Culture Guide January 23 – 29: Before the Rain, The Tomboy Survival Guide, and New Years Rot at MCA Artbar

January 23rd 2017
Tuesday 24th January

Before the Rain

Before the onset of a downpour there is a moment of heavy humidity that hangs low in the air.  Before the Rain addresses the tensions that precipitated the recent political and civil urgency in Hong Kong and the city’s pressing need to reimagine its future.


WHAT: Exhibition – Before the Rain
WHEN: Tuesday – Friday 11am-5pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am-4pm, until March 29
WHERE: 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, 181-187 Hay St. Sydney
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

The Inspection

The Inspection is an angry, feminist satirical-thriller that flips the bird at the fascists who try to put us in boxes … and then insist on charging us rent.


WHAT: Play – The Inspection
WHEN:8pm January 24-29
WHERE: Old 505 Theatre, 5 Eliza St. Newtown
HOW MUCH: $25-35, Tickets and info here

Huff (Sydney Festival)

As Huff opens, a boy named Wind is trying to end his life. It is, he thinks, his only escape from a vicious cycle of abuse, neglect, violence and solvent-sniffing. He won’t get out so easily.

WHAT: Theatre: Huff
WHEN: January 24-26 at 8pm, January 27 at 6pm, and January 28 at 4pm and 8pm
WHERE: Seymour Centre, Reginald Theatre, Cnr Cleveland St. and City Rd.
HOW MUCH: $36, Tickets and info here

Nyapanyapa Yunupingu

This stunning exhibition of bark paintings continues Yunupingu’s exploration of the mark and is a progression of her individual style.


WHAT: Exhibition Opening – Nyapanyapa Yunupingu
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, 8 Soudan Ln. Paddington
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Blak Mirror

Blak Mirror is an exhibition featuring emerging, early career, regional, local and interstate multidisciplinary artists reflecting their view of Australian society through a black lens.

WHAT: Exhibition – Black Mirror
WHEN: until Sunday 29th January
WHERE: 107 Projects
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Wednesday 25th January

Tomboy Survival Guide (Sydney Festival)

Ivan Coyote and an all-tomboy band blend story, music and memory in a fearless, wry-humoured and tender insight into gender issues, defying the norm and finding your identity.


WHAT:  Tomboy Survival Guide
WHEN: January 25, 26 & 28 at 5:30pm, and, January 27 & 29 at 7:30pm
WHERE: Meriton Festival Village, Hyde Park North, (entry near Archibald fountain)
HOW MUCH: $41-56, Tickets and info here

Institute (Sydney Festival)

Exploring themes of fracture and disconnection in a world where everyone relies on someone else for support, Institute is an astonishing performance combining witty choreography, artful imagery and ingenious stagecraft.


WHAT: Theatre – Institute
WHEN: 25–28 January AT 7.30pm
WHERE: Seymour Centre, Everest Theatre, Cnr Cleveland St. and City Rd.
HOW MUCH: $50-56, Tickets and info here

Friday 27th January

MCA Artbar

Navigating the space between attractive and repulsive, Chinese-Australian artist Louise Zhang kicks off the ARTBAR year in suitable style with a night entitled ‘New Years Rot’.


WHAT: MCA Artbar – New Years Rot
WHEN: 7pm-11pm
WHERE: Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George St. The Rocks
HOW MUCH: $19.90-$26.05, Tickets and info here

Saturday 28th January

Night Markets

Carriageworks in association with Sydney Festival and 2017 Sydney Chinese New Year Festival presents the Night Market, a one-night only vibrant celebration of Chinese New Year, curated by award-winning chef Kylie Kwong.


WHAT: Night Markets
WHEN: 5-10pm
WHERE: Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St. Eveleigh
HOW MUCH: $10, Tickets and info here

Sunday 29th January

Blak Attack Debate

Yellamundie National First Peoples Playwriting Festival presents the Blak Attack Debate! Bringing together some of the finest creative minds in First Peoples performing arts to debate hot topic issues in our industry, for a boxing match of the wits!

WHAT: Blak Attack Debate
WHEN: 2pm
WHERE: Bay 20, Carriageworks
HOW MUCH: $15, more info here

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