Culture Guide: 20-26 January

January 20th 2020
Monday 20 January

Hong Kong Protest Debate

A vacation between so-called red socialism and so-called universal values

WHAT: Debate
WHEN: Monday 20 January, 1-5pm
WHERE: University of Technology Sydney
HOW MUCH: Free, more details here

Tom Segura: Take It Down (Under) Tour

Best known for his three Netflix specials, “Disgraceful” (2018), “Mostly Stories” (2016), and “Completely Normal” (2014), actor, comedian and writer TOM SEGURA is becoming one of the biggest names in the comedy business.

WHAT: Comedy
WHEN: Monday 20 January 8pm
WHERE: State Theatre
HOW MUCH: $69.78-81.32, get tickets here

Tuesday 21 January

Debra Dawes: Skin Deep

Marking Dawes’ debut exhibition with Yavuz Gallery, “SKIN DEEP” features seven large-scale monochromatic paintings that expand upon the artist’s dynamic engagement with dimensionality, form and abstraction.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHEN: Tuesday 21 January, 6-8pm
WHERE: Yavuz Gallery
HOW MUCH: Free, more details here

Chris Chun: LUCKY

Join Vinh and Stuart as we celebrate the opening of the latest solo exhibition, “Lucky – 12 Animals of the Chinese Zodiac” by Chris Chun

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHEN: Tuesday 21 January, 6-8pm
WHERE: Darling Square Community Bank Branch
HOW MUCH: Free, RSVP here

Wednesday 22 January

Samuel Luke: Body in Retrograde

Body in Retrograde is an intimate collection of comics and self portrait photography works that illustrate some of the complications Samuel experienced while healing from his top surgery.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: Wednesday 22 January, 6-9pm
WHERE: Goodspace Gallery
HOW MUCH: Free, more details here


Thursday 23 January

As Australia Burns: Why is Capitalism Addicted to Fossil Fuels?

This meeting will discuss how this is the result of fossil fuels being structured into capitalism–and why we need to fight the system to win climate action.

WHAT: Discussion
WHEN: Thursday 23 January, 6:30-8:30
WHERE: Newtown Public Library
HOW MUCH: Free, more details here

Shivanjani Lal in Conversation


A conversation between artist Shivanjani Lal and poet Manisha Anjali. Together they will discuss the experiences of diaspora, tracing a thread from India, across the Pacific to Australia, uncovering the many layers that inform these histories. The artists will also consider the importance of language, specifically Fijian Hindi, and how this significant component of culture shapes their creative practices.

WHAT: Talk
WHEN: Thursday 23 January, 6-7pm
WHERE: Galleries UNSW
HOW MUCH: Free, RSVP here

Friday 24 January

Fire Bars: Charity Cypher + Performances

We all know there’s only one way to fight back at fire and that’s with fire. A selection Sydney’s finest upcoming artists, musicians and mc’s bring you a free night of HipHop, Ausrap and Trap

WHAT: Party Fundraiser
WHEN: Friday 24 January, 7:30-10pm
WHERE: Goodspace Gallery
HOW MUCH: Donation, more details here

Alex Byrne: 26 Views of Uluru

The exhibition challenges attitudes that continue to be widely held on the eve of the 250th anniversary in 2020 of the charting and claiming of Australia’s east coast by James Cook. Despite his achievements as a great navigator and mapmaker, Cook opened the Pacific to colonial exploitation and oppression and he has come to be viewed as a symbol of the invasion of traditional lands and cultures that followed.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: Friday 24 January, 10am-6pm
WHERE: Gaffa
HOW MUCH: Free, more details here

Saturday 25 January

Harmony: Chinese Australian Artists Talks Celebrate Lunar New Year 2020

‘Harmony’ is a group exhibition featuring ArtSHINE artists with Chinese Australian backgrounds. The exhibition celebrates what it means to be a contemporary artist in multicultural Australia.

WHAT: Exhibition & Talks
WHEN: Saturday 25 January, 2-4pm
WHERE: Pyrmont
HOW MUCH: Free, RSVP here

Rethinking Nationalism

On the 250th year of Cook’s landing, artists and academics consider the structure of Australia’s accepted history, colonial institutions and “national identity”.

WHAT: Talk
WHEN: Saturday 25 January, 4-6pm
HOW MUCH: Free, RSVP here

Sunday 26 January

Invasion Day Rally

A peaceful protest against the celebration of “Australia Day” and the continued oppression of First Nations people. Featuring speeches about Aboriginal incarceration and deaths in custody, forced removals of communities, and loss of sacred land by fracking.

WHAT: Invasion Day Rally 2020
WHEN: Sunday 26 January, 11am – 1pm
WHERE: Hyde Park South, Sydney CBD
More details here

Yabun Festival

The largest one day gathering and recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in Australia. Featuring live music, market stalls, panel discussions and community forums on Aboriginal issues, children’s activities, and traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural performances.

WHAT: Yabun Festival
WHERE: Victoria Park, Camperdown
WHEN: Sunday 26 January, 11am – 7pm
HOW MUCH: FREE! More details here

The Lighthouse

From Robert Eggers, acclaimed director of ‘The Witch’ comes A24’s ‘The Lighthouse’, and we couldn’t be more excited to bring you a special preview of the film at Ritz!

WHAT: Film Screening
WHEN: Sunday 26 January, 8:30-11pm
WHERE: The Ritz
HOW MUCH: $22-$25, get tickets here

Preview: A Hidden Life

Join us for a sneak preview of masterful director Terrence Malick’s new film, ‘A Hidden Life’, before it’s officially released on January 30.

WHAT: Film Screening
WHEN: Sunday 26 January, 1-4pm
WHERE: The Ritz
HOW MUCH: $15-$18, get tickets here

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