Culture Guide 8 – 14 October: Garden Worlds, Antenna Film Festival, Radical Kindness & more!

October 7th 2018
Monday 8th October

Verge Art Festival

Verge Art Festival launches on Monday and runs all week until Friday. Featuring a night market, jazz night, comedy night and film screening, the program is packed with something for everyone!

WHAT: Festival
WHEN: Monday 8 – Friday 12 October
WHERE: The University of Sydney
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

Garden Worlds

Learn how to ‘sun-print’ at this special family workshop in the Chinese Garden of Friendship presented by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. Arrange your own garden scene using plants and create a take-home nature photograph using sun with artist and photographer Kai Wasikowski.

WHAT: Workshop
WHEN: Monday 8 October, 11am
WHERE: Chinese Garden of Friendship
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here


The Royal Botanic Garden has launched a new blood-thirsty exhibition just in time for Halloween. Plants with Bite, which has made its home in the garden’s Calyx building, features 25,000 creepy carnivorous plants. The living exhibition is made up of Venus flytraps — luckily these ones don’t thrive on human blood — lobster pots, flypapers, bladders and more fascinating, bug-munching plants. And, if you’re lucky, you might even see them in action. If you’re not, you can do so in augmented reality.

WHEN: Monday, October 1, 2018 – Thursday, February 28, 2019
WHERE: The Calyx : Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Mrs Macquaries Road
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Tuesday 9th October

Antenna Documentary Film Festival

Bringing together 48 films from over 23 countries, Antenna Documentary Film Festival is a unique opportunity to view a diverse range of cutting edge documentaries on the big screen. In addition to screenings, Antenna Festival will also be presenting talks, workshops, masterclasses and industry focused events led by some of the world’s most respected non-fiction film makers.

WHAT: Festival
WHEN: Tuesday 9 – Sunday 14 October
WHERE: Palace Cinemas, Dendy Newtown & The MCA
HOW MUCH: $17.50 – $20, more details here

Parramatta Lanes 2018

From a rooftop roller skating rink to immersive art installations and pop-up restaurants, Parramatta Lanes returns with its biggest line up to date. Hang out in Parramatta’s streets between Tuesday and Friday to discover an assortment of eats, beats and installations.

WHAT: Festival
WHEN: Tuesday 9 – Friday 12 October
WHERE: Parramatta Lanes, Church St, Parramatta
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

Wednesday 10th October

Thinking through making

Combining an exhibition and panel talk, Thinking Through Making welcomes designers such as Alia Parker, The 49 Studio, Sarah Spackman and Harriet Watts amongst others to explore new strategies in design and research.

WHAT: Exhibition opening and panel talk
WHEN: Wednesday 10 October 5 – 8pm
WHERE: AD Space, UNSW Art & Design
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

Stand OUT Comedy

Go get silly at Stand OUT Comedy, a night of outrageous stand up and improv comedy. Headlined by Sian Smyth, there will also be sets my Noodle Girls, Marcel Blanch-de Wilt and Marty B Rights.

WHAT: Comedy
WHEN: Wednesday 10 October, 7-10pm
WHERE: Stand Out Comedy, 336 Riley St, Surry Hills
HOW MUCH: $10 on the door, more details here

Thursday 11th October

Public Program with Lil Reynaud-Dewar

French artist Lil Reynaud-Dewar is in town to present a film screening and artist talk at Artspace. Reynaud-Dewar’s projects revolve around two interconnected cultural icons, grills or teeth jewellery, a status symbol in rap and hip hop scenes, and items that appear in Donna Haraway’s futurist essay A Cyborg Manifesto. How are these two things connected? Go find out!

WHAT: Film screening and talk
WHEN: Thursday 11 October, 5:30 – 6:30
WHERE: Artspace, 43-51 Cowper Wharf Rd, Woolloomooloo
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here


The artists taking part in Wayfinders exhibition have responded to wayfinders – past, present and future – who have navigated human impacts on their homelands. This exhibition offers a diverse range of perspectives and reflections on the impacts of climate change.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHEN: Thursday 11 October, 6:30-8:30pm
WHERE: Casula Powerhouse
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

Friday 12th October

Radical Kindness

Radical Kindness is an exhibition that exposes and celebrates the potential wonders found in the everyday. Bringing together kinetic sculpture, installation, video and ephemera that attempts to understand the systems and forces that shape our lives.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHEN: Friday 12 October, 6-8pm
WHERE: Alaska Projects
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

A Show For Love

What better cause is there for celebrating than love? Bring your hearts and your wallets to A Show For Love, a silent auction of local Sydney artist’s works to raise funds for the wedding of Mathilda Kubany-Deane and Sean Wadey.

WHAT: Silent Art Auction
WHEN: Friday 12 October, 6pm
WHERE: Campbell Project Space
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

Saturday 13th October

PACT Salon: artifice x interface

This one night mini festival invites audiences and artists to explore, discover and interrogate the artifice of performance. Featuring a stacked line up of Sydney’s most compelling emerging performance, visual and media artists this is a night where performance, party and critical dialog can collide.

WHAT: Mini Festival
WHEN: Saturday 13 October, 6-10pm
WHERE: PACT Centre for Emerging Artists
HOW MUCH: $15 online, $20 on the door, more details here

Mindful Making

Learn how to turn your junk into jewellery as this workshop guides you through conceptualising your ideas, preparing your materials, and making simple clasps and brooch backs. Led by jeweller Jenny Du, this workshop will provide all materials, but feel free to bring your own!

WHAT: Workshop
WHEN: Saturday 13 October, 2-4pm
WHERE: Gaffa Gallery, 281 Clarence St
HOW MUCH: $20, more details here

Sunday 14th October

Desire Lines 6.0

Take a unique guided walk through a to-be-disclosed location where you will discover artworks, stumble upon performances and bump into sound works. Featuring the likes of Alaska Orchestra, Koco Carey, Ivey Wawn and Enderie amongst others, this art experience will be unlike any other.

WHAT: Art walk
WHEN: Sunday 14 October, 3:30pm
WHERE: Location to be disclosed once you purchase your ticket
HOW MUCH: $15 – $20, more details here

We are all connected to Campbelltown (one way or another)

All good things must come to an end, it’s the last day of We are all connected to Campbelltown (one way or another) this Sunday! Featuring artists that have been intergral to Campbelltown Art Centre over its 30 years, this exhibition is filled with works that consider the history, place and people of Campbelltown.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: Sunday 14 October, 10am-4pm
WHERE: Campbelltown Art Centre
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

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