It's been a wet week and the weekend weather isn't looking much better, but don't fret, there's still plenty to enjoy around the inner west this weekend.
Theatres are in full swing, cultural festivals are back and art galleries are showcasing some amazing local talent. From Peruvian folk music to plant sales, here's a selection of what's happening in our local area this weekend.
Marrickville Town Hall will be brought to life this weekend in a one day event showcasing the rich heritage and culture of Peru. Now in its 6th year, the Rhythms, Colours, Flavours of Peru Festival is the longest running community event celebrating Peruvian live music, dance, fine food and culture in NSW.
One of the festival's organisers, Lidia Luna, said after the number of delays they faced the musicians are glad to finally be able to perform and everyone's feeling "a sense of relief" that the celebration can go ahead.
"I arrived in Australia when I was 13 and the festival has been an outlet for me to continue to learn more about Peru," she said.
"As part of the festival we always try to feature new things which come from Peru whether that's storytelling, textiles or food or music. "
Canberra-based ensemble Chicharrita Club will perform in Sydney for the first time at the festival. They perform Chica music, which Ms Luna describes as "infectious, tropical, melodic, guitar driven sounds". Duo Jimenez who play folkloric Andean music will also be back to perform at the festival.
"A lot of people might not know that Peru is actually a very big mix of different cultures," she said.
"We have the coast, the Andes and the Amazons. So it's very varied. Even though it's within one country we have our own interpretations of cuisines, sounds and textiles."
If food is more your thing, Peruvian chef Jorge Chacon will showcase some traditional recipes and teach you how to make the perfect Pisco Sour- an iconic Peruvian cocktail. Andina Peruvian Cuisine will also be serving up delicious Peruvian food all day.
Unfortunately the folkloric dance usually showcased at the festival will not go ahead this year due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements. Tickets to the festival cost $20 at the door or $15 if bought online. Entry for children under 16 years old is free.
- Sunday, November 28, 12pm-5:30pm
- Marrickville Town Hall, 303 Marrickville Road, Marrickville
We bleed the same
As part of the Head On Photo Festival local photographer Tim Bauer and curator Liz Jones will showcase their exhibition, "We Bleed The Same". They describe the exhibition as "a progressive account of racism in the 21st century, beginning it's journey in Australia through the lens of First Nations people followed by immigrants and refugees." The exhibition features 32 portraits of people from varied backgrounds, races and religions who are fighting for a more inclusive and equitable society. Their moving stories are told through the portraits and on film. The exhibition, which is on display at the Tim Bauer Studio Gallery, will close on Sunday.
- Tim Bauer Photo Studio, 104 Albion Lane, Annandale
- Saturday and Sunday, November 27-28, 11am - 4pm
Green-thumbs for good
The Inner West Plantaholics are throwing another Charity Plant Sale this weekend at the Marrickville District Hardcourt Tennis Club. Come on down and nab a bargain, with plants starting from just $2. There'll be indoor and outdoor plants, edible plants, "worm juice" and handmade pots. Best of all, the proceeds from the sales will go towards the inner west branch of WIRES, Australia's largest wildlife rescue organisation. Throughout the day there'll be other fun activities to keep plant-lovers busy including a plant dress up competition, face painting, a plant propagation workshop at midday and a raffle draw at 1pm. Don't forget to bring cash and some boxes or bags to carry your plants home in.
- Saturday, November 27, 10am-1pm
- Marrickville District Hardcourt Tennis Club, 33 Centennial Street, Marrickville
Say goodbye to plastic
Ditch plastic shopping bags with your own, fun, durable and fashionable macramé bag. Local crafter Bronnie is hosting a macramé bag making workshop at the Ashfield Library this weekend. The workshop is part of the Inner West Council's youth program and is a great opportunity for young people (aged 12 or over) to have some fun while learning a useful life skill and helping the environment. Taking part is free and all materials are provided including traditional macramé cotton rope and a selection of coloured recycled yarn. If you want to join in, head over to the council's website to register as spaces are limited.
- Ashfield Library, 260 Liverpool Road, Ashfield
- Sunday, November 28, 10:30am - 1:30pm
Didn't quite get your fill of South American tunes after a day at the Rhythms, Colours, Flavours of Peru Festival? Why not carry the festivities on into the evening by heading over to the Butcher's Brew Bar in Dulwich Hill for some fantastic Brazilian beats. Performing Brazil will bring the bar to life with a new Samba Rock repertoire straight from the dance parties of Sao Paulo. Doors open at 5pm and tickets cost $35, with a $15 bar tab included. Still got your NSW Dine & Discover Vouchers? They're accepted!
- Butchers Brew Bar, 499 Marrickville Road, Dulwich Hill
- Sunday, November 28, 7pm - 9:30pm
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