Culture Guide January 9 – 15: Explore The Scent of Sydney, Imagined Touch, and Powerbomb Comedy

January 9th 2017
Monday 9th January

Measure for measure (Sydney Festival)

A powerful collaboration between acclaimed international theatre company Cheek By Jowl and Moscow’s Pushkin Theatre.


WHAT: Theatre – Measure for Measure
WHEN: 7–10 January at 8pm, and 11 January at 2pm & 8pm
WHERE: Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hickson Rd. Walsh Bay
HOW MUCH: $72-110, Tickets and info here

Imagined Touch (Sydney Festival)

The Deafblind Live Art Experience.  Touch is the main way that Deafblind people navigate, communicate and connect with others.  Wearing goggles and headphones that alter and restrict light and sound, and through intensified touch and tactile communication, experience the artists’ stories in a profoundly different sensory environment and literally meet Heather and Michelle through an imagined touch of the senses.

WHAT: Imagined Touch
WHEN: Preview January 9 at 8pm, 10-13 January at 6pm & 8pm, and 14 January at 8pm
WHERE: Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St. Eveleigh
HOW MUCH: $45-56, Tickets and info here

Tuesday 10th January

Scent of Sydney (Sydney Festival)

Our sense of smell is powerful. Catch a whiff of jasmine over ocean air and sunscreen and suddenly you are transported to a place like Sydney. As a first impression, smell is one of the most basic forms of identification.  Can you really know a city by the way it smells?


WHAT: Exhibition – Scent of Sydney
WHEN: 7-29 January 10am-6pm (closed Mondays), Talks 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 January 6-7pm
WHERE: Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St. Eveleigh
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

January at Kudos

The opening night of two new exhibitions for January 2017 at Kudos Gallery. Featuring work by Bec Litvan, Amy Claire Mills and Bailee Lobb.


WHAT: Exhibition Opening – Beauty and the Breast, and, Collusive Miscellany
WHEN: 5-7pm
WHERE: Kudos Gallery, 6 Napier St. Paddington
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

The Season (Sydney Festival)

Aboriginal playwright Nathan Maynard presents a hilarious portrait of the Duncans, a family bursting with love and always up for a laugh. They’re back on Big Dog Island, a speck of land in Bass Strait, for the annual mutton-bird harvest. Hatchets are buried, secrets told, pranks pulled and birds plucked.


WHAT: Theatre – The Season
WHEN: Preview 10 January 7:30pm, 11-13 & 15 January at 7:30pm, 14 January at 2pm and 7:30pm
WHERE: Sydney Opera House, Drama Theatre, Bennalong Point, Sydney
HOW MUCH: $45-60, Tickets and info here

Kati Thanda - Lake Eyre by The Light Collective

This photographic exhibition presents a sensual and striking visual narrative of interpretive aerial imagery from one of the most alluring regions of the Australian interior – Lake Eyre, now known as Kati Thanda – Lake Eyre.


WHAT: Photographic exhibition
WHEN: 10-6pm, January 10 – 29
WHERE: Black Eye Gallery – 3/138 Darlinghurst, Darlinghurst
HOW MUCH: Free – Tickets and info here

Wednesday 11th January

January at Firstdraft

The opening night of three new exhibitions for January 2017 at Firstdraft Gallery. Featuring Walan Yinaagirbang | Strong Women, curated by Emily McDaniel, Racks 2: A Solid Workout by Ben Leslie, and Artificial Islands (Interior Archipelago) by Eugenia Lim.


WHAT: January Exhibition Openings
WHEN: 6-9pm
WHERE: Firstdraft, 13-17 Riley St. Woolloomooloo
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Home Country (Sydney Festival)

Urban Theatre Projects (UTP) gives audiences unforgettable experiences in unusual locations. For their latest venture, they invite us into three tales unfolding in a multi-level car park in Blacktown – exploring different ideas of what it means to be ‘home’.


WHAT: Performance – Home Country
WHEN: 11-22 January at 6:30pm
WHERE: Colo Lane Car Park, Colo Lane, Blacktown
HOW MUCH: $49-59, Tickets and info here

The internet is where innocence goes to die and you can come too

An existential comic happening exploring surfing the internet as a performative act.  zin are here to break the internet, and are inviting you to help.


WHAT: The internet is where innocence goes to die and you can come too
WHEN: 7pm 11-14 January
WHERE: PACT centre for emerging artists, 107 Railway Parade, Newtown
HOW MUCH: $20-25, Tickets and info here


Grace Partridge and antinonfuture (Emma Size) are two nice girls making art together. From the 11th to the 17th they invite you to consider the act of sitting, as Sit! occupies STACKS Gallery.  Sit! Is an exercise in restraint and minimalism – in form, in content, and in the relationship between the two.


WHAT: Sit!
WHEN: 10am-6pm, 11-14 January
WHERE: STACKS Gallery, 191 Victoria St. Potts Point
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Culture up late

Sydney’s major arts and cultural institutions will be opening their doors together every Wednesday night until the end of February, for the first time ever.


WHAT: Culture Up Late
WHEN: 5-9pm every Wednesday until the 22nd of February
WHERE: The Art Gallery of NSW, Australian Museum, Carriageworks, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences (MAAS), Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), State Library of NSW, and Sydney Opera House
HOW MUCH: Varies, more info here

Thursday 12th January


Our life is made up of tiny moments, all passing, some connecting, all entwining and all unfolding into a journey that shapes us. UNFOLDING is an exhibition exploring the ways in which we navigate and balance these moments through paper art and music.


WHAT: Exhibition Opening – Unfolding
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Wedge Gallery, 500 George St. Sydney
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Friday 13th January

Powerbomb Comedy

The opening night of Powerbomb Comedy at Staves Brewery! They have locked in the amazing Rhys Nicholson to headline our first ever show and holy dooley are you in for a treat?! (You are).


WHAT: Opening Night Powerbomb Comedy with Rhys Nicholson
WHEN: 7:30-10:30pm
WHERE: Staves Brewery, 4-8 Grose St. Glebe
HOW MUCH: $10, Info here

Painting with light

An underground experience showing off the power of lighting. Along side a stellar team, Jam Gallery will transform this underground space into a visual and audio feast alongside Sydney’s best DJs and Live performers


WHAT: Painting With Light, A Sensory Overload
WHEN: 9pm-3am
WHERE: Jam Gallery, 195 Oxford St. Bondi
HOW MUCH: $15-25 Tickets and info here

Saturday 14th January

Kaleidoscope Workshops (Sydney Festival)

Kaleidoscope turns the ordinary into the extraordinary. In this complementary workshop program led by artists from the show, participants will enjoy structured and creative play opportunities to discover their imaginative potential.


WHAT: Kaleidoscope Workshops
WHEN:14 January at 10.30am & 17 January at 12pm
WHERE: Riverside Theatres, Lennox Theatre, Cnr Church and Market St. Parramatta
HOW MUCH: $41, Tickets and info here

Another day in Paradise Forum

To accompany Another Day in Paradise, the first major exhibition by artist Myuran Sukumaran, alongside a series of newly commissioned artworks by leading Australian artists, Campbelltown Arts Centre will present a series of forums exploring the life of Myuran Sukumaran, the death penalty and restorative justice systems globally.


WHAT: Myu – Another Day in Paradise Forum Series
WHEN: 1-4pm
WHERE: Campbelltown Arts Centre, 1 Art Gallery Rd. Campbelltown
HOW MUCH: Free, RSVP Essential.  RSVP here

Rad Queer Festival

Two day festival for queer folk and their friends that rejects marriage equality as our only struggle and demands a more inclusive analysis of queer resistance.


WHAT: Rad Queer Festival
WHEN: January 14 and 15 at 10am
WHERE: Romantica Social Centre, Petersham
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Talking Culture (Sydney Festival)

Talking Culture is a forum inspired by Sydney Festival’s Bayala: Let’s Speak Sydney Language project which celebrates the Indigenous heritage of Sydney and the growing movement to awaken local language. Speakers will explore the cultural action by communities to share Indigenous Knowledges on an everyday basis.


WHAT: Forum – Talking Culture
WHEN: 3pm
WHERE: University of Technology Sydney, The Great Hall, Tower Building 15 Broadway, Ultimo
HOW MUCH: Free, register online here

Sunday 15th January

Talking Dance: Beyond the Choreographer

Often the person who gets to talk about dance is the show’s lead choreographer. Hear from artists Amrita Hepi, Jala Adolphus and more on the other creative roles that go into the making of these artworks!


WHAT: Talking Dance: Beyond the Choreographer
WHEN: 5.15pm
WHERE: Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street Eveleigh
HOW MUCH: Free, register here.


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