Window-shopping will never be the same again! During Village Bizarre, selected shopfronts in The Rocks will become the stage for a diverse range of local and international performers. Entrancing movement pieces, colourful costumes, awe-inspiring visuals and spooky romps all play a part in this unexpected performance Behind the Windows.

The Clubhouse with Peter Baecker
The Clubhouse with Peter Baecker Every Friday, 6.30pm - 10pm
(The Clubhouse opens 11am - 2pm, Mon - Fri)
7 Nov - 19 Dec
Atherden Street
Free

Join Berlin-based performance artist, dancer and DJ Peter Baecker as he transforms a local shopfront into an interactive art installation.
Gaze into a world Behind the Windows to see him perform nightly ‘sleep installations’, catch his blogs and vlogs from around the curious corners of The Rocks and drop into The Clubhouse during the week for a Rubik’s cube or Lego workshop.

Visit website

Melanie Palomares
Melanie Palomares Every Friday, 6.30pm - 9.30pm
7 Nov - 19 Dec
Joe Bananas, 103 George Street
Free

Go to a place where ridiculous meets mundane and the instant meets absence. Saturated in colour and frozen in fantasy, one woman negotiates the notion of ‘sink or swim’, performed against the backdrop of the bold men’s fashion store, Joe Bananas.

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Rakini Devi – Kali Madonna Urban Altar
Rakini Devi – Kali Madonna Urban Altar Every Friday, 6.30pm - 9.30pm
7 Nov - 19 Dec
George Street
Free

Stand in awe at the Urban Altar of Rakini Devi, a surreal world where pop art meets religious iconography. Her stunning hybrid performance art has been presented in New York and Mexico City, and draws intercultural inspiration from such deities as the Mexican Virgin Guadalupe and the Hindu goddess Kali.

Paul Cordeiro
Paul Cordeiro Every Friday, 6.30pm - 9.30pm
7 Nov - 19 Dec
Denham, 77 1/2 George Street
Free

Let this entrancing chameleon beckon you closer with his hypnotic movements and a pot of tempting green tea. Internationally acclaimed dancer and physical performer Paul Cordeiro is hot off the plane from a European jaunt, bringing his unique window performance to the shopfront of iconic Amsterdam jean label, Denham.

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Natalia Ladyko
Natalia Ladyko Every Friday, 6.30pm - 9.30pm
7 Nov - 19 Dec
UGG Since 1974 , Shop 2.02, 140 George Street
Free

Step closer to the UGG Since 1974 shopfront to investigate the curious character lighting up its window – Natalia Ladyko. The accomplished actress, dancer and physical performer will perform short movement pieces in reponse to the space, drawing inspiration from musical influences such as 1970s disco, rock’n’roll and rebellious punk.

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Follies of the Footstool Phantom, Part 1
Follies of the Footstool Phantom, Part 1 Every Friday, 6.30pm - 9.30pm
7 Nov - 19 Dec
Shop 2.06, 140 George Street
Free

The faint hearted should steer clear of the window occupied by the head on a chair, also known as the The Footstool Phantom! It’s a house of horrors, a kooky, spooky romp with audience participation, puppetry and live music.

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The Rocks Pop-Up

The Rocks Pop-Up is an initiative for activating vacant spaces with art, new media, forums, music and performance. This year at Village Bizarre, The Rocks Pop-Up brings you a host of riveting creative projects, from interactive theatre to design collaborations, art forums and photography exhibitions.

Age of Entitlement
Age of Entitlement 8pm - 9.30pm
5, 12, 19 Dec
(and Wed - Sat, 3-20 Dec)
Merchant's House, 43-45 George Street
$25 concession, $30 full

Immerse yourself in the action with this interactive theatre piece, set in an original 1848 mansion, Merchant House. Wander from room to room as several different stories are played out simultaneously, exploring ideas of wealth, power and corruption. Presented by the exciting Australian theatre company Mongrel Mouth.

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Tandem
Tandem 6.30pm - 10pm
7, 14, 21 Nov
Shop 2.05, 140 George Street
Free

Six months in the making, Tandem is the first inaugural exhibition of a unique, collaborative design project. Seven innovative young design practitioners have come together to develop works spanning a broad range of creative fields, launched through The Rocks Pop-Up during Village Bizarre.

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Contemporary's Contemporaries
Contemporary's Contemporaries 6pm - 9pm
28 Nov, 5, 12 & 19 Dec
(Also open 10am - 5pm, 27 Nov - 19 Dec)
Shop 2.05, 140 George Street
Free

Sitting on the doorstep of the iconic MCA, this exhibition celebrates the richness and vibrancy of the contemporary Australian art world. Leading and emerging artists are the inspiration behind a conceptual study of an artist’s practice and profession, and the inner workings of an art institution.

Behind the Lens
Behind the Lens 6.30pm - 10pm
7 Nov
(Also open 10am - 5pm, 1-10 Nov)
47 George Street
Free

Catch a glimpse Behind the Lens of the picturesque world of five prominent architectural photographers including Brett Boardman, Katherine Lu, Michael Nicholson, Murray Fredericks and Richard Glover. Presented by Rocks Pop-Up as part of Sydney Architectural Festival.

PERFORMANCE

Enter a hotel room for an intimate interactive performance, relish riveting convict tales, and be serenaded by sweet and sassy tunes in the street.

The Gin Mill Social
The Gin Mill Social Every Friday, 6.30pm - 10pm
7 Nov - 19 Dec
The Rocks Square
Free entry

Step beyond the iron walls of the Gin Mill Social and into a lively 1920s juke joint, where the drinks are flowing and the band is swinging.
You never know where the night will take you, as burlesque and vaudeville performers burst into the spotlight when you least expect it.

Visit website

Love Tv
Love Tv Every Friday, 6.30pm - 10pm
6-8 Atherden Street
Free

Wear your heart on your sleeve for Love TV. Watch as the amorous Aphrodite invites celebrities, musicians, local heroes and members of the local community into her studio for a chat about love and life in this city. Interviews will be beamed live onto a big screen for easy viewing, then uploaded to social networks so you can Share the Love with your nearest and dearest.

Visit website

Room Service
Room Service 6.30pm - 10pm
21, 28 Nov and 5, 12, 19 Dec
Holiday Inn Old Sydney, 55 George Street
Free

A hotel room. Five audience members. A handful of actors. What could possibly happen? Award-winning Australian performance troupe Big One Little One invite you and four other audience members at a time into a hotel room for an intimate performance experience. So check in, raid the mini-bar, dim the lights and get ready for the most hilarious 15 minutes you’ve had in a long time.

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Full Fathom Five
Full Fathom Five 7pm, 8pm, 9pm
7, 14, 28 Nov and 12, 19 Dec
The Rocks Discovery Museum
Free

Relish the riveting tales of First fleet shoemaker George Legg and his convict wife Ann Armsden as they recount a dramatic drowning, highway robbery and freshly baked bread. Presented by The Rocks Discovery Museum.

Choir Rocks
Choir Rocks 6.30pm - 10pm
21 Nov and 5 Dec
The Rocks Discovery Museum and roving
Free

Be serenaded by sharp, sassy, bold and brassy tunes by this celebrated local choir as they perform For Your Ears Only. Follow your ears as they rove The Rocks, singing memorable twists on pop culture favourites, or meet them on the mezzanine of The Rocks Discovery Museum, where they’ll perform intimate sets to smaller audiences.

ROVING PERFORMANCE

Enjoy the delightful randomness of roving performances around The Rocks during Village Bizarre. Bop along to the coolest K-Pop dance moves, or book the family in for a chilling ghost tour of The Rocks.

110% – Finding it Blue with Every Thought of You
110% – Finding it Blue with Every Thought of You 6.30pm - 10pm
5, 12, 19 Dec
Roving
Free

Encounter this touching roving performance throughout the laneways of The Rocks, as the members of a three person collective seek each other out. It’s a unique, contemporary performance that explores themes of intimacy and absence, presented simultaneously in Australia and Iceland.

Visit Lachlan Herd website
Visit Beth Dillon website
Visit Kieran Bryant website

Crossover K-Pop
Crossover K-Pop 6.30pm - 10pm
Every Friday
Roving
Free

Watch out for Crossover K-Pop Dancers, bringing a little bit of Korean pop culture to Village Bizarre with their roving dance pieces. Bop along as these ultra-cool dancers show off moves that are hot off the streets of Seoul!

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Paranormal Fright Nights
Paranormal Fright Nights 7pm, 8pm, 9pm (40 minutes duration)
Every Friday
Roving
$20 adult, $10 child, $45 family (2 adults and 2 children)

Join us if you dare for 40-minute ghost tours of The Rocks, sure to get screams and squeals from even the bravest souls. Follow the guide into haunted buildings and meekly meander down shadowy streets – at your own risk!

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Julian Ashton Art School
Julian Ashton Art School 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Every Friday
Roving
Free

Artists from the oldest art school in Australia, The Julian Ashton Art School, will be making an appearance at Village Bizarre. Watch out for talented painters and drawers as they make Bizarre performers their muses for the evening. You may even become a subject yourself if your unique look catches their eye!

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PARLOUR BIZARRE

Inspired by pop culture, high fashion and old-school style, the Parlour Bizarre is a place where you might just be transformed into a living, breathing piece of art.

Glitta Supernova
Glitta Supernova 6.30pm - 10pm
Every Friday
Cleland Bond
Free (places are limited, register early on the night)

Set yourself apart from the crowd with a 20-minute makeover from Glitta Supernova at Parlour Bizarre. Step right up and let the talented team of artists tap into your inner fabulousness. You’ll walk away a superstar – so treat yourself!

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Barber Supreme
Barber Supreme 6.30pm - 9.30pm
7, 14, 21, 28 Nov
Cleland Bond
Free (places are limited, register early on the night)

Barber Supreme takes the old-world charm of a classic barber experience and offers it to the modern gentleman. Chose from a wet shave, scissor cut or clipper cut and enjoy the classic details like a hot towel and personalised service.

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MOHS Hair & Beauty
MOHS Hair & Beauty 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Every Friday
Cleland Bond
Free (places are limited, register early on the night)

Book in for a 1980s inspired makeover with the MOHS stylists at the Village Bizarre. The dazzling duo will be creating amazing new looks and creative styles to make you stand out in the crowd and give you a little spring in your step.

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The Argyle Oracle
The Argyle Oracle 6.30pm - 9.30pm, every Friday
Playfair Street
Free (places are limited, register early on the night)

Take a seat for a psychic speed-date with the Argyle Oracle. Using the mysterious arts of palm and tarot readings, she’ll see into your future and set you on the right path. Readings are free, but be sure to register early as these coveted spots will book up quickly!

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Shop at the Night Markets
Shop at the Night Markets 6.30pm - 10pm, every Friday
Jack Mundey Place and Playfair Street

Explore a unique curation of sellers from Etsy each Friday night and blitz your Christmas shopping at these eclectic markets. Here you’ll find extraordinary gifts that are hand-crafted, hand-dyed and hand-stitched.

Etsy at the Night Markets
Etsy at the Night Markets 6.30pm - 10pm, every Friday
Playfair Street

Each Friday night at the Village Bizarre Night Markets you’ll find a unique curation of Etsy stalls. Global online marketplace Etsy is renowned for its vibrant selection of vintage and handmade goods.

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Food at The Night Markets
Food at The Night Markets 6.30pm - 10pm, every Friday
Jack Mundey Place and Playfair Street

Taste mouth-watering morsels, savour tempting sweets and enjoy an abundance of flavours at this open-air food market by the harbour. Meander from stall to sizzling stall, soaking up the aromas and taking in the buzzing atmosphere under the moonlight.

The Gift Guru
The Gift Guru 6.30pm - 10pm, every Friday
Playfair Street
Free

Seek the wisdom of the Gift Guru and take the stress out of shopping this Christmas. One visit will help you decide on the perfect gift, as she weaves her psychic powers and shares her wisdom with you.

The Kaleidoscopic Kook
The Kaleidoscopic Kook

Be inspired around every turn with the Kaleidoscopic Kook, an urban art-loving Pied Piper always on the hunt for inspiration.

The Rocks Village Bizarre is a plentiful playground of art, installations and creative collaborations that will delight and inspire everyone from serious art-lovers to curious kids.

The Vaudeville Vamp and her faceless sisters
The Vaudeville Vamp and her faceless sisters

Lose yourself in laneway performances of all sorts with the Vaudeville Vamp and Her Faceless Sisters. Some say they’ve been captivating audiences for years, maybe centuries.

Encounter inspiring theatre and performance hidden in The Rocks, with open minds, delight and wonderment.

Throughout the Village Bizarre, The Rocks will become the stage for a multitude of performers as they showcase fixed and roving theatre, song, dance and more.

The Mysterious Moonlight Merchant
The Mysterious Moonlight Merchant

There’s something magical about the Mysterious Moonlight Merchant. The way he draws you in with a promise of satisfaction. Of wishes granted, and desires fulfilled.

The Village Bizarre Night Markets offer a taste of the hand-crafted, hand-dyed, hand-stitched. Hunt for curiosities made by hand, inspired by the Mysterious Moonlight Merchant.

The Insatiable Bon Vivant
The Insatiable Bon Vivant

If it’s feasting you’re after, the Insatiable Bon Vivant is your guide into a world that is sumptuous and delectable.

Meander between open-air food stalls, grazing on mouth-watering morsels designed to be devoured under the stars and perfect to share.

For a more formal foodie experience, settle in at one of the intimate dining venues littered throughout The Rocks. And don’t forget to take advantage of our enticing deals on offer during Village Bizarre.

Enjoy extended opening hours and special food, drink and retail deals during Village Bizarre, 7 Nov – 19 Dec.

The Glenmore Hotel
The Glenmore Hotel Level 1, 100 Cumberland Street

Get a group together for $32 cocktail jugs. Take your pick of Sangria, Pampering Mule or Rooftop Royale whilst enjoying sweeping 180-degree views of Sydney Harbour and the CBD.

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The Australian Heritage Hotel
The Australian Heritage Hotel Level 1, Cumberland Street

Sample five different craft beers for $15 with the Heritage Hotel craft beer tasting paddle. It’s the perfect way to get acquainted with their wide range of Australian beers on offer.

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The Mercantile Hotel
The Mercantile Hotel 25- 27 George Street

Enjoy a complimentary bottle of Morgan’s Bay Semillon Sauvignon Blanc when you book in to the iconic Mercantile Hotel.

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Sticky
Sticky 10-26 Playfair Street
5.30pm – 10pm

Receive one free bag of Regular Mix candy (valued at $5.95) with every purchase of $15 or more. Sticky specialises in colourful rock candy and sugar art that’s made in-house, before your very eyes.*

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Wok on Inn
Wok on Inn 10-26 Playfair Street
6.30pm – 10pm

Feast with your friends on shareable sides at Wok on Inn. Choose from a tasty selection of vegetable spring rolls, steamed chicken dumplings or Malaysian curry puffs for only $6.95 each.

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Sydney Bike Tours
Sydney Bike Tours Shop 25 Rocks Square

Hire a bicycle and receive 50% off the hire-cost of a second bike. Follow one of their three self-guided tours to experience all the major attractions Sydney has to offer.

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* Valid Friday Nights, 7 Nov – 19 Dec 2014. Subject to availability.