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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.

Village Bizarre - Lucy Suze Taylor

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
COST: Free

LOOK FIVE** On the fifth day of Xmas the only way to be seen, is rocking a hot swimsuit – A look that begs to be seen

As Xmas approaches and Sydney prepares for a hot sunny Christmas day, it is time to bring out the hottest swimwear you can find to ensure that you sizzle this summer!

Sydney Social 101 has a number of key looks to make you stand out from the crowd!

All looks can be purchased at

Skye & Staghorn 'Volkerson' One Piece $210.00

Skye & Staghorn ‘Volkerson’ One Piece $210.00


Skye & Staghorn ' DK' One Piece $206.00

Skye & Staghorn ‘ DK’ One Piece $206.00

Skye & Staghorn 'Cody Jane' One Piece $265.00

Skye & Staghorn ‘Cody Jane’ One Piece $265.00

The back

The back

Skye & Staghorn 'Joker' Two Piece $206.00

Skye & Staghorn ‘Joker’ Two Piece $206.00

LOOK TWO – 12 LOOKS OF XMAS 101** Grooming products for the man in your life…

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me, some wonderful products for my skin to make it glow youthfully…

Sydney Social 101 knows how much many men love to look after their skin, just as much as the women in their lives. With this in mind, we have pulled together a list of products that would be the ideal stocking fillers this Christmas Day!

Clinique Skin Supplies for Men Dark Spot Corrector was specially formulated for men’s skin. It contains additional reparative ingredients to help strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier that is constantly stripped due to daily shaving as well as anti-inflamatory ingredients to help calm and soothe irritated skin. As men’s skin tends to be more oily, the lightweight texture allows for quick absorption, leaving a soft and smooth feel after shaving. Finally, Glucosamine and Salicylic Acid work to exfoliate the skin’s surface, encouraging cell renewal and fighting against the occurrence of ingrown hairs.


Skin Supplies for Men Dark Spot Corrector is specifically designed for men and is suitable for all skin types and tones. Apply twice a day after 3-Step Skin Care Regimen or shaving. Spread evenly over the entire face, avoiding the immediate eye area. In the morning, finish with M Protect SPF 21.
Oil Free. Non-Acnegenic. Dermatologist Tested. Ophthalmologist Tested.
Allergy Tested. 100% Fragrance Free.
New SSFM Dark Spot Corrector will be available at Clinique counters and at for a suggested retail price of $92.00

The Bulldog range was born out of frustration that there were no options available for switched-on men who wanted body friendly products that reduce the number of man-made chemicals in their bathrooms. As a pioneer of natural grooming, all Bulldog products are natural and never contain controversial man-made chemicals such as parabens, sodium laureth sulfate, artificial colors, or synthetic fragrances. Instead, Bulldog products are loaded with essential oils and other amazing natural ingredients to deliver superb grooming results.



Bulldog Original Moisturiser

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The Bulldog Original Moisturiser is packed with eight essential oils, green tea, green algae, konjac mannan and vitamin E to help rehydrate the skin.  Bulldog recommends application to the face and neck twice daily, after cleansing, for best results.


RRP: $11.95 (100mL) and available nationally from Big W, Woolworths and Coles supermarkets.



Bulldog Original Face Wash


The Bulldog Original Face Wash uses eight essential oils and green tea to gently cleanse your face of daily dirt and debris.


RRP: $9.95 (175mL) and available nationally from Big W, Woolworths and Coles supermarkets.



Bulldog Original Shave Gel


Because every man must shave at some stage… the Bulldog Original Shave Gel is packed with eight essential oils, aloe vera, jojoba and konjac mannan for an incredibly smooth shave.


RRP: $9.95 (175mL) and available nationally from Big W, Woolworths and Coles supermarkets.


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Bulldog products can be purchased online and further details on the ingredients of each product is available at


On the first day of Xmas my true love gave to me, some stand-out statement jewelry for all my friends to see.

StyleRocks is the ground-breaking DIY stunning quality, affordable jewellery website and Sydney Social 101 has compiled its ‘ Top Five Picks’ from to showcase the stunning designs and styles, new gemstones and new pearl items from the range.

Emerald Cut Ring_Pink Sapphire (Hydrothermal) $292.95

Emerald Cut Ring_Pink Sapphire (Hydrothermal) $292.95

Womens Eternity Ring Blue Topaz $438.95 - Sydney Socials Fave!

Womens Eternity Ring Blue Topaz $438.95 – Sydney Socials Fave!

These latest additions to the StyleRocks range – where jewellery can be customised by choosing the metal, the colour, the finish, plating, adding precious or semi-precious stones, or adding charms to rings, bracelets and necklaces – takes the total combinations available to 3.4 trillion.

So if you’re looking for your perfect Aussie-made gift this festive season, check out the range of collections – Bestsellers, Bridal and Mens Gift Ideas.

For the man in your life: Soccer Ball Cufflinks Silver $208.95

For the man in your life: Soccer Ball Cufflinks Silver $208.95

Other than the ability to design jewelry exactly as they want it, customers also appreciate the price point, says Helyar-Moray. “With most items priced between $100-$500, StyleRocks brings jewelry customisation to everyone. Instead of going to a jeweler – which is expensive, time-consuming and limited by what they have on offer – StyleRocks has opened up a new market. Where else can you create a unique silver heart pendant, customised with your mum’s birthstone and engraved with a special message for under $200?”

Love Ring_Rose Goldplates and Silver $292.95

Love Ring_Rose Goldplates and Silver $292.95

All StyleRocks jewelry is made in Australia with an average turnaround time of three weeks, with international shipping available.

Mens Court Ring Yellow Gold $517.95

Mens Court Ring Yellow Gold $517.95

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