Culture Guide February 19 – 25: Pornoagogo, Club 4A, Koori Gras & more

February 20th 2018
Monday 19th Feb

Refluxxx: Pornoagogo by Joe Pol

“An oasis of glamour in a world of mediocrity…”

A screening of outrageous drag phenomenon Vegas in Space, with special performances from Miss 3D, the Sopranhos and more!!

WHAT: Film screening + art performances

WHEN: 7:30 – 10:30 pm

WHERE: The Red Rattler Theatre, 6 Faversham St, Marrickville

HOW MUCH: $5, details here.

The Lunar Lanterns are a creative, contemporary interpretation of a centuries-old tradition. Exclusively designed by Australian artists, with Festival Curator Claudia Chan Shaw, the Lunar Lanterns tower up to 13 metres tall.

WHAT: Installation
WHERE: Circular Quay
WHEN: 16th Feb- 25th Feb
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Free Film Screening - Chindia: Short Films from the Diaspora

In celebration of Chinese New Year, Carnival of the Bold and the UTS Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion presents Chindia: Short Films from the Diaspora, a free screening of short films exploring issues of cultural and national identity, politics, displacement and histories in the Chinese and Indian diaspora hosted by UTS Library as part of wider Sydney Chinese New Year Festival events.

WHAT: Film Screening
WHERE: Level 2 – Events Space, UTS Library, Bookings
WHEN: 6pm-8pm
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Black Nulla Cabaret

Embracing new talents and international perspectives on First Peoples queer performance and communities, the Koori Gras program consists of Black Nulla Workshops, Black Point, Speakers Platform and Black Nulla Cabaret.

WHAT: Black Nulla Cabaret
WHEN: 19th-24th February
WHERE: Carriagworks
HOW MUCH: $15-$25, more info here


Tuesday 20th Feb

February/March at Kudos Gallery

Here’s another opening to commemorate a new month of fantastic work being shown at Kudos. Exhibiting in Space One: Mika Benesh and Naomi Segal. Together, they’ve explored the intricacies of cultural recovery. Both artists being of Jewish background, they’ve collaborated to flesh out what remembrance can look like translated in to artwork; as well as how fleeting it can be to treat personal and intergenerational histories.

Space Two will host performance art collective Show Us Your Teeth, featuring a special collaboration with jewellery makers Doodad and Fandango. Together they’ve delivered more colourful, vibrant explorations of how fluid one’s identity can be as it adapts to different social climates and conversations. 

WHAT: Art exhibition

WHEN: 5 – 8pm

WHERE: 6 Napier St, Paddington

HOW MUCH: Free, more information here.

All Girl Electronic Taster Workshop

Learn how to record sound, make beats and produce your own tracks. All Girl Electronic is a workshop extended to women and non binary people aged 15-25. Using leading programs like Ableton live, this is a free opportunity to gain some hands-on experience in music production.

WHAT: Music production workshop

WHEN: 6 – 9pm

WHERE: UNE Sydney, 211 Church St, Parramatta.

HOW MUCH: Free, register your interest here.

FBi Radio Art Auction

The FBi Radio Art Auction arrives with 60 artists having contributed to the affair. Twenty artworks will go under the hammer in a live auction from 7pm, with the rest being sold via silent auction over the course of the event. 

WHAT: Art auction

WHEN: 6 – 9pm

WHERE: National Art School, Cnr of Forbes and Burton St, Darlinghurst

HOW MUCH: Free, RSVP here.

February at AD Space

Consolidating obscured truths, Marcia Swaby uses object design to bridge the gaps left in told histories. Crafting jewellery to resemble the three Taino idols of Jamaica, Marcia locates the rich cultural and spiritual layers to Jamaican history that are often blanketed by slavery and indentured labour. 

WHAT: Art exhibition

WHEN: 5 – 7pm

WHERE: UNSW Art and Design, Greens Rd, Paddington

HOW MUCH: Free, more information here.

Wednesday 21st Feb

Art + Film – Namatjira Project

Follow the iconic story of the Namatjira family and their journey to regain the copyright to their grandfather’s artwork. Albert Namatjira was the first Indigenous person to be made a citizen by the Australian Government and founder of the Indigenous art movement in Australia. The screening will be followed by a discussion between the film’s producer Sophia Marinos and Keith Munro, curator of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art. 

WHAT: Film Screening

WHEN: 6 – 8pm

WHERE: Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George St, The Rocks.

HOW MUCH: SOLD OUT 🙁 more information here.

Score Club | Club Score

Text based scores will prompt and provide a basis for responsive sound and music making to a group of artists, musicians and composers at Score Club.

WHAT: Art exhibition

WHEN: 7 – 9pm

WHERE: Frontyard, 228 Illawara Road, Marrickville

HOW MUCH: Entry by donation, more information here.

Thursday 22nd Feb

What’s love got to do with it?

This is the second in a three part lecture series facilitated by All Conference, a stratum of arts-led organisation, supporting the practices of Australian artists. These lectures are set to talk around the subject of work and labour. The idea that enjoying what you do is payment enough for your time and effort; those countless hours that go in to your financial earnings.

WHAT: Lecture – part of a new series

WHEN: 6:30 – 8pm

WHERE: Firstdraft Gallery, 13-17 Riley St, Woolloomooloo

HOW MUCH: Free! More information here.

Tactical Space Lab X Alex Seton

In collaboration with artist Alex Seton, Tactical Space Lab invite you to override your most fundamental physical instincts in this immersive VR experience.

WHAT: Tactical art exhibition

WHEN: 6 – 8pm

WHERE: 4 Lackey St, St Peters.

HOW MUCH: Free, RSVP here.

Friday 23rd Feb

Club 4A // Sydney

Rainbow Chan, Amrita Hepi and DEDKEBAB (Japan) headline Club 4A, taking performance art back to its nightlife roots. Leaving the sterile confines of the gallery, Club 4A’s exciting new project submerges in to the club space for one night only!

WHAT: Performance art/Club night

WHEN: 7pm – 3am

WHERE: Dynasty Karaoke, 63 Dixon St, Sydney

HOW MUCH: $22.3o, get your tickets here.

Luscious All Sorts: Love Won

The Boomalli Aboriginal Art Gallery excitedly announces Luscious All Sorts: Love Won, to be an exhibition celebrating the talents of LGBTQI+ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. In light of the Mardi Gras Festival’s 40th anniversary, and the recent changes we’ve seen in the scope of marriage equality, this exhibition is held to celebrate whilst keeping in mind that our efforts to action change can’t end there. Curated by Kyra Kim-Sung, the themes of love and the affirmation of community are fundamental to this selection of artworks.

WHAT: Art exhibition

WHEN: 6 – 9pm

WHERE: Boomalli Aboriginal Art Gallery, 55-59 Flood St, Leichhardt

HOW MUCH: Free, Register your interest here.

Saturday 24th Feb

Something Else is Alive - tour for the vision impaired

How often do we truly evaluate our relationship to the animal world? We relate in bizarre ways: selectively domesticating them, or exchanging with them exclusively via our waste. Something Else is Alive is bringing this thought to the surface, considering the peculiarity to this phenomenon with four artists exhibiting works alongside archived objects from the City of Sydney’s collection.

WHAT: Art exhibition/tour

WHEN: 11am – 12pm

WHERE: City of Sydney – Customs House Library, 21 Alfred St, Sydney

HOW MUCH: Free event, more information here.

PACT Salon: Desire Lines

This addition to PACT’s 2018 program considers the experimental nature of performance itself. The language of performance changes all the time, depending on the situation in which it’s being performed.

WHAT: Art exhibition

WHEN: 6- 10pm

WHERE: PACT Theatre Company, 107 Railway Parade, Erskineville

HOW MUCH: $15, book here.

Sunday 25th Feb

Witches and Faggots, Dykes and Poofters

A screening of one of the most influential documentaries in the history of queer filmmaking. Recording the events of the first Mardi Gras of 1978 it depicts the political action that eventuated, the brutal response and interventions by the police and those who were directly affected by the course of events.

WHAT: Film screening

WHEN: 3:30 – 5pm

WHERE: Event Cinemas, 505-525 George St, Sydney

HOW MUCH: $17-$19, more information here.

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