Culture Guide: 20-26 May

May 19th 2019
Monday 20 May

UTS Photography Guest Lecture Program: Talia Smith

Please join-us for a series of very special keynote presentations with photographers, artists, curators and academics aimed to explore photography’s cultural positioning; both in a contemporary and historical context.

WHAT: Lecture
WHEN: Monday 20 May, 6-7:30pm
WHERE: UTS Design, Architecture and Building
HOW MUCH: Free, more details here

Factfulness: Anna Rosling Rönnlund

In their new book Factfulness, the late, great Professor Hans Rosling, together with his son and daughter-in-law Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Rönnlund offer a radical new explanation of why we so often make these mistakes. Anna will reveal the 10 instincts that distort our perspective and outline why when we think about the world, we need to stop considering our feelings and start considering the facts.

WHAT: Book Launch
WHEN: Monday 20 May, 6:30-7:30pm
WHERE: Sydney Town Hall
HOW MUCH: $15-$30 +bf, get tickets here

Tuesday 21 May

Kudos Exhibitions

space one
Hyun Jee Cho, Huy Lim Kha, Yvonne Minh Tinh Le, Nolan Ho Wung Murphy, Tanaporn Norsrida, Linda Sok

space two
Rosie Thomas

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHEN: Tuesday 21 May, 5-8pm
WHERE: Kudos Gallery
HOW MUCH: Free, more details here

Old Life/Dead Life

Old Life/ Dead Life is a full-length dance work exploring the origins of the universe and life on Earth. It is a celebration of the diversity and abundance of life and culture. This dark and comedic work explores the human experience and life’s trials through physical expression.

WHAT: Dance
WHEN: Tuesday 21 May, 8-9:15pm
WHERE: Old 505 Theatre
HOW MUCH: $30-$45, get tickets here

Wednesday 22 May


Transfer is a show that features 7 young emerging artists from Sydney, and explores and celebrates a range of diverse concepts and stylistic attitudes unique to each artist, revolving around this broad idea of ‘’transferral’’ – that is, the action of enabling an idea to be translated into surface, texture, mark making, material and image.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHEN: Wednesday 22 May, 6-9pm
WHERE: M2 Gallery
HOW MUCH: Free, more details here

Them Heavy People: Queering the Brown

On the night, we bring together four storytellers to each tell a true story of their own. Our favourite aunties 2 Boys In Saris will serve up some hearty tongue inspiring south Asian cuisine.Them Heavy People is about sharing migrant stories, it’s about us, by us, for us. A night to connect, rejoice and lament at our complex brown/black/asian diasporic lives.

WHAT: Storytelling
WHEN: Wednesday 22 May, 6:30-9pm
WHERE: 107 Projects
HOW MUCH: $22-$35, get tickets here

Thursday 23 May

May-June at Verge

‘Obliteration, Creation’ by Ohni Blu and ‘Beta Blockers’ by Connie Anthes

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHEN: Thursday 23 May, 6-8pm
WHERE: Verge Gallery
HOW MUCH: Free, more details here

Criminal Queers: An Idahobit Event

“Criminal Queers” is a fun satirical film that explores how gender, sexuality, and race are policed and how queers are disadvantaged under the justice system and in prisons.

WHAT: Film Screening
WHEN: Thursday 23 May, 6:30-9pm
WHERE: The Red Rattler Theatre
HOW MUCH: $2 on the door, more details here

Friday 24 May

MCA Artbar: Curted by Radha (Shahmen Suku)

Announcing the astounding Radha (Shahmen Suku) as our curator for the Vivid Sydney edition of ARTBAR. Radha (Shahmen Suku) will orchestrate a sensational evening of art, music and performance, coinciding with the opening night of Vivid Sydney, the largest festival of light, music and ideas in the Southern Hemisphere.

WHAT: Gallery at Night
WHEN: Friday 24 May, 7:30-11pm
WHERE: Museum of Contemporary Art
HOW MUCH: $18-$42, get tickets here

Marri Dyin at Vivid Sydney at Barangaroo

Meet the glowing giant Marri Dyin (pronounced Mahr-ee Djin), meaning ‘Great Woman’ in Sydney Aboriginal language. One of the largest puppets constructed in Australia, this six-metre tall contemporary spirit reveals the influence and importance of First Nations women, including Barangaroo after whom the site is named.

WHAT: Festival Performance
WHEN: Friday 24 May, 6-9pm
WHERE: Barangaroo
HOW MUCH: Free, more details here

Saturday 25 May

1 Million Women LoveEarth Festival

Party with us at LoveEarth – be inspired by world leaders and women from the front lines, sustainable fashion gurus, zero wasters and performances from superstar musicians who have spent their careers fighting for what’s right. Plus watch DIY demos on how to live a plastic-free, zero waste life!

WHAT: Festival
WHEN: Saturday 25 May, 9:30am-2pm
WHERE: Carriageworks
HOW MUCH: $12-$25, get tickets here

Book Bind & Unwind

A space for book lovers to come together, learn new book binding skills and have fun while doing it! In this class you will learn how to create a soft cover journal that wraps close, as well as a common book bind – the three hole pamphlet stitch, a useful bind to create simple notebooks.

WHAT: Workshop
WHEN: Saturday 25 May, 4-6pm
WHERE: Thirning Villa Ashfield
HOW MUCH: Not advertised, get tickets here

Sunday 26 May

Teena McCarthy Performance and Artist Talk

McCarthy’s work documents her family’s displacement and Aboriginal Australians’ loss of culture and ‘hidden’ history. While acknowledging the intergenerational pain of post colonialism, she uses wit, humour and pathos to explore her own identity.

WHAT: Art Performance and Talk
WHEN: Sunday 26 May, 3-4pm
WHERE: Manly Art Gallery & Museum
HOW MUCH: Free, more details here

Other Worlds Zine Fair

Other Worlds is back! Join us at Marrickville Town Hall on Sunday May 26th for Sydney’s biggest alternative zine fair!

WHAT: Zine Fair
WHEN: Sunday 26 May, 12-4pm
WHERE: Marrickville Town Hall
HOW MUCH: Free, more details here

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