Site and Sound Arts

Site and Sound Arts 2018

The 2018 season of Site and Sound Arts has a strong focus on both the contemporary and the traditional. It is a diverse program with a wide range of choices. Visitors can join us for interactive arts activity (agar dish), brass bands and a Kid’s Prom, a Balkan Beat Masquerade Ball, and fresh slants by young opera and classical musicians on their traditional forms.

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. Artists partner with the Inner West Council to develop their practice, and work towards building audiences for the arts. Performances that feature innovative community engagement, audience participation, and arts education components are encouraged to apply.

For more information: Bronwyn Tuohy -

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


2018 Program

Site and Sound Launch - with the Nightcaps

Thursday 5 April, 6.30 – 8.30pm
Leichhardt Town Hall Forecourt

To celebrate the launch of the Site and Sound Arts 2018 you are invited to an Autumn Social outside the Leichhardt Town Hall. Enjoy the in plein air ambience of Norton Street, as we set up a pop up Site and Sound Arts social to launch the 2018 season. Local performers and fine musicians The Nightcaps will perform, and light refreshments will be served.

The Nightcaps are a four piece inner-west Sydney band, playing a mix of originals and self-arranged covers. They've played together in their current format for about three years, but as part of a larger group for many years before that. Repertoire is varied and includes Italian movie theme music, country, pop, swing, ballads, classical, with both instrumental and vocal styles. The Nightcaps are usually found in cafes, bookstores, garden weddings and art galleries, as they prefer to play acoustically for a gentle music experience. They welcome audience participation at any time and give express permission to take photos and videos for social media. Come up and ask them for a free CD!

Free but bookings requiredBook online here

Balkan Beat Ball on Romani Day with Lolo Lovina & Dj Cocek  
Presented by Lolo Lovina

Saturday, 7 April, 6.30pm to 11.00pm

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.

BookingsBook online here FoodBar

Seniors Soiree

Saturday 14 April May, 2pm – 5pm

A mock-tail party featuring the NSW Police Concert Band, under the command of Senior Sergeant Murray Mayday, the musical direction of conductor John Saunders and featuring award winning vocalist Belinda Adams.

Enjoy free champagne on arrival, mock-tails and canapes.  

Bookings: Book online here FoodBar

Leichhardt Wind Orchestra Classics Concert

Sunday 15 April, 3pm-5pm

Leichhardt Wind Orchestra Classics Concert - 3pm Sunday 15 April 2018 - an afternoon of orchestral and concert band classics performed at Leichhardt Town Hall. 
Come along to hear some orchestral classics adapted for concert band - you might be surprised at what you recognise.

Leichhardt Wind Orchestra is a small community concert band, formed in 2010 to give musicians in the inner west the opportunity to rehearse and perform in an ensemble. 
Our Classics concert on Sunday 15 April 2018 will feature a program of orchestral and concert band classics - some which will be well known to music lovers. 
Commencing at 3pm, everyone is welcome to come along to enjoy a relaxed afternoon at Leichhardt Town Hall.
As is our traditional, the interval will feature a scrumptious afternoon tea of cakes and other tasty treats, before guests settle in for the second half.

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Entry is by donation on the day: All donations go towards growing our ensemble and helping us to purchasing new music and equipment.

Kids' Prom – with the Inner West Community Band

Saturday April 21

Session 1: 10am – 11am 
Session 2:  11:15am - 12:15pm

Share the joy and excitement of seeing and hearing the sounds of 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

Tickets $5/Child, $10/Adult

Bookings: Book online here


Ensemble Apex XS

Saturday 28 April, 4.30 - 6pm

Ensemble Apex XS will feature some of the orchestras most exquisite chamber musicians with a program that will thrill and delight audiences. The concert will include four small ensembles that will perform a variety of classical repertoire before coming together at the end for a combined finale.

Cumberland Quartet 
Ludwig Van Beethoven String Quartet No.3 in D Major Op.18 

Wayward Brass Quintet 
Steven Sacco - Brass Quintet
Heinrich Schutz - Primo Libro de Madrigali, arr. Raymond Mase

James Morley and Hana King
Maurice Ravel- Sonata for Violin and Cello 

Luxum Saxophone Quartet 
David Maslanka- Recitation Book

Feel free to stick around afterwards to meet and greet the musicians.

Ensemble Apex is a student run chamber orchestra based at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music led by Sam Weller. The orchestra is dedicated to diversifying classical musics audience and for this reason most of their '2018 season' concerts are free. The orchestra has enjoyed performances with musicians from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, talented young soloists and with Grammy Award winning artist Lorde. In 2017 they performed as part of Sydney's VIVID festival in a concert combining orchestra and DJ at the City Recital Hall in Ignite: Symphonic Dance Anthems. In 2018 Apex will join forces with dancers from Sydney Dance Company to perform a fully staged production of Bartok's Miraculous Mandarin and conclude their season with an exciting second birthday celebration concert. More information about our projects can be found on our website 


Book online here

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Exploration with the agar dish

Sunday 29 April, 2 - 4pm

Prepare for an afternoon where art doesn’t sit statically on a wall or plinth but moves around you and with you. Flex your fingers for works that ask to be touched and participated with…

Artist run initiative the agar dish presents a series of live and interactive works inspired by the notion of “exploration”, linking Ludwig Leichhardt’s expeditions with the exploration of new ideas and intersection of artistic mediums pursued by our artists


The agar dish will have snacks and soft drinks available   Entry: $5 at the door Food


Murder & Mystery (IWCB)

Saturday 5 May, 4pm

An afternoon of spine tingling music played by the Inner West Community Band.

Bohemian Rhapsody, Phantom of the Opera and Hawaii Five-O are just a few of the tunes you might recognise. You’ll also see a band member sentenced to “Death by Tango” (Edward Fairlie), hear “Galloping Ghosts” (Ryden) and exerpience Bernstein’s famous “Overture to Candide”.
$15/Adult, $10/Concession, $5/Child. Refreshments will be served during interval. 

Bookings: Book online here Food

A Family Concert - presented by Leichhardt Celebrity Brass

Sunday 6 May, 2pm  A Family Concert

Join Leichhardt Celebrity Brass for their Family Concert and hear anything from traditional classics to contemporary pop. Hear them play in their "home ground" - Leichhardt Town Hall - where they have rehearsed every Wednesday evening for the past thirty years. All for the love of music!

Leichhardt Celebrity Brass formed in 1988, and continue to share their love of music and  performance, regularly playing as volunteers at various events across the inner west. They welcome new members to both their audiences and their band.

No Bookings required Food

Download flyer here (PDF 191.8KB)


Spidermaiden and the Runaway Plum Blossom

Presented by Blush Opera

Sunday 12 May, 12noon, 3pm, 5pm

Is an original chamber opera designed as an introduction to the magic of opera. The Spidermaiden and the Runaway Plum Blossom is a musical fable about a Plum Blossom who leaves her tree looking for adventure. However she unexpectedly gets caught in the Spidermaiden’s silken web. The Spidermaiden promises to set the Plum Blossom free if she can solve her tuneful riddle. Come listen and solve the riddle of the Spidermaiden’s song in this charming 30min chamber opera for the whole family, where music can help you make sense of the world. This chamber opera has been previously performed at the Parramatta Lanes Festival 2017, Kris Foundation Singapore 2016 and we have been engaged to present it at the Bellingen Music Festival 2018. Instrumentation Soprano, Mezzo, with Flute, Clarinet, Viola, Cello

One off presentation, one date with 3 afternoon performances
12pm, 3pm, 5pm

Picture: Blush Opera: Jermaine Chau, Paul Smith and Luke Spicer. Photography by Nicole Lee

Bookings: Book online here

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Sydney Sacred Music Festival 
Meet the Artists

Sunday, 27 May, 3 - 4pm

The 30 plus musicians and performers that will come together to realise the Sydney Sacred Music Festival for 2018 are holding a “Meet the Artists” opportunity in the Leichhardt Town Hall on Sunday 27 May. Light refreshments will be served and you will be treated to a selected sample of their diverse performance program.


Free but bookings required

Bookings: Book online here

2017 Sydney Sacred Music Festival Program

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