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The Guide: Cultural Cream

Just like a traditional New Year resolution, this July should give us pause to make decisions about running our business and private finances over the next 12 months. See below for ways to skim expenditure without cutting out the cultural cream.

Gilt Trip
Dining at Bennelong inside the Sydney Opera House’s sails is usually reserved for those special occasions: a promotion, new client wins and business windfalls. It’s not the first option one thinks of when the tax man comes-a-calling. Treat yourself to the magnificent harbour views and all the gilded goodness chef Peter Gilmore has to offer without the $130 set menu dining fee (and that’s without wines). Savvy diners can reserve a table (not bar stool!) in The Circle on the upper level of Bennelong and eat a-la-carte from the Cured and Cultured menu. Dishes range from just $20-34 and yes, the famous chocolate cake from across the water is available on this menu too. Bargain!

Where: Bennelong Restaurant, Sydney Opera House
When: lunches: Fri-Sun 12-2pm; dinner daily: 6.30-10pm

Belvoir Bargain
Rug up and head to the Belvoir Theatre for a dreamy utopian escape. Shakespeare’s in town for a limited stay. Twelfth Night delivers you to the strange shores of Illyria where the repressed and the debauched are at constant war and the desires of men and women seem eternally thwarted. In this dreamland nobody is quite what they seem. Girls are boys, boys are girls, puritans are lusting suitors, drunkards are moralists, and fools, of course, are wise. Hold up, this sounds like Sydney! You be the judge. Snag a deal and purchase a preview ticket for just $40 (full price is $72) – Book now!

When: season runs 23 July – 4 September
Bargain tickets: 8pm 23 July, 6.30pm 24 July, 8pm 26 July
Where: Upstairs Theatre, Belvoir Theatre, 25 Belvoir Street, Surry Hills

Hop Along to a Free Tour
White Rabbit Gallery’s current exhibition unleashes its weapons of mass instruction with free guides of the current group exhibition: Heavy Artillery. This private 4-storey gallery in Chippendale (a former Rolls Royce service depot) showcases what’s regarded as the world’s largest and most significant collection of Contemporary Chinese art, and the current exhibition doesn’t disappoint. Discover how Chinese artists have used their work as means of subverting government control, and documenting the changing face of globalised China. Tours leave the Reception area at 11am and 2pm daily.

Where: White Rabbit Gallery, 30 Balfour Street, Chippendale
When: 11am and 2pm Wednesday to Sunday Exhibition runs until 7 August – Free entry

Get Crafty With Your Business
Work-Shop in Redfern is renowned for its short courses in arts, crafts and life skills. For the start of the new financial year they’ve scheduled a personal wealth re-boot masterclass for the self employed (or those planning make the leap soon) and business owners in need of developing solid financial management strategies to boost their private bank accounts whilst keeping the work ones buoyant. Sign up to a Money Business session with Ben Nash (from Pivot Wealth), a Financial Adviser and Wealth Coach. He’ll focus on ensuring you get the most out of your personal finances trough to smart strategies without all the jargon and confusing financial rhetoric.


  • Understanding company and tax structures and how to use the rules to your advantage
  • How to boost cash flow and (legally) reduce tax
  • Risk management and asset protection strategies
  • Where to start when it comes to planning your personal financial strategy
  • Understanding investment basics and how to make smart investment decisions
  • Understanding superannuation and where this fits in your financial strategy

Where: Work-Shop, cnr Cleveland and Everleigh Street, Redfern
When: Tues 26 July 6.30-8.30pm
Cost: $50

Sweet Tastings
After 5 years of throwing pop-up gatherings and supporting local musical talent, Cake Wines recently planted their vinous roots in Redfern. Within their renovated warehouse cum cellar door you can purchase a full range of South Australian wines plus local beers, cider and craft spirits. We recommend you settle in to sample their vintages and graze on the hearty snack menu too. Under their cavernous roof there’s also a busy events program including DJs and live music performances, tastings, wine appreciation workshops and special dinners (sign up to their newsletter for updates).

This month Cellar Door Sommelier, Anna Boydell, talks all things grape at The Cake Wines School of Wine, an unpretentious but informative weekly Sunday session that’ll guarantee your hard earned pennies are spent wisely. She’ll address:

Module 1 (10th of July) – Vines, vineyards and the secrets in the winemaking sauce. You’ll taste different varieties to get a sense of terroir;
Module 2 (17th of July) – Understand the correct way to taste, smell and look at wine so you can make informed choices about the wine you love and don’t love;
Module 3 (24th of July) – Food and wine pairing – friends or enemies? How to get it right;
Module 4 (31st of July) – Trends and new ideas in wine, from orange wines to 100% whole bunch madness, discover new directions in Australian wine;

More details here:
Where: Cake Wines, 16 Everleigh Street, Redfern
Cost: $50 per session or $175 for all x4
Hours: 5-11pm Thurs and Fri; 1.30-11pm Sat; 3-10pm Sun Header Icon

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