Top 10 Sydney Culture On this week 28/03/2021

Which came first – the diarrhoea or the vomit?


10) Dave Panichi Big Band

29th March

What: Led by Dave Panichi, and featuring some of Sydneys most highly regarded and esteemed jazz musicians, this incredible evening will include original works and arrangements by master artist Dave.

Why: You’re pissing away your life. Might as well do it to a soundtrack you’ve never heard before.


9) Industry Access Sessions feat. Simon Cohen

1st April

What: Experience an intimate sit down with Grammy Nominated, ARIA winning vocal producer and mix engineer Simon Cohen (Justin Bieber, Masked Wolf, Lizzo, Thelma Plum, Genesis Owusu, Jessica Mauboy). The session will include an in conversation session with Simon Cohen as he takes you through his approach on vocal production, mixing and working with some of the world’s biggest recording artists.

Why: The guy had to work with Justin Bieber. He must have developed a raging heroin problem, and he’s probably willing to share.


8) Stop Girl 

28th March onwards

What: Susie’s at the top of her game. She’s devoted the best years of her life to reporting from the dangerous frontlines all over the world. But even the most resilient foreign correspondents need to come home one day. What happened to Australia while she was away? And what happened to her?

Why: See an incredible story of journalistic resilience and passion ruined by the tedious format of experimental theatre.



28th March 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.


6) Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour: La Traviata

28th March onwards

What: La Traviata on Sydney Harbour will finally take the harbour stage in 2021. Fireworks light up the sky. A giant chandelier shimmers over the harbour stage. The music sparkles with joy and heartache. Enjoy drinks or dinner at one of the five pop-up bars and restaurants as the setting sun glimmers over the city skyline. Then take your seats to enjoy “a ravishing visual spectacle” (Huffington Post). The story that inspired Moulin Rouge and Pretty Woman is on.

Why: Opera, but tolerable because of the booze, fried stuff and fireworks.


5) Rhythms of Change

31st March

What: Claire Edwardes teams up with emerging young drummer Chloe Kim to present an evening of percussive rhythms and new works by a smashing line up of Australian female composers. The live performances will be followed by a Keychange panel focusing on woman’s inclusion in the music industry with panelists including Nardi Simpson, Zoe Hauptmann and Claire Edwardes.

Why: There’s nothing better than the incomprehensible cacophony of experimental music. Except that very same music being followed by the incomprehensible analysis of a trio of panellists.


4) Keyna Wilkins + Dianne Cripps: Live

31st March

What: Keyna Wilkins is a leading musician-composer who performs her own unique compositions and improvisations inspired by jazz, nature and thoughts. She will play pieces on flute, piano (some with loop pedal) from her 4 solo albums, the most recent being “So What Bach” released at Sydney Women’s International Jazz Festival last year to rave reviews. Like a hug and a peck, and a squeeze around the neck Dianne Kripps’ canon is a saucy mix of jazz, blues, and reimagined pop, rock and bluegrass tunes accompanied by captivating stories about life as a daughter of Appalachia. A gifted raconteur, Dianne and her Great Southern Band have charmed audiences with this amazing show from The Hydro Majestic.

Why: Jazz improv! It’s always nice to see a medium catering to the deaf.


3) Archie Roach: Tell Me Why

30th March

What: Legendary songwriter and ‘voice of the Stolen Generations’, Archie Roach AM, brings his life story to the stage in his final tour ever Tell Me Why. This spectacular live concert celebrates his eponymous memoir and latest album. Roach will be joined onstage by his five-piece band, including award-winning jazz composer and improviser Paul Grabowsky and special guest Sally Dastey. Tell Me Why is a captivating account of resilience, strength of spirit and great love.

Why: Remember why remembrance of cultural trauma is imperative. Because sometimes it’s real jazzy.


2) Sydney Family Show

1st-18th April

What: Whether it’s a bunny hopping competition, throwing a line in, cuddling a lizard, carnival rides or showbags, this year’s show is packed with entertainment for the whole family.  Entry to the Show includes a massive range of free activities including access to the Reptile Show, the bunny hopping competition on Good Friday, a daily stage show, plus 2 hours of free parking.  Another free activity is the Shimano Fishing Show, featuring nationally known fishing presenter and enthusiast, Dave “Mossy” Moss. With his giant 10 metre long fishing tank filled with barramundi and bream, Mossy will guide the audience on how to successfully “reel one in” with a range of fantastic tips and advice. Thrill-seekers will flock to adrenaline-fuelled carnival rides such as the Super Sizzler and YoYo while the more sedate Classic Carousel and dodgem cars will also bring delight. Time-honoured show traditions such as carnival games and show bags will again be available, setting the stage for a fantastic and value-filled family day out.

Why: A day to remember why you had kids. Because they’re so loud, noisy and full of puke that you don’t have time to remember how much you resent your partner and how little your life fulfils you.


1) Sydney Royal Easter Show 

1st-12th April

What: The Show is back! After a challenging year, the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) look forward to bringing you a safe event that once again celebrates Aussie heritage – from rural traditions to modern-day lifestyles. The Show promises to deliver 12 days filled with entertainment, rides, competitions, exhibits and good old-fashioned family fun every day.

Why: Make the contracting of animal-borne diseases fun again.

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