Top 10 Sydney Culture On this week 20/01/2019

Surf the wave, Sydney. Just don’t swallow the water. Mercury poisoning is a legal minefield.


10) Utzon Lecture – The Discipline of the Existing

23rd January

What: Celebrate the launch of a new book by UNSW Built Environment academics, Xing Ruan and Ainslie Murray, Hand & Mind. It profiles architectural and design practitioners who are paired with writers to explore their inspiration, the genesis of their projects and problems encountered.

Why: We’re not going to lie. We’re not sure even liquor will make discussing types of wood panels interesting, but we would like to point out that there’s only so many times you can take a picture of yourself at the free MCA exhibition before people start questioning how truly cultured you are.


9) 29th ART OF SYDNEY Awards Exhibition

24th January

What: The CASS “Art of Sydney” Awards Exhibition is an annual celebration showcasing the wonderful diversity of Sydney’s leading local artists and features over 300 artworks from 14 Art Societies around Sydney and the Greater Sydney Region.

Why: It’s not too hard. Bring your phone. Snap a couple of pictures of yourself appreciating contemporary art and voila. The fact that you own six ferrets won’t be a problem on tinder anymore.


8) Women’s March Sydney

20th January

What: The #WomensWave will begin in Hyde Park with speeches, but it doesn’t end there. In Belmore Park join the Feminist Fair, showcasing some of the great partner organisations and performers. This is your chance to speak to different groups, and find somewhere to direct your passion, energy, and support!

Why: An opportunity to morally make up for your weekly transgressions. Then you can go back to being logically offended by, but largely passive towards, discrimination.’s-March-Sydney-2019/92c91b10-1aa5-11e9-b14f-a713526e5192


7) Australia Day Cruise on Sydney Harbour

26th January

What: Join an Australia Day harbour cruise on board Eclipse and absorb the colour and spectacle of the annual Australia Day Parade including the famous Ferrython and Tall Ships race.

Why: What better way is there to envelop yourself in Australian culture than cramming your face with Pavlova – a famed New Zealand dish – at least 50m from the mainland?


6) Next Wave Festival 2020 Information Session

22nd January

What: Next Wave is inviting artists from across Australia to form a government. This is an opportunity for early career artists, curators, producers, writers, musicians, choreographers, thinkers and makers from all creative disciplines to propose their most ambitious projects for presentation and receive collective support.

Why: If there’s one thing that young, contemporary artists are known for it’s organised government.



26th January

What: A live fashion show, live music performances from the Nano Symphony, Chanel Sounds, and MG201 featuring Mitchos da Menace x Huskii, and live body painting.

Why: We’re not sure why they overused the word ‘live’ so much, but we are assuming that anyone who needs a night of such overt over-stimulation is largely dead inside.


4) Flickerfest 

11th-20th January

What: One of the leading Australian competitive short film festivals and increasingly filmmakers view it as one of the main festivals on the world circuit, ensuring greater opportunities for our Australian short film makers internationally.

Why: There’s no better way to spend time with friends and family than in a film theatre when you’re not allowed to talk to each other.


3) Under The Southern Stars 

26th January

What: Under the Southern Stars is back with a huge line up of the best of Australian rock! This year’s event will be headlined by Australia’s legendary ARIA Hall Of Fame inductees, Hoodoo Gurus. Also added to the bill will be our very own indie rockers Eskimo Joe, You Am I plus The Superjesus, British India, The Getaway Plan and Scott Darlow.

Why: You know it’s going to be a good festival when that band that caused everyone in sixth grade to bankrupt themselves on black nail polish is featured.


2) Illawarra Folk Festival 

17th-20th January

What: Four exciting summer days of folk, world, roots, bluegrass, gypsy and Celtic music, as well as poetry, comedy and dance.

Why: We’re not ones to disparage the hyperbolic usage of language, but…they’re really playing it fast and loose with the word ‘exciting’. It is the folk music of the 21st Century. In defence of vegan methane expulsions rather than personal freedom. Though…technically that is a personal freedom.


1) Sydney Festival

9th-27th January

What: 18 world premieres, city-wide free events and art in some very unusual places. Sydney Festival is descending upon summer exploding with music, theatre, dance, opera, visual arts, ideas, free and family events.

Why: Dump your awful visiting relatives in the middle of the colourful and distracting circus, sneak back home behind a troupe of street performers in offensively snug leotards and change the locks to your front door.

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