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Australian Life, Mental Health Month, Sydney Rides Festival: October in the City of Sydney

Australian Life, Mental Health Month, Sydney Rides Festival: October in the City of Sydney

CREATED ON // Monday, 03 October 2016 Author // Pip Ditzell

With the fantastic spring weather Sydney is enjoying at the moment, it is a great time to enjoy some of the many outdoor activities on offer in the city. 

The iconic Australian Life photo exhibition is currently on display in Hyde Park and reveals new insights into the Australian identity from emerging and professional photographers not only from Sydney but from across Australia. Whilst you are enjoying the Australian Life exhibition, drop by the Little Sydney Lives display, also in Hyde Park. These images were selected from a broad range of submissions where entrants range from ages 3-11. Little Sydney Lives gives a unique perspective of life in Sydney from a child’s eye. Both of these exhibitions are a part of Art & About Sydney which is an ongoing, year round program of temporary art in unusual spaces. For more information on these exhibitions and the Art & About program go to artandabout.com.au.

October is Mental Health Month. This is time when the community comes together to share stories and information and to raise awareness of the impacts of mental health not only on individuals but also on the wider community. We know that our community experiences higher rates of mental health than that of the broader community so participating in a Mental Health month activity could be an important chance to open a conversation with someone experiencing mental health issues or to learn more about mental health and wellbeing. The City is hosting an event at the Harry Jensen Centre in Millers Point on Thursday 20 October from 11am–2pm. There will be a free barbecue, live music and an inspiring talk from Beyond Blue. If you can’t attend an event in your local area, use Mental Health month to check in on the mental health of your friends, family and colleagues.

Sydney Rides Festival is offering lots of fabulous events this month to encourage and support healthy living, environmentally friendly transport and the benefits of riding a bicycle. There is a broad range of activities with something for everyone. Go to sydneycycleways.net/events to see a listing and look out for the Sydney Rides Breakfasts tomorrow morning at Observatory Hill and Prince Alfred Park. On Saturday, gather the family together for an adventure at Sydney Rides the Park in Sydney Park. Don’t miss Light The City on Saturday 22 October, 6pm-11pm, starting at the Domain. Get dressed in your brightest outfits and enjoy the lights and effects along Mrs Macquarie’s Road and finish in the outdoor lounge to dance, race a friend on the roller racing stage and relax with something to eat as you enjoy the stunning harbour views. Finally, the Travel Cycle Drinkle in Redfern on Saturday 15 October will combine stories of bike touring adventures in a part TED Talk, part conversation in a pub.

This month, on the 26th, we also pay our respects and honour the Intersex community on Intersex Awareness Day. The day highlights the human rights issues still faced by members of the Intersex community. 


Pip Ditzell

Pip Ditzell

Pip Ditzell is the City of Sydney GLBT Project Coordinator.

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