Culture Guide March 14-20: free-for-all storytelling, women’s arts festival and cult film classics

March 13th 2016
Monday 14th March

Dinner conversations with Jamie Lewis

Australian arts program SafARI presents a series of three dinners over three nights entitled 来,吃饭 (Come, eat) that focus on the conversations enabled through the act of sharing food. Less dinners, and more artworks!


WHAT: SafARI 2016 – Jamie Lewis dinners
WHEN: 6 – 10pm
WHERE: ALASKA Projects – Level 2, Kings Cross Car Park, 9A Elizabeth Bay Rd, Elizabeth Bay
HOW MUCH: Free, but places strictly limited (RSVP for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)

Kino Open Screen Film Night

A monthly short film screening featuring industry guests and Q+A, popcorn and pizza, and short films submitted by film-makers looking to test out jokes or see if their film will fly!


WHAT: Kino #104: Open Screen Film Night (18+ event)
WHEN: 6 – 9pm
WHERE: 107 Projects – 107 Redfern St, Redfern
HOW MUCH: $10 – tickets available here.

Tuesday 15th March

Fabulous Monster storytelling night

The monthly storytelling night returns, featuring short fiction and non-fiction from local writers – stories of any kind and on any topic! There’s also a competition in the second half with a theme.


WHAT: Fabulous Monster boozy storytelling (March)
WHEN: From 8pm
WHERE: Mr Falcon’s – 92 Glebe Pt Rd, Glebe
HOW MUCH: $10 at door/$5 concession – more info here.

Thanatos, Drunk

Screened as part of Mardi Gras Film Festival Thanatos, Drunk is a punchy and visceral story of the Taiwanese underworld and nightlife.

WHAT: Film
WHEN: 6:30 pm
WHERE: Event Cinemas George Street
HOW MUCH: $19 – more info here.

Wednesday 16th March

International Women's Poetry and Art Festival

The festival is a huge celebration of feminism and diversity, featuring music, poetry and performance from a large number of prominent women, seeking to honour and support female artists of all kinds. Featuring author and novelist Jane Caro, Member of Parliament Dr Mahreen Faruqi, and many others.



Thursday 17th March

Double Vision and Liquid Architecture Present: Islaja with Love Chants, Ela Stiles and Jasmine Guffond

Double Vision is a series of free gigs held at Verge Gallery, showcasing DIY experimental sound artists and musicians. Double Vision have come together with Liquid Architecture – an Australian organisation for artists with working with sound – to present a one night showcase featuring numerous international acts;

Islaja with Love Chants, Ela Stiles and Jasmine Guffond

WHAT: Double Vision and Liquid Architecture Present: Islaja with Love Chants, Ela Stiles and Jasmine Guffond
WHEN: 6pm – 8:30pm
WHERE: Verge Gallery, Jane Foss Russell Plaza, City Rd, University of Sydney
HOW MUCH: $10/$5 concession

An evening with Caroline Rothwell

Spend an evening with one of Australia’s foremost artists as she discusses her practice within her studio.

Caroline creates sculptural works utilizing bronze, rubber, paper, and ink, which are hybrid animals and plants. Her work has been referred to as nature on acid.

WHAT: An evening with Caroline Rothwell 
WHEN: 6:30pm – 7:30pm
WHERE: 17- 19 O’Connor Street Chippendale


Directed by Kim Vercoe, currently in residence at Blacktown Arts Centre, Disaffected is a new contemporary performance about the vulnerability of our  planet. Using arresting movement and imagery the performance explores the impact of natural and man-made disasters on different people in different places.

WHAT: Disaffected 
WHEN: 7:30pm – 8:30pm
WHERE: 17- 19 O’Connor Street Chippendale
HOW MUCH: $25/$20 concession

Iranian Arts & Crafts Exhibition

A celebration of the rich cultural heritage of Iran, showcasing traditional and contemporary Iranian arts & crafts in conjunction with the Persian New Year celebration.

WHAT: Iranian Arts & Crafts Exhibition (Opening Night)
WHEN: 7 – 9pm
WHERE: Stirrup Gallery – 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville

Friday 18th March

Richard Bell - Tent Embassy

During the 20th Biennale of Sydney, Richard Bell presents a new iteration of Embassy, a restaging of and homage to the original Aboriginal Tent Embassy. The world’s longest-running protest – first assembled by activists on the lawn of Parliament House, Canberra, in 1972 – continues to bring issues of Indigenous health, housing and land rights to the forefront of Australian politics to this day.

WHAT: Tent Embassy, Richard Bell for the 20th Biennale of Sydney
WHEN: 11:30am – 3pm
WHERE: Museum of Contemporary Art, Circular Quay, Sydney
HOW MUCH: Free, More info here

Cult film classics

Part of a cool season of cult film classics featuring blasts from the past like Planet of the Apes, Toy Story, and Star Trek: Wrath of Khan. This week’s movie is Quentin Tarantino’s directorial debut Reservoir Dogs.


WHAT: In the House: Cult Film Classics
WHEN: 7 – 9:30pm
WHERE: Event Cinemas – 505-525 George St, Sydney
HOW MUCH: $12 – get tickets here.

20th Biennale of Sydney

The Future is Already Here – It’s just not evenly distributed. Stephanie Rosenthal is taking over the city with her interpretation of the now. This Sydney Biennale will take over seven venues across the city from Cockatoo Island to Carriageworks transforming these spaces into ‘Embassies of thought’.

There are 83 artists from 35 countries included in the show including local stars Agatha Gothe-Snape, Daniel Boyd and Brown Council. There is everything from marble sculptures to virtual reality experiences. Art is everywhere in the city at this Biennale even between buildings and in abandon buildings.

WHAT: Contemporary Art Exhibition
WHEN: 18th March – 8 June
WHERE: Cockatoo Island, Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Artspace, Carriageworks, Mortuary Station and in between spaces
HOW MUCH: Free – full program here

Saturday 19th March

Ants in the Legs screening

As part of SafARI & Art Month, Danielle Zorbas’ new film ‘Ants in the legs’ is screening at ALASKA Projects.

Danielle is a Sydney based video artist who has exhibited at Underbelly Arts, Revelation Perth International film festival, in Oslo, Zurich, and NYC. For ‘Ants in the Legs’, Danielle takes imagery from contemporary living and presents it as an absurdist science fiction reality.

WHAT: Ants in the Legs screening
WHEN: 5pm
WHERE: ALASKA Projects, 9A Elizabeth Bay Rd (located on Level 2 of Kings Cross Car Park), Elizabeth Bay, NSW 2011

Carriageworks Farmers Market Walkthrough

Explore the Carriageworks Farmers Market and its seasonal collection of organic and bio-dynamic foods with the market’s creative director Mike McEnearney as part of Art Month 2016! Afterwards continue on for a look at the 20th Biennale of Sydney at Carriageworks.


WHAT: Walkthrough of Carriageworks Farmers Market
WHEN: 8:45 – 9:15am
WHERE: Carriageworks – 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh
HOW MUCH: Free, but RSVP – more info here.

Making History

Sydney artist collective Brown Council are tackling the questions of how we collect performance art. Taking on the amphoral art form and recording it for future histories.

Through participatory performance, re-enactment and lectures they will look at the evolving history and experiences of performance art from different perspectives and interpretations.

WHAT: Participatory Artwork by Brown Council
WHEN: 12 pm
WHERE: 86 George Street Redfern
HOW MUCH: Free – more information

Some Proximity with Adam Linder

The Museum of Contemporary Art has been given the title of ‘Embassy of Translation’. In this vein Australian choreographer Adam Linder is working in collaboration with writer Holly Childs to translate the 20th Sydney Biennale into text, spoken word and dance.

Performing this weekend between 10.30 – 5 come be transfixed by the beautiful movement and dulcet tones of Adam Linder and Justin Kennedy.

WHAT: Dance performance by Adam Linder
WHEN: 10.30 am – 1 pm & 2.30 pm – 5 pm
WHERE: Museum of Contemporary Art
HOW MUCH: Free – more information

Sunday 20th March

Expanded Drawing Discussion

As part of the Tracing Materiality exhibition, Megan Robson, (Assistant Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia), and artists Renuka Fernando, Kath Fries and Gillian Lavery will hold a discussion on expanded drawing practice, durational and performative ways of working and materiality. At 3pm Gillian Lavery will begin the erasure of a wall drawing. Drinks will be served!

WHAT: Expanded Drawing Session
WHEN: 2pm – 3pm
WHERE: Chrissie Cottier Gallery, Pidcock St, Camperdown NSW 2050

Video oediV | Closing Celebration

Head to Campbelltown Arts Centre for the formal closing event of their Video oediV exhibition and premiere screening of the Video Discussion by Emily O’Connor. A documented discussion about contemporary video practice between: Julie Ewington, Diana Smith, Anna Davis, Josephine Starrs, Cigdem Aydemir, Rosie Dennis, Paula Abood and more.

WHAT: Video oediV Closing Celebration
WHEN: 2pm – 4pm
WHERE: Campbelltown Arts Centre, 1 Art Gallery Rd, Campbelltown NSW 2560

Sunday Funday at Alexandria Park

With competitions, jumping castles, vintage stalls, dog parades and free bicycle tune-ups, it’s a great day out at the park for everyone and their pet!


WHAT: Alexandria’16 SundayFunday
WHEN: 11am – 3pm
WHERE: Alexandria Park – Buckland St, Alexandria
HOW MUCH: Free – more info here.

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