Culture Guide: June 20 – 26

June 20th 2022
Monday: FBi Radio fundraiser


The FBi Radio Art Auction 2022 is an online fundraiser and silent auction raising critical funds for FBi Radio and the artists involved. Place your bids from 10am Tuesday 14 June to 8pm Wednesday 22 June for your chance to nab an artwork from over 70 of Australia’s most exciting established artists and next big things.

WHERE: fbi radio website here 
WHEN: ending wednesday the 22nd
HOW MUCH: prices vary

Tuesday: Live Storytelling

Sahra Salon

Sahra Salon returns to National Theatre of Parramatta in June.

Emerging artists share their works in progress in a night of storytelling, intimacy and enchantment. Be part of their process and be transported to their worlds at this evening gathering or Sahra (Arabic). Share our intimate space of creativity and indulgence.

Sahra Salon is a showcase of artists of varied disciplines sharing their works in progress on a live audience. We invite you to be part of the artistic process of all our artists with plenty of food, drinks and laughs to be had at this Creative Hello event.

Artists: Ilhan Abdi, Hajer, Gary Lonesborough, Kim Pham

WHERE: Riverside Parramatta
WHEN:Tuesday 21 June 2022 at 6:30pm
HOW MUCH: $15, tickets here

Wednesday: Collaborative, durational art exhibition

Love letters

Love Letters is an exhibition of collaborative work developed through a letter exchange project that has connected artists living in regional QLD, and both regional and metropolitan NSW. Collaborating through letters was a response to border closures, social isolation and the loneliness experienced during Covid restrictions.

Each letter, handwritten and crafted by the artists, is an intimate artwork. The exchange embraced old fashioned ways of connecting, highlighting their timelessness, significance and purpose. Through the letters, each artist shared experiences, stories and creative processes, informing the creation of this collaborative, multisensory exhibition.

WHEN: running till the 17th of July
HOW MUCH: free, details here

Thursday: Indie Comedy

Nude tuesday

A Kiwi comedy spoken entirely in an improvised, gibberish-esque language with English subtitles, Nude Tuesday is an utterly singular excursion into miscommunication, full frontal nudity and self-discovery. In an effort to rekindle the spark in their troubled marriage, 40-somethings Laura (Jackie van Beek) and Bruno (Damon Herriman) head to a three-day couples’ retreat run by relationship and sexual healing guru Bjorg Rasmussen (Jemaine Clement). Upon arrival, the path to their reconnection is met with hilarious and increasingly absurd farce.

WHERE: Golden Age Cinema and Bar
WHEN: 8pm, Thursday June 23
HOW MUCH: Concession $18.50, book here.

Friday: Performance Art

Queer Nu Werk

Experience an evening of performances, experiments, installation and celebration at Queer Nu Werk!

Across two big nights we unleash a piping hot program of Queer art created by the next generation of artists from across Australia. The culmination of Performance Space’s Queer Development Program, Queer Nu Werk is a much-loved performance night in which Workshop and Residency artists can present their works-in-progress to a live audience of queer community and allies.

WHERE: PACT, Centre for Emerging Artists
WHEN: Thursday and Friday June 23 and 24th event will have Auslan interpreters.
HOW MUCH: $20 + booking fees, tickets here

Saturday: New playwriting

Golden Blood 黄金血液

Golden Blood feels like a big-screen thriller, even though it’s got a cast of two. Playing out on the neon streets of Singapore, it desperately claws back the extreme wealth it once knew, holding a rusty machete between its teeth. Originally slated for our 2021 Season, Merlynn Tong’s Golden Blood is back and hungrier than ever in 2022. When her mother dies, a teenage girl is left alone within the four walls of the only thing she’s inherited—a decaying penthouse in the heart of Singapore. To make matters worse, she’s now in the care of her estranged brother, and he’s not exactly up to the gig. For one, he’s only a few years older than her. And two, he’s a gangster. Like, an actual one. Left with next to nothing, the orphaned siblings become a formidable, atypical corporation of two. But it’s not long before cracks begin to show. What is the trade-off for desiring excessive levels of luxury? What should be kept in this world, and what should be offered to the next?

WHERE: Griffin Theatre, Darlinghurst
WHEN: Previews from June 24
HOW MUCH: $38 (for under 35s), tickets and more info here

Sunday: Essay Series

Radical Accessibility

What have we learnt about equality and justice or the lack-there-of in recent years? What have we learnt about access? In partnership with Sydney Review of Books Utp will commission a series of essays over three years. We have asked some of Australia’s most progressive thinkers some of the big questions that keep us up at night in order to take responsibility for the future we are co-creating.

WHERE: first essay available on UTP website here
WHEN: Ongoing through 2022
HOW MUCH: free



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