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Royal Botanic Garden Sydney Autumn Vibes 2014

March 9, 2014



* SYDNEY Botanical Gardens

Autumn Vibes offers a free day of music, dance, art, talks, walks and children’s activities ($5 per activity) and held each year to rejoice the Garden’s 9000 strong plant collection and its multicultural connections.

Got any curly gardening questions? Bring them along to the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney’s free Autumn Vibes event while you celebrate the colourful continent of Africa (9 March, 10am – 4pm). The Gardening Q & A stall is a new additional to Autumn Vibes, where the Garden’s expert staff and knowledgeable Volunteer Guides will be on-hand to assist with your gardening queries.

Autumn Vibes fun includes:
Learn more about the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney’s African plant connections and attend a 45-minute themed walk called Gondwanan Cousins which may uncover the origins of plants that many people grow in their own gardens.

Introduce your children to the African culture through the Drumming Aerobics workshops, or Animal Sculpting and Clay Pottery workshops.  Kids can enter in the drawing contest where their own garden will be their inspiration! Prizes will be awarded.

Take the Palms of Africa and Madagascar guided walk to the Palm Grove and Cryptogam house or the African Succulents tour through the Succulent Garden.

Enjoy a Japanese Tea ceremony in the Herb Garden Pavilion by the Urasenke Sydney Association.  Listen and watch the colourful Drum Beats performers featuring rhythms traditional to Senegal performed upon Djembe, Dunun and Sabar drums and the Gaia Rhythm Show, including Buku – Australia’s only Mongolian Throat Singer and Horse Fiddle player.

Hear the thunderous percussion of Asia with TaikOz. Also on the main stage will be the JFC African Choir, jug blue grass/folk band – the Morrisons, Jackson/Pratt Mallet Project percussion trio and Ying Liu playing erhu (Chinese violin).
Stroll up to the band lawn for some relaxing Jazz, then continue to the Maiden Theatre where internationally renowned pianist Gerard Willems will play as well as highly acclaimed Sydney Conservatorium of Music musicians Michael Duke (saxophone), David Howie (piano), Marco Tamayo (classical guitar) and Ying Liu (erhu).

African Sun contemporary dance performers, Neutral Bay School of Dance along with the Adagio Acrobats and dancers of the Gaia Rhythm Show and traditional West African dances from Fode Mane will entertain.

Art exhibitions – Clay to Flowers and the International Garden Photographer of the Year.
Savour culinary treats from Africa, Asia and other regions.



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