Culture Guide :: Festivals of Books, Films and Funniness!

May 12th 2015


As you pull out your winter coats and skip between raindrops it can be tough to discover something to do to beat the winter blues. Every week FBi curates a selection of the best events going on around town to get you out and keep you cultured.

Need Culture? Fbi’s Culture Guide has you sorted…


Monday 11th



Dubbed Film – Cult Cinema Night

Sit back and watch a classic film dubbed live by a bunch of comedians

WHAT: Dubbed Film – Cult Cinema Night part of Anywhere Festival
WHERE: Shh Centre 4 Hybrid Arts, 9 Albert St North Parramatta
WHEN: 7:30pm
HOW MUCH: $15 via


Tuesday 12th

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Lurking the Threshold, Nathan Babet, 2015


Lurking the Threshold by Nathan Babet

An interrogation of the past as an atemporal present within a fantastical, mythological and fictitious narrative framework. Informed by an engagement with the Gothic, it investigates a ‘European indigeneity’ underpinned by nature.

WHAT: Lurking the Threshold by Nathan Babet
WHERE: Kudos Gallery – 6 Napier St, Paddington
WHEN: 5pm

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Sydney Comedy Festival

It’s Comedy Festival time and there’s a stack of great shows on around town. Why not try… Jen Carnovale.  Having been living out of a suitcase for 3 years; 10 countries, 12 jobs, 6 illnesses, a bazillion travel calm tablets later she’s unpacked and ready to chat.

WHAT: Jen Carnovale – Give Us A Smile
WHERE: The Enmore Theatre – 118-132 Enmore Road, Newtown
WHEN: 8.15pm
HOW MUCH: $16 from

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Serendipity is not your usual comedy show. It is a live forum blending stand up, storytelling and improvisation. In each themed performance Ethan will be joined by a special guest to dissect particular topics. Tonight’s topic is Travel!

WHAT: Serendipity, part of Anywhere Festival
WHERE: The Phantom Zone – 22C Horwood Pl, Parramatta
WHEN: 7.30pm
HOW MUCH: $10 via

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WHAT: Top5Feet
WHERE: Paddington Reservoir
WHEN: After sunset



Wednesday 13th


Heroine Exhibition, 2015 (cropped)



The exhibition is the reponse of 10 artists who have chosen figures who have shaped their outlook, practice and have proved inspiration. We will see work by Stellar Leuna, Madeleine Pfull, Maddy Young and more.

WHERE: Goodspace Gallery – Lvl 1, 115 Regent St Chippendale
WHEN: 6pm

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The Fire Burns On – Opening & Artist Talk

The images in this exhibition are a document of the last 12 months of life at the tent embassy at The Block, set up by Aunty Jenny Munro and her supporters in May 2014. The Embassy was set up as an assertion of sovereignty and to champion low-cost housing for Aboriginal families. The exhibition is part of Head On Photo Festival, and opening night will also host an Artist Talk from a number of artists involved in the exhibition.

WHAT: The Fire Burns On
WHERE: The Rocks Discovery Museum
WHEN: 6pm

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Safety Switch

Part of the Old Fitz theatre’s Late Night program, Safety Switch is a theatre piece based on true events of its own playwright’s arrest.

WHAT: Safety Switch by Rowan Freeman
WHERE: The Old Fitz Theatre – 129 Dowling St, Woolloomooloo
WHEN: 9.30pm
HOW MUCH: $22 + bf – via

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The Bear Pack

The Bear Pack is Sydney’s Steen Raskopoulos and Glen Innes’ “Man About Town 2006” and Carlo Ritchie. Their show is 60 minutes of improvised story telling. Inspired by your suggestions, the Bear Pack and Ange will create the kind of stories your grand parents wish they could tell you.

WHAT: The Bear Pack
WHERE: Giant Dwarf – 199 Cleveland St, Redfern
WHEN: 7.30pm
HOW MUCH: $20 + bf – from Eventbrite

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German Film Festival

The Audi Festival of German Films, orchestrated by the Goethe-Institut Australia, is the German key event in Australia’s cultural calendar, and the largest German-language film festival outside of Germany. Now in its 14th year, the festival showcases a fine selection of contemporary, classic and internationally acclaimed German-language films with English subtitles.

WHAT: German Film Festival 
WHERE: Palace Norton Street, Leichhardt and Chauvel Cinema, Paddington
WHEN: 13th – 28th May
HOW MUCH: From $20 – ticket info…

Thursday 14th

Urban-Think Tank, Empower Shack, 2012

Urban-Think Tank, Empower Shack, 2012

Living Here Now: Shelter Union & We are in Wonder LAND: new experimental art from Central Australia

WHAT:Living Here Now: Shelter Union & We are in Wonder LAND: new experimental art from Central Australia
WHERE: UNSW Galleries, Cnr Oxford St & Green St Paddington
WHEN: 6pm

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The Bluffer’s Guide to Sydney Film Festival Docos

The Library and Sydney Film Festival have teamed up to present The Bluffer’s guide… essential insights to cinema that will leave you fully armed for your next dinner party and have you bluffing along with the best of cinephiles. SFF Programs Manager Jenny Neighbour has been programming documentaries for Sydney Film Festival for over 25 years. She travels the country and the world searching out the best in non-fiction film to bring back for Sydney audiences to enjoy. In this exclusive illustrated talk, Jenny reveals some of the highlights in the documentary selections for 2015

WHAT: The Bluffer’s Guide to Sydney Film Festival Docos
WHERE: Surry Hills Library – 405 Crown Street, Surry Hills
WHEN: 6.30pm
HOW MUCH: FREE – book at Eventbrite

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Miniature Art

Enter the tiny but talented world of miniature art. Members of The Australian Society of Miniature Art will introduce you to this art-form, discussing their displayed works in a wide array of media including: etching, acrylics, paper sculpture, water colours and printmaking.

WHAT: Miniature Art
WHERE: Glebe Library, 186 Glebe Point Road
WHEN: 6pm

Friday 15th


SUPPER by Underbelly Arts

WHAT: SUPPER by Underbelly Arts
WHERE: Redfern Town Hall  – Lawson St, Redfern
WHEN: 8pm
HOW MUCH: $30 via

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Movers and Makers

Movers and Makers is a day for practising artists to pick up tips on how to make their next big career move.

WHAT: Movers and Makers
WHERE: Parramatta Artists Studios – Level 1 & 2, 68 Macquarie St, Parramatta, New South Wales 2150
WHEN: 10am – 4pm
HOW MUCH: Tickets via eventbrite

 Saturday 16th


Series presents The Ladies

WHAT: The Ladies Exhibition
WHERE: District 01 Gallery, 7 Randle Lane Surry Hills
WHEN: 6pm


Sunday 17th

Sydney Writers Festival in the Blue Mountains

The Sydney Writers Festival kicks off next week and their are advance events happening in Katoomba!

Join acclaimed local poet Deb Westbury in conversation with Whispering Trees sound artists Damian Castaldi and Solange Kershaw, poets Mark O’Flynn, Vanessa Kirkpatrick, Craig Billingham, and Emma Brazil, and writer Amanda Kaye. They discuss their creative process, and how poetry and story experienced as sound in place, rather than words on a page, impacts on writers and audiences.

WHAT: Poetry Circle & Poetry in Place
WHERE: Varuna, The National Writers House, 141 Cascade Street, Katoomba
WHEN: 2pm – 4.30pm
HOW MUCH: FREE & Ticketed Events


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