A vibrant experience and a world of mystery in a buzzing market atmosphere: expect the unexpected at The Rocks Village Bizarre.
Presented by Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority over eight Friday nights from 1 November to 20 December, The Rocks and its enchanting laneways – full of history, mystery and dark secrets – will be transformed into a bazaar of all that is weird, wonderful and… bizarre.
Wander down the curious laneways for a world where artists flourish, free-thinkers dominate and pushers of indulgence are given centre stage at the lively Village Bizarre street market. Each evening will encompass new performances so you never know what you’ll discover once you step inside this curious world.
Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority Creative Producer, Michael Cohen says the Village Bizarre will be making a welcome return to The Rocks.
“Last year really demonstrated to us that lots and lots of people are willing to jump into a mischievous embrace of the crazy and the bizarre. This year, we’re going even more adventurous for people, we’ve been tapping into the vein of the curious and fun, and we’ve got a massive program full of unexpected delights,” he says.
The experiences the Foreshore Authority has in store at The Rocks Village Bizarre are as diverse as they are unique. The Rocks Square will be transformed into a world where the quirky run wild, featuring new themes and highlights every week.
One Friday you may find yourself in the Gin Mill Social, where the 1920s will be brought to life at a lively and roaring speakeasy bar hidden behind a rusty, corrugated iron fence. Here you’ll see The Jordan C Thomas Quartet play beat jazz and jump swing while performers mingle and entertain. On another night you’ll find Club Bizarre, where Kiki and Pascal, the Kazadorian Contortionist, will host cabaret, zany music and other shenanigans.
Not everything will be so easy to find, however. Follow clues around The Rocks to discover the secret Village Bizarre pop-up bar, The Hole in the Sky. It follows on from the success of last year’s popular White Rabbit Bar, where masked revellers can escape the busy laneways, and nest over their wine.
For those who prefer to stay on their feet, The Rocks Village Bizarre will offer meandering alleyway investigations of all sorts. In the warming spring weather, a Friday evening stroll will be taken to a whole new level.
Meander through outdoor markets where you can pick up small treasures and munch on delicious food. Or discover a pop-up parlour of oddities at The Rock’s Cleland Bond heritage building, and have your palm or tarot cards read, or a new hairstyle whipped up.
Those brave enough can register to join the gangs of The Rocks in the innovative and unique role-playing experience The Rocks Push and Pull. The game will bring to life the infamous goings on, dodgy antics and shady business dealings of the Push gangs active in The Rocks in the 1880s and 90s.
Not one but two short film competitions will celebrate the peculiar as part of the inaugural Bike Shorts Film Competition. Standard Shorts encourages films that peak into the weird and wonderful, while Micro Shorts filmmakers will be encouraged to submit Instagram videos based on the theme “Cycle”. Shortlisted finalists will have their films projected on a pedal-powered cinema screen thanks to Magnificent Revolution.
Amongst the returning world of the unusual, the city’s most intimate Silent Disco will this year find itself on Atherden Street, where everyone can be a dancing queen for the night.
Wondrous performers will again take over Greenway Lane. Contortionists, magicians, comedians, cabaret… you never know what you’ll see when you step inside. New performances will take place each and every week in the intimate venue and those who attended last year will be enchanted by new artists and shows.
The provoking performance troupe The Glitter Militia will also be returning to perform at The Cabinet of Curiosities, which will tantalise your senses, shock your brain and leave you questioning everything you thought you once knew.
No corner will be left ordinary. Every laneway, nook and cranny of The Rocks will unveil a new performance, a new adventure, a new experience. From kidnappings, treasure hunts and curious cabinets to contortionists and the speakeasy, your very own playground of markets and mystery is waiting for you.
So curious folk, get ready to end your working week in the mysterious world of The Rocks Village Bizarre – every Friday night from 1 November to 20 December.
The Rocks Village Bizarre is curated and presented by Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, proud managers of The Rocks: traditional land of the Cadigal people and the birthplace of European settlement in Australia. While preserving The Rocks’ unique heritage, the Authority’s team of creatives and resident experts produce large scale and intimate quality events, outdoor markets, and educational tours to drive visitors into the precinct and support the precinct’s tenants. The Rocks is a perfect blend of culture, cuisine and myriad experiences worth savouring.
WHAT: The Rocks Village Bizarre
WHERE: The Rocks
WHEN: Every Friday through November and December
6.30pm – 10pm
INFO and BOOKINGS: therocks.com