Top 10 Sydney Culture On this week 27/10/2019
Whether you pass out from consumption or heat exhaustion or a combination of the two, at least you’ll have killed a few hours in your monotonous existence.
10) Spring Plant Festival
What: A festival with local makers of products for your garden and home from pots, hand-made copper tools to micro herbs and recycled timber plant stands. Stroll through this mini Garden of Eden and enjoy food and coffee on site.
Why: Invest in a pointless garden to stave off paranoid thoughts about your own pointlessness.
9) The 2019 Honda Snowy Ride
What: The Snowy Ride is a motorcycle event run annually with the aim of involving motorcycle riders from all over Australia to raise money for Childhood Cancer Research. It’s an opportunity for riders to enjoy a weekend away with friends and family and to ride some of Australia’s best and most picturesque roads.
Why: Cure cancer by worsening an environmental dystopia.
8) Beautiful Borderless World: An Interactive Exhibition
What: Alongside the Annakut Festival (Festival of Gratitude), BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir, Sydney will be hosting an exhibition for all visitors themed a ‘Beautiful Borderless World’ – showcasing the universal values of Hinduism that unite us all. The aim of the exhibition is to inform, educate and inspire all to live a harmonious life based on these values whilst promoting respect, tolerance and diversity to build a world free from physical, mental and emotional borders.
Why: Just don’t focus too much on words like ‘separatist’ or ‘nationalist’.
7) Grand Concert
What: The world-renowned Jakarta Simfonia Orchestra and Jakarta Oratorio Society will bring the beautiful melodies of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Mozart’s Requiem to the heart of Sydney.
Why: Discover how two dramatic death knells can inspire feelings of mild boredom.
6) Bonachela/Obarzanek Double Bill
What: Bonachela and Obarzanek will join forces in 2019 to celebrate a half-century of Sydney Dance Company dance making in a double bill climaxing in Us 50, a grand-scale work by Obarzanek featuring 50 performers made up of past dancers that have graced the stage, current Company dancers, and members of the community.
Why: Contemporary dance so contemporary that the playbill will provide enough cultural cachet to enable you to survive Sydney’s hipster bar scene for at least one night.
5) The Marriage of Figaro
29th October-2nd November
What: Musically, this is the ultimate ensemble opera, with brilliant trios, quartets and even a fantastic sextet. Dramatically, it’s the opera with everything: lovers and liaisons, disguises and tricks, lust and laughter. The Countess loves the Count, but he’s got designs on his pretty, witty servant Susanna. But it’s Susanna’s wedding day, and Figaro has no plans of giving up his bride. During one crazy day of disguises, duplicity, desire and utter madness, the Count is going to get his comeuppance. Sir David McVicar’s naturalistic staging opens a “comic cauldron of sex and social politics” (Limelight), where the comedy has a dark, sharp edge.
Why: It’s a reality show, but with impassioned singing, wild regalia, royal titles and exaggerated reactions. So, you know. Far more realistic.
4) Thinkers & Drinkers
What: Wine, canapés and friends in a spectacular historical venue. This one-of-a-kind event is your only chance to taste 600 hand-selected “best of the best” wines with a combined value in excess of $45000 from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, USA, Chile and Canada. Well, you could buy 600 wines and drink them all at home by yourself. But that would be really sad.
Why: It’s useful to know that the difference between depression and classiness is venue-based.
3) Good Food Month
What: Some of the world’s best chefs will descend on Sydney for the 21st edition of Good Food Month. Taking over restaurants across the city this October, the annual food festival will see pop-up restaurants and dinners from the likes of Alain Passard, Hiroyuki Sato and Thomas Frebel, as well as pasta parties, vegan feasts and the return of the Night Noodle Markets.
Why: The coroner’s report from your multiple coronary-induced death will sound so much more colourful with the names ‘Passard’, ‘Sato’ and ‘Frebel’ under ’cause’.
2) Sculpture by the Sea Bondi
27th October-10th November
What: Sculpture by the Sea returns to the Bondi Beach to Tamarama Beach coastal walk as the world’s largest free to the public sculpture exhibition. See the spectacular coastal walk transformed into a 2km long sculpture park over three weeks featuring 100 sculptures by artists from Australia and across the world.
Why: Yes, folks, it’s that time of year again. As Sydney-siders we’re all aware of the time wherein experimental sculptors will dot the beach walk of Sydney with their work and we all pretend to be able to discern the good from the bad and wildly punctuate the conversation with the term ‘bourgeois’.
1) Sydney Indie Film Festival
What: The Sydney Indie Film Festival has been created to showcase both local and international, new and creative works by emerging and established artists who are passionate about story telling via the art of film making.
Why: If you’re not prepared to pretend to be aware of every niche foreign film title thrown at you during what’s supposed to be light conversation, be prepared to pretend to a mute. Or better yet don’t turn up at all. Most of the hipsters at this thing probably know sign language.