Top 10 Sydney Culture On this week 24/01/2021
It’s time to be restless and frustrated around other people again!
What: The Art Gallery of NSW presents Streeton, a landmark exhibition of Australia’s iconic impressionist, Arthur Streeton, whose brilliant evocations of light, land and sea captured the spirit and optimism of our country.
Why: Pair light-filled optimism with the dark pessimism that comes from wasting an afternoon in an art gallery.
9) Australia Bay: The Dressmaker
What: Hunter’s Hill Council invites you to celebrate Australian Stories. Australia Bay is an open air cinema festival, screening Australian films in a lovely atmosphere. This incarnation will feature The Dressmaker.
Why: Celebrate Australia as all good Australians should; by venerating an overvalued English woman.
8) James Jirat Patradoon: ULTRA
What: Experience ULTRA, a phantasmic exhibition by James Jirat Patradoon featuring a visual throb of hyperreal beings and otherworldly scenes. Curated by 4A’s Con Gerakaris, and drawing upon Eastern and Western graphic concepts spanning manga, tattoo illustrations and product design, Patradoon’s encompassing murals and installation work reframe the 2021 Zodiac symbol of the Metal Ox. Reflecting upon the cycle of rebirth each new year, the artist has composed hypercoloured scenes of life and death as acts in a fictionalised Chinese opera.
Why: Do your part in injecting life back into the Australian economy by supporting the recently re-established street drug trade and then going to this.
7) The Rocks Markets
What: Experience curated artisanal wares, gourmet street food and harbourside views. Take a stroll through the bustling market stalls and discover locally-designed fashion, handcrafted jewellery and unique homewares. Meet local Sydney artists and photographers, sample handmade beauty products, or simply grab a bite to eat from one of the many food vendors, to fuel your exploration.
Why: Lockdown forced you to rid your house of all your unnecessary garbage. Lockdown’s over, so it’s time to start the hoard again!
6) Barlow Street Forest by the Dirt Witches
What: Come and visit a micro-forest in the heart of Haymarket, made of native species including the critically endangered eastern suburbs banksia scrub and beehives containing sugarbag stingless native bees. Collaborative group the Dirt Witches campaign for environmental justice and action on climate change. The micro-forest creates the layers of a natural ecosystem in the middle of our urban environment.
Why: See the big bad banksia men develop emphysema from the exhaust fumes.
5) Australia Day Battle of the Bands Live Finals
What: The live competition will kick off Aus Day, with the top three “Battle of the Bands” battling it out. A judging panel will finalise a winner on the night and will award the winning band a cash prize of $1000.00. There’s also $250 to win in the People’s Choice Award. The finalists are Frostbite, Sudos 60s and The 902. The Battle of the Bands 2020 winner, Underweather, will also be performing live on stage. You will be able to grab a bite to eat from the featured food vendor on the night whilst supporting upcoming bands. There will also be an Aussie Trivia where prizes can be won!
Why: Get drunk and judge young people who still possess ambition.
4) Queer Lyfe: Deadly
What: Queer Lyfe is a life drawing class with a progressive twist. This immersive experience is a chance for the artists and model to interact through pose, performance and conversation. Dale is a Kamilaroi man from Mundindi. Having studied at the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts in Brisbane and growing up country, Dale has a unique performance style that brings together his circus background, acrobatics, camp country aesthetic and his work with “briefs”. He has performed all over the world and has been calling Sydney home since Covid. You might see some whip cracking, sword swallowing, spoken word, dance and much more! Deadly is also hosted by the gorgeous indigenous drag queen DEMI DO-MORE and first nations icon songstress/activist MAJEDA. Get your crew together and decolonise with live music by DUTCH KISS and live performances from Dale, MAJEDA and Demi.
Why: Finally. A life-drawing class in which you can admit you’re just there to check out some hot arse.
3) Misting Tents
What: Darling Harbour is the place to be for Australia Day fun, with water slides, a floating movie theatre, Aussie BBQs, live DJs and so much more. But just like last year, Australia Day is looking like it’s going to be an absolute scorcher. Luckily, we’ve got a solution – a gigantic misting tent designed for cooling down hot Sydney-siders just like you! Grab tickets soon to reserve 20 minutes of refreshing mist action and beat the heat this Australia Day.
Why: Because the best way to celebrate just recovering from a pandemic spread by aerosol transmission is by stripping off and running around underneath giant wet aerosol spray!
2) Sam Simmons: Live
What: One mighty rough year = One mighty DUMB show. NO life lessons, NO profundity and NO epiphanies. Just one hundred percent guaranteed gelastic and frivolous escapism from the “new normal”. This shall surely be an evening of socially distant people congregating safely in a room facing forward. Number 52 your human lamington is ready. Experience comedian Sam Simmons live.
Why: See what every other nation in the world assumes every Australian man is.
1) Flicker Film Festival
What: Flickerfest is Australia’s largest short film competition dedicated to showcasing the very best short films from Australia and around the world from live action to documentaries and animation. This year it will screen 64 Australian films across the Best of Australian Competition, 37 International films across the Best of International Competition and 15 Documentaries across The Best of Documentary Competition. Enjoy incredible shorts in competition, hilarious comedies, fun films for kids and more, there’s something for everyone at Flickerfest 2021!
Why: It’s time to get out of the house and connect with people again! Then once you remember what people are like, go to straight to the movies where you don’t have to talk to them.