Culture Guide June 5 – 11: Moving Nations, The Village Bike + Sonic Origami Class

June 5th 2017
Tuesday 6th May

June at Kudos Gallery

The opening night of two new solo exhibitions at Kudos Gallery.  Featuring A Trail of Petals and Dirt by Douglas Schofield, and Interceded Living Space by Jenny Tubby.

WHAT: Exhibition Openings – June at Kudos Gallery
WHEN: 5-7pm, exhibitions runs until June 24
WHERE: Kudos Gallery, 6 Napier St. Paddington
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Comedy Festival Roadshow

Buckle up Penrith, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is hitting the road to home deliver the freshest and funniest from Australia’s largest comedy festival! With an all-killer, no-filler cast of Australian stars, talented newcomers and international performers, they’ve got all your comedy bases covered.

WHAT: Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow
WHEN: 7:30pm
WHERE: Venue: Q Theatre, Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, 597 High St. Penrith 
HOW MUCH: $40-45, Tickets, lineup and more info here

Wednesday 7th May

June at Firstdraft

The opening night of four exhibitions at Firstdraft.  Featuring ‘Hey remember when I had a rat tail’ by Tyza Stewart, ‘On setting yourself on fire’  by Linda Dement + Stephen Wright, ‘Untold stories’ by Jessica Ekomane, Jasmine Guffond + Silje Nes, and, ‘Feel good, repeat’ by Nikolaus Dolman.

WHAT: Exhibition Openings – June at Firstdraft
WHEN: 6-8pm, exhibitions run until June 30
WHERE: Firstdraft, 13-17 Riley St. Woolloomooloo
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Claudia Nicholson

As a Colombian-born artist adopted and raised in Sydney, Claudia Nicholson’s practice addresses issues of multiple identities, belonging and separation from homeland. She occupies an ambivalent position between Latina, Amerindian and Australian cultures, examining psychic and real connections to places through her multidisciplinary practice.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening – Claudia Nicholson
WHEN: 6-8pm, exhibition runs until July 1
WHERE: Artereal Gallery, 747 Darling St. Rozelle
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Moving Nations

AИTIDOTE invites you to the opening night of Moving Nations exploring the movement of people literally – as well as questioning our current definitions of Nationhood, patriotism and what it means to belong. Moving Nations will examine the many histories and current dilemmas of migration, holding up a mirror to the environmental, social and cultural atrocities of mass displacement and the more insidious breed of racism that can linger just beneath the surface in all of us.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening – Antidote presents: Moving Nations
WHEN: 6-8pm, exhibition runs until June 17
WHERE: Collab at Pine Street, Pine Street Creative Arts Centre, 64 Pine St. Chippendale
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here


Australia is a diverse nation; a cultural melting pot where many young Australians embody a hybrid of cultures and find a balance between their heritage and identity locally. The uncast and Hazey present a series of personal portraits of young Sydney-siders that embody these many layers and crossovers of culture concealed in one’s identity.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening – The Uncast Presents: Hazey
WHEN: 6-9pm
WHERE: Goodspace, 115 Regent St. Chippendale
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Nick Santoro

Nick Santoro’s work is a reaction to the cultures and subcultures that surround him. Representing “place” serves as an important foundation for his work. He makes paintings from memory, photographs and social snaps found online that document performances, exhibitions and cultural events that take place in the city, seeking to add permanence to these fleeting moments.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHEN: 6-8pm, exhibition runs until June 18
WHERE: Wellington St. Projects, Studio 8, 19-23 Wellington St. Chippendale
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Kudos Live

‘Kudos Live’ will host a series of performance and video works that subvert, rewrite and reimagine the codes present in the everyday navigation of space.  The event disrupts the routine processions of each space, framing the body as a tool to rewrite social and architectural structures.

WHAT: Kudos Live
WHEN: 5-9pm
WHERE: UNSW Art & Design, Greens Rd. Paddington
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

After pARTy

Get lost in the Pink Jungle as after pARTY welcomes Queensland based Indigenous artist Hannah Brontë!

Brontë’s work examines female empowerment through distinguishing the new roles and expectations of young women today, specifically exploring the languages in popular culture, hip-hop and slang regarding women.

WHAT: after pARTy ft. Hannah Brontë
WHEN: 8pm-12am
WHERE: Freda’s, 107-109 Regent St. Chippendale
HOW MUCH: Gold coin donation, more info here

We're very serious

How do theatre makers, performers, visual artists and dancers with disability get taken seriously as artists? How does their work go beyond participatory and therapy models? What support structures are needed and how are these achieved? What needs to change in order to develop growth within the arts and disability sector and how does this influence societal change?

WHAT: Vivid Ideas – We’re Very Serious- taking artists with disability seriously
WHEN: 2-4pm
WHERE: Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia, 140 George St. The Rocks
HOW MUCH: From $15, Tickets and info here

The Village Bike

Becky’s pregnant and frustrated. Her husband is more interested in the baby manual than her new underwear so she turns to the porn stash under the bed. As the summer heats up, a brief encounter sends her speeding downhill towards reckless abandon. From the brilliant mind of playwright Penelope Skinner – described as Britain’s ‘leading young feminist writer’, The Village Bike is provocative, hilarious and absolutely crucial.

WHAT: Theatre Previews – The Village Bike
WHEN: Preview Wednesday and Thursday at 8:15pm, Sessions run until July 8
WHERE: The Old Fitz, 129 Dowling St. Woolloomooloo
HOW MUCH: $30, Tickets and info here

Sydney Film Festival

The world’s best new films come to Sydney every June for 12 days and nights of inspiring and entertaining premieres, talks and parties. Join in and be among the first in Australia to see the greatest, strangest and most exciting work that cinema has to offer.

WHAT: Sydney Film Festival 2017
WHEN: 7-18th June
WHERE: Flagship venue the State Theatre, as well as cinemas in the CBD, Newtown, Cremorne, Western Sydney and more.
HOW MUCH: Single tickets from $13+ with Festival flexipassses available from $159, Tickets and info here

Thursday 8th May

Daachi Dang: An Omen Near and Far

Dacchi Dang: An Omen Near and Far is the first survey exhibition of one of the preeminent Vietnamese-Australian artists working today. Presenting a selection of works spanning the past three decades by a founding artist member of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Dang is principally concerned with articulating the complex nature of diasporic experience and an ongoing redefinition of ideas of place and home.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening – Daachi Dang: An Omen Near and Far
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, 181-187 Hay St. Sydney
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

The Ethics of Emergency Architecture

While much discussion of architecture focuses on its aesthetic character, what of the ethical dimension of the work produced and the ethical approach of architects who devise it? In particular, should the motives and character of architects have any bearing on our assessment of their work?

WHAT: Discussion – The Ethics of Emergency Architecture: Do Motives Matter?
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, 16-20 Goodhope St. Paddington
HOW MUCH: Free, register online here


3xcited to see what’s 3merging from the young contemporary art scene? Is your soul ready to 3scape from the monotony of 3veryday life and 3xplore some art?  This exhibition explores the prevalence of themes of Feminism, Personal Identity, and Gender/Body Politics within the Australian context.  The opening night features performances and a roof top bar.  Emma Size’s work triple_j_masculinity_megamix will be screened on Saturday at 3pm.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening – 3Merge
WHEN: 6pm, exhibition runs until June 15
WHERE: Gaffa, 281 Clarence St. Sydney
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Friday 9th May

The 7 Stages of Grieving

Remaining a masterpiece 20 years after it was penned by Wesley Enoch and Deborah Mailman, The 7 Stages of Grieving has become a vital piece in the Australian theatrical cannon. Studied by thousands of students and hailed as a contemporary classic, the play explores the grief of Aboriginal people and their hopes for reconciliation.

WHAT: Theatre – The 7 stages of Grieving
WHEN: Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm
WHERE: The Lennox Theatre, Corner market and Church Street, Parramatta
HOW MUCH: $22-42, Tickets and info here


Following the critically acclaimed, sold-out success of The Laden Table, bAKEHOUSE presents the world premiere of JATINGA. From the slums of Mumbai to the tribal regions of India’s North and the Red Corridor in the East, JATINGA follows 5 girls trying desperately to change the course of their lives.

WHAT: Theatre – Jatinga
WHEN: June 9 – 24 7:30pm (Sundays at 5pm)
WHERE: KXT – Kings Cross Theatre
HOW MUCH: $25-35, Tickets and info here

Sonic Origami Class

To celebrate the release of ‘Jordan Ireland With Purple Orchestra’ (Spunk Records, 2017), Jordan and his cronies will bring their luscious psilocybin-inspired exploration in sound to ‘107’ in Redfern.  Come dive deep into the lessons of sonic origami and drift a while on a river of purple nonsense.

WHAT: Jordan Ireland With Purple Orchestra’s Sonic Origami Class
WHEN: 7pm-12am
WHERE: 107 Projects, 107 Redfern St. Redfern
HOW MUCH: $10 at door, more info here

The NOW now

The good people of 107 have invited the NOW now to help curate their week long VIVID marathon. Featuring the ever brilliant MOONMILK, the sonic wonders of Alexandra Spence, the living installations of Andrew Fedorovitch & Shota Matsumura, as well as Del Lumanta performing as GAS. A night on the finest rooftop of Redfern, listening to the least likely party music of the year. This is the promise.

WHAT: The NOW now
WHEN: 6:30-10pm
WHERE: 107 Projects, 107 Redfern St. Redfern
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Fake News from the Arts and Politics Bureau

While journalists, scientists, and denouncers of postmodernism may all rue the contemporary politics of a ‘post-truth’ world, artists might find something refreshing in the recent ‘return of the fake’. The event will begin to address the complexity of the current fabrication of the fake via performances, temporary installations, talks, panels, and orchestrated conversations that tend to the art and politics of the contemporary economy, art and culture of fake.

WHAT: Fake News from the Arts and Politics Bureau
WHEN: 10am-6pm
WHERE: UNSW Art & Design, Greens Rd. Paddington
HOW MUCH: Free, register online here

Saturday 10th May


We’re teaming up with our friends at dLux Media Arts to bring you sARTorial. This exciting initiative explores the relationship between fashion and electronics in a part run-way, part performance-art exhibition that allows moments of interaction between audiences and the designs. sARTorial fosters collaboration and skills-sharing between artists, designers, and technophiles and showcases the latest possibilities in wearable art and technology.

WHAT: sARTorical: Where Digital Art Meets Fashion, Sound & Technology
WHEN: 8:30-10:30pm
WHERE: The Event Space, The Connection, 30 Shoreline Drive, Rhodes
HOW MUCH: $28.60, Tickets and info here

Double Vision

Double Vision is a series of free-form gigs held at Verge Gallery showcasing the practice of DIY, experimental, sound artists and musicians. The program seeks to a create platform that encourages collaboration between artists and musicians – and their communities, providing the opportunity to re-frame and recalibrate creative vision through a cross disciplinary approach.  This event features Jessica Ekomane, Silje Nes + Jasmine Guffond.

WHAT: Double Vision
WHEN: 1-4pm
WHERE: Verge Gallery, Jane Foss Russell Plaza, City Rd. University of Sydney, Darlington
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

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