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Site and Sound Arts 2018

Site and Sound Arts is an initiative from Inner West Council that animates, and enlivens the historic Leichhardt Town Hall during April and May each year. The program invites artists and cultural practitioners to propose events for selection for free use of the historic hall which has been in continuous use by the community since 1888. Partner with the Inner West Council to develop  your practice, and work towards building audiences for the arts. Applications that feature innovative community engagement, audience participation, and arts education components are encouraged to apply.


EOI OPENS: Sunday October 1, 2017

EOI CLOSES: 5pm Monday 27 November 2017

Successful Applicants advised by Tuesday 5 December, 2017

Site visit to Leichhardt Town Hall – 6.30pm, Thursday 14 December, 2017 Site and Sound Series: April – May 2018

Site and Sound Art Application Form 2018   (PDF 171.3KB)


Site and Sound Arts 2017

 The 2017 season of Site and Sound Arts had a strong focus on young performers, the experimental and the traditional. It was a diverse program with a wide range of choices. Visitors joined us for the family friendly piano picnic, Aboriginal heritage film night, kids Indonesian dance, brass bands, interactive arts, new theatre, live storytelling, and classical cello from The Metropolitan Orchestra.

Some events had food and refreshments available for purchase as indicated by the following symbols.

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2017 Program

Please click on each title for more detail and booking information.

ASYIK Kids FestivalThe Cellists of TMO Kids' Prom Miss Petty's Performers A Versatile Brass Concert Aboriginal Film NightAgar DishWhite WhalesPiano PicnicBalkan Beat Masquerade Ball Humans of Parramatta Rd

ASYIK Kids Festival - Presented Suara Indonesia Dance

Saturday 8 April, 10.30am – 3pm


Come and learn about our closest neighbour, Indonesia, through dance, music, food and community!

ASYIK Kids festival is a daytime festival celebrating Indonesian culture through food, music, dance and people. “ASYIK” in Indonesian means “fun” or “enjoy” and has become a brand name for Suara Indonesia Dance events since 2009. Following the success of ASYIK Kids Festival last year, we are back again 2017 showcasing our wonderful culture and community! Dedicated to kids, the day will consist of arts and crafts for kids, face painting, a traditional costume fashion show and music and dance performances from a number of community groups within the Indonesian community in Sydney to celebrate and showcase the diversity of Indonesian arts. There will also be delicious Indonesian traditional food and snacks.

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Download ASYIK Kid's Festival Flyer here  (PDF 295.9KB)

The Cellists of TMO – Presented by the Metropolitan Orchestra

Sunday April 9, 3pm

The much loved 8 Cellists of TMO return to the charming Cellists of TMO 300Leichhardt Town Hall to dazzle with an exciting take on a wide range of wonderful music for everyone from well-known classics through to modern rock and pop favourites. Presented as part of Leichhardt Council’s Site and Sound Arts festival, the Cellists of TMO are proud to return for their third year of popular performance. Previous concerts have included works by Apocalyptica, Bach, Byrd, Piazzolla, Mancini, Purcell, Paert, Metallica, Abba and more, along with Australian and World premiere performances. The Cellists of TMO will warm your Autumn Sunday Afternoon with the soothing sounds of the Cello. Get up close to these amazing cellists in this one and only show of fun and pure musical joy. Seating is very limited in this intimate venue so book your tickets now.

Kids' Prom – with the Inner West Community Band

Saturday April 29
Session 1: 10am – 11am
Session 2: 11:30am – 12:30pm

Share the joy and excitement of seeing and hearing the sounds IWCB - Kids Prom 300of a concert band for the first time at IWCB’s fun and interactive Kids’ Proms concert. They’ll see how trumpets toot, saxophones sing and percussion performs. Featuring upbeat and familiar tunes, demos of each instrument, opportunities to join in with the music-making and even a chance to conduct the band, this concert is suitable for children of all ages.*

Highlights will include ‘Let it Go’ from Frozen and ‘Under the Sea’ from the Little Mermaid, along with familiar themes from TV and nursery rhymes.

The performance will go for a kid-friendly 40 minutes, with a chance afterwards for children to meet the members of the band and see the instruments up close.

Miss Petty's Performers - Majestic Performing Arts Academy

Sunday 30 April, 3pm

 Judge Sherwood runs the District Dance Miss Pettys 300Challenge, the greatest dance competition that every budding young star wants to perform in and Miss Petty’s Performers have won the DDC for the past three years running. But their entry to uphold their winning title is thrown into chaos when Judge Sherwood deems their performance as unacceptable. Miss Petty’s Performers descend into a tailspin of backstab and cat fighting as they strive to pull together and learn another routine. But is there a traitor within the sanctity of their own studio?  'Miss Petty's Performers' is a hilarious look into the mysterious world of competition dance and the stage mothers who drive them. The production is an homeage to the greats of musical theatre, tap, contemporary dance, acting and classical ballet performed by a youth cast of actors and dancers from The Majestic Performing Arts Academy. 

Bookings: Book online here

Balkan Beat Masquerade Ball - presented by Lolo Lovina

Saturday 6 May, 7pm – 11.30pmLolo Lovina 300

Lolo Lovina celebrate 10 years of being independent Sydney artists with a Balkan Beat Masquerade Ball! Lolo Lovina ('Red Beer') are an intoxicating brew infused with Unza, Swing and Balkan Gypsy beats. Fronted by Australian born Hungarian Romani- Gypsy singer Sarah Bedak, Lolo Lovina`s music reflects the cosmopolitan identity of an artist, who grew up with three native tongues and cultures. Lolo Lovina celebrate 10 years of being independent Sydney artists with a Balkan Beat Masquerade Ball. Featuring Lolo Lovina past and present band members, playing Balkan Rroma Gypsy music that…”swings from traditional to groundbreaking Rroma music, all imbued with a tremendous sense of fun” Lucky Oceans, The Daily Planet ABC.

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A Versatile Brass Concert – presented by Leichhardt Celebrity Brass

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Sunday 7 May, 2pm

A common misconception is that Brass Bands play mostly marches and hymns. As part of the Inner West Council’s Sight and Sound 2017, Leichhardt Celebrity Brass will attempt to dispel this myth by performing a wide range of pieces including popular hits, classics and many that are not traditionally thought of as belonging to the Brass genre of music.Music and heritage lovers can’t go past this concert presented by Leichhardt Celebrity Brass. This 26 piece band has held the esteemed position of being the Brass-Band-in-Residence in the grand Victorian Leichhardt Town Hall for 30 years next year. Leichhardt Celebrity Brass follow a long tradition where communities of musicians come together to “have a voice.” The cavernous main hall is an architectural glory to behold, so don’t miss this chance to see and hear the building and its brass band community come alive.

Entry is by gold coin donation and this includes afternoon tea.

Humans of Parramatta Road – presented by Little Fictions

Thursday 11 May, 7pm – 10pm     Parramatta Road Sign - in pavement 300

Meet the denizens of Parramatta Road – past and present. Listen to their stories.  ‘Humans of Parramatta Rd’ is a two-hour performance of stories from the Parramatta Road corridor. Performed by talented Little Fictions’ actors, Claire Oehme, Joel Horwood and Kate Fraser, these are new tales penned by award-winning Sydney authors John Dale, Jen Craig and Julie Chevalier as well as an array of new and emerging local writers. The stories included in ‘Humans of Parramatta Road’ were selected from an open call out conducted in 2016 and performed to a sell-out crowd at Knox Street Bar, Chippendale. Don’t miss this chance to see these great local stories brought to life by professional actors and MC Adam Norris.

  • BookingsBook online here      food 80        bar symbol 80 Doors open and refreshments available from 6.30pm.

You ride the morning bus past Maccas, stop for a coffee at Deus Machinas then take a late night bike ride past the milk bar that never closes. You go back one hundred years and it’s plus ça change then fast forward to 1988 where it’s not quite Paris. And yet… You glimpse the world from a wedding dress shop window, go in search of a pasta machine, mistake a women’s legal service for a brothel and listen to the wisdom of an ibis.

Download the Humans of Parramatta Rd flyer here (PDF 480.7KB)

Aboriginal Heritage Film Nightblack 300

Saturday 13 May, 6.30pm – 9.30pm (7pm start)

In the lead up to Reconciliation Week (27 May to 3 June) we play two films that celebrate Aboriginal Heritage in film.

A short film, BabaKiueria (BBQ Area), revolves around a role-reversal, whereby it is Aboriginal Australians who invade and colonise the fictitious country of Babakiueria, a land that has long been inhabited by white natives, the Babakiuerians. Made in 1986, it is a film that presents a “walk in my shoes” perspective for white Australia.

Our feature film is Black Panther Woman. A revealing history of one woman’s participation in the Australian Black Panther Party. Marlene Cummings tells her story, and we follow her as she travels to New York 40 years later to meet with members from the Black Panther Party. This is an widely unknown part of Australia’s Aboriginal history, and celebrates the determination of this community in finding a voice in their fight for equality.

Film Rating for the night is Rated M (Ages 15+ Recommended) Free entry but bookings essential.

Photo credit - Alina Gozin'a

ART-LIKE Leichhardt – presented by the agar dish

Sunday 14 May, 3pm – 6pmAgar dish lightbox 300

In this special edition of the agar dish, created specifically for the Leichhardt Town Hall, artists present a series of interactive and live works of art responding to the people and places of Leichhardt. The agar dish is an artist-run initiative that is passionate about making live art accessible to the public and providing an outlet for artists to present new and experimental works to a captive audience. The ongoing series of events encourage a collision and collaboration of different disciplines and art forms by incorporating performance, dance, sound art, kinetic sculpture, live art demonstrations, installation, music, interactive works and any other forms of immediate art. The event was first started at Sydney College of the Arts in 2008 by a group of artists as an avenue for showcasing and workshopping transient works that cannot be displayed in the traditional gallery sense.

Agar Dish's event occurs on the same weekend as the Inner West Open Studio Trail which highlights artists' studios across the Inner West. Leichhardt, and Annandale are being highlighted on Sunday 14 May, so you might want to make some extra time to visit some nearby studios as well as attend the agar dish's ART-LIKE Leichhardt.

White Whales – by Peter MapleWW red 300

27–28 May, 3pm daily

Jacob was always throwing rocks at cars; Damian was the favourite. As grown men, their father is no longer there to settle the score. All they have left is the myth of the man they never knew, and echoes in an empty factory... from Australian playwright Peter Maple, White Whales explores the struggles of an 'every-man', his disabled brother, and the afflictions that consume them as they try to make sense of 'it all' in the face of abandonment. Throughout, Maple's writing is hilarious, fearlessly bold and deeply affecting.

Free entry but bookings essential.



 Piano Picnic – with Bridie KingPiano Picnic logo 300

Friday 26 May, 7pm – 9pm

Young pianists and singers will celebrate with their music in an imaginary indoors 1950s summer picnic setting while outside autumn is cooling down the real world, its a BYO party, prizes for best sunglasses and hats in a parade during interval, with music directed by Bridie King.

Bridie King is a dedicated teacher of piano who skills in teaching have been honed also by being a performing musician, band leader of the Boogie Kings, and recording artist, noted since 1979 as ‘a force in Sydney’s Blues Scene for 3 decades’ (Fine Music magazine 2008). In the Piano Picnic she presents her students, known for their excellence and confidence in performance of popular and roots styles, will play in an imaginary picnic scene rather the expected concert hall presentation. Extraordinary concerts by young musicians in Bridie’s tutelage since the 1970s (see the Balmain Book, Liddell, 1982) have been a hallmark of her practice and the Piano Picnic promises to reflect music that is freely played, to delight listeners’ senses, and to spread joy through audience members and players joining together in a fun atmosphere created by the imagination, food and music.

Free entry but bookings essential. BYO 1950s glasses, hats, costumes and picnic.

Download the Piano Picnic Flyer here (PDF 130.5KB)


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