This Month in the East: 4 things to see and do
CASTING A SPELL
Never mind the chill, Bondi Beach will be pumping this winter with music, art, food and festivities as part of the 10th annual Winter Magic festival. The beloved Bondi Vista ferris wheel and ice rink right on the beach beside Bondi Pavilion will both return as part of the popular month-long event, which begins on June 28. The pavilion itself hosts more than 40 shows ranging from comedy and cabaret to visual arts and circus acts, while carnival-style garden and food trucks take up residence on the lawns. Meanwhile, Art on the Streets, a public exhibition of emerging artists and photographers, will be held in the Roscoe Street Mall on July 14. And join historian Lawrie Williams during Sundays in July for guided walks around the hidden gems of Bondi. Registration is essential as tours are restricted to 15 people.
Bondi Pavilion, Queen Elizabeth Dr, Bondi Beach
Speaking of ice rinks, if you can’t get to Bondi, lace up your skates for a twirl around Cathedral Square, in front of St Mary’s Cathedral in the CBD. Skaters can hire a pair of skates for 45-minute sessions on the ice. There will also be rink-side markets and a restaurant. The rink is open from June 28 until July 21.
St Marys Rd, Sydney
Style lovers should visit WORKSHOPPED19, an exhibition of innovative Australian design at Darlinghurst’s Australian Design Centre until July 24. The event is renowned for helping propel innovative Australian design to local and international attention, with the work of more than 450 homegrown designers displayed during the event’s 19-year history. This year, designers were asked to respond to the theme Fit for Purpose, and the result is an exhibition of 37 emerging and established works.
101-115 William St, Darlinghurst
YULE LOVE IT
The InterContinental Sydney Double Bay’s Stillery Bar & Dining marks Christmas in July with mulled wine every evening and a festive feast served every Thursday to Saturday throughout the month. Winter-themed cocktails including white chocolate and peppermint martinis will be available alongside a three-course set menu of Crystal Bay prawns, merlot-glazed pork belly and the belly-warming sticky fig pudding. Set menus are $79. Sounds about perfect.
33 Cross Street, Double Bay