Culture Guide: May 30 – June 5

May 30th 2022
Monday - National Reconciliation Week

Ablaze Film Screening

Take part in a variety of events happening across Sydney celebrating reconciliation including screenings of Ablaze, a documentary that tells the true story of the first Aboriginal filmmaker William Bill Onus who rose to prominence during the 1940s. 

National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia, for more information please see here and to find events please see here.

WHO: Written and directed by Tiriki Onus & Alec Morgan

WHERE: Various Locations 

WHEN: 27 May – 3 June

HOW MUCH: $18-26, for more information please see here

Tuesday - All In

Step Up Festival

King’s Cross Theatre, Sydney’s #1 venue for emerging theatre talent, is throwing a festival to celebrate the work of its amazing artists who missed out on showing off their full potential over lockdown. 

The festival consists of 10 new and emerging practitioners: designers, directors, writers, producers, actors, and technicians. The line up features featuring work from Eric Jiang, Sean Landis, Margaret Thanos and more. 

WHO:  King’s Cross Theatre & bAKEHOUSE Theatre Company

WHERE: 244-246 William St, Potts Point

WHEN: 30 May – 5 June

HOW MUCH: $20-35, for more information please see here

Wednesday - Some Heroes Wear Capes

In Conversation with Dennis Golding

Join artist Dennis Golding and Sydney Living Museums’ Head of First Nations Cultural Engagement Peter White as they discuss Golding’s ‘Cast in cast out’ series. ‘Cast in cast out’ explores dispossession and colonial occupation and is inspired by his childhood on The Block, Redfern.

The talk is part of Sydney Museum’s First Nations Speaker Series and also listed as part of Reconciliation Week’s event catalogue, which can be accessed here.

WHO:  Sydney Museums & Dennis Golding

WHERE: The Mint, 10 Macquarie St, Sydney

WHEN: Wednesday 1 June, 6-7pm

HOW MUCH: Reservation recommended, for more information please see here

Thursday - Celebrating Home

Over the Fence: Exhibition Opening

Granville Centre Art Gallery, which resides within Cumberland, has partnered with Parramatta Artists’ Studios to celebrate what a neighbourhood can mean, what makes it special, why do we live where we do and then how we do connect.

Artists Marian Abboud, Heath Franco, Rebecca Gallo, Tarik Ahlip & Linda Brescia, Gillian Kayrooz, Venessa Possum, Kalanjay Dhir and participants of the Youth Mentoring Program have created new works that explore their own neighbourhoods and communities, shining a light on why Western Sydney is so special.

WHO: Granville Centre Art Gallery & Cumberland City Council

WHERE: 1 Memorial Drive, Granville 

WHEN: Thursday 2 June, 6-8pm 

HOW MUCH: Free, for more information please see here

Friday - Juiced Up


A night dedicated to Sydney’s Latin American diaspora, JUGO is an celebration of artists, culture and community. 

Hosted by the supremely talented comedian and MC Natali Caro, the evening will be serving up comedy as well as micheladas and Patacón Papi making Patacones. 

WHO: The Bearded Tit 

WHERE: 183 Regent St, Redfern 

WHEN: Friday 3 June, 7pm onwards 

HOW MUCH: Free, for more information please see here

Saturday - New Kids on the Block

New Energy: Opening Celebrations

Join 4A and artists to celebrate the opening of New Energy, a group exhibition that platforms nine of the most energetic early-career artists in contemporary Asian art across Australia. 

On show at 4A until 24 July, the survey exhibition casts a fresh perspective on Asian futurism, body politics, intergenerational culture, and new materiality.

WHO: 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

WHERE: 181-187 Hay Street, Haymarket

WHEN: Saturday 4 June, 2pm-5pm

HOW MUCH: Free, for more information please see here 

Sunday - River of Sustenance


STARTTS and Jiva Parthipan present The River Project – a walk along the Georges River, Casula with performance, video, installation, sound and tree planting. 

The River Project engages with Dharug, Mandean, Hindu and Anglo-Australian artists and communities to understand the place making traditions along the Georges River. It is a repeated event running for two days only that is all-weather, so please come prepared for rain, wind and muddy conditions!

WHO: The Sydney Biennale 

WHERE: Meeting Point Casula Powerhouse: 1 Powerhouse Rd, Casula

WHEN: 4 & 5 June, 3–5 pm

HOW MUCH: Free although registration required, for more information please see here


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