Top 10 Sydney Culture On this week 10/11/2019

It’s a week of free expression. You’ll be charged per ticket.


10) Nikon Presents: Illuminate, Sydney

13th November

What: Experience the low light capabilities of the Nikon Z Series and learn from some of Australia’s leading content creators. Test your creative skills amongst the illuminations, join one of the content workshops by vlogger Kristine Fernandez and travel photographer James Vodicka. Explore the Wayward Brewery in a new photographic light and get hands-on with the latest gear and entire suite of NIKKOR lenses.

Why: The most important thing about this is ‘Wayward Brewery’. They’ve finally figured out how to pitch an evening with aspiring vloggers and travel photographers. Not just a bar. A whole goddamn brewery.


9) Art and the Garden: Janet Laurence

10th November

What: Janet Laurence has been making art in collaboration with plants for over 30 years. Her east Balmain garden is a reflection of her continued exploration into the aesthetics of care and the interconnectedness of all things. The conversation with Janet will explore care and connectedness, the lessons she’s learned from plants and nature and the relationship between art and activism.

Why: Plants, art and activism. It’s the hipster trifecta. If you can ward off the suicidal thoughts for an hour and a half, you’ll have enough hipster phraseology to survive your next three conversations with your least pleasant coworker.


8) The Wiggles: Party Time! Big Show! 

16th November (3 Performances)

What: The Wiggles will explode onto stages all around Australia, when they bring their brand-new Party Time! Big Show! around the country. Big Show will feature all your favourite Wiggles songs such as ‘Do the Propeller!’, ‘E-M-M-A’, ‘Hot Potato’ and ‘Rock-a- Bye Your Bear’, as well as some hits from the upcoming Party Time! Album and more wiggly classics! Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony will be joined by Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Henry the Octopus and Wags the Dog as well as their brand-new Wiggly Friend; Shirley Shawn the Unicorn. You’ll also see the Wiggly Dancers, Santa Claus, dancing reindeers and much more!

Why: The litmus test to see if your child is still capable of adequately processing reality. If they’re staring with dead eyes at Anthony, waiting for the other two blue ones to come out so they can all get crushed to death, it’s time to seriously consider the lucrative world of illegal child experimentation. It’s not like they’re going to use their brains for anything, they’re never going to hug you, and you really need the funds to update to the Echo Dot. Sell your child and invest in something capable of at least simulating humanity.


7) HMS Pinafore

11th-27th November

What: Mistaken identity, class warfare, sisters, sailors and the trickiest of tongue twisters abound in this nautical caper. Featuring the songs ‘I am the Monarch of the Sea’, ‘I’m Called Little Buttercup’ and ‘He is an Englishman’, H.M.S. Pinafore is a sharp satire of the English social hierarchical system of the Victorian Age.

Why: They mayn’t be Kelsey Grammar with a murderous intent, but they…uh..sorry. We shouldn’t have set the standard so high. Seems pointless to pitch it now.


6) Melody of Japan: Animation, Film & Classics with Mai Fujisawa

16th November

What: In 2019, Mai will have her first-and-ever solo concert tour with piano accompaniment and backing vocals in Australia. The performance includes prominent songs and OSTs, such as “Reprise” from movie “Spirited Away”, one of Ghibli’s most popular films that took out Best Animated Feature in the 75th Academy Awards, “Ponyo” from “Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea” and “Carrying You” from “Castle in The Sky”. Mai Fujisawa’s heart-wrenching melodies are loved not only through Japan, but also around the world. Her vocals are natural, distinctive and beautiful, and can simply resonate throughout the performance. Come and be fully immersed in Mai Fujisawa’s musical adventure. For one night only. Don’t miss out!

Why: Experience the breath-taking beauty of Studio Ghibli. Without the…film part.


5) Newtown Festival 

10th November

What: Celebrating 41 years inspiring social change, the 2019 Festival will once again feature: Music, Eco Village, Better Read Than Dead Writer’s Tent, Commune, Heaps Gay Karaoke Closet, Sydney Airport Kids Zone, Sassy Treats Dog Show and close to 300 stalls selling food, beverages, arts and crafts, fashion, bespoke products and more! The music program will be curated locally and will shine the spotlight on musicians, bands and performers who have a connection with the local Newtown and Inner West area.

Why: Welcome one, welcome all. This is a festival of free expression. Unless you’re a musician, band or performer that has not been specifically chosen as part of the strictly closed call curated lineup.


4) Inner West Beer Fest

16th & 17th November

What: A two-day celebration of Inner West Sydney craft brewing, the streets have a frothy line up of beer and cider brewers; gourmet food stalls and live entertainment. Inner West Beer Fest is every beer enthusiast’s dream weekend!

Why: Not that dream when your dead mother crawls through your door in the dead of night, plunges her skeleton fingers into your side, pulls out your scarred, pulsating liver and screams, “You can’t knit a scarf for this!”.


3) PRONTO! Italian Wine Fair 

16th November

What: They’re putting the Mambo in Italiano & bringing together the best in the business for an all Italian event. Try over 40 wines from various wine regions across Italy, jumping from one side of Artisan Lane, Tramsheds to the next. This time they’ve broken the day up into two sessions, hence, more space, more wine and more time to talk wine.

Why: Less time to contemplate your personal failures sober.!-Italian-Wine-Fair-2019/30dc36d0-01b8-11ea-b14f-a713526e5192


2) Mullum Music Festival

14th-17th November

What: In a musical landscape dominated by super-festivals, there’s an alternative breed of smaller, more boutique style events making their own very distinctive mark on the industry. Mullum Music Festival is one such event and its popularity with both musicians and fans is a testament to its musical integrity.This year’s lineup features: Nano Stern, Mojo Juju, Sibusile Xaba, Emma Donovan & The Putbacks, Thando, Joe Pug, Ruby Boots, Alysha Brilla, Allensworth, Z Star Trinity, Lucie Thorne, The Wilson Pickers, Sunnyside and more.

Why: Just like any “super-festival”, except smaller and with far more expensive, less abundant drugs.


1) Lighthouse Festival

16th November

What: Got an appetite for a day with good friends, great food, amazing wine, and sweet tunes? Why don’t we throw in a view of the ocean? Lighthouse Festival is a one-day boutique festival, fusing a mini food and wine fair with a laid back music festival, staged at Norah Head lighthouse. Headlining the music element is one of Australia’s all time greats, Xavier Rudd. Joining Xavier on the headland stage is Central Coast locals The Sea Gypsies, Mama Kin Spender, Miniq, Tiali Eliza and Jye Sharp.

Why: One of the few opportunities left to experience the coastline as it appears on current maps.

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