Culture Guide November 20 – 26: Scum Ballet, Homeground, Splinter Orchestra & more

November 20th 2017
Monday 20th November

Indy Theatre Forum: Taking Risks

Visit the Arts Exchange for a lively discussion about the state of indy theatre in NSW. Engage in a discussion focusing  the art of theatre-making: invention, innovation, and managing the hire-wire act of taking risks whilst bringing your audience along with you. Special guests Leticia Caceres, Fraser Corfield and Suzanne Millar will weigh in on this discussion.

WHAT: Forum
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Arts Exchange, The Rocks
HOW MUCH: Free RSVP, more info

CAVE Workshop: Aesthetics and Politics

Bringing together researchers who share an interest in the relationship between politics and aesthetics, the work presented at tise workshop will consider how both historical and contemporary philosophical ideas can shed light on the complex nexus of aesthetics and politics.

WHAT: Workshop
WHEN: 9:30am-5pm
WHERE: Macquarie University Research Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics, North Ryde
HOW MUCH: Free RSVP, more info

Sydney Ideas - Truth, Evidence, and Reason: who can we believe?

This panel discussion will dissect the current state of public discourse around truth, evidence and reason, exploring associated questions around trust, faith, and identity. Featuring international guests at the forefront of current debate on rational discourse and the post-truth crisis, panellists will discuss their answers to the question “who can we believe?” Each, in their own way, will show how truth is intertwined with complex questions ranging from knowledge to authority to reality.

WHAT: Talk Series
WHEN: 6-7:30pm
WHERE: Charles Perkins Centre USYD, Camperdown
HOW MUCH: Free RSVP, more info

Tuesday 21st November

2017 SCA Undergraduate Degree Show

Join current, past and future students alongside industry, family and friends to celebrate the creative talents of the next generation at the 2017 SCA Undergraduate Degree Show. Works will be on display across the campus in each of the studio areas: Screen Arts, Jewellery and Object, Painting, Photomedia, Printmedia and Sculpture.

WHAT: Art Show
WHEN: 6-9pm
WHERE: Sydney College of the Arts, Lilyfield
HOW MUCH: Free, more info

Sydney Ideas - Aerial Aftermaths: the visual culture of everyday...

Presented by Sydney Ideas and the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies, at the University of Sydney, this talk will focus  on air space and the ubiquitous imaging produced by aerial vehicles and platforms such as planes, satellites, and drones. In the modern period, we assume that there is a necessary and comfortable gap between civilian and military life that keeps war contained in specific spaces at a distance. Yet this division obscures the blurry middle ground between military and civilian culture, particularly in the arenas of architectural design, techno-culture, digital arts and entertainment.

WHAT: Talk Series
WHEN: 6:15-7:30pm
WHERE: Sydney Law School USYD, Camperdown
HOW MUCH: Free RSVP, more info

Wednesday 22nd November


PACT’s final AFTERGLOW Season of 2017 features the world premiere of two provocative works by First Nation Artists – SHIFTING > SHAPES by Karul Projects asks “What if you were a shifter? What if you were shifting for the first time? How would know what is your “real identity? And where would you go?”. Fem Menace by Fish Hook explores the idea of a monster inside. “It’s also about being scared. It’s kinda like Howl.s Moving Castle. But different. Really different actually. Back to the monster – she’s on the loose.”

WHAT: Performance Showcase
WHEN: 7pm and 8pm (show times)
WHERE: PACT Theatre, Erskineville
HOW MUCH: $30-40, more info

Intra-Splinter - Splinter Orchestra

In a small, urban space Splinter presents and listens into a series of sub groups. In their search for relevant orchestral music for our time/space they hope this re-focusing will add to the knowledge and mutual respect for ongoing development, and hence the evolution of the collective. These performances will be set against and punctuate the backdrop of Splintstallations: small sound installations designed to both exist independently, as well as coexist with each other… just like the many voices of Splinter work together, sometimes in parallel, sometimes intersecting…

WHAT: Performance Art Exhibition
WHEN: 6pm
WHERE: Down/Under Space, Chippendale
HOW MUCH: Free, more info

Brightside Exhibition

Brightside is an artistic mentoring program that pairs UNSW Art & Design students with disengaged and at-risk Sydney youth, to inspire and assist them in developing their creative skills, confidence and discover new career pathways.

WHAT: Art Exhibition
WHEN: 2-5pm
WHERE: Firstdraft Gallery, Woolloomooloo
HOW MUCH: Free, more info

Thursday 23rd November


Presented by Interlude Gallery, ‘Geon’ is a sculptural show by four recent SCA graduates; Yves Lee, Luke O’Connor, Kalanjay Dhir and Bella A. Taylor. The group explores the transformative power of clay: its malleable tactility, its temporal trajectory, its processes of symbiotic exchange which materialise individual impressions.

WHAT: Art Exhibition
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Interlude Gallery, Glebe
HOW MUCH: Free, more info


Having worked together initially while living in different cities (Berlin and Tokyo, respectively), now both based in Sydney, Megan Hanson and Simonne Goran collaborate under the moniker M8S. Their work together explores themes around affection, the intimacy of BFF relationships, and contemporary experience of proximity and distance via various modes of communication. This performance will continue to explore these themes.

WHAT: Art Exhibition
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Carriageworks, Eveleigh
HOW MUCH: Free RSVP, more info

WINDA Film Fest

Winda Film Festival celebrates its 2nd year showcasing Indigenous filmmakers and their films from around the globe. All main screenings will take place at the Event Cinema, George St Sydney.

WHAT: Film Festival
WHEN: 11am
WHERE: Event Cinema, George St Sydney
HOW MUCH: $10-35, more info

Political Practice: Independent spaces and projects in the Asia Pacific

This panel focuses on the role of independent grassroots spaces and projects in the Asia Pacific, working together to support experimentation, political and critical practices and forge responsive conversations that larger institutions may not be able to provide. International panelists Anna Eschbach and Antonie Angerer discuss the complexities and successes of running one of Beijing’s first independent spaces alongside 4A’s Director Mikala Tai and Jeff Khan, the artistic director of Performance Space. Pondering questions of cross platform partnerships, transnational programming, methodologies for supporting experimental artistic practice and ideas of feminist performance practice this discussion will be robust and dynamic.

WHAT: Panel Discussion
WHEN: 6:15-7:15pm
WHERE: 4A Centre For Contemporary Asian Art, Haymarket
HOW MUCH: Free RSVP, more info

Friday 24th November


ONES COUNTRY – the spine of our stories brings together the choreographic talents of Bangarra dancers Elma Kris & Nicola Sabatino (Whistler); Kaine Sultan-Babij (Place); and Bangarra foundation member and Yolngu songman Djakapurra Munyarryun (Ŋathu). Together they will take you on an Australian journey of discovery, unearthing myths and stories from the desert heart of North East Arnhem Land; to the azure salt waters of the Torres Strait Islands and the sacred call of the dugong; to navigating the challenges of being queer and black in today’s society.

WHAT: Dance Production
WHEN: 7:30pm
WHERE: Carriageworks, Eveleigh
HOW MUCH: $35-55, more info

Future Park

Immerse yourself in an interactive world of light and colour where imagination meets technology, and bring your creations to life in our brand-new exhibition, Learn & Play! teamLab Future Park presented by Toyota. Fuelled by human interaction, step inside this digital playground and journey through eight collaborative and interactive installations. Add your artworks and watch them come alive, constantly evolving and responding to your touch and the world around you.

WHAT: Sensory Digital Playground
WHEN: 10am
HOW MUCH: $22-28, more info

The Big Design Market

The Big Design Market curates the best independent design for three huge days of Christmas shopping. Discover a stellar line-up of over 200 stallholders across homewares, textiles, fashion, jewellery, ceramics, stationery, lifestyle products, tech accessories and gifts for kids. Visitors to The Big Design Market can also enjoy delicious food and drinks from local taste-makers, creative workshops, our exclusive showbags, free kids activities and much more.

WHAT: Market Fair
WHEN: 10am-8pm (hours vary until Sunday 26th November)
WHERE: Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park
HOW MUCH: Free entry, more info

Saturday 25th November

Scum Ballet

Developed by choreographer and dancer, Angela Goh, Scum Ballet is a patchwork of power, desire, violence and tenderness. The female body has always been sympathetic to secrets, magic, transformation and cruelty, and gatherings of females have always produced fear and mystery, or the fear of mystery. Scum Ballet is a choreography for five dancers. More than a lone wolf, but not quite a mass, five is a gang, and gangs make their own rules.

WHAT: Dance Production
WHEN: 2pm
WHERE: Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown
HOW MUCH: $15-20, more info

20th Anniversary Liverpool Art Society Exhibition

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre is proud to present the 20th Liverpool Art Society Exhibition. The annual exhibition has been produced by Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre in partnership with the Liverpool Art Society since 1998 and continues to promote and celebrate the creative talent of the Liverpool region. The annual Liverpool Art Society exhibition and art prize inspires a diverse range of artists and artworks.

WHAT: Art Society Exhibition Prize
WHEN: 11am-2pm
WHERE: Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Casula
HOW MUCH: Free, more info


This November, Homeground returns bigger and better than ever featuring the very best First Nations artists from Australia and around the world. Visit SOH to celebrate the power of contemporary artists and ancient customs in this free two-day festival packed with live music, dance, workshops, markets and more.

WHAT: Festival
WHEN: 10am-1pm (until 26th November)
WHERE: Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point
HOW MUCH: Free entry, more info

Etsy Made Local Markets Sydney

Sydney Made has teamed up with Brewery Yard to bring you an inspiring, curated line-up featuring over 100 local makers & designers to help you conquer your Christmas shopping while enjoying a great day out!

WHAT: Etsy Made Local Markets
WHEN: 10-5pm
WHERE: Brewery Yard Markets, 28 Broadway Sydney
HOW MUCH: Free! more info here

WIP shop pop-up store

For the last week of November, WIP Shop will pop-up in blank_space Gallery on Crown St, Surry Hills, offering a curated collection of jewellery, fashion, ceramics and objects, all designed + made in Sydney by a group of twelve emerging, independent designers.

WHAT: pop-up store
WHEN: November 25th- 30th, times vary
WHERE: blank_space gallery, Crown street
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Sunday 26th November

The hardtofind Market

Wanna shop hardtofind IRL? Now’s your chance – because they’re bringing loads of your favourite sellers together for a market like no other. Make your way to the Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park where you can meet HTF sellers, get out-of-the-box gift ideas for Christmas, or pick up a little something for yourself (*wink wink*). Stop by and say hi to the hardtofind team while you hit up the personalisation station, where you’ll discover gifts that you can personalise with a monogram, special message or meaningful date.

WHAT: Market Fair
WHEN: 10am
WHERE: The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park
HOW MUCH: Free entry, more info

Don't Go to This Show

A Leftovers Performative Exhibition investigating Language, Liberty and Freedom of young People.

WHAT: Performance Art Exhibition
WHEN: 4-7pm
WHERE: Yellow Umbrella, Potts Point
HOW MUCH: Free, more info

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