Culture Guide :: Mardi Gras, Chinese New Year + MORE!

February 16th 2015

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Monday 16th

Stepping Up HSC Showcase

Stepping Up is a youth-led and organised program that creates an avenue for Higher School Certificate students to exhibit the efforts that goes into HSC major works by offering public/community exhibition spaces across the Macarthur region.

WHAT: Stepping Up HSC Showcase – Opening
WHERE: Centre Court – Macarthur Square
WHEN: 4-6 pm


Tuesday 17th

Seeking Humanity

Seeking Humanity is a ground breaking exhibition which brings the public face to face with Australia’s asylum seekers and refugees. Seeking Humanity is an art exhibition by renowned Australian artist, Wendy Sharpe. It is not about politics, but puts a human face to those who have fled situations of great danger in their home country in search of safety and freedom in Australia.

WHAT: Seeking Humanity
WHERE: The Muse, Sydney TAFE, Cnr Harris & Mary Anne Streets, Ultimo
WHEN: 10am – 4pm

Coast – Ian Hoskins

From Eden to Byron Bay the New South Wales coast is more than 2000 kilometres long, with 130 estuaries, 100 coastal lakes and a rich history. Ian Hoskins traces our relationship with this stretch of land and sea starting millennia ago when Aboriginal people feasted on shellfish and perfected the art of building bark canoes, to the emergence of the tradition of seaside holidays.

WHAT: Coast – Ian Hoskins
WHERE: Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street Sydney
WHEN: 12.30pm


Wednesday 18th

Hell-O Multi Arts Festival

Hell-o is a pageant of emerging artists from a range of visual and liberal art disciplines. Sourced from a mix of graduate and postgraduate degrees, this eclectic collective are solely representing their unique and valuable point of view. Themes that explore cross cultural experiences, urban renewal and ecology, contradictions in Australian suburbia or the interconnectedness of everyday life; are expressed within many art forms of today’s creative culture.

WHAT: Hell-O Multi Arts Festival
WHERE: 107 Projects – 107 Redfern St Redfern
WHEN: 6pm


Thursday 19th

Happy Mardi Gras!

Happy Mardi Gras presents a double bill exploring the history of this Sydney institution. Featuring:

Queer Identity: is it forever? Author and historian Garry Wotherspoon discusses how gay/queer identity has hanged over time and asks the question will it last “forever”?

Happy Mardi Gras! Slideshow Night: Photographer C. Moore Hardy shares her recollections of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras with a slideshow of her iconic images.

WHAT: Happy Mardi Gras!
WHERE: Surry Hills Library – 405 Crown Street, Surry Hills
WHEN: 6.30pm
COST: FREE – book at Eventbrite

The Lottery of Birth

The Lottery of Birth is a film about the cultural, educational, political and commercial forces that shape our identities, often in ways that limit both our personal and political freedom. Films for Change are dedicated to bringing you thought provoking documentary films that challenge conceptions of the world we live in. Screenings are accompanied by dinner from Govindas and live music from Jacob Pearson and Kym Staton.

WHAT: The Lottery of Birth
WHERE: Govindas Movie Room & Restaurant – 112 Darlinghurst Rd, Darlinghurst
WHEN: 6pm
COST: $35 + bf – from Eventbrite

Jen Carnovale and the Hive Baha showcase

Headlining theHiove Baha this week is Jen Carnovale.  This week’s showcase also features Henry Stone, Dane Hiser, Marty Bright & Sallie J Don.

WHAT: Jen Carnovale and the Hive Baha showcase
WHERE: Hive Bar – 93 Erskineville Rd, Erskineville
WHEN: 8pm
COST: $10 on the door


Friday 20th

Freshly Squeezed

A dancer + a mathematician
A musician + a historian
A performance artist + a speech pathologist
A live art duo + social entrepreneurial researcher

Check out Freshly Squeezed for this unique presentation where you will witness 1 + 1 = 3.

WHAT: Freshly Squeezed
WHERE: PACT centre for emerging artists, 107 Railway Parade Erskineville 2043
WHEN: 7pm
COST: FREE – donations highly recommended


Sunday 22nd

Chinese New Year – Twilight Parade

Join Sydney’s Chinese Community on a discovery of all things Sheep during this year’s spectacular Twilight Parade, with magical lanterns, floats and projections lighting up our city streets and buildings in a woolly celebration of this special creature. As dusk descends there will be plenty of sheepish pre-parade entertainment for everyone, and then our story begins against the backdrop of magical illuminations on our city buildings.

WHAT: Chinese New Year – Twilight Parade
WHERE: Sydney Town Hall – then down to Chinatown followed by fireworks at Cockle Bay Darling Harbour
WHEN: 8pm


Monday 23rd

Earthlings – Films For Change FREE Event

Using hidden cameras and never-before-seen footage, EARTHLINGS chronicles the day-to-day practices of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit. Films for Change are dedicated to bringing you thought provoking documentary films that challenge conceptions of the world we live in.

WHAT: Earthlings – Films For Change FREE Event
WHERE: Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre – 405 Crown St, Surry Hills
WHEN: 7.30pm
COST: FREE – register at Eventbrite

Zvonimir Dobrovic – FREE Lecture

Zvonimir Dobrovic is the founder, curator and producer of both Queer Zagreb and Queer New York. As part of Performance Space’s 2015 International Lecture Series, Dobrovic will deliver a lecture that focuses on his curatorial practice, challenging the notion of “queer art” and delving into the process of programming festivals and curating works from a quintessentially queer perspective.

WHAT: Zvonimir Dobrovic – FREE Lecture
WHERE: Carriageworks – 245 Wilson St Eveleigh
WHEN: 6pm
COST: FREE – bookings at Eventbrite


Tuesday 24th

Better Read’s Talking Heads – Tom Keneally

Australian literary legend Tom Keneally is kicking off the 2015 Talking Heads series. The multi-award-winning writer of both fiction and history will be discussing the most recent book in his Australians series, Volume 3: Flappers to Vietnam, which takes up the story of our countrymen and women at the end of the Great War and explores our development as a nation during the turbulent 20th century.

WHAT: Better Read’s Talking Heads – Tom Keneally
WHERE: Newtown Library – 8-10 Brown Street, Newtown
WHEN: 6.30pm
COST: FREE – book at Eventbrite


Wednesday 25th

John Darnielle – Wolf in White Van Book Tour

The Mountain Goats’ front man John Darnielle is considered one of the greatest living songwriters and ‘America’s best non-hip-hop lyricist’. John’s debut novel Wolf in White Van has catapulted him into the literary world and he joins Sydney Writers’ Festival to speak about his new book and work as a whole.

WHAT: John Darnielle – Wolf in White Van Book Tour 
WHERE: Carriageworks – 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh
WHEN: 7.30pm
COST: $35 + bf – from Ticketmaster


Thursday 26th

MAASive Lates Queer Big Top

The second installment of the MAAsive Lates event, set in the Powerhouse musem’s circus factory exhibition, is getting into the Mardi Gras spirit with the Queer Big Top theme. There’ll be drag queens, music, go-go dancing classes, drag queen bingo, and food and drink!

WHAT: MAASive Lates Queer Big Top
WHERE: Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo
WHEN: 6pm
COST: $30 on the door

Lights on Later at the MCA

The Museum of Contemporary Art is keeping its doors open on Thursdays so you can have a nighttime art experience. As well as extended hours there’s discussions, performances, and workshops for you to head along to!

WHERE: MCA, Circular Quay
WHEN: 6-9pm

Friday 27th

Giant Dwarf Turns One!

Giant Dwarf is celebrating it’s first birthday with a score of your favourite bits from the last twelve months. Featuring David Marr in the Story Club chair, Tracey Spicer confessing her 7 deadly sins, Rhys Nicholson trialing his newest jokes for Comedyish, Sam Campbell talks Axolotl for TOD Talks and Jordan Raskopoulos from Axis of Awesome presenting Erotic Fan Fiction.

WHAT: Giant Dwarf Turns One!
WHERE: Giant Dwarf – 199 Cleveland St, Redfern
WHEN: 8pm
COST: $20 + bf – from Eventbrite


Saturday 28th

Chippo Film Festival – Satisfaction

Chippo Film Festival is the premiere backyard cinema experience. Featuring a showcase of short films, made by the local community, held across the two backyards, one van and a tree house.

WHAT: Chippo Film Festival – Satisfaction
WHERE: Vine Ln, Chippendale
WHEN: 6pm



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