Culture Guide: 8-14 April

April 7th 2019
Monday 8 April

Con Library: Redesigning Opera in New Cultural Contexts

This exciting exhibition at the Conservatorium Library is based on PhD candidate, Jing Cai’s research: Redesigning Opera in New Cultural Contexts, showcasing an operatic snapshot of China today through a case study – National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) in Beijing.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: Monday 8 Apr, 9am
WHERE: Sydney Conservatorium of Music Library
HOW MUCH: Free, more details here

Verve: Sydney

Three homegrown choreographers. Three very different works. Verve takes you on a voyage through contemporary Australian dance with what Australian Stage calls “a blast of energy and talent”.

WHAT: Dance
WHEN: Monday 8 Apr, 6:30-8:30pm
WHERE: Sydney Opera House
HOW MUCH: $35-$275, get tickets here

Tuesday 9 April

J.W. Power and Otto Freundlich: A Forgotten Friendship

Focusing on Power’s links to Freundlich, this lecture is the outcome of recent archival research in France and The Netherlands and paints a vivid picture of the artist and his place in the Parisian art world of the 1930s

WHAT: Lecture
WHEN: Tuesday 9 Apr, 6-8pm
WHERE: Yuill Crowley Gallery
HOW MUCH: Free, more details here


Interdisciplinary and intercultural, Exhale is about indigeneity, accountability and trauma. It explores the relationships and boundaries forged between Indigenous cultures on foreign lands; negotiations between environmental and urban lifestyles; and the ability to heal through storytelling.

WHAT: Play
WHEN: Tuesday 9 Apr, 7-8pm
WHERE: Griffin Theatre Company
HOW MUCH: $35, get tickets here

Wednesday 10 April

Sydney Ideas: The Road to Indigenous Repatriation

For more than 60 years the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC had stolen ancestral remains in its collection. It was only recently that the bones were repatriated. This story kicks off our conversation which focuses on the roles of film, history and culture in advancing the repatriation debate.

WHAT: Panel Discussion
WHEN: Wednesday 10 Apr, 6-7:30pm
WHERE: Sydney Ideas, The University of Sydney
HOW MUCH: Free, RSVP here

FASS Art Jam: Traditional Ink Painting Workshop

Join your fellow students on Wednesday 10 April for our first FASS Art Jam Workshop, where we’ll be learning how to make traditional Chinese-style ink paintings over food and conversation.

WHAT: Art Workshop
WHEN: Wednesday 10 Apr, 4-6pm
WHERE: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Student Affairs
HOW MUCH: Free, RSVP here

Thursday 11 April

By All Estimates

Taking Singapore as a locus of multiple regional identities, By All Estimates brings together works that give form to narratives obscured by the city-state’s historical and ongoing transformations. Australian and international artists showcase investigations that are framed by competing projections of cultural inheritance and recognition.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHEN: Thursday 11 Apr, 6-8pm
WHERE: 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
HOW MUCH: Free, RSVP here

April-May at Verge

oin Verge Gallery for the opening of two new exhibitions: ‘Resurfaced Geographies’ by Ellen Dahl, Yvette Hamilton and Isabela Pluta, and ‘a world that breathes out’ by Akil Ahamat.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHEN: Thursday 11 Apr, 6-8pm
WHERE: Verge Gallery
HOW MUCH: Free, more details here

Friday 12 April

Coexistences: Portraits of Today’s Japan


Six separate stories portray the lesser-known communities of today’s Japan. The people of every community portrayed, however distant from one another, all share a strong sense of group identity—an identity that is actively expressed in daily life.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHEN: Friday 12 Apr, 6:30-8pm
WHERE: Japan Foundation
HOW MUCH: Free, more details here


An outlandish night of live music, interactive art and retro video games.

WHAT: Games night
WHEN: Friday 12 Apr, 7:30-9:30pm
WHERE: Green Square Library
HOW MUCH: Free, RSVP here

Saturday 13 April

Please Explain: The Rise of New Asia is Not the End of the World

4A’s series Please Explain invites presenters to rethink, recharge and reimagine contemporary issues through the arts, academia, journalism and related fields. Responding to By All Estimates presented at 4A, an exhibition that brings together works by artists that give form to narratives often obscured by the Singapore’s rapid urban and social development

WHAT: Panel Discussion
WHEN: Saturday 13 Apr, 2-3:30pm
WHERE: 4A Centra for Contemporary Asian Art
HOW MUCH: Free, RSVP here

Ash is Purest White

“For people like us, it’s kill or be killed.” Fierce, gripping and emotional. Jia Zhang-Ke’s latest masterpiece is a soulful tale of romance and betrayal in the jianghu underworld—where people neither fear hate nor love.

WHAT: Film Screening
WHEN: Saturday 13 Apr, 2:30-5pm
WHERE: Event Cinemas George Street
HOW MUCH: $19-$24, get tickets here

Sunday 14 April

Desire Lines Cake Parade

Desire Lines cake competition returns in parade form !

~ Competitors must bake one (1) cake.
~ Competitor must dress up as the cake.
~ Competitors gotta walk with your cake to the judging spot

WHAT: Competition
WHEN: Sunday 14 Apr, 3-6pm
WHERE: 31 White Street, Lilyfield
HOW MUCH: Free, more details here

A Little Piece of Ash

JackRabbit Theatre will present the world premiere of Megan Wilding’s A Little Piece of Ash, a story about grief, loss, and the survival of the modern Aboriginal woman.

WHAT: Play
WHEN: Sunday 14 Apr, 7:30-9pm
HOW MUCH: $35-$40, get tickets here

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