Top 10 Sydney Culture On this week 15/03/2020

Don’t think. Drink.


10) Australian Tattoo Expo

20th-22nd March

What: Celebrating its 11th year in Sydney, the Australian Tattoo Expo is back! With an emphasis on talent, Australian Tattoo Expo invites the public to come and experience the Tattoo Industry up close and personal. With over 350 talented artists under one roof, there isn’t a better place to be introduced to the niche and complex culture of tattooing and body art than at the Australian Tattoo Expo. Meet the industry’s most talented Tattoo Artists, research different tattoo genres, trends and techniques and make an appointment or get inked on the spot! As well as an incredible lineup of Tattoo Artists, Australian Tattoo Expo is home to body piercing, tattoo related merchandise and thrilling sideshow entertainment as well as in-depth tattoo competitions.

Why: Discount on “I survived COVID-19 and all I got was this lousy Hep B infection” tattoos.


9) Art At Night

20th March

What: Wander the cluster of Chippendale and Redfern galleries by following your curated Art Month Sydney map and finish up with a drink and dance at The Old Clare Hotel rooftop. Curated by Leila El Rayes, the night will feature DJs whatsgoodmiley and d0ntplay, performances from Samia Sayed & Anastasia Zaravinos, That Diji Guy and Felicia Foxx and installations by Serwah. Spot the curated window display from the Biennale of Sydney in The Old Clare Bottle Shop.

Why: It was only a matter of time before someone turned wandering around Redfern at night into a rich hipster pastime.


8) Alternative Varieties Wine Fair

21st March

What: Annandale Cellars presents Alternative Varieties. These are the guys that you don’t see everyday, the more obscure, rare, and downright different grapes that are being grown here and around the world. So come to the Wine Fair to taste through a range of these wines and discover for yourself some of the unsung heroes of the wine world. The Grazing Co are back with another amazing grazing table full of olives, charcuterie, cheeses and fruit for when you need a break from tasting.

Why: The most palatable hipster you’ll ever stomach.


7) Short+Sweet Theatre

15th 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.


6) Shen Yun Live

15th-22nd March

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.


5) TAP Art Gallery: Enchanted Garden Cocktails and Canapes Fundraiser

21st March

What: Join the fundraising event for TAP Art Gallery’s 30 year history of operating as an artist-run, non-curative gallery as a not-for-profit, charity organisation open to all artists, painters, sculptors, musicians, poets, actors, photographers, performers, singers, playwrights, composers, songwriters, digital and sound artists, video and film-makers as well as many varieties of observers, administrators, directors and producers. It is part reportage and part memoir spanning 30 years across a generation of artists in the 1990s. Enjoy an evening surrounded by contemporary art with canapes provided by The Silly Tart Kitchen, wine by the Hollywood Hotel, beer by Sydney Brewery and music by The Green Team.

Why: Remember that amongst the recent rash of worthy charitable causes that have been amplified, there are still a few petty ones that feature wine, poetry and tarts.


4) Distilled

19th March

What: An evening unlike any other filled with delicious canapés, entertainment, a cocktail on arrival from Forty Spotted and tastings from some of the biggest names in gin including Adelaide Hills, Archie Rose, Brookies, Four Pillars, Hendricks, Ink Gin, Manly Spirits, Roku, Tanqueray, Squealing Pig and many more.

Why: Be unique. Die of consumption, not infection.


3) Sydney St Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival (Cancelled)

15th March

What: St Patrick’s Day is here! Once again, the parade will commence at the corner of George Street and Hickson Road before finishing up in First Fleet Park. With over 1,500 participants expected to join in the march, and up to 10,000 spectators, this is the perfect place to spend your Sunday morning and witness the colourful roving performers, passionate Irish community groups and festival dancers doing the Irish jig. Following the parade, visitors will be able to take a seat or roll out a picnic rug in First Fleet Park and enjoy an afternoon of live music, with acts including Medusa’s Wake, Susan O’Neill aka SON and The Bottlers. There will be a wide range of family-friendly activities to enjoy, including interactive Irish dancing lessons, face painting and an introduction to the Irish language. The celebrations will also include two bar and food stalls, so you can grab a cold pint of the ‘Black Stuff’, while enjoying the day with friends and family. Across the water, the sails of the Opera House will light up green in partnership with the Sydney St Patrick’s Day Parade.

Why: No organ, let alone virus, can survive the intake of alcohol required at this event.

Update: This event has been cancelled. Such is life. And the potential lack-thereof.’s-Day-Parade-and-Festival-2020/0bbc7f80-649c-11ea-96b7-b132cf2a7536


2) Biennale of Sydney

15th March-8th June

What: The 22nd Biennale of Sydney (2020), titled NIRIN (the Wiradjuri word for “edge”), is artist and First Nations–led, presenting an expansive free exhibition of contemporary art that connects local communities and global networks. Australian artists and collectives including The Mulka Project, Tony Albert, Karla Dickens, First Dog on the Moon, Pedro Wonaeamirri, and Iltja Ntjarra / Namatjira School of Art will be joined by international artists. There will be work by artists including Lhola Amira (South Africa), Tarek Atoui (Lebanon/France), Denilson Baniwa (Brazil), Tania Bruguera (Cuba), Vajiko Chachkhiani (Georgia/Germany) and Aziz Hazara (Afghanistan). Artists from a number of other nations including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Papua Guinea, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Turkey and Sudan will also show works. Chef Kylie Kwong will also participate in the festival. This year the Biennale will present Nirin Wir, a program that will encompass the area from the Blue Mountains in Sydney’s west to La Perouse in the city’s south-east. It will focus on Sydney as an expansive global city made up of complex, dynamic villages. It’ll include site activations, performances, residencies and collaborations based around innovation, the melding of ideas and new ways of exploring the world.

Why: Once every two years in Sydney, a magical thing happens. Just by standing in an area contained within the boundaries of the Blue Mountains and La Perouse and appearing pensive, your intellectual, cultural and artistic cachet suddenly swells like the balls of an unhygienic cyclist.


1) The Other Art Fair (Postponed)

19th-24th March

What: The Other Art Fair is Australia’s only artist-led Fair where art lovers can meet and buy directly from a curated selection of over 130 independent artists. The Fair is returning for a spectacular seventh edition in 2020 and presents an eclectic showcase of art alongside interactive installations, experiences, workshops, performances, DJs and more. Whether you’re a first-time art buyer, seasoned collector, curator, investor, gallery owner, art lover or anything in between, you are guaranteed to find something to add to (or start) your collection.

Why: Purchase esotericism.

Update: This event has been postponed. Such is life. And the potential lack-thereof.

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