Top 10 Sydney Culture On this week 20/12/2020
Look on the bright side; at least this year suicide won’t be the greatest cause of death during the holiday season.
5) Virtual Guided Tour of the Old City of Jerusalem and Bethlehem
What: As you celebrate the holiday season, it is time to explore the sites from where they all began! Join a virtual guide to explore the Holy City through each of its four quarters as well as the nearby city of Bethlehem. The expert guide will offer a modern tour of each quarter of the Old City: The Jewish Quarter, Christian Quarter, Muslim Quarter, and the Armenian Quarter. You will learn about the Western Wall of Solomon’s Temple, the Dome of the Rock, the Temple Mount, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and the Western Wall Temple (among others). You will learn about the Temple and see the site which the miracle of Chanukah occurred. Then, visit the ancient city of Bethlehem and see the sites relevant to Christmas, including the Church of the Nativity.
Why: You’re going to be pissed by 9am. Protect your children from your violent weeping with a coma-inducing guided tour.
4) The Hope of Advent in Handel’s ‘The Messiah’
What: Join KUSC host Brian Lauritzen and choreographer Grete Gryzwana for an intimate journey through the profound spirituality and timeless splendour of Handel’s Messiah. Discover more about The Messiah’s inspiring history, music, and meanings, interspersed with this unique performance, prerecorded in January of 2016.
Why: Because there’s never a wrong time to celebrate a German.
3) Virtual Film Screening: The Missing Peace
What: Willie Moore Jr. brings you the first of many docu-films centred around adoption and foster awareness. Syndicated Radio Host, Inspirational speaker and best selling author Willie Moore Jr. was adopted at the tender age of three months old, never meeting anyone in his biological family. In 2020 after being rejected by his biological mother in 2009, Willie locates his entire biological family. Only to find out the whole rejection, hurt and the betrayal was all a misunderstanding. Willie discovered ‘The Missing Peace’ which was his biological family. Experience this unique exploration of the psychological repercussions of adoption in a virtual screening.
Why: This holiday season, adopt a child. It doesn’t matter whether you keep it or abandon it before next February, you’ll get a decent film out of it and potentially millions in royalties or defamation lawsuits.
2) Virtual Graffiti and Mural Tour of Los Angeles
What: Experience a live-virtual-interactive guided tour of the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District without leaving your home! Your live guide is on the streets, streaming his tour, as you relax and enjoy beautiful art and learn about urban art history and culture.
Why: As the year draws to a close, be reminded that the US isn’t just a dumpster fire. It has a couple of colourful murals and some dicks and balls drawn on the dumpster part.
1) Virtual Film Screening: Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas
What: Set almost entirely in a Chinese restaurant, Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas is an offbeat, irreverent musical documentary that tells the story of a group of Jewish songwriters, including Irving Berlin, Mel Tormé, Jay Livingston, Ray Evans, Gloria Shayne Baker and Johnny Marks, who wrote the soundtrack to Christianity’s most musical holiday. It’s an amazing tale of immigrant outsiders who became irreplaceable players in pop culture’s mainstream – a generation of songwriters who found in Christmas the perfect holiday in which to imagine a better world, and for at least one day a year, make us believe in it. Experience a virtual screening of this exploration of Jewish cultural impact.
Why: Seinfeld: The Musical.
5) Flesh for Thought by Paul Trefry
What: Experience an exhibition of hyperrealist sculptures by artist Paul Trefry. “Trefry sculpts the homeless, the aged, the under-aged and the bewildered. A common thread to his work is fragility: of youth or old age, or of the caprice of fate. Key to his works is frankness without condescension or melodrama. We are faced suddenly and unerringly with something that we instinctually avoid. In so doing, Trefry faces with our own frailties.” – Adam Geczy, Artist Profile Magazine.
Why: Because it’s 2020 and we just haven’t been beaten over the head with our fragility enough.
4) Interactive Swinging Bells
What: Darling Square will be home to three humongous interactive Christmas bells with inbuilt swings for the kids (and big kids). Listen while you swing and you’ll notice the bells sound and light up every time you reach the top!
Why: Because children can always be more irritating.
3) Lindy Lee: Moon in a Dew Drop
What: Lose yourself in the work of influential Australian Chinese artist Lindy Lee. Slow down and take in shimmering, meditative and thought-provoking works in her largest survey exhibition to date, which draws on her experience of living between two cultures. Using a spectacular array of processes which include flinging molten bronze, burning paper and allowing the rain to transform surfaces, Lee draws on her Australian and Chinese heritage to develop works that engage with the history of art, cultural authenticity, personal identity and the cosmos. Key influences are the philosophies of Daoism and Ch’an (Zen) Buddhism, which explore the connections between humanity and nature.
Why: It’s been a tense year. Rediscover the delights of pointless, pretentious bull****.
2) Canopy of Light
What: Discover a Christmas wonderland right in the heart of Sydney as you stroll along Pitt Street Mall underneath a canopy of suspended lights. Featuring 85,000 LEDs and ten stunning two metre high stars this Christmas light installation will bring sparkle to your night!
What: Or go down to Kings Cross, replenish your stocks, go home and put on your own light show.
1) Martin Place Christmas Tree and Fairy Lights
What: Enjoy a kaleidoscope of colours and decorative lights!The tallest Christmas tree in NSW is decorated with more than 110,000 LED lights, a 3.4-metre colour-changing star and 330 specially created glossy baubles. The tree’s 800 branches are dressed with 15,000 flowers representing 9 different kinds of Australian flowers: banksia, waratah, bottlebrush, wattle, eucalyptus gum flower, kangaroo paw, flannel flower, pink wax flower and white wax flower. 4,104 warm white icicle fairy lights will span across Martin Place, see the 6 strings of lights, each hosting a large star. Wander through Martin Place and soak in the magic of Sydney Christmas.
Why: Don’t worry, they’ll have rid the place of the clusters of depressed homeless people, so nothing will be there to ruin your holiday buzz.