Top 10 Sydney Culture On this week 01/03/2020
Everyone’s a madman these days.
10) Taboo Talk (March)
What: Should migrants and refugees be expected to integrate into mainstream Australian culture? Taboo Talk is a real-life platform for people to engage in conversation around difficult and sensitive topics of concern. The idea is to create a ‘brave’ space where everyday people, not just community leaders and experts, can take charge of the conversation. Come and see what all the hype is about.
Why: If you manage to figure out what mainstream Australian culture is let us know. We’ve been slathering avocado on meat-pies and yelling at our second-generation immigrant neighbours to go back to their own country and bring us back some authentic miso and the whole shtick is becoming exhausting.
9) Debut of New Works by Makoto Kagoshima
What: Preview a very special new collection by Japanese ceramic artist Makoto Kagoshima. Based in Kyushu, the southern island of Japan, Makoto’s celebrated ceramics are a fusion of design and heart warming motifs making each object a unique, one-of-a-kind work of art.
Why: Turns out the difference between your grandparents’ crazy hoarder sh**t and inspired contemporary art is the lighting and the venue.
8) These Days: Exhibition Opening
What: This exhibition brings together a seemingly disparate group of young Australian painters who are united in their passion for embracing the challenges of painting, of working through the problems. Painting is a great game that is ultimately between the artist and the surface. This exhibition is idiosyncratic. It’s a selection that is based on threads and connections between artists. These Days looks at what is happening now but also what has passed. Artists included are Catherine Clayton-Smith, Emily Galicek, Zara June Williams, Jasper Knight, Jack Lanagan Dunbar, Tanya Linney, Elyss McCleary, Marilyn Schneider, Laura Skerlj, Elena Ortega Tolosana, Julia Trybala, Bradley Vincent.
Why: A collective exhibition of artists uniformly defined by their purchasable uniqueness.
7) Stuntbot (Premiere Screening)
What: Independently made in Sydney, Australia, ‘Stuntbot’ is a highly ambitious first short film written by and starring Matatia Foa’i, directed by sister Olivia Foa’i and produced by both siblings. It’s gonna be wild. “A tenacious female film Director makes her biggest career move yet in what is sure to be an Oscar-winning feature. Sparing no expense she demands it be shot on 70mm film and that stunts be performed using the innovative new “Stuntbot” robots, specifically modelled after her star talent. Alas a reel of film containing an irreplaceable dramatic moment is destroyed in a fire. She needs that scene and her pain-in-the-butt male lead refuses a reshoot. Failure is not an option, the film must be completed. What can be done? Well… I mean… the resemblance of those stuntbots is uncanny…”.
Why: A fresh indie film that if, in the hellish, over-saturated melange of content that encompasses 21st Century life, it can make you say, “huh”, it’ll be a goddamn miracle.
6) ‘Beyond the Screen’ Solo Exhibition by Valerie Khoo: Opening Launch
What: Join the ArtSHINE community to celebrate the exhibition opening of ‘Beyond the Screen’, a solo exhibition by artist and printmaker Valerie Khoo. This exhibition features Valerie Khoo’s exploration of the screens that act as facades and shields in our lives. These screens can evoke a sense of mystery, or prevent the world from seeing who we really are. This series looks at what is beyond those screens that protect us – and what it takes to break through.
Why: If your answer to “What is beyond those screens that protect us?” is “Guts. And black stuff. And about fifty Slim Jims,” you’re too self-assured to feel the need to have others see you appreciate contemporary art. Meaning you’re a fictional cartoon character. The event starts at 6pm. We’ll see you there.
5) Ocean Film Festival
3rd, 4th & 5th March
What: Each year the Ocean Film Festival World Tour will screen over 2 hours of the most inspirational, educational and entertaining films related to the ocean from independent filmmakers both international and Australian. The tour kicks off in March before travelling around Australia before heading around the globe. The Ocean Film Festival World Tour includes a unique selection of films of varying lengths and styles covering topics such as the oceanic environment, marine creatures, ocean-related sports, coastal cultures and ocean lovers.
Why: Sure to be a worthy memory in ten years when the oceans are a hot chemical stew of sick toxic mutants.
4) Short+Sweet Theatre
1st March-26th April
What: The biggest little play festival will be returning once again with a smorgasbord of 10-minute plays to delight your tastebuds, with hundreds of talented actors, writers and directors showcasing their skills and bringing you a wonderful season of short theatre. The Short+Sweet festival is a wonderful tool for writers, directors and actors who want to share their voice and talent in a professional environment and venue. The festival multiplies participants’ raw and creative energy, with different ensembles, directors and writers exchanging ideas, learning from each other and providing creative inspiration.
Why: They’ve somehow managed to make a shorter run-time in live theatre more indie. This truly is the golden age of humanity.
3) Madman Anime Festival
7th & 8th March
What: Madman Anime Festival is a truly unique event that brings all things anime and Japanese culture to you! Featuring international guests and exhibitors, cosplay, and super exclusive anime events, Madman Anime Festival has something for every anime fan. Brought to you by Australia’s biggest name in anime, Madman Entertainment, together with Australia’s #1 anime streaming service AnimeLab.
Why: Beware. Centrists are not welcome here.
2) Shen Yun Live
What: Shen Yun Performing Arts is the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company. For 5,000 years, divine culture flourished in the land of China. Through breathtaking music and dance, Shen Yun is reviving this glorious culture. Shen Yun performance features the world’s foremost classically trained dancers, a unique orchestra blending East and West, and dazzling animated backdrops—together creating one spectacular performance. Through music and dance, Shen Yun weaves a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends, and modern heroic tales, taking you on a journey through 5,000 years of Chinese culture. Taking inspiration from ancient heroic legends and modern courageous tales, the breathtaking beauty of Shen Yun is leaving millions around the world in awe. Experience the extraordinary! Experience Shen Yun.
Why: Their passion is contagious according to both your most progressive friend and your most racist relative.
1) Russell Brand ‘Recovery’ Live
2nd, 3rd & 4th March
What: A funny and profane exploration into personal development and wellness from a comedian who has dedicated himself to spirituality to avoid self-destruction. This 90-minute experience will introduce you to the system that saved his life, continues to save his sanity and will work for anyone who is willing to commit to it. This is a program for living for those aspiring to be saints who have lived too long among demons. This is an alternative vision for life at a time devoid of real values and connection. This could be the thing you have been looking for and it’s weird that this is the way you’re going to find it.
Why: It’s not a cult. He’s just asking you to spend hundreds of dollars to listen to a 90-minute presentation on how you’ve lived too long among the demons and how you too can save your spirit from destruction with his alternative vision for life. It’s not a cult. He’s a charming cockney with his shirt open, so it’s not a cult.
Taste of the Snowies: Thredbo Food & Wine Festival
What: Celebrate the good life at Taste of the Snowies: Thredbo Food and Wine Festival. Swirl, sip and taste all weekend long with a huge program of delectable events. Test your palate at the Mystery Wine Night, enjoy local produce at the food and wine market, cheers a great weekend at amazing dinner events and chase a cheese wheel to glory. Don’t miss a moment of the fun and make it a weekend.
Why: Get drunk and eat cheese. On a mountain this time.