Festival of Mosman

12 August 2015

Festival of Mosman returns this year celebrating the best of Mosman’s harbourside lifestyle with an array of activities, exhibitions and events set to take place throughout Mosman from 3 to 13 September.

Among the nearly 50 events on offer, singer/songwriter Wes Carr will cap performances by local schools and groups at Concert in the Park on the first weekend.

“This year’s Festival has something for everyone, from visual arts and poetry readings to moonlight movies and Festival Markets set to the beat of Concert in the Park,” Festival Director Liz Bennett said.

“Popular local events, such as Mosman Address and the much-loved Pet’s Day Out have been included in this Festival period, showcasing the best of Mosman.”

2015 Mosman Address

The Bathers’ Pavilion
Thursday 3 September, 6pm – 10pm

Attendees at this year’s Festival launch event, Mosman Address, will enjoy a three-course fundraising dinner at Balmoral’s iconic restaurant owned by multi-award winning chef Serge Dansereau.

Guest speaker Kim McKay AO, Director and CEO of the Australian Museum, will deliver an address “Valuing our most precious assets – Sydney real estate or Sydney Harbour – is there a choice?”

“Sydney’s world-renowned harbour is surrounded by priceless natural bushland populated with unique species,” Kim said. “What is the impact on our harbour and local environment of Sydney’s skyrocketing real estate prices and what value should we ascribe to Sydney Harbour? How can museums and local galleries play a role in communicating the balance between development and caring for the natural environment?”

The 2015 Mosman Address, which is presented by the Mosman Public Art Trust in association with Mosman Council, raises funds for public art projects in Mosman. Tickets are $150 including three-course dinner and beverages and are partially tax deductible.

Image credit – Ross Coffey

Moonlight Movie and Music

Mosman Village Green
Friday 4 September, 6.30pm – 9pm

Outdoor cinema returns to Mosman Village Green with Dolphin Tale (PG), an inspirational true story of Winter the bottlenose dolphin. Adults and children are invited to pack a picnic blanket, relax on the grass and enjoy this family classic with an environmental message.

The event starts with a Waste to Music performance by Mosman After School Care students led by Drum Beats.

“Making use of what we have around us without the need to constantly buy something new is the cornerstone of this performance,” said Mosman Council’s Environment Education Officer Loani Tierney. “Listen to the magic that is created by students who have uncovered the hidden potential of waste. They have been working very hard to produce a unique sound from items that are normally thought off as trash.”

As a special treat, Bike n Blend will provide smoothie blending bikes with 100 free smoothies available to pedal away … first in best dressed.

Ancient Whale Dreaming Ceremony

Balmoral Beach
Saturday 5 September, 5am – 8am

A traditional Aboriginal dawn ceremony, celebrating the rising of Grandfather (the sun) and the singing up of Guruwal (the whale), will be led by widely respected Yuin elder Uncle Max “Dulamunmun” Harrison.

Uncle Max has been sharing his cultural knowledge for more than 30 years and has released several books on Aboriginal Culture including My People’s Dreaming.

The event will begin with the greeting of the sun, rising over the sands of Balmoral. Coinciding with the start of the whale migration south along the NSW coastline, Whale Dreaming wishes them safe passage.

Concert in the Park

Allan Border Oval, The Crescent
Saturday 5 September, 10am – 3pm

This free outdoor concert includes performances from local schools, dance groups and musical societies and concludes with a performance by 2008 Australian Idol winner Wes Carr.

Since winning Australian Idol, the Australian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has experienced chart-topping solo success and toured the country to packed-out shows.

The concert coincides with Carr’s recent Here Comes The Sun tour and tribute performances to some of George Harrison’s greatest songs.

Talk & Chalk

Mosman Seniors’ Centre
Saturday 5 September, 10am – 3pm

Talk & Chalk is an intergenerational chalk art collaboration that encourages conversation between generations while celebrating the community of Mosman, particularly the part that youth have to play in bridging the gap between generations.

An outline of some of Mosman’s scenic landscape will be drawn on the concrete and residents from different generations are invited to come along and fill in with different chalk colours.

“Talk & Chalk will create a great sense of community and connection spanning over chalk art. Bring your ideas and make your mark,” Mosman Council’s Youth Development Officer Rachel Faleatua said.

Pet’s Day Out

Mosman Square and Village Green
Sunday 13 September, 10am – 2pm

DOGA – Yoga with your dog – will be one of the highlight events of this year’s Pet’s Day Out.

Rancan Sisters Fitness experts will put dogs through their paces, while other new and returning entertainment acts include Dancing Dogs R Us, the Responsible Pet Care and Alternate Pets show by Taronga Zoo, Australian Wildlife display and interactive animal shows, Canine Behaviour and Training presentation and audience participation, animal behaviour talks by Life on Four Legs and Mosman Vet displays and fun activities for children.

“Pet’s Day Out has become an institution in Mosman since its inception in 2004 and this year’s event as part of the biennial Festival of Mosman will have something for every pet and their owner,” 2015 Festival of Mosman Director Liz Bennett said.

Pet’s Day Out attracts all kinds of animals including dogs, cats and even ferrets and is open to all animal owners and lovers. The free community event brings locals and visitors together to celebrate our companion animals.

Many prizes will be on offer during competitions including the Egg and Spoon race, Fancy Dressed Pet, and There’s No Such Thing as the Dog Poo Fairy Relay race.

The Festival of Mosman is organised by Mosman Council with considerable input, support and assistance from local community groups and volunteers. Key supporters include Festival sponsor Kimbriki Environmental Enterprises and our media partner Mosman Daily.

For the full 2015 Festival of Mosman program and event information go to festivalofmosman.net

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