Top 10 Sydney Culture On this week 25/04/2021

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10) Frozen the Musical

25th April onwards

What: From the producers of Aladdin and The Lion King, Disney’s new hit musical Frozen is storming Sydney’s Capitol Theatre. Adapted from the Oscar-winning film, Frozen the Musical is expertly brought to the stage by acclaimed Director Michael Grandage, giving life to this beloved story in an all new, unforgettable theatrical experience.  An inspiring tale of sisterhood and true love, it features the songs you know and love from the original film plus an expanded score with a dozen new numbers. With gorgeous sets and costumes as well as sensational special effects, Frozen is everything a Broadway musical should be – moving, spectacular and pure joy.

Why: Just in case you thought Disney was done harvesting every part of this dead horse.


9) Stanislas Piechaczek: Mermaid, Bang Bang

30th April

What: The Studio Gallery Group presents the much anticipated Solo Exhibition of Stanislas Piechaczek, Mermaid, Bang Bang.

Why: Just like a real mermaid, be prepared to be disappointed when the concept is better than the execution.



25th April onwards

What: Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, HAMILTON has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre – a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics and education. With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, HAMILTON is based on Ron Chernow’s acclaimed biography.

Why: If you are at all underwhelmed, for god’s sake keep your damn mouth shut. Of all the ways to die, being lynched by a theatre mob is one of the most pathetic.


7) Ian Thomas: on human finery

28th April

What: “Once a year, my mum descended the stairs of our suburban semi-detached house dressed for the annual dinner and dance at the insurance company where my father spent his entire working life. She was the most exquisitely glamorous creature I had ever seen in my life. This show is a love letter to my mum who left us last year; to sequins, shimmer, and the froth of tulle; and to every little queer kid who knows the pleasure of playing furtively with their mum’s jewellery box.”

Why: Freud in tulle.


6) Marquee Poetry Night feat: Aitken, Dearborn, Harvey, Goetz, Attamimi

1st May

What: Adam Aitken grew up in Sydney. His last book Archipelago from Vagabond Press was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and the Kenneth Slessor Award. Tricia Dearborn is an award-winning Sydney poet, writer and editor. Her most recent collection, Autobiochemistry (from UWAP), was described by Peter Goldsworthy as ‘a book of rare, complex beauty’.  Dimitra Harvey was born in Sydney to a Greek mother and grew up on Wangal country. Her collection of poems, A Fistful of Hail, was published by Vagabond Press in 2018.  Jake Goetz grew up in the Sutherland Shire, and has also spent time in Europe, Asia and the Americas, as well as living in Brisbane. Mona Zahra Attamimi is Arab-Indonesian and lives on the land of the Bidjigal and Dharug people. She lived as a child in Jakarta, Washington DC and Manila, before settling in Australia at age nine. Experience these poets in a brilliant live reading.

Why: Poetry is a dead art, but that doesn’t mean people won’t f*** its corpse.


5) Emerge Festival

28th April-1st May

What: An exciting double season of daringly different new short theatre works, written, designed, produced and performed by the 2020/2021 Bachelor of Performance Graduating Company.

Why: See people with hope. See how ridiculous hope is. Then clock in for work the next morning a little less depressed.


4) Live at the Great: Gershwin to Piazzolla

29th April

What: Take a journey through the colourful streets of Buenos Aires from the early 1920s with Piazzolla to modern day Sydney through the music of Kats-Chernin as well as impressionistic treasures by Ravel and Debussy! The groovy Nexas Saxophone quartet joins forces with superb harpist Emily Granger for our next uplifting concert at the Great!

Why: Pretend this isn’t boring and leave feeling superior.


3) Australian Celtic Festival

1st & 2nd May

What: The Australian Celtic Festival is renowned as the premier Celtic event of New South Wales. It is the only Celtic themed festival in Australia to recognise different Celtic Nations each year, and has the unique atmospheric benefit of being located at the nationally acclaimed Australian Standing Stones. There will be 5 ticketed concerts featuring exclusive access to an eclectic line up of Celtic entertainment and the popular Boar N Drum Bar and food stalls. There will be a FREE market event around the Australian Standing Stones and everyone is welcome to explore the Celtic cultural markets, visit Celtic Societies and Clans and enjoy the Celtic Kids Fairy Marquee, the many Celtic Symposium demonstrations around the site and the Poets Breakfast.

Why: Take just enough pride in your heritage to avoid donning the pointy hoods.


2) Screenwave International Film Festival 

25th-28th April

What: Screenwave International Film Festival (SWIFF) is the premier film and screen culture festival of Northern New South Wales, hosted in the beautiful Coffs Coast – where the Great Dividing Range meets the Pacific Ocean. This 16-day film festival includes over 100 feature film screenings in beach-side Coffs Harbour and the creative mountain town of Bellingen, including Q and A sessions with filmmaker guests, live soundtrack events, projection art exhibitions, networking events for filmmakers, and a film exhibition program that focuses on award-winning world cinema, new Australian films, compelling documentaries – and Australia’s largest regional youth film competition, the new Nextwave Youth Film Awards.

Why: A night on the town in which the majority of the time you don’t have to talk or look at the person or people you came with.


1) Sydney Writers’ Festival

26th April-2nd May

What: Each year, Sydney Writers’ Festival brings together writers from various forms and backgrounds, including the best contemporary novelists, screenwriters, musicians and writers of cutting-edge nonfiction, and some of the world’s leading public intellectuals, scientists and journalists.

Why: Just because an old whore has run out of ideas doesn’t mean she’s not worth revisiting.

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