Top 10 Sydney Culture On this week 26/01/2020

We’re going deep this week. We don’t want to be above ground when the yogis start raving.


10) Sun Run & Cole Classic

1st & 2nd February

What: Whether you are an elite athlete, avid jogger, swimmer or just out to have fun and keep healthy and active there is something for everyone across the weekend. Walkers and runners kick-off the fun on Saturday at Dee Why Surf Life Saving Club with either a 7km or 10km and aquathon (run-swim-run) and finish beside Manly Life Saving Club, taking in the picturesque surrounds of Curl Curl, Freshwater and Queenscliff along the way. On Sunday, entrants in one of Australia’s most historic and famous ocean swim events, the Cole Classic, will take to Manly’s ocean waters in 1km, 2km and 5km events, starting at Shelly Beach and finishing in front of Manly Life Saving Club.

Why: There is something morbidly entertaining about seeing a mass quantity of people in spandex suddenly die from heat exhaustion.


9) Grand Finale 

29th January-2nd February

What: We are standing on the edge of the apocalypse. Face the oncoming storm with one of the world’s best choreographers, as this dystopian contemporary dance transforms the stage into a darkly rapturous party for the end of days.

Why: Thought the apocalypse couldn’t get more exciting? Boy, were you right.


8) Story Party Tour

28th January

What: At Story Party you will hear true dating stories that will make you feel better because, let’s be honest, it could be worse. Story Party has played to sold out audiences in over 65 countries because the dating struggle is real worldwide! You’ll hear stories from professional storytellers and some brave audience members.

Why: Your most exhausting, melodramatic, whiny friend is now charging entry fees to their s**tshow.


7) Australia Day Parramatta

26th January

What: Celebrate everything that makes this nation great at Parramatta’s massive all-day Australia Day party. Featuring the spectacular aerial hot-air balloon display, the Big Barbecue competition, the popular CARivale vintage car display and plenty of kids activities, workshops and amusement rides. Don’t miss the main stage concert including the Parravision talent competition grand final at The Crescent followed by two Australian headline performances and a massive fireworks finale.

Why: To clarify one thing, the fireworks have been cancelled. In Parramatta. They’ll still be going ahead in Sydney. So there really is one enduring great thing about this nation. No matter how much horror and suffering occurs, there’ll always be a corrupt mayor around grinning and striking a matchstick, ready for more.


6) Deep House Yoga Project

30th January

What: A journey of the senses via a juicy vinyasa flow set to a live spine-tingling DJ set intricately woven into each movement. Come to one of Sydney’s most iconic & slickest venues, the one, the only Civic Underground, and dance into the new decade in signature DHYP style and experience the merging of the ancient tradition of Yoga with the sounds of today’s underground. Get your groove on and add a bit of oomph to your OM.

Why: Who knew you could mix two of the most aurally offensive of humanity’s inventions – House music and people who do yoga – and come up with something marketable. Maybe the apocalypse isn’t such a bad thing.


5) Van Gogh & Japan (Screening)

29th January

What: One cannot understand Van Gogh without understanding how Japanese art arrived in Paris in the middle of the 19th century and the profound impact it had on artists like Monet, Degas and, above all, Van Gogh. Visiting the new galleries of Japanese art in Paris and then creating his own image of Japan through in-depth research, print collecting and detailed discussions with other artists Van Gogh’s encounter with Japanese artworks gave his work a new and exciting direction. In this little known story of Van Gogh’s art we see just how important his study of Japan was. The film travels to Japan, France and the Netherlands to further explore the remarkable heritage that so affected Van Gogh and made him the artist we know of today.

Why: You know, the mentally ill would progress so much as a subset of society if they were to just make the extra effort to be dead and bankable.


4) Whisky Uncovered presents #STRAYA

1st February

What: Situated on a private rooftop and with breathtaking views of Sydney, this will be a chilled Saturday arvo like no other as you’re taken on a journey, reliving some old BBQ classics and showcasing some new ones, through the creative genius of one of CHEFIN’s Brazilian churrasco masters, Chef Leo Iza! What a dead set leg! Each dish will be something consummately Australian – but reinvented in a modern way – and will be expertly paired with cracking single malt whiskies.

Why: Drink until you can only enunciate the name of this country as spelt in the titular hashtag.


3) Australia Day Dinner & Fireworks Cruise

26th January

What: Celebrate Australia Day by night and see the spectacular Sydney fireworks display above Circular Quay up close. The cruise offers guests a spectacular view of Sydney Harbour and a magical firework show whilst enjoying a mouth-watering seafood & carvery buffet prepared fresh on board, tempting desserts, fresh fruit platters with tea and coffee and a full bar.

Why: The Liberals really should’ve specified. ‘Stop the boats’ only applied to the ones without a full carvery onboard.


2) Caravan

1st February

What: Eighteen Elephants brings you “Caravan”, a psychedelic journey of all creative disciplines. Feast your optic nerves on art, while some brilliant bands dollop sonic cream into your ear canals. Featuring a slew of extremely talented live artists and a smorgasbord of exhibiting art. Plus some super secret extra bonus stuff.

Why: The most exciting experience you’ll have in a caravan since that time that old man filled your schoolbag full of lollies, took you for a short ride down the street, noticed a police car following him and yelled at you to combat roll out. Remember when FADS were homophobic kid-cigarettes? Good times.


1) Sydney Lunar Festival 

25th January-9th February

What: Celebrate Lunar New Year in spectacular style in Sydney. 2020 is the Year of the Rat. The rat is the first sign in the Chinese zodiac cycle, so 2020 can be considered a year of new beginnings and renewals. Haymarket is the centre of Sydney’s Lunar New Year celebrations. The street party kicks off with live entertainment, roving performers, golden rat robots, games, lion dancers, markets and food trucks. At the nearby Chinese Garden in Darling Harbour there will be a special Twilight Garden Party. The fun continues in the garden for 16 days with calligraphy and lantern decorating workshops, meditation sessions, traditional tea ceremonies, musical performances and a closing ceremony with a 15-metre dragon. Don’t miss the exciting dragon boat races on Cockle Bay! At Circular Quay, 12 huge lunar lanterns representing the animals of the zodiac will be on display. There will also be parades of bright LED lions and dragons on every weekend. Also, head over to the lantern-strewn Lunar New Year markets at The Rocks to pick up gifts, jewellery, art and food.

Why: Living almost vampirically under the light of the moon is a wonderful way to remove those troubling thoughts of the burgeoning environmental apocalypse. If you don’t see the raging sun blanketed by diseased-looking smoke clouds, you can still cram a whole cow leg down your throat for breakfast with the air-con cranked up to ‘Greenland’ without feeling at all guilty.

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