October 16, 2013
The CBD used to be a dire, soulless place peopled by businessmen in badly cut suits eating second-rate food in dingy pub bars. As its name indicated, it was a district in the centre of the city for people conducting business, basta. Today, of course, all that has changed. If central Sydney has not yet attained the allure of Melbourne’s almost magical laneways, it is now a district frequented by men in suits of repute and glamorous women wheeling and dealing at lunches in some of the world’s finest dining establishments. What I particularly love, though, is the huge variety of cultural events peppered throughout the city; down at Circular Quay, at the MCA, around the State Library, Chinatown or the Botanical Gardens, there’s just stuff going on all the time. One of the loveliest things is A Lttle Lunch Music at the City Recital Hall on Angel Place. Each month, there’s a terrific lunchtime concert under the direction of Richard Gill (musician, conductor, educator) – for a mere $15 (no hidden fees) one can relax in the elegant surrounds of the Recital Hall and be transported from routine to bliss. The next lunch concert showcases Shakuhachi Grand Master Riley Lee and his centuries-old meditation pieces, folksongs and contemporary suits on his simple bamboo flutes. I hope to see you there. Then we can discuss renaming the CBD simply ‘downtown’.