Last week I spent 3 days in Sydney with my girlfriend. The primary purpose of the trip was to see the Yoko Ono retrospective exhibition at the MCA, which was well worth the effort. It was better than I expected and genuinely uplifting.
To have some time at the beach, we stayed at the delightfully informal Dive hotel on Coogee beach. It’s a small hotel that operates like a large B&B, with breakfast included, which you help yourself to in a communal kitchen and you can also sit in a pleasant courtyard drinking your coffee. I recommend it.
I love swimming at Coogee, which I far prefer to Bondi, and falling asleep being able to hear the ocean is divine, as is swimming and body surfing in rough surf.
While we were there we took the opportunity to see the America exhibition at the NSW Art Gallery. I thought the theme of the exhibition was somewhat tenuous in grouping such disparate works, but some of the earlier works were fascinating and again it was worth seeing.
The most fun was had at two of the free Sydney Festival installations. Sacrilege is a full size Stonehenge bouncy castle and the Merchant’s Store is fake building facade laid on the ground, and images of people walking over it look like they’re walking up a wall. Fun for all ages.
Finally, a two act live electronic music concert at the Opera House was sensational. Hive featured 5 musicians sitting on individual pods (as shown below) playing percussion and electronics. The other act was 100 Million Nights, which featured a score performed by a 4 piece band accompanied by a digital video installation played on 3 huge screens behind the band. Given we were in the second row, it was hypnotic and all enveloping.
Summer fun is over for now and I must return to work, but I have two other Sydney posts to come about food…