Culture Guide June 18 – 24: Refugee Week, The Song Keepers, 10 Faces of Campbelltown & More

June 17th 2018
Monday 18th

Indigenous Cultural Sharing Workshop

Run in conjunction with the Gamarada Boys, the workshop features Indigenous dance, didge, storytelling and cultural knowledge. Kids can paint a boomerang and everyone is invited to contribute their hand prints to a communal canvas artwork that will be donated to Ashfield Civic Centre.

WHAT: Workshop
WHEN: 3-4:30pm
WHERE: Ashfield Town Hall
260 Liverpool Rd, Ashfield
HOW MUCH: $2.00 entry fee. More details here

Poetry Book Launch 

Hosted by Hunter Asylum Seeker Advocacy and supported by Newcastle Amnesty, start your week with the Poetry Book Launch of “The Strong Sunflower” by Mohammad Ali Maleki – a former refugee, who writes of his and others experiences in detention.

WHAT: Book Launch
WHERE: Royal Exchange Salon Theatre, 34 Bolton Street, Newcastle.
HOW MUCH: Free but registrations essential. More details here.

Tuesday 19th

Open Ceramics Studio

At Casula Powerhouse, Open Studio sessions at the Ceramics Studio are designed to help you realize your creative side in a group setting where classes are informal, project based and suited to both beginners and more advanced students.

WHAT: Ceramic Classes
WHERE: Casula Powerhouse – 1 Powerhouse Road, Casula.
HOW MUCH: $20 per session – More details here.

World Press Photo Exhibition 2018

If you find yourself at a loose end today, stop by the beautiful State Library of New South Wales to see the World Press Photo exhibition before it closes next week. Now an annual fixture on the Australian cultural calendar, this acclaimed exhibition features the world’s best photojournalism from 2017 as selected by the jury of the prestigious World Press Photo Contest – featuring 150 winning images, selected from among 73,044 photos taken by 4,548 photographers representing 125 countries.
WHAT: Photographic Exhibition
WHERE: The State Library of New South Wales – Macquarie Street, Sydney.
HOW MUCH: Free! More details here.
Wednesday 20th


RELIC is a body of work constructed from objects saved from destruction and given new lives and significance.  Deborah Burdett and Annelies Jahn work with objects and materials that come from the environment that surrounds them and this show brings together the rural and urban discarded to create a new place and dialogue of materiality and relationship.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHERE: STACKS Projects – 191 Victoria Street, Potts Point.
HOW MUCH: Free – More details here.

The need to belong

The event title astutely reads: “The need to belong is a universal emotion that crosses all cultures and borders.” In celebration of Refugee Week, come to this special panel and hear speakers like the CEO of Asylum Seekers Centre as well as the Lord Mayor Clover Moore.

WHAT: Panel event
WHEN: 6:30PM – 8PM
WHERE: Lower Town Hall – Sydney Town Hall
483 George Street, Sydney
HOW MUCH: $10 – Book tickets here.
Thursday 21st

Refugee film festival - watan

Refugee Film Festival Sydney opens tonight with the World Premiere screening of Watan – a film that features a series of interwoven portraits of Syrians eking out lives in the major refugee camps and cities of Jordan. Their struggle shows the human face of the refugee crisis, revealing a very real struggle for normalcy and dignity in a situation that is anything but.

WHAT: Film Screening
WHEN: 6:30PM – 8PM
WHERE: Dendy Cinema Opera Quays
9 2 East Circular Quay
HOW MUCH: $18-$22 –  See more and book tickets here.

Sydney TAFE - Eora College EXHIBITION

This exhibition is one not to miss if you’re interested in upcoming and emerging artists! Check out the work from Semester 1 of Cert III and Cert IV Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts Students at Eora College, Sydney Tafe.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHERE: Sydney TAFE – Eora College – 333 Abercrombie Street, Chippendale
HOW MUCH: Free – See more here.

Launch of Diverse Screens Parramatta

Hosted by Diversity Arts Australia – join Rashmi Ravindran, Gary Paramanathan and Vonne Patiag as they launch their short films exploring themes of cultural diversity in the creative sector. Through documentary, these Parramatta filmmakers tackle themes of inclusion, exclusion and cultural diversity in the arts and on the screens. This event will be Auslan interpreted.

WHAT: Short Film Screening / Panel
WHERE: I.C.E – 8 Victoria Road, Parramatta.
HOW MUCH: Free – but bookings essential! More here.

Wyrd: The Season of The Witch

Ninefold’s new supernatural thriller ‘Wyrd: The Season of The Witch’ subverts Shakespeare’s unnamable play.  This June, at @PACT, witness a story of malevolent ambition and uncanny horror performed with Ninefold’s hallmark power and precision

WHAT: Performance

WHEN: 7pm and until 30 June 

WHERE: PACT, 107 Railway Pde Erskineville

HOW MUCH: $33 full $25 concession. More info here.


Friday 22nd

The Song Keepers in Concert: The Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir

This is going to be a very special concert not to miss! Be moved by the sacred choral tradition and unique music of The Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir in the Sydney premiere of The Song Keepers in Concert.

WHAT: Choir Performance
WHEN: 8:30-10:30PM
WHERE: Sydney Opera House Concert Hall
HOW MUCH: $49 – $99 – More here.


WORKSHOPPED18: New Australian Furniture, Lighting and Object Design. Come down to the Australian Design Centre to see a showcase of the very best in new Australian design by emerging and established designers. A selection of 47 pieces, follow the work through concept, meaning, materiality, manufacture and resolution.

WHAT: Exhibition / Design opening night.
WHEN: 8 – 9:30PM
WHERE: Australian Design Centre
101-115 William St, Darlinghurst Sydney

HOW MUCH: Free – More here.

Refugee Week Film Screenings

Casula Powerhouse is celebrating Refugee week with screenings of the documentaries Constance On The Edge and Freedom Stories, that give insight into refugees experiences in Australia.


WHAT: Film screening

WHEN: 9:30-3pm

WHERE: Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, 1 Powerhouse Road Casula, NSW 2170 Australia

HOW MUCH: Free. More info here.

Saturday 23rd

10 Faces of Campbelltown

Drop in to Campbelltown to see the launch of its new public art project, 10 Faces of Campbelltown – celebrating 10 local residents who have contributed significantly to the city and community. Rock up at 2pm to see the result of a number of workshops held with local participants and community youth groups including AIME, Macarthur Diversity Services, Family and Community Services, Youth Off The Streets, Juvenile Justice and Little Orange Studios.

WHAT: Public Art Project opening
WHEN: 2 – 4PM
WHERE: Lithgow Street Stage, (near Queen Street, Campbelltown).
HOW MUCH: Free – More here.

Free Museum Weekend

This is one not to miss… For one weekend only, visit the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Observatory, Museums Discovery Centre and Australian Museum and enjoy FREE general admission. Our recommendations? The Powerhouse Museum’s new exhibition ‘Common Good’, which focuses on contemporary design from the Asia-Pacific region and ‘GADI’ at the Australian Museum.  This unique exhibition explores the rich and intricate history of the Gadigal people, their culture and language, as well as their knowledge of botany, stonework and watercraft.

WHAT: Free Museum Day!
WHEN: 10AM – 5PM.
WHERE: Locations vary
HOW MUCH: Free – More details on locations here.

Around the Outside: Studio A Co Lab

In celebration of Firstdraft’s current exhibition Paired curated by Harriet Body, Studio A presents Co Lab. Prepare to be uploaded as Thom Roberts digitally remasters your face into an emoji, fall under the spell of hopeless romantic Meagan Pelham as she guides guests in an ‘Owl Love’ drawing workshop and discover your comic alter ego as Greg Sindel draws out your inner super hero. From 2pm special guests, Hack Sounds, a community-based and collaborative electronic music outfit for people of all abilities, will be offering up some sweet beats for your listening pleasure.

WHAT: Gallery Event
WHEN: 12 – 4PM
WHERE: Firstdraft Gallery – 13-17 Riley Street, Woolloomooloo.
HOW MUCH: Free – More details here.

Sunday 24th

The Spirit of Welcome

Enjoy a full-day public program of activities led by newly arrived artists featuring an art exhibition, an arts talk by exhibiting artists, live performances, creative workshops and delicious food. Our must-sees include artworks that have been created during a series of creative workshops for newly arrived communities in the lead up to this special festival, and the Refugee Art Zine Project Stand.

WHAT: Festival
WHEN: 11 – 5PM
WHERE: Refugee Welcome Centre, Callan Park (Lilyfield, Sydney)
HOW MUCH: Free – More details here.

Fashion Photography Workshop

For those creatively inclined (or those who want to offload their kids for a morning!) drop in to visit award-winning photographer Gary Grealy as he provides an insider look at fashion photography’s evolution from the 1960s onwards. Working in teams, participants take part in a fashion shoot that emulates a professional set up. They learn how to edit images using Photoshop and take home their own fabulous fashion image at the end of the day.

WHAT: Workshop / Lesson
WHEN: 10 – 2PM
WHERE: Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas – 18 Goodhope Street, Paddington.
HOW MUCH: $50 including lunch – More details here.

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