Culture Guide 24 – 30 September: Siteworks, Void, Fambo & More!

September 23rd 2018
Monday 24th September

What's Next?

Women in Theatre and Screen are holding a forum responding to the lack of gender parity in theatre. The forum will celebrate some victories, ask the hard questions, and pass the mic over to you to hear about the areas we need to keep fighting in.

WHAT: Forum
WHEN: Monday 24 September, 7:30pm
WHERE: Belvoir St Theatre
HOW MUCH: FREE with RSVP, more details here

Unspoken Words Poetry Book Club

Unspoken Words Book Club celebrates the immense diversity and exciting evolution of one of the world’s oldest literary forms: poetry. Happening on the fourth Monday of each month, this book club emphasises the richness, creativity and vitality of poetry in a way that’s open to everyone.

WHAT: Poetry
WHEN: Monday 24 September, 6:30pm
WHERE: Better Read than Dead, 265 King St, Newtown
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here


ASMR is an experience of auditory-tactile synaesthesia that has recently become an online phenomenon. Now, you can experience it LIVE ON STAGE for the first time. Join comedian Issy Phillips for an art-comedy show that promises laughter and an out of body experience.

WHEN: 25th-29th September
WHERE: Factory Theatre, Marrickville
HOW MUCH:$10-$15, more info here

Tuesday 25th September


Void, curated by Emily McDaniel, from the Kalari Clan of the Wiradjuri nation in central New South Wales, brings together contemporary Aboriginal artists from across the country. The exhibition investigates the void as a spatial notion. Rather than being empty or unknown, these artists demonstrate that the void is always occupied by meaning and contains personal, historical and ancestral significance.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHEN: Tuesday 25 September, 6-8pm
WHERE: UTS Gallery
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

Aaron Chen at Sydney Fringe Festival

Aaron Chen is very, very funny. In this work-in-progress show, Aaron will be sharing new skits, a couple of gags, and a few stories that are all guaranteed to make you laugh!

WHAT: Comedy
WHEN: Tuesday 25 September, 7-8pm
WHERE: The Factory Theatre, 105 Victoria Rd, Marrickville
HOW MUCH: $10-$15, more details here

Wednesday 26th September


Aftersound is a new performance program presented by Rainbow Chan and Verge Gallery that focuses on sonic experiences and the poetics of space. In this September edition, Aftersound sees artists from New Zealand, Taiwan and Australia examine the idea of the trace.

WHAT: Performance
WHEN: Wednesday 26 September, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Verge Gallery
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here


Hypnic is a performance by Archie Barry exploring the idea of a hypnic jerk. That sudden unexpected twitch or sensation you get when drifting off to sleep. Through costume and song, this performance explores transitional states, much like the one between dreaming and being awake.

WHAT: Performance
WHEN: Wednesday 26 September, 7pm
WHERE: Artspace, 43-51 Cowper Wharf Rd, Woolloomooloo
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

Thursday 27th September

This Is Not Art

This Is Not Art is an annual festival in Newcastle, giving a platform to artists, performers, musicians, writers and thinkers to share new work and ideas with audiences. From an interactive art house in Islington, to a dance in an ex police holding cell, there is an event for everyone.

WHAT: Festival
WHEN: 27 – 30 September
WHERE: Newcastle
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

The Creatives Dinner

A regularly monthly meet up for creative people of all levels to share ideas, discuss projects and network over food and drinks. This is a bring-a-plate event, so get your ideas and meals cooking!

WHAT: Dinner
WHEN: Thursday 27 September, 6pm
WHERE: New Moon, Luna Apartments, 22 Hudson St, Lewisham
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

Friday 28th September

Been There, Done That

In Beth Dillon’s new video works a couple of clowns dance around Parisian settings, connected at the nose by a large baguette. Across video, installation, photography and digital collages, Beth asks how nomadic art making reflects the paradoxes of global mobility.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHEN: Friday 28 September, 6-8pm
WHERE: UNSW Galleries, Crn Oxford St and Greens Rd, Paddington
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here


What initially appears to be white bundles of clothes on closer inspection reveals itself to be hand carved slabs of marble. In this new exhibition of works by Alex Seton, the audience is asked to take a step back and reflect on the economic and environmental systems that perpetuate privilege.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHEN: Friday 28 September, 6-8pm
WHERE: Sullivan + Strumpf, 799 Elizabeth St, Zetland
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

Saturday 29th September


Fambo is a queer arts festival for all kinds of families. Bringing together young people and families in a space where gender is not binary or imposed, where different bodies aren’t othered and creative expression of self is very encouraged. The day will be packed with events including performances by Radha La Bia, the Australian premier of Pada Suatu Ketika by Deborah Kelly and Wayang Cyber and vogue workshops with Bhenji Ra and House of Slé.

WHAT: Festival
WHEN: Saturday 29 September, 10am-6pm
WHERE: 107 Projects, 107 Redfern St, Redfern
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here


Shift your mind from big ideas and let yourself think small for a change. This year’s Siteworks narrows it’s view to see what comes into focus when we turn our attention through art, music and performance to the miniature and microscopic.

WHAT: Festival
WHEN: Saturday 29 September, 12-11pm
WHERE: Bundanon Trust
HOW MUCH: $8-$12, more details here

Sunday 30th September

The Last Supper closing party of Sydney Fringe Festival

The Last Supper is a multi-sensory outdoor dining experience celebrating the closing night of Sydney Fringe Festival. This feast for the senses will fill Chippendale’s Kensington St precinct with food, music, performances and art for one night only.

WHAT: Feast
WHEN: Sunday 30 September from 5pm
WHERE: Kensington St, Chippendale
HOW MUCH: $64.39, more details here

Soft Centre Installation

The festival is over, but the art continues on! As a part of Soft Centre, Tristan Jalleh teamed up with Western Sydney hardcore outfit Mana to create an immersive video installation. Combining photographs with internet sourced images, Tristan has created an evolving hyper-real landscape soundtracked by MANA’s hardcore inspired sounds.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: 22 September – 21 November
WHERE: Casual Powerhouse
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

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