Culture Guide :: Ideas, Performance and Participatory Works

May 25th 2015




Monday 25th

Designers Gone Wild

As part of Vivid Ideas, Object: Australian Design Centre celebrates the launch of it’s new space with a live battle of rapid conversations between eco-designer Michael Alvisse, architect Tim Horton, creative thinker Simone LeAmon, and digital producer Lisa Gray.

WHAT: Designers Gone Wild
WHEN: 7 – 9pm
WHERE: Object: Australian Design Centre – 101 – 115 William St, Darlinghurst
HOW MUCH: $20 via

Tuesday 26th



Human Rights through Film

Prepare to be moved as The Human Rights Arts & Film Festival (HRAFF) makes its way to Sydney. Each film has been programmed to engage and inform audiences of human rights issues. The Festival runs from this Tuesday  – Sunday.

WHAT: Human Rights Arts and Film Festival 
WHEN: 25 – 30 May
WHERE: Dendy Cinema Newtown
HOW MUCH: $14 – $17 Online

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Locked Out – Civil Liberties & The State of Play in Sydney’s Nightlife

A panel of experts and vested parties have been brought together to discuss the lock out laws which came into effect February last year. With a review coming up this year we think about the laws, their future and potential alternatives. Hosted by Tom Tilley with the panel including Samantha Torres (Director of Policy at the Office of Liquor Gaming & Racing), Tyson Koh (Keep Sydney Open), Douglas Grand (CEO of the Kings Cross Liqour Accord) and more TBA.

WHAT: Locked Out – Civil Liberties & The State of Play in Sydney’s Nightlife
WHEN: 6pm
WHERE: Freda’s – 107-109 Regent St, Chippendale
HOW MUCH: FREE rsvp via

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Streets Ahead

Streets Ahead is an event that brings together artists, brands and designers from the realms of street art and street wear. On Wednesday we’ll see a one-off exhibition setting the tone of the guests involved, featuring Mishka, 123KLAN and Anthony Lister. Following this, and as part of Vivid Ideas aMBUSH gallery will host talks and run sessions to understand street wear and street art.

WHAT: Streets Ahead Exhibtion
WHEN: 6pm

Wednesday 27th


Photo by Lucy Parakhina for PVI Collective


Street Works: Blackmarket

A participatory site-specific work that takes place on the streets of Kings Cross at night. Part roaming artwork, part real-life video game, blackmarket invites you into a dark underworld of unlicensed street selling and entrepreneurial trading.

WHAT: PVI Collective – Presented by Performance Space
WHEN: 6.30, 6.45, 7.00, 7.15
WHERE: Alaska Projects, Kings Cross
HOW MUCH: $15/$10 + BF via

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She Only Barks At Night

Set in and around Sydney University, this performance installation explores the dark misperceptions of the mind, and misconceptions of femininity from the past to the present.

WHAT: She Only Barks At Night
WHEN: 7:30pm
WHERE: Vet School Roundhouse – Macleay Museum and all in between
HOW MUCH: $25/$40 via

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20,000 Days on Earth – Riverside Screen

WHAT: Riverside Screen – 20,000 Days on Earth
WHEN: 6.30, 6.45, 7.00, 7.15
WHERE: Raffertys Theatre
HOW MUCH: $9 – $15

Thursday 28th

Sam Brumby, Yeaha - Nyinyikay Youth, 35mm film

Sam Brumby, Yeaha – Nyinyikay Youth, 35mm film


13 x 5 Photography Exhibition

The show features the works of 13 established and emerging local photographers with 5 works each on display. Artists include Sam Brumby, Anna Doyle, Steen Barnes, Leah Kennedy and more.

WHAT: 13 x 5 Photography Exhibition
WHEN: 6pm
WHERE: Matthew Gillett Gallery – 383 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Scarborough

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Hijinks: 15 Minutes of Fame

Stepping away from it’s under the sea setting, Hijinks is taking over Madame Tussauds for a 15 minutes of Fame party. The night will feature pop up bars, a Beyonce dance class, interactive games, performances and stand up comedy.

WHAT: Hijinks: 15 Minutes of Fame Party
WHEN: 6:30-9:30pm
WHERE: Madame Tussauds
HOW MUCH: $25 via

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Hand Games Zine Launch

The launch of the new Hand Games Zine which included interviews, collages, drawings and musical musings with Mac Demarco, Mikey Young, Roland Tings, Courtney Barnett, Ratking, Si Jay Gould, Bedroom Suck Records, Zen Harris and Guerre, Rainbow Chan, Oscar Key Sung, Jonathan McBurnie and discussions on The Knife, Dev Hynes, Scott And Charlene’s Wedding, Ella Stiles, Fascinator and Two Bright Lakes.

WHAT: Hand Game Zine Launch
WHEN: 6pm
WHERE: The Passage – 231a Victoria St, Darlinghurst

Friday 29th


Wok The Rock and Lara Thoms, Jakarta Whiplash ’93 Re-Revisited (development documentation) (2015). Courtesy the artists.


48HR Incident

A program of performance art and live actions running over 48 continuous hours, performed by artists from Australia, Asia and the Pacific. 48HR Incident is a call to action, a test of audiences’ will and commitment to meet the challenges that artists present them.

WHAT: 48HR Incident
WHEN: Friday – Sunday 6pm
WHERE: 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art – 181–187 Hay St, Sydney

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I’m not a racist… BUT

I’m not a racist..BUT is an interactive forum for people to have a real and open conversation about racism in Australia. The line up is as excellent as it is diverse. Artist and Academic Andy Geczy, journalist and legend Benjamin Law, future pop and modern soul collective The Answers, writer and actor Nakkiah Lui and music journalist Yumi Stynes. This is its second year round and already has a reputation for being controversial, funny and enlightening.

WHAT:I’m not a racist… But
WHEN: 6.30 pm
WHERE: Great Hall, Sydney University
HOW MUCH: $15 – $20 + BF

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Raw Sydney presents: SENSORY

RAW events are multi-faceted artistic showcases. With a huge line up emerging artists all local and hand-picked talent who have been chosen to feature at RAW. The event will feature a film screening, musical performance, fashion show, art gallery, performance art and a featured hairstylist and makeup artist.

WHAT:Raw Sydney presents: SENSORY
WHEN: 7.30 pm
WHERE: Manning Bar – Manning Rd, University of Sydney Campus, Camperdown
HOW MUCH: $16.50 + bf

Sunday 31st


Two Up talks Public Art v. Slow Media

Two Up is a talk series that combines two completely unrelated topics in a series of back to back lectures. Just like the game you play on ANZAC days its fun and a bit of a gamble as the floor gets open up at the end for question time. Megan Le Masurier will be discussing small scale indie magazines, zines and the wonders of the non-digital. Chris Fox will be discussing this issues of space in his Public Art. There will be knowledge, Cake Wines and cheese.

WHAT: Two Up Talk Series
WHEN: 6.00 pm
WHERE: 107 Projects, Redfern
HOW MUCH: $19 – $24

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Underground Art Markets then Party

Jam Gallery will be hosting the Underground Arts Markets where you can hunt for artistic treasures or be entertained my performances. The evening doors will progress into a party with a bar out back and DJ sets coming from two stages.

WHAT: Underground Art Markets Party
WHEN: All Day
WHERE: Jam Gallery, 195 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction

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Junkee: How to survive without a real job?

It’s the question we all need an answer to. With the increasing youth unemployment and casualisation of the Australia workforce Junkee is here to give some guidance. An incredible line-up of professionals (and not so professionals) apparently have the answers. If not, I am sure it will be a stimulating discussion, with our very own Andrew Levins (Two Thousands) along with Benjamin Law, Tim Fung (Airtaster), Sharni Chan, and Kate Hennessy.

WHAT: Junkee x Vivid Ideas = How to Survive Without a Real Job
WHEN: 2.00 pm
WHERE: Vivid Ideas Exchange @ MCA


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