Top 10 Sydney Culture On this week 22/09/2019
Take a deep breath. Smell that? It’s not just carbon emissions caused by faceless industry. It’s also the emissions of hundreds of desperately fragile theatre students.
10) Palla Jeroff Exhibition Opening
What: Celebrate the opening of this remarkable exhibition of new paintings and ceramics by Palla Jeroff. Palla Jeroff was born in Urumqi, Xinjiang in 1957. At the age of 17, the Chinese Government recruited Palla to study the fine art of oil painting and drawing at the University of Xian where he received a Bachelor of Arts. He has been living and working in Australia for more than 30 years. Palla is ready to unveil a new body of work including his iconic impasto paintings and a range of ceramics.
Why: Nothing says ‘I’m an intellectual’ like pulling out an anecdote in which it’s not entirely unnecessary to spell out the involved artist’s name.
9) Dr Karl Kruszelnicki: Zero Emissions by 2030. Can We Get There and How?
What: Focusing on the big question – ‘can we reach zero emissions by 2030?’ – Dr Karl will provide his potent insights into future climate realities and power solutions. Maybe you’ll hear about how to drop carbon emissions down to zero – and then actually pull the excess CO2 out of the atmosphere? This is a message of hope, not despair! Definitely a conversation not to be missed.
Why: The guy from the famous ‘micro-sleep’ ads is back to bat for the environment, as limber and effective as he ever was. ‘Micro-sleep’. Look it up.
8) An Evening with Ben Quilty
What: An evening with award-winning artist Ben Quilty as he discusses his latest book and work with journalist and author Ashleigh Wilson. Ben Quilty has worked across a range of media including drawing, photography, sculpture, installation and film. His works often respond to social and political events, from the current global refugee crisis to the complex social history of Australia; he is constantly critiquing notions of identity, patriotism and male rites of passage. His latest book, Ben Quilty, is a rich and comprehensive collection of the artist’s work from the past two decades and is accompanied by essays from Lisa Slade and Justin Paton.
Why: An artist discussing a self-titled book about the significance of his own work. We’re not sure why Warhol was considered to be such a revolutionary meta-commentator. If anything, he was too subtle.
7) Oz Comic-Con
What: Oz Comic-Con is back! 2019 will feature exciting multi-genre content from across the spectrum – appearances by film and television stars, comic book artists and voice actors; gaming demonstrations and cosplay competitions; creative workshops and master classes; and hard-to-find, exclusive merchandise from vendors.
Why: Get in on the trend now before it’s entirely overrun by middle-aged men clutching little children’s pink pony dolls. You don’t have much time.
6) Sprung Festival
25th September-5th October
What: Each year CSU’s Bathurst campus hosts a two-week festival of arts and creativity facilitated and constructed by the graduating Theatre Media cohort. The festival is unique as it incorporates all 3 years of the course to act, produce and devise the creative works within this festival. This year’s theme is Capture the Moment and the organisers want attendees to become part of the artistic process. This year there are four stage shows, two story orientated performance art pieces and a wearable art showcase.
Why: Because there just aren’t enough avenues for arts students to shove their Vonnegut tributes in your face.
5) Sydney Oyster Week
What: The inaugural Sydney Oyster Week will see more than a dozen prestigious venues in Barangaroo, Harbourside and Cockle Bay Wharf put on a curated collection of oyster-devoted events celebrating the oyster’s considerable role in our shared history, culture and cuisine. Events will feature local NSW oysters from Merimbula, Pambula, Shoalhaven and Wonboyn on the Sapphire Coast, as well as from St Helens (Tasmania) and Coffin Bay (South Australia).
Why: Just remember, if you’re pregnant or breast-feeding, go nuts. Your mercury-infused malformed progeny will have far greater problems to deal with in the next couple of decades. Best keep their projected life expectancy as low as possible.
4) Park Feast Food Truck Festival
28th & 29th September
What: Park Feast Food Truck Festival will be returning to Bella Vista Farm! Find over 30 of your favourite food trucks and dessert stations, amusement rides and live music all evening long. Families can kick back, relax and enjoy the water views whilst tasting their way around the best food trucks on offer!
Why: Fried food in large vehicles designed to avoid the task of walking, being strapped down so it’s physically impossible to move whilst being whirled through the air and vague non-committal pop music all in one giant field. Humanity at its peak.
3) Folk by the Sea
What: Folk by the Sea is an intimate folk festival style event featuring the sounds of folk, world, roots, Celtic, bluegrass and gypsy music over 3 days in the picturesque seaside town of Kiama, famous for its blowhole. This event replaces Folk in the Foothills which was held at the Jamberoo Valley Lodge.
Why: Never has the phrase ‘blow it out your hole’ carried such mellifluous connotations.
2) Sydney Fringe Festival
What: The Sydney Fringe Festival is the largest independent arts festival in NSW. With events spread out across the sprawling city, the festival celebrates and highlights the amazing work of local independent artists, art makers and performers, inviting audiences to visit undiscovered parts of the city, a new venue or a secret bar, and discover the fantastic creative offerings artists prepare year-round. This year, the Fringe is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a lineup focused on re-igniting Sydney’s nightlife.
Why: Considering the current state of Sydney’s nightlife, we can only assume the attempt at re-ignition will involve literal arson.
1) Burning Seed
25th September-1st October
What: Burning Seed is an annual gathering that enables it’s participants a trans-formative experience. Emanating out of place and living outside the pattern of the traditional festivals and events is an experience of gift giving and encouraging participation on all levels for building permanent and transitional communities from a wide variety of cultural lifestyles deeply rooted in Art projects.
Why: Wandering around in the desert professing strange edicts and constructing idols for the purpose of disparaging idolatry. This worked out real well the first time.