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FREE There’s life in the Inner West! Issue 278 | March 16th 2016 How our bandicoots got gentrified WIN! Royal Easter Show Rams TIX: The dos and don’ts of cultural appropriation Care to dance? Find out where to go The traditions of Ashfield’s Carnival of Cultures Island Home For further details visit www.ashfield.nsw.gov.au or call 9716 1800.

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Inner West whispers Local gossip, rumour, hearsay and unsubstantiated fact... Harris Yarn – WOMADannandale – Star City stormtroopers report the word on the street in Leichhardt that Norton Street Grocer has been bought out by Harris Farm, with the news kept intentionally quiet. Ciao can now confirm that Leichhardt’s Norton Street Grocer has been bought by Harris Farm though not what’s going on with the branch in Bondi Junction. A Good Food article in October speculated on whether the stores’ branding would be changed to match the Harris Farm shtick if they were sold... We’ll have to keep an eye out for the trademark ‘irregular fruit’ section. l There is a hopeful glimmer in the distance that l An anonymous messenger called into Ciao to WE ARE C!AO Satire for the soul Latte Leftie explains why he and Righteous Rightie have decided to bury the hatchet for the sake of the nation Dear LL – I’m confused about the love-in that’s broken out between you and Righteous Rightie. I never thought I’d see the day when RR would concede, “He’s not the raving nutter he used to be.” And you would respond by declaring you’d “never say never” to running on a joint ticket with your fellow Ciao columnist to seize control of one of the Inner West’s merged mega councils. What has prompted the strange circumstance of you two becoming ideological bedfellows? Bernie, Leichhardt     LL replies: Have you seen what’s been going on in Greece, the UK and Weimar America? This is all very simple. Circa 1980, the predecessors of Righteous and I met in a smoke-filled back room. They agreed that the Right would be allowed to make tax-paying optional for corporations, crush the union movement, fry the planet, dismantle the welfare state, launch endless wars in the Middle East, privatize everything and facilitate massive wealth inequality. In return, the Left would be free to slag off the lower orders as sexist, racist homophobes and engage in the kind of social engineering that today allows primary schoolchildren to decide what gender, sexuality and species they want to be on any given day. I think we can all agree we progressives got the better end of that grand settlement! Inexplicably, a growing mob of povo malcontents – irrationally aggrieved about being reduced to service-sector serfdom while being sneered at people such as you and I for their lack of interest in LBTIQWERTY issues – is now muttering darkly about revolution. I may be a Leftist but I’ll be damned if I’m going to stand by while uneducated troublemakers neglect their allegiance to their identity groups and unite on the basis of class solidarity. If that necessitates an alliance between two tribunes of the cultural and economic elite, then bring it on!   n Email your dilemma to info@ciaomagazine.com.au. ADVERTISING Madi Day madi@ciaomagazine.com.au the Parramatta Road ‘precinct’ may actually become some sort of entertainment hub, as promised by Leichhardt Council when it voted for the ‘Off Broadway’ Live Music Precinct policy in August 2014. Last week Leichhardt Council signed a $50,000 deal with Sydney Fringe Festival to host the monthlong entertainment festival in Annandale. The program will be focussed around the Annandale Hotel, which has never managed to return to the glory days it enjoyed under the Rules brothers’ ownership. Back then it was known as a live music institution that created the Next Big Things (Sticky Fingers and Jezebel’s musicians started as bartenders there). Those who associate Leichhardt Council’s noise regulations with the downfall of the the Annandale may see the Fringe proposal as a cynical move, but with the festival’s seven- year history and track record of presenting hundreds of independent artists, hopefully the deal is a sign of good things to come. We’ll take anything! l Over FOOD Melissa Leong info@ciaomagazine.com.au WINE Winsor Dobbin info@ciaomagazine.com.au 10,000 people have said they will be attending a lock-out law protest on Saturday, ‘storming’ the Star Casino. The organisers have stated that over one hundred performers will be playing at the event across 15 stages. ART DIRECTOR Paden Hunter paden@ciaomagazine.com.au St David’s Church, Haberfield LOCAL history Haberfield is known for its historical architecture – in fact the whole suburb is heritage listed. On Dalhousie Street alone, Haberfield boasts four historical churches, one of which is the second oldest building in the suburb: St David’s Church. Dating back to 1869, the land was donated by the Ramsay family for the purpose of establishing a Presbyterian school and church. The church featured a prominent spire until 1920, when a lightening strike meant it had to be dismantled. The school on the location was St David’s and Yasmar Sabbath School, with Yasmar being the benefactor’s name (Ramsay) spelt backwards. EDITORIAL Phoebe Moloney phoebe@ciaomagazine.com.au Kassia Aksenov kassia@ciaomagazine.com.au ASSISTANT PUBLISHER n PROMOTION Things we love: PUBLISHER Sonia Komaravalli sonia@ciaomagazine.com.au RIGHTWAY “How to improve cash flow” Who can argue against having more cash in the bank? More cash = more options. More options = less stress. Less stress = better choices. Better choices = better success. Better success = more cash…. and around it goes. BUT we see a large number of businesses failing to recognise this. Many business owners consider revenue to be the dominant contributor to their business performance and profitability. And when you’re running a growing business, juggling many hats, when do you have the time to consider other indicators? The hard truth is that a great number of successful, revenue strong businesses fail because of cash flow mistakes, which could’ve been easily fixed. Here are our top 5 cash flow tips for improving your cash flow! 1. Prepare a cash flow forecast – most things are predictable if you spend the time working it out. Sit down with your accountant (or get a better one if they’re no good) and undertake some forecasting of where your cash is going over the next few months. 2. Evaluate your customer terms – if you are paying your suppliers 20 days after they invoice you and your customers are paying you 40 days after you invoice them, then that equals a big gap that you have to fund. If you fund it then that’s less cash for you. Tighten up your payment criteria. 3. Enforce payment – come on, harden up guys. If people haven’t paid you then they either genuinely can’t (and you shouldn’t be selling to them) or they’re taking the mickey. Tell them there are perfectly good banks out there that love being banks and last time you looked you’re not one of them. It’s great being charitable, but don’t confuse business from charity! To be good at both requires not confusing the two. Balmain’s own Loch Ness monster Doing things the RIghtWay Contributors: Nigel Bowen, Lianna Taranto, Cat O’Dowd, Olivia Mackay, Russell Edwards, Maani Truu, Hannah Craft, Emma McConnell and Levi Parsons. Ciao loves you, and our photographers only supply photos for publication with consent. We try and make you look your best. No responsibility is accepted by Ciao Magazine for the accuracy of advertisements or information. We welcome unsolicited editorial and pictorial contributions. The opinions expressed in Ciao Magazine are those of contributors, indemnifying the publisher from inaccuracy or consequences arising from its reproduction. © All rights reserved. No material is to be reproduced without written permission of the publisher. Ciao Magazine is a free publication. Distribution, advertising & editorial enquiries 460A Parramatta Road, Petersham 2049 info@ciaomagazine.com.au (02) 9518 3696. 0402 202 951 – Sonya 0405 509 805 – Sonia Ciao is locally owned and produced. Please recycle Printed by Spot Press, Marrickville Dancers of the 15 Stars Cook Islands Community Dance Group who will be performing at Ashfield’s Carnival of Cultures this Sunday. Image: Ben Cregan 4. Turn over your stock quicker – you either sell stuff or you sell time (services). Either way don’t let it just sit there. Turn it into cash quicker. Look at your badly performing inventory lines and get out of selling them. So much money can be tied up in slow moving stock. The same principle applies to people selling services. Just get your invoicing done quicker. We come across so many tradesmen who take forever to get their invoicing out. What’s wrong with sending immediately after the job has been done? 5. Utilise technology – the technology is out there to easily make cash a priority. You need to ensure you’re using a cloud based accounting product like Xero and you know how to use it. These products should be a business owner’s best friend – and not left solely to the bookkeeper or accountant. They provide the flexibility to keep up to date on your cash flow position and can be viewed anywhere you take your laptop, tablet or mobile phone. Get those things right and you’ll have more cash around. That should help put a smile on your face. n Contact: 1800 736 203 info.australia@rightway.business www.RightWayau.com This little guy has apparently become a regular at the Inner West’s local swimming hole, the Dawn Fraser Baths in Balmain. According to regulars, the bird, which Ciao has identified as an Australasian Darter (however admittedly, no one in the office is a certified bird expert) has been visiting at least once a day to ensure he gets his laps in. The baths are the oldest pool and swimming club in Australia – quite an impressive title for the humble Inner West location. Founded in the 1880’s the baths are a favourite among local families, Olympic athletes, young couples and birds alike, continually welcoming sweat-drenched Inner Westies into its cool embrace. With an everincreasing water quality in the area, as heavy industry moves further away from the harbour, perhaps our bird friend is on to a good thing and it won’t be long until our favourite little spot is overrun with crowds a la Bondi Icebergs and the like. We sure hope not. Let’s keep this slice of paradise for ourselves... and the bird. C!ao’s voice In • Bus drivers who wait • Platform sandals – comfy and glam • Australian cinema • Fringe Fest in the Inner West! • Marshmellow-filled Easter eggs Out • Wading through 25 mins of traffic on Lyons Rd to get to Victoria Rd • Selective schools tests, placement exams and interviews for high school! • Unnecessary waste C!ao Magazine There’s life in the Inner West! www.ciaomagazine.com.au 5

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Community Life R OA D T E ST n Emma McConnell Recipes for Harmony Emma tried her hand at a few of the delicious meals included in this year's official Harmony Day Cookbook, creating a multicultural and celebratory feast. Shish Taouk – Lebanon I am a big fan of Lebanese food so to recreate this cuisine at home was a challenge I gladly accepted. Using an assortment of herbs and spices this unpretentious yet wholesome dish was one of the highlights of my culinary adventure. I added a couple of extra vegetables to the chicken skewers and cooked them on a low heat over the barbeque to really enhance the aromatic qualities of the marinade. This recipe was a hit and has inspired me to tackle the sides that accompany this dish in future attempts – tabbouleh and chickpea hummus. RANT Let’s talk about cultural appropriation Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard of cultural appropriation. The term has cropped up frequently in discussions of popular culture, reigniting debates around political correctness. Think Kylie Jenner's cornrows and Miley Cyrus twerking. To consider cultural appropriation as just another passing fad would be a disservice. Let’s really talk about it. One of the foundations of a multicultural society is the belief people of all races have a right to equal social and political standing. In theory, this would be ideal, however, it is simply not the case. In the past year, almost 4.6 million Australians (one in five) reported they were the target of racial discrimination. But when issues of racism emerge there's a tendency for those who are not generally targets of vilification (i.e. white people) to claim colour blindness. You might be familiar with phrases like “We all bleed red". This makes it difficult for those who experience racial privilege to acknowledge their own power. It assumes that power is equal when it most certainly isn't. Susan Scafidi defines cultural appropriation as, “Taking intellectual property, traditional knowledge, cultural expressions, or artifacts from someone else's culture without permission. This can include unauthorised use of another culture's dance, dress, music, language, folklore, cuisine, traditional medicine, religious symbols, etc. It's most likely to be harmful when the source community is a minority group that has been oppressed or when the object of appropriation is particularly sensitive, e.g. sacred objects.” Music festival fashion trends have seen the accessorisation of culturally significant items such as the bindi. To appropriate a religious or spiritual symbol purely for the sake of looking trendy is exploitative. To use culturally significant items as a disposable fashion accessory is insensitive to many People of Colour who, unlike their white counterparts, do not have the privilege of “unwearing” their culture. People of Colour who wear culturally and religiously significant items typically face the toxic stereotypes and criticisms that come with them. It has taken 21 years of being alive for me to feel comfortable wearing a Chinese Qipao [dress] in public. I've lost count of how many times I’ve seen white people appropriating Qipao for the sake of looking cool or as a quick Halloween costume, often captioning the resulting Facebook pictures with “Feeling so AZN” or “Do U Want Fried Rice?” When we consider the profound ways white superiority has shaped the experiences of racial minorities, we can’t ignore the impacts of cultural appropriation. It is a process that re-enforces cultural stereotypes, which are distant from white people but hit close to home for those like myself who have experienced the marginalisation and vilification that comes with being “too ethnic”. n Words by Anne Tong It's all Greek, no fuss Dolmades – Greece This Greek classic was the surprise standout! This simple dish required a little bit of extra research (lessons from my mum) in order to get the rolling technique just right. With basic ingredients and a little bit of imagination you could easily alter this dish to your pleasing – there are endless variations available online if you need some inspiration. I used fresh vine leaves which made the preparation time a little longer but I think it was worth the effort. For a first-timer I would definitely recommend making Dolmades – a perfect entrée served warm or eaten straight from the fridge. Pasta Frola – Argentina Desserts are not my forte and this recipe reaffirmed that fact. I wasn’t overly concerned with getting this dish picture perfect, however, I didn’t realise the precision that was required for a seemingly modest recipe. The homemade pastry was the main struggle with this Argentinian dessert staple – a humble tart with a quince and coconut filling. After accidentally leaving it in the oven for too long I was ready to admit defeat! Despite these disastrous results my house smelt wonderfully good for around 20 minutes whilst the tart was baking. I would make this dish again although I would highly recommend pre-rolled pastry sheets if you’re stuck for time or if you’re incompetent in the desserts department. Bánh Xèo – Vietnam I consider myself to be an experienced home cook however this recipe was a little bit trickier than expected. Bánh Xèo is a traditional Vietnamese dish which literally translates into ‘sizzling cake’ and with ingredients I would never typically use I thought I’d give this one a go. After making the sharp-but-sweet sauce (with extra chilli) I decided to accompany the pancakes with the recommended Asiatic greens and freshly cooked prawns. The dish itself was delicious but the pancakes didn’t crisp up as they should have – a fault perhaps caused by my stovetop or the pan that I used. I’ve had Vietnamese pancakes at restaurants before and absolutely loved them, however this is one dish I’m happy to leave to the professionals. All recipes were sourced from the official Harmony Day cook book ‘Recipes for Harmony’, available freely online from the following link: www.harmony.gov.au. Harmony Day is celebrated on March 21st. Green banh! Earth Hour Sustainable Fashion Parade Leichhardt Council, Ciao Magazine and the NSW EPA are teaming up for a killer event on Saturday March 19th all about treading lightly and confidently when it comes to stepping out in sustainable fashion. The afternoon will explore the ins and outs of textile waste avoidance, repair, buying secondhand and upcycling, demonstrating the gorgeous outfits that can be put together out of sustainable clothes and accessories available in Leichhardt. Come dressed in your favourite vintage or sustainable outfit and treat yourself to a glass of bubbly and delectable nibblies. The fashion parade is free but RSVP is a must. Prizes will be given for Best Dressed Reuse Style Icon. You can also enter the Reuse Style Icon comp online by posting a selfie and hashtagging #ReuseStyleIcon. n 4.00-6.30pm The Hannaford Centre 608 Darling Street, Rozelle RSVP: www.eventbrite.com.au/o/treading-lightly-3872044903 What’s on n Compiled by Hannah Craft. Email info@ciaomagazine.com.au Sat March 19, 11am - 3pm FREE Community are events listings www.annetong.com email info@ m.au ciaomagazine.co ah nn Ha Attn: designer Noelia Araya Matus. At the end of the day you get to take your handmade notebook home with you! n $22, go to www.rizzeria.com to book your place. Sat March 19, 2-3.30pm Easter in Marrickville Celebrate Easter in the community with a family fun day organised by Marrickville Chamber of Commerce in Alex Travallion Square. Activities during the day include free face painting and free access to a super cute petting zoo. Another fluffy animal, the Easter Bunny, will be bouncing into the square to take part in the festivities. Fri March 18 – Sun March 20 and Chiharu Shiota. and full program can be found at www.biennaleofsydney.com.au Fri March 18 – Mon March 25 n The talks are free, the timetable Dads and Babies Cockatoo Island Artists Talks Jump into Sydney's 20th Biennale with an opening weekend of talks by the artists behind the show's most impressive works. The talks will take place in an informal manner, lasting for 20 minutes in the vicinity of their artworks. The lineup includes Alexis Teplin, Emma McNally, Germaine Kruip, Lee Bul, Agatha Gothe-Snape Bookbinding at the Rizzeria The Rizzeria is a collectively owned stencil press located at 143 Norton Street, Leichhardt, which has attracted a dedicated group of artists, designers and publishers. During March the Rizzeria will be running a series of beginners bookbinding workshops. The Japanese bookbinding course will be taught by visual artist and book If you're a dad who wants to gain some more confidence in looking after your baby, then this is the perfect one-off event. Hosted by Drummoyne Community Centre on Bray Street, the 'Dads and Babies' workshop focusses on caring for babies who do not yet walk, providing guidance in skills such as settling your baby, infant massage and yoga and how to support your partner. The workshop is $20 however fee is negotiable for those experiencing hardship. n Bookings are essential: call 9719 Daddy daycare, Image: Chris Price Everyone's got a handmade book in them! 6 8102 or email dccinc@ozemail.com.au See page 8 for more what's on...

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n Local Gigs Sunday 20th March n Local screens Three Piece Suite Come and see string trio Three Piece Suite play a late matinee performance in Annandale. From Beethoven to Schubert, these high-class musicians will keep you entertained with European classical pieces. Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, $20 FREE TICKETS Win double movie passes Don't go into the woods today... The Witch This is unlikely to screen at any mums and bubs sessions – in fact parents of newborns are advised to give this mesmerising chiller a wide berth indeed. So too are those with girls “on the cusp of blossoming”, like the lovely Thomasin (Anya Taylor-Joy, above) who lives with her family on the edge of the deep dark woods. We’re in 17th century New England here, decades before the Salem witchhunts, and fathers say things like, “Canst thou tell me what thy corrupt nature is?” to their sons. To which the answer is, “My corrupt nature is empty of grace, bent unto sin, continually,” meaning the poor lad (Harvey Scrimshaw) is a normal teen who has been ogling his sister’s budding bosoms. Brooding, enigmatic and deeply troubling, Roger Egger’s huge Sundance hit is one of the most terrifying things you’re ever likely to see, though by the conventions of today’s bloody gorefests, it’s relatively restrained. Way more nightmarish are the hysterical children in a harsh land with the heavy hand of religion ever present. And the simple folk trying (and failing) to fend off the evils that lie in that deep dark forest of the human heart. CTC on now. Are Icelandic men are even sillier than their sheep? Monday 21st March Modest Mouse Rams In the country for Bluesfest, American indie rockers Modest Mouse return to our shores once more. With a new album under their belt Modest Mouse will surely deliver their signature eclectic performances laced with old favourites. Enmore Theatre, $78.90 Wednesday 23rd March Gwyn Ashton One of the most energetic blues and roots musos around will be performing an intimate solo performance in Marrickville's favourite Jazz lounge. Gwyn Ashton has played alongside many big names and makes sure every show he is in is outstanding. Lazybones Lounge, $10 on the door Judging by Grímur Hákonarson’s eccentric dark comedy, Icelandic people have an even closer relationship with their sheep than Kiwis – even physically resembling them. Gummi (Sigurdur Sigurjonsson) and Kiddi (Theodor Juliusson) are two brothers, both rough-as-guts farmers and neighbours, who for reasons never fully explained, don't speak to each other. When they have to talk, Kiddi’s dog trots between their houses carrying notes. Tragic circumstances force them to finally work together and that leads to a dramatic climax, but the plot is scarcely the point. The real stars of Rams are those sheep, the spectacular Icelandic scenery and the brilliant, hauntingly moody score. Just as Iceland is red hot as a tourist destination right now, so too is its distinctively idiosyncratic cinema – which often combines strong visuals, oddball stories and droll comedy. Winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes last year, this is one of the country’s very best. M from April 7. Zootopia Animals are the stars of Disney’s latest fantasy too, set in a richly imagined cinematic municipality you and I would die to live in. There’s plenty of jokes for human adults – like the Lemming Brothers Bank its residents use. The mayor is a lion (J.K. Simmons) while his deputy is a sheep. (Any resemblance to an Inner West council – now living or soon to be amalgamated – is purely coincidental). Idris Elba confirms he’s right as a future James Bond by playing head of police Chief Bogo, a buffalo. Meanwhile the city’s bureaucracies are run by sloths. CTC on now. n Exclusive to Dendy Newtown CIAO's PICKS n Thanks to Palace Films we have 10 double preview passes to give away valid on the weekends of March 26-27 and April 1-3. Details below. The mayor and his deputy Helen Mirren: desk warrior Sydney Royal Easter The Sydney Royal Easter Show is back, and getting underway. Don't miss out on what is shaping up to be Sydney's most spectacular show yet! Some highlights include the ever-popular dog show. This year's Purina Royal Dog show will bring together thousands of canines, from the primped and pampered to the most agile and persevering of dogs. If that wasn't cute enough this year will also include a baby puppy competition. Night-time entertainment will include a fully-fledged rodeo, with the country's best bull riders, steer wrestlers and bareback riders giving it their all. Concluding the show each night will be an enthralling rendition of The Man from Snowy River, a performance by legendary Troy Casser-Daley and a fireworks display synchronised with a live didgeridoo performance. n Tickets range from $27 to $99.50 for a family pass. Book your tickets at www.eastershow.com.au Eye In The Sky Buy me a pony, Daddy! Ciao is giving away four double passes to the show. Email us at info@ciaomagazine.com.au or like and share the Easter Show giveaway post on our Facebook page for your chance to win! In warfare, when is it OK to kill civilians? What if one death could save a hundred others? Who decides? Gavin Hood’s terse and brutally efficient thriller focusing on one drone strike against a terrorist cell in Nairobi deals with some heady ethical issues all right, and does so in an incredibly tense, efficient and crisply focused way. Helen Mirren plays a hawkish Brit colonel pushing the odds her way from the safety of a bunker thousands of miles from the slaughter, Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) the US pilot with his finger on the trigger another several continents away. The poor sap... There are bad guys in a compound getting ready for a massacre, a little girl selling bread within the “collateral damage zone”, all closely observed by an incredible array of airborne surveillance cameras. What to do, what to do… the agonising deliberations are not helped by the politicians inside and out of the operations room all carrying on like a bunch from Yes Minister or In The Loop. Just as well that lot aren’t in charge... Hang on, they are! M from Mar 24. Sat March 19, 2pm Junkyard Festival The Botany Bay Hotel in Newtown is hosting this semi-frequent bucket of up and coming musical talent. The more groovy amongst us will be aware of the dreamy electric beats of headliners Polographia and the garage grunt of Sydney legends, Zeahorse. Junkyard Festival is a free entry event and features a program of aural delights to take you from afternoon to night. For more info go to: facebook.com/ junkyardfest/ Tues March 29, 5.30-7:00pm Meet the Mayors Get the lowdown on council amalgamations in the Inner West, with this public panel meeting of local mayors. This event will bring together Mayors Lucille McKenna (Ashfield), John Faker (Burwood), Brian Robson (Canterbury) and Sang Ok (Strathfield) to answer your questions about amalgamations. Jodie McKay, MP for Strathfield, will also be attending. The event is free, but registration is essential. n Go to: eventbrite.com. au/e/meet-the-mayors-eventtickets-22636640802 who reflect on lived experience with radical aesthetics and colours and two who experiment with forms that edge us into timelessness, transcendence and the ethereal. The exhibition can be viewed up until April 9th and there will be a closing event for the Ides of Now held at 7pm. The gallery is open Tues-Fri 1pm to 6:30pm and noon to 7pm on weekends. n Shop 10, 23 Norton Street, Leichhardt. For more information go to skyfireart.com Art in the Ides of March Club Croydon Park 55 Seymour Street, Croydon Park Sat April 9, 7pm WIN Double MOVIE PASSES To be in the running to win double preview passes to Rams for the weekends of March 26-27 and April 1-3, email info@ciaomagazine.com. au with your name and address telling us where you picked up your copy of Only at the movies April 7 In the Ides of Now That's some funky junk 8 Catch the last of this exhibition at the new Skyfire Gallery on Norton Street. The Ides of Now exhibition features four artists of contrasting styles: two Ciao. Please remember to include your postal address. n Reviews – Russell Edwards

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n Your say n Sustainability n Local news Have you ever witnessed or experienced racism in the Inner West? No, but I have only been here for six months. Ceasar, Waitara No, I haven't. Heni, Leichhardt Absolutely, I have been called a 'dirty wog' countless times. Been coping it since I was seven, when I went to school. And I was born here. Simbad, Marrickville Yeah, for sure. Once this guy smashed into my car – and he called me the N-word and a curry muncher. Words I hadn't heard since school. Silvia, Abottsford No. Not really. Torpon, Campbelltown Well, a little bit. I am used to it now, I have been here a long time. It's just something everyone knows about, even if they don't realise it's happening to them. I don't know what to say, that's how it is. Mohammed, Leichhardt No, I haven't noticed anything in particular. Phil, St George When I told another mum the school I was sending my daughter to, she made a comment about how there are too many "Asian" students. Lina, Chiswick Levi Parsons unearths the Inner West’s newest underground subculture. It’s adorable. The Office of Environment and Heritage has partnered with the University of Sydney and Transport for NSW to establish an awareness program for some of Sydney’s cutest residents. After being declared endangered in 1995, the long-nosed bandicoot was believed to have vanished from Sydney metropolitan areas prior to 2002 when a discovery of several colonies of bandicoot in Marrickville, Ashfield and Leichhardt meant there was still hope for these furry locals. As compensation for the Inner West Light Rail extension, Transport NSW is funding a monitoring and research project on the now named Inner West long-nosed bandicoot. The study will use radio tracking to monitor the full extent of the population. Scientists are also hoping to discover more about the habitat of the city-dwelling species. PA R The Inner West’s Hipster Bandicoots Easter fish markets extended easter trading hours The fishmongers at the Sydney Fish Market are currently preparing for their busiest day of the year, with more than 55,000 traders expected to come through the Markets this Good Friday. Due to the influx of people, the markets have announced extended Good Friday trading hours, with retailers opening shop at 5am and running until 5pm. For the remainder of the long weekend, trading will continue as usual with retailers open from 7am to 4pm daily. For the kids, the Easter Bunny will be making a special guest appearance at the market from 10.30am to 12.30am on Good Friday, along with face painting until 3pm. Retailers are expected to sell over 400 tonnes of seafood throughout the weekend, due to the long-standing tradition of eating white fish, including snapper, barramundi and kingfish, on Good Friday. Recognise this nosy neighbour? n The Sydney Fish Market is located at the corner of Bank Street and Pyrmont Bridge Road, Pyrmont. about where the animals are living, we’ll be able to develop better conservation strategies to protect the population," said Dr Catherine Price, who will be leading the project. A study by Parks and Wildlife Division in 2010 followed bandicoots in Lewisham and suggested they were “yuppies” because unlike most bandicoots that prefer to live in open grassy areas, the Inner West bandicoot prefers to burrow underneath older Victorian terraces. The materials in older buildings like sandstone, bricks and floorboards make it easy for bandicoots to burrow between cracks. The study indicates the reason why bandicoots have not been found in the outer western suburbs is because there are more newer homes with thick concrete foundations, making it hard for our little friends to dig under. But I suspect the Inner West bandicoot, like us, just prefers the inner city lifestyle. n For more information or to report a bandicoot sighting go to facebook.com/innerwestbandicoots.  “We’re seeking the help of the communities RA D A M in the Local O AT A R T Government Areas of Marrickville, Ashfield FRED ST and Leichhardt to LITTLE ST look out for signs that JOHNSON bandicoots are nearby PARK and share the information with us,” said Mr HERCULES ST Mark Speakman, NSW Environment Minister. RECORDED BANDICOOTS Something fishy is going on Sporting Field Upgrade Mayor of Ashfield, Lucille McKenna OAM, has announced that local sporting fields Centenary Park, Algie Park, Ashfield Park and Hammond Park are set to have new floodlights installed to improve the facilities for local sporting groups. Currently, the installation is already underway at Ashfield Park, with work set to commence at the other locations in the following weeks. According to McKenna, the lighting will increase the usability of the facilities. “The new lighting will ensure the parks are able to be utilised to their full potential and are adequately lit for the thousands of people who train at the parks at night,” she said. The floodlights form part of a $470,000 upgrade program, which also involves other works, such as the recent installation of shade sails at Pratten and Ashfield Parks, new BBQ areas at Richard Murden Reserve and Robson Park and new seating and play equipment added to numerous local parks. "Hopefully by learning more Inner West Women of the Year St Peter’s resident Pauline Lockie and Balmain local Roxanne McMurray have been acknowledged for their extensive work within the community and named Local Women of the Year. In celebration of International Women’s Day, the NSW Government recognises the contribution of women to industry, community and society, with the winners being selected by their Members of Parliament. WestConnex activist Pauline was recognised by Member for Newtown Jenny Leong, for her tireless advocacy and community engagement opposing the WestConnex motorway. Working within the WestConnex Action Group, Pauline is dedicated to highlighting the negative impacts of the project on our local area. In her role Pauline has coordinated community actions, which were attended by thousands of people and has been an inspiring spokesperson on the issue. “She’s been a driving force in the opposition to WestConnex, forcing the NSW Government to take seriously the strong community campaign against the polluting toll road,” said Leong. Member for Balmain Jamie Parker selected Roxanne McMurray as Local Woman of the Year in his electorate for her role as Manager of Leichhardt Women’s Community Health Centre, which provides services for disadvantaged women. According to Parker, Roxanne is responsible for ensuring the centre continues to function effectively within the community. “She [Roxanne] successfully builds partnerships and coalitions to serve the interests of women and their families locally and across NSW,” he said. “Roxanne is a remarkable woman who has earnt this award and deserves the acclamation that comes with it.” Funding for Healthy Relationship Training in Schools Leichhardt Council will be partnering with the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) to implement a ‘Love Bites’ education campaign in Balmain and Leichhardt highschool campuses. The program aims to encourage high school students to engage in respectful relationships and attempts to help eliminate violence and abuse from the local community. The council has initially allocated $15,000 in funding to the program which is expected to be rolled out during 2016, to 400 Year 10 students. Mayor of Leichhardt, Darcy Byrne, has called on Ashfield and Marrickville councils to partner with Leichhardt Council and NAPCAN to lead a unified community action to end domestic and family violence in the Inner West. Local role models n Both winners attended the NSW Women of the Year Awards event, which took place on March 9th at Parliament House. The Age of Reinvention March events 13 March Take it to the streets 2-4pm intergenerational chair painting workshop Leichhardt Town Hall 23 March 11:30am Reinvent the menu Not So Young Club Hannaford Centre Summer Special! Balayage $100 Colour from $50 - $80 Ombre $110 Seniors $40 Ladies’ Cut $30 Men’s Cut $30 Seniors $25 Primary school $22 Unders fives $19 Fri 1 April 9-10am Laughter workshop 10.30am - 1.30pm Drab to fab Fashion workshop (incl. lunch) Balmain Town Hall 6.30pm MON 4 April 9.30am Gentle exercise Hannaford Centre TUES 5 April 10am Tai Chi Annandale Community Centre WED 6 April 8.30am Yoga Hannaford Centre THURS 7 April 9.30am Tai Chi Hannaford Centre FRI 8 April 10.30am Zumba Gold Hannaford Centre 2 - 4pm 1 - 4pm Zine Workshop 2 - 4pm A taste of Meditation 2 - 4pm Instagram workshop TUES WED 5 April 6 April 10am 8.30am Tai Chi Yoga Annandale Hannaford Community Centre Centre 2 - 4pm A taste of Yoga THURS FRI 7 April 8 April 9.30am 10.30am We Love Kids and Parents! Formerly Pixies Hair Salon Age of Blogging Reinvention workshop The Age of Reinvention Exhibition opening March Fri MON Leichhardt events 1 April 4 April Balmain Library 9.30am 13 March 9-10am Laughter Take it to Library the streets workshop Gentle 7:30 - 10pm 2-4pm intergenerational chair painting workshop Leichhardt Town Hall 23 March 11:30am Reinvent 10.30am - 1.30pm Drab to fab Fashion workshop (incl. lunch) Hannaford Centre Balmain Town Hall 6.30pm Age of Reinvention Exhibition opening Balmain Library 7:30 - 10pm Gala Celebration Balmain Town Hall 2 - 4pm The Age of The Reinvention Age of Reinvention TUES March WED March Fri THURS Fri MON FRI MON TUES 5 April events 6 April events 1 April 7 April 1 April 4 April 8 April 4 April 5 April Laughter Laughter Take it to Take it to theworkshop streets workshop Tai Chi the streets Yoga Tai Chi Gentle Gentle Tai Chi Zumba Gold 2-4pm 10.30am 2-4pm - 1.30pm 10.30am - 1.30pm exercise exercise Drab to fab Drab to fab intergenerational Annandaleintergenerational Hannaford Hannaford Hannaford Annandale Fashion workshop Fashion workshop chair painting Hannaford Community chair painting Centre Centre (incl.Hannaford Community (incl. lunch) lunch) Centre workshop workshop Centre Centre Centre Centre Leichhardt Leichhardt Balmain Town Hall Balmain Town Hall Town Hall Town Hall Whites Creek Leichhardt Cottage Library 10am 9.30am10.30am 9.30am 10am 13 March 8.30am 13 March 9-10am 9.30am 9-10am WED THURS Leichhardt 6 April 7 April Library 8.30am 9.30am Yoga Tai Chi Hannaford Hannaford Centre Centre FRI Whites Creek 8 April Cottage 10.30am exercise Tai Chi Gold Zumba Gold Zumba Hannaford Hannaford Centre Centre Hannaford Centre 10 N. James Hair Salon Closed Wednesdays and Sundays 88 Norton St Leichhardt 2040 Ph: 8068 1888 the menu Gala Not So Young Club Celebration Blogging workshop Leichhardt Library Balmain Town Hall Hannaford Centre 6.30 - 8.30pm 6.30 - 8pm 11.30am 6.30pm 1 - 4pm 23 March 2 - 4pm 23 March 2 - 4pm 6.30pm 2 - 4pm2 - 4pm 2 - 4pm 1 - 4pm 1 - 4pm 2 - 4pm 2 - 4pm 2 - 4pm 2 - 4pm 2 - 4pm 2 - 4pm 11:30am 11:30am A whole lot of Age of A taste Zine Reinvent A tasteReinvent of Age Instagram Blogging Blogging Zine Zine A taste of A taste Instagram of Instagram A taste A taste Reinvention Reinvention Workshop the menu Meditation the menu workshop workshop workshop Workshop Workshop Meditation Meditation workshop workshop of Yoga ofof Yoga hoopla of Yoga Poetry Slam 10 Things TO Exhibition opening Exhibition opening Not So Not So Whites Creek Whites Creek Whites Creek Leichhardt Leichhardt Leichhardt Leichhardt Leichhardt Leichhardt Leichhardt Leichhardt Whites Creek Whites Creek Whites Creek Young Club Young Club Cottage Cottage Cottage poetry event) KNOW BEFORE Balmain Library Library Balmain Library Cottage Library Library (a 50+ Library Library Library Cottage Cottage Library Library Line dancing and Hannaford YOU GO Hannaford Centre Centre hula hooping 7:30 - 10pm 11.30am 6.30 - 8.30pm 6.30 - 8.30pm 6.30 - 8pm 6.30 - 8.30pm 6.30 - 8pm 6.30 8pm 11.30am 11.30am An all ages event7:30 - 10pm Balmain A whole lot A whole lot A whole lot class and lunch of hoopla of hoopla Gala Gala of hoopla Poetry Slam Poetry Slam Poetry Slam 10 Things TO 10 Things TO 10 Things TO Library Celebration Celebration (a 50+ poetry event) (a 50+ poetry event) (a 50+ poetry event) KNOW BEFORE KNOW BEFOREKNOW BEFORE Line dancing and Line dancing and Line dancing and YOU GO YOU GO YOU GO hula hooping hula hooping hula hooping Casual Mondays BalmainBalmain Balmainclass and lunch An all ages event An all ages eventAn all ages event Balmain Balmain class and lunch class and lunch LPAC Town Hall Library Town Hall Library Library Casual Mondays Casual Mondays Casual Mondays Café LPAC LPAC LPAC Café Café Café

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in the kitchen Sticky cinnamon buns Method  with Olivia Mackay, n www.scoffandquaff. wordpress.com Wine with Winsor n www.wdwineoftheweek.blogspot.com These scrolls give hot cross buns a run for their money! Ingredients For the buns: • 250g butter • 350g white sugar • 500ml milk, sightly warm • 50g fresh yeast (or 2 teaspoons dried instant yeast) • 800g plain flour • 2 tsp ground cardamom • 2 tsp ground cinnamon • 1 egg, beaten For the glaze: • 100g icing sugar • water 1. Melt the butter. 2. Take 150g of the melted butter and combine with the cinnamon and 200g of the sugar. Set aside to cool. 3. Place the other 100g of melted butter in a large mixing bowl along with the warm milk. 4. Add the sugar and yeast to the mixing bowl, stirring until dissolved. Stir in cardamom and flour. 5. Knead dough, cover, allow to rise for 40 minutes. 6. Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper and lightly grease. 7. Roll the dough into a large rectangle about A3 size. 8. With the long edge closest to you, spread the cinnamon/sugar/butter mixture onto the top half of the dough. Fold the bottom half up so you have a rectangle around 15cm x 40cm. 9. Cutting from top to bottom, carefully slice the dough into strips about 1 inch (3.5cm) wide. This should make about 16 strips. 10. Take the bottom edge of a strip and twist it several times as you bring it to meet the other end, while twisting into a ring shape. 11. Arrange the twisted dough rings onto the two trays so that they are just lightly touching. 12. Preheat the oven to 225 C and leave the dough to rise for 40 minutes. 13. Meanwhile, make the glaze by mixing the icing sugar with just enough water to make a paste. 14. When the dough is ready, brush with the beaten egg and bake for 6-8 minutes. 15. Allow to cool for 15 minutes, drizzle with glaze. Stella Bella 2013 Sangiovese Cabernet Sauvignon An unusual blend, this, of the Tuscan grape sangiovese and Bordeaux-born cabernet sauvignon – but it works brilliantly and has been a proven winner for Margaret River winery Stella Bella. The sangiovese contributes bright, lifted dark cherry fruit notes (lead guitar if you like), while the cabernet adds structure with its fine tannins (the bass guitar). The end result is a soaring hit with suppleness and palate interest. Versatile with food, too. $30. Stunning red Bargain buy Barking Mad 2015 Watervale Riesling This has to be one of best wine bargains of the summer. It is the entry-level riesling from small Clare Valley producer Reillys, whose standard Watervale riesling is also a good buy at $22. This is ludicrously cheap given it offers the classic riesling notes of apple blossoms on the nose and vibrant citrus notes and crisp acidity on the long and lean palate. It would pair brilliantly with some pan-fried flathead fillets. $16. Brilliant blend Hither & Yon 2015 Grenache Mataro I love the fruit-driven reds that are produced by Hither & Yon in McLaren Vale and I really enjoy the artistic colour-coded labels from Estonian artist Eiko Ojala. This is a lip-smackingly delicious blend of 60% grenache and 40% mataro – the ripe, sweet grenache fruit melding with the earthy funkiness of the mataro to produce a nicely balanced red that is designed for immediate enjoyment. No need to cellar this one; just put some gourmet sausages on the barbecue and you have a wine/food match made in heaven. $24. n www.gourmetontheroad.blogspot.com MARKET UPDATE n Fruit: Figs continue to be excellent. Gold pineapples and heirloom tomatoes are scarce. Avocado price is up; Hass variety finished and the Shepard now available. Achacha and blackberries are finished until next season. back next week. Parsnips and Roman beans are scarce while prices of asparagus, broccoli and peas are high. Market update thanks to Murdoch Produce. n Veggies: Sugarloaf cabbage has returned. Red Dutch carrots will be Staging a comeback AT HOME WITH TIM SILVERWOOD Founder of Take 3, Tim Silverwood is an environmental advocate and keen surfer who encourages waste reduction. How did you become an environmental activist? I studied sustainability at university and always wanted to work in that field but was quite disillusioned by the job options. I worked in the travel industry and travelled the world a lot during my twenties.. It was travelling the world that made me realise how complex and under threat our planet was. How can we be more eco-friendly? To think about your actions. I have a real problem with disposable, singleuse products and packaging. Take coffee or tea. I dare say most readers wouldn’t bat an eyelid at grabbing a disposable coffee cup for their fix on a daily basis. Add that up and it’s a huge impact, one coffee a day is 365 disposable cups. I haven’t used a disposable cup for 5 years, I choose to drink in or bring my own coffee cup. Considering I often have two coffees per day I’ve saved over 3500 cups from landfill in 5 years. Are there any ingredients you recommend people use? Be more conscious of where your food comes from. Ask questions and if you’re not happy with the answers then keep on shopping around. Farmers markets, food co-ops, local/butchers grocers and bulk food stores are a great place to start. Set yourself some challenges like only eating meat once a week or trying to go waste/ plastic free for a day, week or month. 12 MELISSA Leong Cooking by Candlelight On the weekend, I met up with my friends Nathalie and Reece, who had spent the day running around Sydney filming a campaign to get Malcolm Turnbull to turn off the lights in his house. This did not surprise me, given that I am blessed with a beautifully odd and creative group of friends, but in this case there was a reason for it. You see, the request wasn’t for just any night: they had a specific date in mind to ask our Prime Minister to go dark… March 19. Earth Hour’s incandescent annual initiative takes place once again and I’m afraid it’s one of those things that requires a bit of team effort. A few households here and there may not have the same visual impact as turning the Sydney CBD off completely, so it’s a coordinated front that will do the trick. The reasons for why we should care are quite frankly at this stage a given, but you can head to earthhour.org.au to refresh yourselves. So how does this relate to food? That lights go out for the night is merely the visual representation of conserving energy and therefore, in supporting the climate change cause, it should probably also be kitchens off as well (especially if your stove happens to be electric). In the lead up to the 19th, may I suggest getting in touch with some friends and making a night of it? A dinner party or picnic by candlelight makes everyone look better, so embrace it. The lack of stove use is also a great way of getting creative with cooking using low energy principles. Raw food might sound scary, but think laterally and you’ve got everything from a Japanese feast to a raw vegan delight. If you prefer your proteins cooked, consider one pot wonders (which also save on energy washing up), or the fact that cooking for more people in one go is often more energy efficient than cooking fewer portions of food. Tackling a concept such as climate change can feel scary and far too big for us to address on our own, but that’s where we need to stop and realise how very important our individual contributions can be. By shifting our thinking, gathering friends to the notion, and dammit, having a little creative fun with it, suddenly we’re doing something we should…and it’s not nearly as scary as accepting our eventual reality if we don’t do something about it on a cellular level…like, right now. Waste not, want not Where do you picnic in Sydney and what treats would you bring? Shouldn’t that be my little secret? I love the coastal walk between Bondi and Coogee. I would go with my gorgeous fiancee Elena and our sausage dog Frankie. Couldn’t go past a lovely cheese board and some red wine. Do you have a guilty food pleasure? I acknowledge the tremendous need to promote a vegan diet [to reduce environmental damage] but I’m struggling when it comes to cheese. In saying that, I did find an amazing cashew ‘cheese’ spread recently that is absolutely delish! Do you have a favourite celebrity chef ? He’s not a chef but I’m a big fan of Costa from Gardening Australia. I love his energy and passion for earth friendly gardening practices and am so impressed that he can use the gardening platform to push a much bigger conversation about sustainability. He also has the best beard in the southern hemisphere. n Tim Silverwood will be speaking about reducing plastic waste on April 19th as part of Leichhardt Council’s Climate Conversation series. Register on eventbrite and checkout @take3forthesea on social media to find out more about Tim’s work. Zero Waste Muesli Ingredients • 1kg oats • 300g raw nuts (almonds, macadamia, Brazil, cashew) • 100g pumpkin seeds • 50g sesame seeds • ½ cup coconut flakes • 2 tsp cinnamon • 1 cup coconut oil (or macadamia oil) • ½ cup honey Method 1. Chop all nuts. 2. Add ingredients together, mix well. 3. Heat oven to 180 degrees. 4. Spread muesli to 3-5cm on baking paper lined tray and roast for 15 minutes. Observe and stir the mixture through regularly. 5. Once golden brown leave to cool. 6. 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While not located in the Inner West, Ciao (rightly) assumed that hip locals would be making up the crowds at Sydney’s annual Tattoo Expo held in Moore Park looking pretty in ink!  Jasmine from The Makeup Wardrobe is a rock goddes in Supre top, second-hand skirt with Americana belt detailing, her mum’s boots and lacy cat ear headband. t Tattoo obsessive Antonio does cute and quirky in Mr Simple Tee, Pour Star shorts and Havianas. Tattoo artist Jeremiah models full outfit by Chinese designer Hua Sheng Ji. The pair wear matching wooden beads from a Glebe Markets’ stall.  Stephen Sweet perfects the heavy metal look in a band tee from Merch Now, Kenji shorts, Asics runners and jewellery from eBay. Tattoo portrait of his son by Sam Perkins.  Jennie is all rainbows and unicorns in a Mimsy’s Trailer Trash singlet, Top Shop floral skirt, Marco Gianni heels and a whimsical arm sleeve (inlcuding the featured Jigglypuff) by Newtown talent, Mel Milne. u Tattoo artist Mazdah Beh mixes punk with a tropicana twist in Summer Monday shirt, Odd Future tee, Cheap Monday shorts and Vans. Skull tattoo by Black Canvas Tattoos. u Parlour manager, Tahmid, nails the skater aesthetic in Fuctssdd long-sleeve top, novelty 3D glasses and op-shop cap. His Tupaq headstone flash is by Banares. TATTOO FASHION The best candid shots in the Inner West n Photographer: Phoebe Moloney  Local icon, Geoff Ostling of Petersham, shows off his full body suit by eX De Medici. q Twinning couple, Lily and Mitch, match their monocromes in white Agent Ninetynine and Emerson tees, Rollas and Paul Smith jeans, and tatts by the Illustrated Man and Ben Hastings. t Pin-up models Cassandra Davis, Cherry Buttons, Siobhan Murphy and Miss Cherrybomb achieve their gorgeous rocker look by sourcing vintage clothes off eBay or by making their outfits by hand. Hair curlers are, of course, essential. Tattoos by Jane Stuart from Platinum Ink, Petersham. q Tristan stays calm whilst getting inked by the boys from Skin Deep in Newtown. q Piercer, Jess, reimagines nineties grunge in singlet from Illustrated Man Tattoo Shop, Dangerfield tartan skirt and silver hoop earrings. ‘Mum’ tattoo by Lorren Norrie. www.ciaomagazine.com.au 13

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CARNIVAL OF CULTURES Sunday 20th March, 10am-4pm 15 Stars Ciao sat down with John Bishop, leader of the 15 Stars Cook Islands Community Dance Group - our cover stars for this issue - to chat about their performance at the Carnival of Cultures. What can people expect from your performance at the 2016 Carnival of Cultures? Something different. Sounds of the drums and singing. And beautiful dancing from girls and boys of the latest generation. We try to teach them the culture from age three. Tell us about the traditional dances and culture of the Cook Islands? Our dancing is telling a story. The girls tell the story through swaying and finger movements and the boys shout, which means they are enjoying the dance and they move to the beat of the drum. What’s the best thing about performing? The most beautiful thing is promoting our culture. Sharing our culture with the world. How did the performance group come together? We started with a small group of just family, and then in 2011 we decided to go out and make the community bigger. Currently the performance group consists of about six people, but in the whole organisation there is about 40 members, including the families. What does it mean to you to be able to perform at events such as the Carnival of Cultures? It’s my identity. Being able to tell people where I come from is incredible. Where did the name 15 Stars come from? It is based on the 15 islands of the Cook Islands. to 4.00pm on the Main Stage. n 15 Stars will be performing from 3.30 Dancers from 15 Stars led by John Bishop Program Main Stage 10.00 - 10.30 Reiko Azuma Trio 10.45 - 11.15 Ashfield Boys High School Stage Band 11.30 – 12.15 Cultural Dance Showcase 12.30 - 12.45 Official Opening , with The Yamma Boys dance troupe 1.00 - 1.30 Chasing the Dreams, Maria Wang on Guzheng Harp 1.45 - 2.15 Green Mohair Suits 2.30 – 3.15 Archie Roach 3.30 – 4.00 15 Stars Cook Islander Community Dance Group Second Stage 10.30 – 11.30 Citizenship Ceremony 1.00 – 4.00 Ted Noffs Street University Presents Hip Hop & RnB Bowling Club 1.00 – 4.00 DJ Nic Dalton plays his favourite records Activities include: Ashfield is celebrating Harmony Day with a massive program for their annual Carnival of Cultures, headlined by musical legend Archie Roach. Come to Ashfield Park on Sunday March 20, between 10am to 4pm to reconnect, learn and have a lot of fun. The main stage program will be MCd by novelist and translator, Linda Jaivin. from all over the world, including the Chinese Guzheng, classical flute, western guitar and Iranian drums. The core member of the ensemble, Maria Wang, plays the Chinese Harp (Guzheng) and percussion. She has performed in front of a great diversity of audiences, from Tony Abbott, to Buddha Master Hsing Yun, to the audience of iconic Australian rock band ‘Custard’. No matter your musical persuasion, you’ll find the sounds of Chasing the Dreams both surprising and soothing. n 1.00-1.30pm main stage •Barefoot Bowling at the Ashfield Bowling Club •Medieval performance displays •Pony Rides and Giant Slide •Free plant giveaway for Ashfield residents •Bike mechanic Highligh Top picks: Archie Roach •Barefoot Bo •Storytelling •Active Zon •Medieval p Reiko Azuma does sultry bossa nova DJ Nic Dalton Reiko Azuma Trio Nic Dalton DJs at the Bowlo Ease into carnival day with an intercultural take on Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim’s bossa nova sounds. Reiko Azuma Trio combines the artistry of two of Sydney’s top jazz musicians, Steve Elphick on double bass and National Jazz Award winner, guitarist Carl Morgan, with the soulful depths of Reiko Azuma’s voice. Together they take Jobim’s bossa nova to new heights, with a twist of modern jazz and international flair. n 10.00-10.30am main stage Street University Hip Hop Cultural Dance Showcase If you have ever accidentally stumbled into Ashfield’s weekly Frolic in the Forecourt event, you have already experienced a taster of the cultural knowledge and talent of many Ashfield residents. The Carnival of Cultures dance showcase will feature the best of their local dance troupes, including Korean performance ensemble Sydney Arirang, Indian Classical dance (Bharatanatyam), Greek, traditional Polish, Italian and Chinese (Shanshan) cultural dances. n 11.30am -12.15pm mainstage Ted Noff ’s Street University has been performing wonders all over Sydney, firstly in Mt Druitt and Liverpool, and now Ashfield. You can see their nationally acclaimed hip hop and RnB musicians and dancers hit the stage with groove and swag. See Australia’s premiere megacrew The Pioneers perform, as well as the newly formed Western Sydney crew Zealous, choreographed by world champion dancer Taimania ‘Tee’ Foa’i. n 1-4pm second stage Australian bass guitarist, Nic Dalton, is best known for his stint with American rockers Lemonhead. Now he runs record label Half a Cow and also takes pleasure from playing DJ with his collection of vinyl records, harking all the way back to 78s. He has an expansive catalogue of records, spanning from the late ‘20s to the ‘90s; from blues, psychedelic garage punkers and the cream of ‘70s disco, soul and funk through to the late night embarrassment of ‘80s pop. Nic will be spinning the decks from 1-4pm at Ashfield Bowling Club. Get ready to dance! Iconic Australian performer and Gunditjmara Bundjalung man, Archie Roach will be headlining the festival in what is sure to be a not-to-be missed performance. Famous for his work as a musician, songwriter, singer and storyteller, Roach wears many hats and has additionally developed into a respected voice for Indigenous rights. Be sure to catch him perform in our local community, before he jets off to play Blues Fest in Byron Bay and launch his upcoming album Let Love Rule. n 2.30 - 3.15pm main stage The Blak Markets Green Mohair Suits Apart from a great array of international food stalls featuring the delicacies of Ashfield’s Chinese, Nepalese, Turkish and Ethiopian communities, this year’s Carnival of Cultures also includes markets curated by First Hand Solutions Aboriginal Corporation. The Blak Markets will showcase Indigenous arts and craft wares from La Perouse to the Torres Strait. Profits from the Blak Markets will raise funds towards Aboriginal community programs for youth at risk. n Find out more here: sydneyaboriginaltours.com.au/first-hand/ Chasing the Dreams Chasing the Dreams is a fusion ensemble who fuse pan-Asian influences with blues and rock. The ensemble blends rythyms and instruments 14 Self described as a ‘garage grass’ band, you’ll be enthralled by the folksy harmonies and Tom Waits attitude of this four-piece wonder. The boys behind Green Mohair Suits came together firstly as a casual ensemble socialising and drinking whilst playing the tunes of country artists they loved. Their casual rehearsals snowballed into main stage festival spots, international supports and singles. Currently, they are working on their fourth studio album which they are preparing to record in Lyons, Colorado. The perfect balance of beautiful and brash. Tee Foa’i hits the floor for Street University n 1.45-2.14pm main stage Archie Roach in the Inner West!

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