Top 10 Sydney Culture On this week 24/02/2019

This week we’re fully exposed and unfiltered. Better drink up.


10) Verity Roberts: Our Unique Land

24th February

What: The paintings in this exhibition draw on Australia for inspiration – its landscape, ancient heritage and the very uniqueness of our fauna. Through layering and transparency, Verity aims to give the viewer a sense of times passed and the very uniqueness we are lucky enough to live with.

Why: Well…not exactly live with. More like did live with. Until we got hungry and decided what acres of bushland really needed was a mass conglomeration of cafes and boutiques.


9) Exposed & Unfiltered Art Exhibition

1st March

What: Catherine Lee is an artist who is known for creating provocative and expressive paintings and artworks that push the boundaries of social acceptance and taboo art. This exhibition will highlight the mental health difficulties and behavioural modifications surrounding social media, how our perceptions are influenced by these platforms and how we have become desensitised to the content they promote.

Why: Or just go to the nearest train station and view those new horrific giant talking ads. It’s as harrowing as it is convenient.


8) Surviving the Arts: Sharing our Lessons

25th February

What: The discourse around ‘millennial burnout culture’ has rarely discussed the difficulties young people face in building sustainable creative careers. More and more artists are sustaining serious practice by holding down a second job. SAMAG has convened a group of young creatives at various stages of their careers to discuss the impact these challenges have had on their work. In a series of ‘true monologues’ from the artists, they will discuss how they balance personal wellbeing with the pressures of working in the arts.

Why: Young contemporary arts students complaining about the pressures of a corrupt system that crushes rather than nurtures young talent? Well, if you miss out on this discussion, you’ll just have to walk 10m in either direction to the nearest cafe, train station, library or sidewalk.


7) War, Art and Visual Culture: An International Symposium

25th February

What: Today’s images of war and violent conflict are unlike those of the past – and the stakes are particularly high. In recent years the art and visual culture surrounding conflict is diverse and politically complex. War, Art and Visual Culture is a symposium aimed at exploring these complexities and generating new knowledge in this growing field. ​

Why: Or just stuff your face in a pile of cats doing cute things like you normally do. You’re not a terrible person. Because you lost what made you a person a long time ago.


6) Australian Cartoonist’s Association President’s Night

2nd March

What: Come along and enjoy great company, great friends and some of Australia’s premier cartoonists and dine on a delicious smorgasbord prepared by the innovative catering company Kiwi and Rooster.

Why: What’s better than watching cartoons? Nothing. What’s slightly worse but definitely better than any other kind of symposium? A cartoon symposium!’s-Association-President’s-Night/697339c0-3630-11e9-b14f-a713526e5192


5) MAD Pride

28th February

What: Mad Pride is a movement to address stigma facing people with lived experiences of mental illness. The MAD Pride concert as part of Mardi Gras 2019 will showcase some of the “maddest” performers – celebrating madness and creativity. Featuring Spoken Word, Burlesque, Live Music, and more.

Why: Mentally ill people performing live? And it’s not Cher again? What more reason do you need?


4) Short+Sweet Theatre 

24th February-31st March

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 showing off their skills and bringing you a wonderful season of short theatre.

Why: We know. The theatre. But it’s something you have to frequent at least on a biannual basis in order to maintain your intellectual superiority over your loved ones, and they’ve been so kind as to divvy it up into the most amount of time anyone can stand independent theatre without being offensively drunk.


3) Bananarama 2019 Tour

24th February

What: With a slew of hits to their name, including ‘Shy Boy’, ‘Cruel Summer’, ‘Robert De Niro’s Waiting’ and the eternally iconic ‘Venus’, it’s no wonder they’re the most successful female band ever, with the most charting singles in the world.

Why: Ever wanted to hear three 60 year old women singing about how they’re your desire? We’re not here to judge.


2) Arctic Monkeys 2019 Tour

1st & 2nd March

What: British rock royalty Arctic Monkeys have ushered in a spectacular new era with their sixth studio album, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, and now Frontier Touring is over the moon to announce the band’s return

Why: From that small section of British BBC vets that haven’t been accused of several felonies.


1) Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 

15th February-2nd March

What: Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is one of Australia’s most famous and well-loved events, bringing thousands of visitors to Sydney to join in the celebrations. It captures the imagination of Australia’s LGBTQI and mainstream communities, taking over the city for weeks on end, culminating in the world-famous Parade: a colourful and dazzling night of pride, celebration and self-expression.

Why: Screw Scott Morrison. That’s why.

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