Top 10 Sydney Culture On this week 11/08/2019

This week’s a veritable maze. And around every corner is a musical theatre student graduate.


10) The Wanderer: Art Exhibition Opening

12th August

What: In The Wanderer, through artist Zoë Durand’s paintings and poetry (also displayed at the show), she explores journeys through land and time as they are understood in dream, imagination and memory as worlds of mystery and romantic longing. The evening will begin with speeches by the artist Zoë Durand, Francis Giacco (Archibald winner) on the artistic aspects of the works and The Honourable Peter Rose AM QC on the story behind law firm art for access to justice, facilitated by ABC journalist Justine Kearney.

Why: A night with a lawyer who considers herself a contemporary artist. No wonder there’ll be free drinks. But take it from us, if you’re looking appear cultured by making an appearance at this event, the free drinks will be no where near sufficient.


9) Solo 2019: Short Performance Works

14th August

What: Experience a night of outrageous experiments as twenty solo performance makers take you into the guts of it all and show you how to really eat the world. Wear protective clothing… These performance works have been created by UNSW Solo Performance Making students to entice, surprise and perhaps transform you.

Why: A night of university students experimenting. But replace the liquor, recreational drugs and exploratory sex with…interpretative dance and slam poetry.


8) Mamma Mia! The Musical 

11th-17th August

What: Packemin Productions, the team behind the hit productions of Jesus Christ Superstar, Wicked and The Phantom Of The Opera, will transport you to a Greek island paradise at Riverside Theatres, bursting onto the stage with a brand new production of one of the world’s favourite feel-good musicals… MAMMA MIA!

Why: If you have that one acquaintance that keeps on insisting that the film version of Mamma Mia was a quality piece of work, take them to see this production. Wait for the house lights to go out, drug them, strap them to their seat and run away. Run fast, run far.


7) Muriel’s Wedding The Musical

11th August-1st September

What: Muriel is coming back to Sydney! This big, brash and very cheeky new musical will play a strictly limited season at the Sydney Lyric Theatre. Stuck in a dead-end life in Porpoise Spit, Muriel dreams of the perfect wedding – the dress, the church, the attention. Unfortunately, there’s one thing missing. A groom. Following her dreams to Sydney, Muriel ends up with everything she ever wanted. That’s when things start to go really wrong.

Why: Revisit an era when it was plausible to move to Sydney for a better life.


6) West Side Story

16th August-5th October

What: Leonard Bernstein’s world-famous score features unforgettable songs including Maria, Tonight, Somewhere, America and I Feel Pretty, that have been universally adored for generations, a timeless masterpiece. Director Joey McKneely’s vibrant new staging of this musical will feature some of Australia’s most exciting young talent performing Jerome Robbins’ original ground-breaking choreography.

Why: Hear someone with a Puerto Rican accent sing ‘I like to be in America’ without a trace of irony; experience a time when it was believable that a character in a musical could profess their hopefulness for a life in America without that lilt of bitter hyper-awareness.


5) Lord of the Flies 

12th-24th August

What: Artistic Director Kip Williams’ staging makes us look at Lord of the Flies with new eyes. An exciting ensemble of adult actors, including Australian screen star Mia Wasikowska (Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland) bring Golding’s island of boys to life, showing how quickly small cruelties can escalate. More than just pig’s blood will be spilled.

Why: Nothing so well executes a novel exploring the regression of a group of young dystopically abandoned British boys into blood-thirsty primitive instinct like a bunch of full-grown adults, one of whom is a famous Australian actress with a net worth of 8 million dollars.


4) The Maze

17th August

What: The ultimate nostalgic 80’s gaming inspired escape maze in Sydney. This immersive activation brings you a huge maze with the chance to lose yourself in a pixelated world that will have you and your friends running, dodging ghosts and grabbing fruit to be the ultimate winner. Once you’ve escaped the Pac maze and ghosts you and your friends can kick it in an 80’s themed pixel bar which will include the OG game system and a DJ who will be belting out the classics to wind the clock back.

Why: A giant game of Pac-Man that’ll have everyone in the target market for this event wondering: where are all the hookers I get to disembowel?


3) Grape, Grain & Graze Festival

17th August

What: Spend an afternoon tasting incredible wines from over 2,200 entries from the Sydney Royal Wine Show, enjoy tasters from the Sydney Royal Beer & Cider Show and satisfy food cravings at grazing stations laden with Sydney Royal medal-winning food.

Why: You’re a filthy animal. Why deny it? You can wear a classy casual suit to this thing but honestly, would you really rather come off as an Orwellian analogy or just accept it and straight up come dressed in a giant disposable bib?


2) Sydney Science Festival 

11th-18th August

What: Sydney Science Festival celebrates and showcases Sydney’s diverse and multidisciplinary science and innovation community through a program of talks by leading researchers, hands-on workshops, exhibitions and events exploring all areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Why: When you’re standing on the scorched landscape of a world spurred to violent ruin by environmental catastrophe, drinking your dead mother’s blood for sustenance, at least you can say ‘…that Brian Cox was a real delight’.


1) Sydney Guitar Festival 

11th-18th August

What: Sydney’s premier guitar event, the festival celebrates the diverse instrument’s rich history. Leading the lineup is Australia’s world acclaimed acoustic guitar icon Tommy Emmanuel CGP. From classical to blues, acoustic to rock, this festival is the perfect chance to see some of Australia and the world’s best guitarists doing what they do best.

Why: It’s 2019, so we’re not quite sure what ‘doing what they do best’ means exactly. It’s impossible to keep up with common drug parlance these days.

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