Culture Guide :: Retrosweat, secret cinema and a week’s worth of Craft Beer…

October 21st 2013

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Hibernation’s over… Thanks to daylight savings there’s hours of daylight after work!

But what to do, WHAT TO DO? When you’ve got The Z Factor and Please Date My Horribly Awkward Son doubling up on TV, how could you possibly consider heading back outside?! Luckily, we’re keeping our eyes out to bring you the best, brightest, and usually cheapest stuff on the Sydney arts and culture scene.

So when the lure of going pants-less in front of reality TV threatens to maroon you on the shores of mediocrity, FBi’s culture guide has got you sorted…


Mon 21st :: There’s no such thing as too much beer

The forecast for the week is hot! You could drink water, but have you heard about what the fish do in it?! Fortunately Sydney Craft Beer Week has events and tastings going on that will help you sample the gamut of craft, local and home brews that our harbour city has on offer.

Highlights include brewery tours, home-brew competitions, beer and scotch matching and the Brewer’s Bowl Off which sees Sydney brewers and the public roll off for the Brewers Cup.

WHAT: Sydney Craft Beer week

WHERE: Around town

WHEN: All week until Sat 26th (when there’s a special FBi Presents beer tasting!)

HOW MUCH: Depends! Full program here

Sydney Craft Beer Week


Tues 22nd :: Do the Jane Fonda with Retrosweat

Take your passion
And make it happen
Pictures come alive
You can dance right through your life

If those lyrics mean something to you, or perhaps you just want to celebrate the fabulousness of days gone by, then you need to get on down to Retrosweat at Redfern PCYC. There’s three decades of working presented by Shannon Dooley; unitards optional…

WHAT: Retrosweat

WHERE: PCYC, 638 Elizabeth St Redfern

WHEN: 7pm



Wed 23rd :: Shhhh… It’s a Secret (cinema)

Looking for something outside the usual Hollywood rom-com, coming-of-age crap? Searching for a cinema with a bar onsite, DJ, BBQ, and comfy beanbags for the earlybirds. Do you want someone to surprise you?!

Sounds like you’ve been searching for Secret Cinema! Presented by Sydney College of the Arts & Sydney Underground Film Festival.

WHAT: SCASS & SUFF’s ‘Secret Cinema’

WHERE: SCA Auditorium, Balmain Rd, Lilyfield

WHEN: Wednesday, doors 5pm, screening 7pm

HOW MUCH: Gold coin donation

Secret Cinema


Thurs 24th :: Live Sydney Art

The Lo-Fi Collective’s Basel Royale Art Prize begins in Surry Hills on August 15 and is now open for entry by the public. The competition, running until November 7, will challenge the artistic endurance of 24 Sydney-based artists in a socially driven 12-week competition.

Each week two artists will be given three hours on Thursday evenings to create an artwork at Lo-Fi on a 1.2 metre by 1.2 metre timber box as their submission for the art prize. One winner will be selected from the 24 final works on November 7 while they showcase their pieces in a public arena. This week sees street artist The Dirt go up against the lady who designed the exquisite cover for The Bridge Presents: Maker, Luschia Porter!

WHAT: Lo Fi Collective’s Basel Royale Art Prize

WHERE: The Standard, Level 3, 383 Bourke St Darlinghurst

WHEN: Thursday, 6-9pm


Basel Art Prize

Fri 25th :: Pop-up passageway gives you Asia on your Doorstep

As part of Good Food Month, Little Hay Street in Chinatown is being transformed into a pop-up passageway of Asian culinary extravagance. Simple pick up your $3 ‘Dumpling Dough’ sample cards and following your nose (and the string of lanterns) weaving through a host of delicious delights…

WHAT: Little Eat Street food festival

WHERE: Little Hay Street Chinatown

WHEN: Friday

HOW MUCH: Sample card $3 – ‘Dumpling Dough’

Little Eat Street

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