Culture Guide 10-16 September: Australian Life, Pop-up Globe, Body to Bodies & More

September 9th 2018
Monday 10th

Michael Parekowhai | When We Dream

Celebrate Michael Parekowhai’s solo exhibition opening tonight at Roslyn Oxley Gallery in Paddington. Michael Parekowhai has been described as one of New Zealand’s most important contemporary artists as he subtly navigates the salient cultural phenomena that surround contemporary indigenous identity. Blending cultural references from Maori and European traditions. his work often plays with scale and space; using humour to comment on the intersections between national narratives, colonial histories and popular culture.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHEN: 6pm – 8pm
WHERE: Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery – 8 Soudan Ln, Paddington NSW 2021
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

Sydney Fringe Festival

With events spread out across our sprawling city, the Sydney Fringe Festival, in its 9th year, celebrates, and highlights the amazing work of our local independent artists, art makers and performers. Inviting our audiences to visit undiscovered parts of the city, a new venue or a secret bar, and discover the fantastic creative offerings our artists prepare year-round. An immense program, filled with your city’s stories. We encourage you to take a chance, see someone you’ve never heard of, explore a part of the city you’ve never been to. Search the website, grab a guide and choose your own adventure.​

Head to sydneyfringe.com find the whole program, and all the details.
WHAT: Festival
WHEN: Various times throughout September, 4pm starts each day.
WHERE: Various locations
HOW MUCH: Varies – more details here

Electrofringe 2018

Join us for our 20th annual technology and digital arts showcase. This year, 40 local and international artists/technologists come together to discuss privacy in the modern age. Don’t miss out on stand out workshops, performances, installations, videos, demos and more as part of the Sydney Fringe.

WHAT: Electrofringe 2018
WHEN: 15th September, 12pm – late
WHERE: 107 Projects Redfern
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Tuesday 11th

Sydney Latin American Film Festival

Opening September 6, this jam-packed week of programming includes the best new films from Latin America, handpicked just for you. The SLAFF committee and crew are passionate, span generations and each represent different geographical regions of Latin America, bringing an array of ideas and experiences from a Latin American perspective. Screening at Dendy Cinemas Opera Quays, Addison Road Picture House and PYT Fairfield from 6-15 September.

WHAT: Film Festival
WHEN: September 6 – 15, nightly.
WHERE: Dendy Circular Quay, Addison Road Picture House Marrickville & PYT Fairfield.
HOW MUCH: From $15-20. More details here

Pop-up Globe Sydney

After stopping in Melbourne and other major cities, Sydney is finally hosting our own Pop-up Globe at the Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park. For six weeks only, Pop-up Globe will present a spectacular festival of Shakespeare unlike Sydney has ever seen before. Featuring crowd favourites like: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, The Merchant of Venice and The Comedy of Errors.

WHAT: Theatre
WHEN: Various times throughout September / October.
WHERE: 122 Lang Road, Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park.
HOW MUCH: Varies – from $30 upwards. More details here

Wednesday 12th

Instant at Goodspace

An exhibition of instant film photography featuring: Nao Ashidachi, Maria Boyadgis, Maddy Carroll, Alvina Chung, Leah Dela Crux, Kylie Joo, Connor Keighran, Wade Keighran, Heaps Gay Family Photos, Jennifer Poon & Rocket K Weijers.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: One night only from 6pm
WHERE: Goodspace Gallery – 115 Regent St, Chippendale, Sydney.
HOW MUCH: Free – More details here

Coincidence of Identity | Emily Sandrussi

Emily Sandrussi’s exhibition ‘Coincidence of Identity’ presents a collection of works that explore themes through the lens of the maternal relationship and women’s work more broadly. Spanning disciplines, the exhibition includes embroidery and textile-based works alongside photography, providing a poignant reminder of the way in which our experiences of life, death, grief and mortality are at once intrinsically personal and completely universal.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: Wednesday – Saturday from 11 – 5pm
WHERE: Artereal Gallery – 747 Darling St, Rozelle.
HOW MUCH: Free: More details here

Thursday 13th

Australian Life Photography Exhibition

Peer into a side of Australian life that you have never encountered. Or perhaps you encounter every day. Australian Life is an outdoor gallery of finalist images from our annual photography competition. Framing our country through the lens of professional and first-time photographers. A panel of judges have rounded up the top 22 photos including images from the Top End to Tasmania and everywhere in between.

WHAT: Public Art Exhibition
WHEN: Daily from September 13 – October 7
WHERE: Gallery located at Hyde Park North. Elizabeth Street, Sydney, Australia
HOW MUCH: Free – More details here

Talking Writing: Pasifika

Now in it’s eighth year, Talking Writing is an event series from Writing NSW that invites local writers to discuss their practice. Tonight, join Indigenous-Pasifika artists Amrita Hepi, Brian Fuata, Emele Ugavule, Latai Taumoepeau and Winnie Dunn for a talanoa about Australian arts and literature, in which race, class, culture, faith, gender and sexuality intersect.

WHAT: Panel
WHEN: 6:30PM – 8PM
WHERE: Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE) · Parramatta, New South Wales
HOW MUCH: $10 – More details here

Friday 14th

Engaging Students with Disability Forum

Presented in partnership with the Sydney Opera House, today you can participate in creative arts workshops and meet key leaders in the arts and disability network at the MCA. Discover how dance, music, theatre and visual arts can unlock your students’ learning. This two-day forum offers teachers, families and artists practical ways to build creative skills, exchange ideas and share inspiration to embed creative arts learning in classroom practice.

WHAT: Workshop / Forum
WHEN: 9AM – 5PM Friday & Saturday.
WHERE: MCA & Sydney Opera House
HOW MUCH: From $75 – $175. More here

Body to Bodies | Opening Night Party

Our body is a home for others. A house in which microscopic things gather, communicate, eat, procreate and live out their short lives, probably as unaware of us as we are of them. Body to Bodies makes the invisible visible over the course of 5 weeks, venturing down to microscopic levels to reveal the myriad of lives living symbiotically amongst us. Exposing these worlds, and the impact humans have on them, reconfigures how we understand the relationship between human and non-human.

WHAT: Opening Night Party / Installation Art
WHEN: 8PM – 12AM tonight but the series continues Friday & Saturday for 5 weeks.
WHERE: The Cube AS3 at Oxford Art Factory, Darlinghurst
HOW MUCH: $5 – More here

Saturday 15th

Where are you speaking from? Panel

One of three exciting events happening today as part of ‘Unspoken Words; – a multi-disciplinary artist collective that creates practical and performative events by and for storytellers. Where are you speaking from will see Sumithri Venketasubramanian of Oh, But Where Are You Really From? podcast as she discusses the intersections of race, class, culture, faith and gender with Sweatshop writers Winnie Siulolovao Dunn and Maryam Tayyaba (author of The Hijab Files).

WHAT: Panel / Discussion
WHEN: 2PM – 3PM
WHERE: Newtown Neighbourhood Centre – 1 Bedford Street, Newtown
HOW MUCH: $10 Tickets here

The Artists' Party

To celebrate Australasia’s premier international art fair, Artspace and Sydney Contemporary present The Artists’ Party. Experience Artspace’s latest exhibition THE PUBLIC BODY .03 up late, with music by DJ Jack Shit and vodka cocktails courtesy of Beluga, along with a live performance by artist Tina Havelock Stevens, performing will in response to her current exhibition in the Ideas Platform, ‘THE OUTSIDE IS THE INSIDE’.

WHAT: Exhibition / Party
WHEN: 6PM – 9PM
WHERE: Artspace Sydney – 43-51 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo.
HOW MUCH: Free! More here

Sunday 16th

Sydney Contemporary 2018

Now in its fourth edition, Sydney Contemporary is one of Australasia’s most celebrated art events, and the perfect destination to discover and buy visual art. Returning to Carriageworks from 13 – 16 September 2018, you’ll see over 80 galleries from around the world showcasing the work of over 300 leading and emerging artists from more than 30 countries. The fair also boasts an ambitious four-day program includes with installations, live performances, engaging panel discussions, experimental moving image art, and food and drink from some of Sydney’s best restauranteurs.

WHAT: Workshop / Forum
WHEN: 11AM – 6PM
WHERE: Carriageworks, Eveleigh.
HOW MUCH: Tickets start at $22. More here

My Vag is Sacred

YOKE, the official creative partner of the Sydney Fringe Festival in 2018, has curated UNYOKED: A ‘Creative Rewilding’: uniting both audiences and artists, for deeper conversation that are engaged with deeper art and deeper listening. Today is a bit cheeky with My Vag is Sacred: Part theatre, part meditation, part dance party with Chanah Wainer. A revealing interactive performance experience that takes you on a reflective journey through the metaphoric landscape of the female body in a guided reimagining of what is valuable and sacred in the world.

WHAT: Performance and Panel
WHEN: 6PM – 7:30PM
WHERE: East Sydney Community and Arts Centre – 34 Burton Street, Sydney
HOW MUCH: $45 – Details and tickets here

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