Culture Guide: December 12 – 18

December 12th 2022
Monday 12 - Flex Your Best

The Art of Editing with Safia Elhillo

This exclusive workshop with U.S. based award winning poet Safia Elhillo, you will learn how to flex your editing skills to make the most out of your writing. Brought to you by Bankstown Poetry Slam’s Brave New Word festival.

WHO: Bankstown Poetry Slam – Brave New Word Festival
WHERE: 2a Memorial Dr, Granville
WHEN: Monday 12 December, 4 – 6PM
HOW MUCH: Free – $30, register here

FUTURE NOSTALGIA: Charlotte Haywood

The future is not shiny. It is gritty and entangled.

‘FUTURE NOSTALGIA’ looks at emergent narratives of the future through our relationships to song, dance, craft, food, ecologies, ourselves and each other. Through Haywood’s process-driven ‘everyway’ weaving, she entwines research and immersion, craft thinking and making, film and sound, collaboration and collective tacit knowledge creation.

WHO: Firstdraft
WHERE: 13–17 Riley Street, Woolloomooloo
WHEN: 2 December – 22 January

Tuesday 13 - Battle For The Crown

First National Poetry Slam

Bankstown Poetry Slam is proud to present the first-ever National Youth Poetry Slam in Australia as part of its Brave New Word Poetry Festival. Featuring award-winning U.S.-based poet Nate Marshall, you do not want to miss the chance to cheer on 15 of Australia’s bravest young wordsmiths.

You will be mesmerised by the realest rhymes and mic-drop-worthy metaphors as the finalists battle it out for the inaugural NYPS crown. Join us for this evening of inimitable poetic storytelling with some of the most passionate poets hailing from all over Australia!

WHO: Bankstown Poetry Slam – Brave New Word Festival
WHERE: Riverside Theatre, Corner Market &, Church St, Parramatta
WHEN: Tuesday 13 December, 6:30-9 PM
HOW MUCH: $13.40 – $28.40, tickets here

Wednesday 14 - Tracing Stories


Covering the walls of Carriageworks’ public space, Stockwoman is the most ambitious and largest work to date by Arrernte and Kalkadoon artist Thea Anamara Perkins. Created onsite over three weeks, the Carriageworks’ Clothing Store resident artist will paint her great grandmother and Arrernte elder Hetty Perkins.

Stockwoman traces ancestral stories across Country from Alice Springs to Redfern to reframe our imagining of the Australian landscape.

WHO: Thea Anamara Perkins
WHERE: 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh 
WHEN: Wednesday 14 December – Sunday 12 February

Thursday 15 - Art Takes Courage

Catherine Flora Murray & Xu Jing: Closing Celebration

Closing celebration drinks for two final exhibitions at Suite 7a. Catherine Flora Murray ‘Records’ & Xu Jing ‘will be better’.

Exhibitions are open by appointment everyday from Saturday 10th December – Sunday 18th December. To view please book in via Instagram d/m or email

WHO: Catherine Flora Murray & Xu Jing
WHERE: Suite-7a, 66 Oxford St Darlinghurst
WHEN: Thursday 15 December, 5:30 – 7 PM

Radio Skid Row Art Auction

“To create one’s own world in any of the arts takes courage” – Georgia O’Keeffe

This month Radio Skid Row are holding an art auction at Cement Fondu in Paddington.

You are invited to buy some artwork, meet the artists, check out the scene and enjoy the night.

WHO: Radio Skid Row
WHERE: Cement Fondu, 36 Gosbell St, Paddington
WHEN: Thursday 15 December, 6-8 PM

Friday 16 - Majestic Voices

Slam Messiah

One iconic masterwork. 60 powerful voices. 3 magnetic soloists. An energised chamber orchestra. And 3 surprising performance poets.

Featuring talented local artists including internationally-acclaimed baritone Warwick Fyfe, soprano Sarah Cherlin, tenor Joshua Oxley and poets J. Marahuyo, Paris Rosemont and Alasdair David Carter, alongside Parramatta’s flagship symphonic choir River City Voices. Conducted by Sarah Penicka-Smith.

WHO: Riverside City Voice
WHERE: Riverside Theatre, Corner Market &, Church St, Parramatta
WHEN: Friday 16 December, 7:30-9 PM
HOW MUCH: $25 – $45

Saturday 17 - Something special

Northstar Xmas Markets

Bring your family & friends! Join the Northstar gang for a festive exchange of art with emerging local creatives at Northstar Xmas Markets!

WHO: Northstar Xmas Market
WHERE: Shop 4, Chambers Court, Epping
WHEN: Saturday 17 December, 4-8PM

Communitea Gathering

It’s ParTEA time ! 107 Green Square’s Communitea Gathering will be offering tea tastings, tea market and other family friendly activities for the community!

This is an event for all tea lovers to celebrate year-end in a tea-riffic way. So whether you’re looking for herbal blends, chai, or even bubble tea, there is something new waiting for you!

WHO: 107 Projects
WHERE: 107 Redfern St, Redfern
WHEN: Saturday 17 December, 11AM

Sunday 18 - Tactile Textiles


Penrith Regional Gallery is thrilled to present South Australian artist Bridget Currie’s landmark solo exhibition, Message from the meadow.

The exhibition alert to both the proximities and boundaries between bodies, objects and space: organic, abstract forms made intuitively by the artist serve as physical koans — things that exist to ask a question — displayed amongst an ecology of bespoke domestic furniture that privileges intimacy and tactility.

WHO: Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest
WHERE: 86 River Road, Emu Plains
WHEN: 3 December – 5 March 2023





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