Top 10 Sydney Culture On this week 28/02/2021

Hear that? It’s the winds of change.


10) Frozen the Musical

28th February 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) Dumplings and Jazz

3rd March

What: Gather your friends for a night of Asian tapas and live jazz!

Why: A culinary fusion no one asked for. But it’s been a long, hard year. Face it, you’ll do anything that occurs outside of the walls of your own house.


8) Australian Harp Quartet returns to Mosman Art Gallery

28th February

What: The Australian Harp Quartet is back with an exciting program of popular arrangements and original works for four concert harps. Featuring: E. Kats-Chernin, I. Albéniz, F. Chopin, J. S. Bach, M. Ravel, E. Grieg, C. Debussy, A. Khachaturian, and J. Wickey.

Why: Turns out it’s not just for 80s sitcom flashbacks and naked flying babies.


7) Launch: Paula Do Prado and Jayanto Tan

6th March

What: Verge will be open Saturday to view Paula do Prado, “pallay yuyay : to gather, to remember” and Jayanto Tan, “Ritual My Beautiful Curse (Cap Go Meh)”. There will be three viewing times. Experience these contemporary artists in a curated setting.

Why: A viewing of two contemporary artists no one has ever heard of? You’ll be using this anecdote to impress and intellectually intimidate your close friends and coworkers for weeks.


6) Marquee Poetry Night feat. Albrecht, Brown, Fitch & Pilbrow

6th March

What: The Garden Lounge Marquee Poetry Night is exclusively dedicated to live poetry readings. Saturday will feature the extraordinary talents of Pam Brown Toby Fitch, Claire Albrecht and Anupama Pilbrow. Pam Brown, a dedicated amateur, has been writing, collaborating, editing & publishing in diverse modes both locally & internationally for decades. Claire Albrecht is a Newcastle-based poet. She was the 2019 Emerging Writers Festival fellow at the State Library of Victoria, a 2020 Varuna ‘Writing Fire, Writing Drought’ fellow, and will be a resident at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, New Mexico in 2021. Toby Fitch is poetry editor of Overland and a sessional academic in creative writing at the University of Sydney. Anupama Pilbrow is the editor of The Suburban Review. She studied mathematics at The University of Melbourne. In 2015, she received the Dinny O’Hearn Fellowship for her manuscript ‘the ravage space’.

Why: Four poets for the price of a whole evening of your finite existence.


5) Kiama Jazz and Blues Festival 

5th-7th February

What: The Kiama Jazz and Blues Festival is a family friendly and predominantly free event, that brings a community together with live music over a weekend, in a variety of venues in the Kiama area. It’s a great weekend to enjoy the art trail, food and markets, and relax in Kiama’s gorgeous coastal setting.

Why: The greatest jazz and blues festival to ever happen in Sydney. Because it’s happening 95km south of Sydney.


4) Green Square Art At Night

6th March

What: Tour the galleries of Green Square, one of Sydney’s emerging art precincts. Start off at Sullivan+Strumpf for a live movement installation by independent contemporary dance artists currently training with Sydney Dance Company in response to an exhibition by Lindy Lee. Experience a dialogue of movement between artworks from 3pm-4pm and then wander the galleries and finish up for beer and snacks Atomic Beer Projects.

Why: See the latest attempt at making Green Square somewhat less like a dystopian hellscape.


3) Live at Mecca: Vivaldi and Mendelssohn

4th March

What: Treat yourself to a celebration of the senses. Mecca’s head chef will entice you with a mouth-watering mezze plate, before you indulge in the vigorous exuberance of Vivaldi and Mendelssohn, performed by the virtuosic Ben Adler Quartet. A night to savour!

Why: Figure out which is harder to digest: a shared platter of finger foods during a worldwide pandemic, or four straight hours of Baroque music.


2) Sydney Harbour Regatta

6th & 7th March

What: Hosted by Middle Harbour Yacht Club, the Sydney Harbour Regatta, this year its 16th Anniversary, is one of the largest competitive keelboat regattas in Australia. 180 keelboats will race across 25 divisions over 7 course areas, throughout Sydney Harbour as well as offshore near Sydney Heads. In 2021, the Sydney Harbour Regatta will be run on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th March, culminating in the presentation evening on Monday 8th March.

Why: Watch rich people f*** about on boats as though there are actual stakes involved.


1) All About Women

7th March

What: Celebrate International Women’s Day with an unmissable one-day program of talks, panels, films, workshops, and contemporary art exploring themes of identity, history, technology, resilience, feminist futures, sex work, mindfulness, power, cinema and more as they intersect with the female experience. The program line up is designed to make visitors think and push their boundaries. All About Women is a vibrant festival that asks questions about gender, justice and equality. The program is necessary for anyone curious about the past and future of feminism. The festival has 14 unique events to choose from, with an inspiring line-up of female-identifying storytellers, thinkers and game-changers ready to hit the important topics head-on and in a thought-provoking way.

Why: A ticket from this is the closest one can get to being a ‘card-carrying feminist’.

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