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Site Sound 2012

1 April – 12 May

Leichhardt Town Hall

Working with the Community

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Welcome to the inaugural Site and Sound program. It is my pleasure to introduce a local showcase of arts and cultural events in the Leichhardt Town Hall from Sunday 1 April to Saturday 12 May. Traditionally the hub of community life, Council is proud that our beautiful heritage Town Halls are places where residents can meet and connect. As a community we are keen to strengthen community ties, honour our heritage, and create opportunities for walkable neighbourhoods that will help us all to stay fit and lower our carbon footprint. We can do that by using our local venues and developing a vibrant local art, culture, and community. This aim is a key part of Leichhardt Council’s first ever Community and Cultural Plan, adopted in August 2011. The Plan has proposed many major initiatives to nurture our social, cultural and environmental wellbeing. In its first year Site and Sound showcases a diverse range of events from groups based in our local area. We are proud to present works from the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, Satsang - a Musical Celebration of Peace, Something Really Epic – a Leichhardt Youth Council event, and YouMove at the Hall from the area’s newest company YouMove. I encourage you to come along, be entertained and inspired, and help bring our beautiful Town Hall to life. And if you are an artist, performer, or producer, please contact us about getting involved in Site and Sound 2013! Whether you are a local or a visitor, come and experience what our beautiful Town Hall has to offer you.

Councillor Rochelle Porteous Mayor of Leichhardt Council


Site and Sound 2012 and beyond! Site and Sound is an exciting new initiative from Leichhardt Council to animate and enliven places and spaces in the Leichhardt LGA, based for this inaugural year, in the Leichhardt Town Hall. It provides local and visiting artists, performers, and cultural groups with the opportunity to present works to local audiences in a beautiful and sometimes challenging venue, honouring its traditional role as the centre of community life. Participating artists are offered the use of the Town Hall and a place in our Site and Sound program for free. With a small but diverse program in its first year Site and Sound highlights the diversity of arts and culture in and around the LGA and we encourage local arts and cultural groups to get on board for 2013. Register your interest now by calling (02) 9367 9184 or email:


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Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra MET SERIES TWO Orchestral Concert


Leichhardt Youth Council presents Something Really Epic

20-22 Shanti Mission Harmony Centres with Satsang, a Musical Celebration of Peace



A dance education program for schools YouMove at the Hall


Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra INDY SERIES ONE Chamber Concert

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Site and Sound: Showcasing the Leichhardt Town Hall Leichhardt Town Hall is a centre for community life and has been in use for over 120 years. Established in 1888 local papers describe the excitement of the opening day with flags and potted plants decorating shops, balconies and houses along the route from Sydney to Leichhardt. Crowds of well dressed folk made their way to the Town Hall for the opening and over 5,000 residents attended. A guard of honour of 50 cadets was formed on the entrance steps of the portico and when Lord Carrington and Sir Henry Parkes (premier) arrived the cadets presented arms, a band began to play, and 8000 school students all began to sing the national anthem. The premier noted that 18 years previously Leichhardt had only consisted of a few bush huts and dense scrub and how much it had developed since its incorporation in 1871. Today the Town Hall is used for a diverse range of local and civic events. Along with Annandale and Balmain Town Halls it is a great resource for our communities. Our Out on the Town brochure available online at promotes the myriad of activities taking place in our town halls throughout the year.




Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra


Since their inaugural concert in April 2009, Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra has become recognised for delivering first-class and intimate concert experiences to local audiences across the Sydney metropolitan area. Comprising some of Sydney’s most dynamic musicians, MCO has staged more than 40 acclaimed concerts to packed houses and standing ovations under the considered direction of Artistic Director and Chief Conductor, Sarah-Grace Williams.

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Committed to delivering energised and accessible programmes, MCO’s concert performances exude a unique blend of musical perfection and abundant passion. Leichhardt Council is proud to have the MCO as a resident company based in the Balmain Town Hall and now performing at the Leichhardt Town Hall for Site and Sound. To learn more about MCO call 02 8007 7131 or go to


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MET SERIES TWO Orchestral Concert

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MCO Soloist and Leichhardt Local Dan Russell will show his gypsy flair in Pablo de Sarasate’s most popular work Zigeunerweisen which is sure to set toes-tapping, hearts yearning and pulses racing. Rounding out the first half of the program is Antonín Dvorák ˇ Czech Suite with gorgeous melodies and felicitous orchestration.

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Gabriel Fauré’s haunting Pavane and Gustav Holst’s lively and warm hearted St Paul’s Suite set the mood for Sergei Prokofiev’s ‘Classical’ Symphony, a charming piece with some interesting modern twists—an exciting conclusion to this fabulous program. Date Sunday 1 April Time 3pm Bookings Phone 1300 150 465 Cost Tickets from $10-15.00


Leichhardt Youth Council Leichhardt Youth Council is a group of volunteer young people aged 12 – 24 years who meet fortnightly. The Youth Council involves young people in issues that affect them by providing them with a forum for discussion and action. The Youth Council also gives young people the opportunity to work on community projects such as Something Really Epic. Something Really Epic was created by Leichhardt Youth Council to support and showcase local young musicians and to also provide young people the opportunity to enjoy a great night out with their friends locally. Something Really Epic first rocked Leichhardt Town Hall in 2006. This year’s event will take place during National Youth Week 2012. For more info about the Youth Council go to:

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Something Really Epic 2012 A Battle for the Ages

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Something Really Epic Leichhardt Youth Council presents Something Really Epic – a Youth Week 2012 event featuring local young musicians and entertainers battling it out live on stage. Now in its sixth year, Something Really Epic is Leichhardt’s premier all ages music event. There will be great prizes up for grabs for the winning performances. The audience will pick the winners, with a chance to vote for their favourites on the night. For further information please call 9367 9216 or go to Date Time Bookings

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Friday 13 April 7pm No bookings required $10 – tickets at the door (02) 9367 9216 $10 (at the door)

No pass outs, no alcohol.

This event is supported by the Site & Sound Program, a Leichhardt Council initiative

Vote for your favourite performance on the night Leichhardt Youth Council


Shanti Mission Harmony Centre A recent addition to our local area, the Harmony Centre in Camperdown offers activities every day of the week including meditation, Kirtan (chanting), and seminars. Satsang creates an intersection between arts, culture and spirituality and brings something new to Leichhardt.

Satsang – a Musical Celebration of Peace An event to uplift the spirit and nourish the soul. Satsang will showcase the beauty of chants of various traditions, including ancient Vedic chants from India. These chants are offered in the Indian cultural form of Kirtan in which the musicians ‘call’ the music and the audience responds. Newcomers can join in when they feel ready. Local meditation/yoga schools and complementary health practitioners are invited to bring along their literature to display for the weekend. This is a celebration of all of us together. Date Bookings Phone

Friday 20 April – Sunday 22 April No ticket necessary – by donation (02) 9550 5449





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Satsang Opening Ceremony Featuring Peace Angels, a transformational theatre company. Date Friday 20 April Time 7.30pm – 10pm

Peace in Relationships A morning of working both with the energy of chanting and with our chakras (centres of energy) to help relationships to flower. Date Saturday 21 April Time 10am – 1pm

The Enchantment of Chanting Experience how the vibration of sacred music (Nada Shakti) can have profound healing effects on the mind and body. Date Saturday 21 April Time 2pm – 5pm

Satsang – Coming Together to Chant An experiential sacred music ceremony, inspirational ideas on peace, wellbeing and happiness, Ignite Your Spirit group healing and small group sharing sessions so members of the Leichhardt community can meet each other. Experience an authentic blessing (optional) and learn some simple techniques of meditation. Date Sunday 22 April Time 9.30am – 1.30pm



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youMove Company Fresh from the 2012 Sydney Festival Leichhardt’s newest arts company youMove presents contemporary dance to diverse audiences. Driven by founder Kay Armstrong, independent dance artist and Robert Helpmann Scholar, youMove has been in existence since 2009 and moved into new premises in Annandale late last year. youMove Company is a professional dance company that provides performance and presentation opportunities, sustained mentorship and professional development for talented emerging Australian dance artists and choreographers. youMove also offers enriching educational programs for the next generation of dancers, dance makers, dance teachers and dance audiences. For more information go to 14


youMove at the Hall Leichhardt Town Hall lights up with dance performances by Sydney’s newest contemporary dance company, youMove. youMove presents a performance of snappy, visual and dynamic short works followed by an age appropriate creative movement workshop Change the way your students think about, understand and experience dance. Crafted for students as an introductory experience to contemporary dance and creative movement, the performance and workshops are designed to ignite creativity, increase participation and promote healthy life style choices. Sessions for both high school and upper primary school aged students. No previous dance experience is necessary! Date Time Bookings Cost

Monday 30 April to Friday 4 May 9am – 11.45am Upper Primary Yr 5 – Yr 6 12.15pm – 3pm High School Yr 7 – Yr 12 email $10 per student, inclusive of performance and workshop – teachers attend for free (group discount applies to bookings of 20 students or more)

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Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra String Quartet Presents

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INDY SERIES ONE Chamber Concert New in 2012, Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra’s INDY SERIES showcases the principal players of MCO in the intimate setting of Leichhardt Town Hall. Featured in this programme will be MCO’s string quartet performing Dvorák’s American. The string quartet ˇ are then joined by MCO Principal clarinettist Andrew Doyle as they perform Mozart’s brilliant Clarinet Quintet. This is a unique concert that will be cosy, atmospheric and passionate, not to be missed. Date Saturday 12 May Time 8pm Bookings Phone 1300 150 465 Cost Tickets from $10-15.00


Venue Hire Consider your Local Town Hall! If you need a venue for weddings, events, anything, consider your local Town Hall. Town Halls have been the hub of community life for centuries and we welcome local and visiting hirers to put on fundraisers, arts, cultural, and community events, as well as private functions such as weddings and anniversaries. Workshops, clubs, classes and support groups are also welcome. Each of the Town Halls has a different ‘flavour’ and different sized rooms, so there is something for everyone. To make a booking for Leichhardt, Balmain or Annandale Town Halls call 9367 9380 or 9367 9123.

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For bookings in the Annandale Neighbourhood Centre call 9660 2828.




Balmain Town Hall 370 Darling Street Balmain




Annandale Town Hall and Neighbourhood Centre 79 Johnston Street, Annandale


Leichhardt Town Hall 107 Norton Street Leichhardt




Walk and Ride Walk up the road, jump on your bike, hop on a bus. For local and visiting audiences Leichhardt Town Hall is easy to get to. All these buses stop outside or right near the Town Hall! 370 Leichhardt Town Hall – Coogee 413 Campsie Station-City (George St) 435 Circular Quay-Leichhardt Town Hall 436 Circular Quay-Chiswick via Haberfield L37 Circular Quay-Five Dock 438/L38 Circular Quay-Abbotsford via Five Dock L39 Haberfield-Wynyard via Lilyfield 440/L40 Circular Quay-Rozelle via Leichhardt 444/445 Canterbury-Balmain via Leichhardt 470 Circular Quay-Lilyfield via Forest Lodge L

Limited stops, Mon-Fri peak hour service

Wheelchair accessible bus services: 370, 435-438/L38


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