Culture Guide :: Vegans, Sad Clowns & Parliament House

March 16th 2015


The Season for Culture…

Summer’s gone but things are still heating up and the culture just keeps coming. FBi has you sorted with your weekly guide to the best Sydney has to offer…


Monday 16th

Ocean Film Festival

Designed to mesmerise and enthral, the Ocean Film Festival Australia showcases more than two hours of sublime footage taken above and below the water’s surface. Documenting the beauty and power of the ocean, and celebrating the divers, surfers, swimmers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray; who chase the crests of waves; and who marvel at the mysteries of the big blue.

WHAT: Ocean Film Festival
WHERE: Randwick Ritz – 43-45 St Pauls Street, Randwick
WHEN: 7-10pm
COST: $30 + bf – from Eventbrite


Tuesday 17th

Ignite Sydney 13

If you had 5 minutes on stage what would you say? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds? Ignite Sydney returns for another evening where you’re guaranteed to be enlightened – quickly. Including discussions on: ‘why you (might not) have a mental illness’, ‘why too much sex is bad for you’ and ‘a pennyfarthing for your thoughts’.

WHAT: Ignite Sydney 13
WHERE: Oxford Art Factory – 38 Oxford St, Darlinghurst
WHEN: 6pm
COST: $15 + bf – from Eventbrite

Visit Before You Vote

The NSW State Election will be held on Saturday 28 March 2015. Before you vote, why not take the chance to visit the Parliament of NSW and learn a little bit more about how it all works behind the scenes? The Parliament is hosting a special session called ‘Visit before you vote’. The free tour and talk will take you through the Chambers and explain just how your vote can influence what happens in the Upper and Lower Houses.

WHAT: Visit Before You Vote
WHERE: Parliament NSW, 6 Macquarie Street Sydney
WHEN: 5-6 pm


Wednesday 18th

Rihanna Dance Class

Goodgod Dance Class Studio is back in full force and this time it’s dedicated to the Rihanna aka The Princess of Barbados performing Where Have You Been! Resident instructor Amrita teaches you the moves made famous by Bad Gal RiRi, so you can seriously impress next time you get pon de dancefloor!

WHAT: Rihanna Dance Class
WHERE: Goodgod Danceteria – 55 Liverpool St, Chinatown
WHEN: 6.30 & 8.30pm sessions
COST: $12


Thursday 19th

Puddle’s Pity Party

Puddles is a 7ft clown with a voice that soars; this is a special night out in the presence of a unique performer. Bring your tissues and get down with the clown.

WHAT: Puddle’s Pity Party
WHERE: Giant Dwarf – 199 Cleveland St, Redfern
WHEN: 7.30pm
COST: $35 + bf – from Eventbrite

Future Senior/Former Youth Theatre performance

Bringing together artists and performers from both ends of the age spectrum, the Rock Surfers and Bondi Community performance includes, multimedia, interviews and story-telling… and it’s supposed to be pretty hilarious

WHAT: Future Senior/Former Youth Theatre performance
WHERE: Bondi Pavillion Theatre
WHEN: 19 – 21 March
TICKETS: $35 via

Marie’s Crisis Pop-up Bar

Marie’s Crisis piano bar is an institution in NYC and as part of the Spectrum Now festival we’re lucky enough to be able to get the experience here in Sydney. The bar’s hosts are setting up at Parlour Lane Roasters in the city, and is expected to draw big crowds for group renditions of show tunes and broadway classics.


WHAT:  Marie’s Crisis Pop-up bar
Parlour Lane Roasters, George and Market St. Sydney
WHEN: 19-28 March, 6pm


Friday 20th

Word Travels – Multilingual Poetry Slam

Celebrate Harmony Week and World Poetry Day by taking part in a celebration of the diverse stories and voices that make up Sydney. Whether you’re a performer or an avid audience member, get along and listen poetry in all tongues.

WHAT: Word Travels – Multilingual Poetry Slam
WHERE: Customs House – Barnet Long Room, 31 Alfred St, Circular Quay
WHEN: 7-9 pm
COST: $10 from Word Travels


Sunday 22nd

Sydney Vegan Festival

Put your meat away and get down to Marrickville for a celebration of all things vego! The festival fetures talks on how to be a vegan, a vegan bodybuilder, vegan music and cooking demonstrations…

WHAT: Sydney Vegan Festival
WHERE: The Factory Theatre – Marrickville
WHEN: 11.30am – 6.00pm
COST: $44 from


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