Culture Guide June 6 – 12: Sydney Film Fest kicks off, MCA Zine Fair, game-changer talks & more

June 8th 2016
Monday 6th June

UTS PSM Lecture Series | Daniel Boyd

The final guest speaker as part of the UTS PSM lecture series, Daniel Boyd talks about his artistic practice. Boyd’s work reinterprets Aboriginal and Australian-European history to create a dialogue between opposing ideas and cultures.


WHAT: UTS PSM Lecture Series | Daniel Boyd
WHEN: 6pm – 8pm
WHERE: UTS Building 6, 702—730 Harris Street, level 3, room 22
HOW MUCH: Free – more info here

Akiko Ikeuchi silk installations

For over two decades, Tokyo artist Akiko Ikeuchi has transformed silk thread into ethereal installations suspended mid-air. Come see her etched patterns and infinite fractal nets woven from this delicate material!


WHAT: Akiko Ikeuchi silk thread installations
WHEN: 10am-6pm
WHERE: The Japan Foundation – Level 4, Central Park, 28 Broadway, Chippendale
HOW MUCH: Free – more info here.

Tuesday 7th June

Tyrannium | Dionysos Anton

‘Tyrannium’ is a multi-media, reactionary exhibition by Dionysos Anton showcasing the artist’s explorations into the chaotic existence of youth on the fringe of society.

WHAT: Tyrannium | Dionysos Anton
WHEN: 5pm – 7pm
WHERE: Kudos Gallery, 6 Napier St Paddington
HOW MUCH: Free – more info here.

The water series exhibition

At the well-named Plant Gallery, artist Rachel Carroll takes you on a journey through an area we may soon miss: the Murray Darling River Basin.


WHAT: The water series by Rachel Carroll
WHEN: 11am-10pm
WHERE: The Plant Gallery – 65 Bondi Rd, Bondi
HOW MUCH: Free but booking essential – more info + RSVP here.

Wednesday 8th June

Sydney Film Festival

With the Sydney Film Festival afoot and sessions selling fast, come and check out the SFF films nominated for the big award this year. Check out the full program for all the other films on offer!


WHAT: Sydney Film Festival official competition
WHEN: 9am-10pm, until 19 June
WHERE: State Theatre – 49 Market St, Sydney
HOW MUCH: $20 – more info here and SFF program here.

The Screening Room | Brand Upon the Brain!

The Screening Room is a public program running in parallel with ‘The Patient’ exhibition at UNSW Galleries. Brand Upon the Brain!, the first film to be shown in this four-part film series, explores the pulpy relationships between science, medicine and the patient.

WHAT: Brand Upon the Brain! | The Screening Room
WHEN: 6pm
WHERE: The Screening Room, UNSW Galleries, Cnr. Oxford St & Greens Rd, Paddington
HOW MUCH: Free – more info here

Art After Hours

Every Wednesday the Art Gallery of New South Wales keeps it’s doors open extra late. They have art and exciting programs. This week you can hear SBS legend Lee Lin Tran and everybody’s secret friend crush Benjamin Law will be talking about growing up as an Australian Born Chinese.

WHAT: Late Night Talks and Art
WHEN: 5.30pm
WHERE: Art Gallery of New South Whales
HOW MUCH: Free – more info here

Erotic Fan Fiction

It’s Black, Yellow + Red week at Giant Dwarf where we celebrate the best Aboriginal talent. Bjorn Stewart (ABC Black Comedy), Rowdie Walden, Nayuka Gorrie, Nakkiah Lui (Playwright wonder) and Matt Ford (Aboriginal Comedy All-Stars) will be bringing you sexy and spooky stories.

WHAT: Comedy
WHEN: 8 pm
WHERE: Giant Dwarf
HOW MUCH: Free – more info here



Yellow Wednesday

A night of art and music that takes over Secret Garden Bar every month. This Month Beth Dillon from 110% Collective will perform the Poncho work she developed when on residency in the Netherlands.

WHAT: Performance Art
WHEN: 7 – 11 pm
WHERE: Secret Garden Bar
HOW MUCH: Free – more info here

Thursday 9th June

Classic film: In Bruges

Two hitmen lay low in the medieval Belgian town of Bruges while waiting for further orders from their shadowy mob hitboss. A classic dark comedy presented by guest speaker Peter Rainey.


WHAT: Classic film: In Bruges
WHEN: 6-8:15pm
WHERE: Mitchell Theatre – 280 Pitt St, Sydney
HOW MUCH: Free – info and book tickets here.

Friday 10th June

Game-changer talk by Jenji Kohan

Creator of extremely popular series Orange is the New Black, Jenji Kohan, visits Sydney to give a talk on creating original characters and her personal approach to storytelling. Presented as part of Vivid Ideas.


WHAT: “Game-changer” – Vivid Ideas talk by Jenji Kohan
WHEN: 7-8:30pm
WHERE: Sydney Town Hall – 483 George St, Sydney
HOW MUCH: From $25 – more info and tickets here.

Saturday 11th June

MCA Zine Fair 2016

The MCA’s DIY publishing festival returns! From the lurid to the luscious, feast your eyes on peeper-popping publications by local dynamos and small-press wizards. Meet the makers, swap & sell zines, get literary in a workshop and hear interesting talks from creative heads.


WHAT: MCA Zine Fair 2016
WHEN: Saturday & Sunday, 10am-6pm
WHERE: Museum of Contemporary Art, Levels 2 & 3
HOW MUCH: Free! All the details here.

Reclaiming the Image: How Fashion Can Empower Women

As part of Vivid Ideas, The Ladies Network have curated an exhibition of photography and other mediums by female identifying artists exploring the redefinition of women’s bodies in fashion.

WHAT: Reclaiming the Image – exhibition
WHEN: 3-6pm
WHERE: Tiny Tailor Gallery, Chippendale
HOW MUCH: Free! All the details here.

Pop Culture, Migration & Revolution: Transnational Responses to Injustice

Conversation. Performance. Party. Revolution. This unique and critical event brings together some of the most exciting artists from the transnational Australian underground hip hop and slam poetry scene, to perform and share conversation with the audience. The discussion will culminate into a party featuring DJs and Middle Eastern food.

WHAT: Pop Culture, Migration & Revolution
WHEN: 3-6pm
WHERE: Australian Theatre for Young People, Pier 4/5 Hickson Road, Sydney
HOW MUCH: From $10 here

Sunday 12th June

Indie Classics

Do you enjoy fine music with a drink in hand or in a hall with superb acoustics? What will classical and art music look like in the future? Will it be embraced by many, or the preserve of a few? Presented by Music Australia, explore the future of classical music at Vivid Ideas.

WHAT: Indie Classics – Vivid Ideas
WHEN: 12pm
WHERE: Museum of Contemporary Art
HOW MUCH: $14-18 here

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