Next month's Pyrmont Festival of Food, Wine and Art, from Friday 17 to Sunday 26 May, is a celebration of all things fresh, local and interesting.
The festival - organised by the Pyrmont Ultimo Chamber in association with Mudgee Region Tourism, Mudgee Wine Grape Growers and the Mid-Western Regional Council - will feature market stalls filling Pirrama Park and local restaurants hosting wine-matched breakfasts and dinners, long lunches, and cheese and wine tastings.
The City is sponsoring the Festival through an $80,000 Village Business Partnership Grant. This grant supports a range of networking, retail and tourism promotion activities throughout the year, as well as the Festival.
Visitors to the Festival can see exhibitions by local artists and photographers in the 7th Annual Pyrmont Art Prize on 17 and 18 May. Over 300 entries will dot Pirrama Park, along with a separate exhibition of paintings by children from six inner-city schools.
For the first time, well-known Ultimo-Pyrmont cultural institutions will join in the celebrations with events at the National Maritime Museum, the Powerhouse Museum and the Sydney Heritage Fleet.
To see the full Festival program visit www.pyrmontfestival.com.au/
A group of creative Pyrmont residents have also formed a new community theatre group with the help of the City's Pyrmont Community Centre.
The new group, the Pyrmont Players, is the initiative of Roberta Mears, a long-term Pyrmont resident and member of the Friends of Pyrmont Community Centre.
Meeting at the Centre on Thursdays nights, the group has over 20 members who are now planning their first production for the end of this year.
The Pyrmont Community Centre already supports creative activity with its regular pottery and music classes, which includes a children's choir on Tuesday nights and an adult choir on Thursday nights.