Culture Guide September 12-18: feminist identities in art, BEAMS art festival and LGBQTI stories

September 12th 2016
Monday 12th September

Sydney Latin American Film Festival

Final day of the festival that has been screening the very best in award-winning Latin American cinema: eight feature films and three documentaries


WHAT: Latin American Film Festival
WHERE: Dendy opera Quay, Shop 9, 2 East Circular Quay, Sydney
WHEN: 6pm
HOW MUCH: $16/$19.50 more info here



See comedians telling jokes for the very first time. That Jerry Seinfeld bit about airport security staff started somewhere.


WHAT: Comedyish Fringe Festival
WHERE: Giant Dwarf, 199 Cleveland St, Redfern, Redfern
WHEN: Monday 7:30-8:30
HOW MUCH: $15 more info here

V-Fest Student Film Festival

This is the screening of the short listed films in competition for this years V-Fest.
WHAT: V-fest Student Film Festival
WHERE: Chauvul Cinema, 249 Oxford St, Paddington
WHEN: 6pm
HOW MUCH: Gold coin donation on the door more info here 

Tuesday 13th September

Bad Women in literature

Do women feel pressure to make likeable female characters in books and movies? A panel discussion on women writers, readers and expectations. Stick around for refreshments or get your books signed by the authors!


WHAT: Panel discussion – Bad Women: A Discussion about Women, Writing and Likability
WHEN: 7-8pm
WHERE: Better Read Than Dead – 265 King St, Newtown
HOW MUCH: Free – info here.

The Hardest Drought, Kyle Walker

The Hardest Drought is the third part of a larger MFA research project at UNSW Art and Design. It began as a meditation on the desert and traditional Japanese aesthetics and evolved to consider the importance of the cut in artmaking.

WHAT: The Hardest Drought Exhibition Opening
WHEN: 5-7pm
WHERE: Kudos Gallery – 6 Napier St, Paddington
HOW MUCH: Free – info here.


HeySorryGottaGoBye is an honest, funny and compelling exploration of our deepest social phobias. A multisensory installation of animation, puppetry, film and soundscapes transports you into the mind of Wally, a young man plagued by the nightmares of his own insecurities.

WHAT: HeySorryGottaGoBye Opening Night
WHEN: 8pm
WHERE: 107 Projects – 107 Redfern St, Redfern
HOW MUCH: $15/$18 – info here.

4 Minutes 12 Seconds

In a world where smartphones are ubiquitous, James Fritz’s deeply provocative and topical drama throws a light on the sorts of insidious opportunities new technology offers – where nothing dies online, except reputation.

WHAT: 4 Minutes 12 Seconds Preview
WHEN: 7.30-10pm
WHERE: The Old Fitzroy Theatre – 129 Dowling St, Woolloomooloo
HOW MUCH: $28 – info here.

From Meditation to Manifestation

Facilitated by Artist and Psychotherapist NOULA DIAMANTOPOULOS, who will transform Artereal Gallery into a home of consciousness, community and contemporary art especially for this special event, that aims to bring together a shared goal of connecting with likeminded individuals and exploring the benefits of meditation.

WHAT: From Meditation to Manifestation, One night only for Sydney Fringe Festival
WHEN: 6.30-8.30pm
WHERE: Artereal Gallery – 747 Darling St, Rozelle
HOW MUCH: Free – info here.

Wednesday 14th September

Feminist Identities in Contemporary Art

An afternoon of conversation and critique with Sydney artists and curators working within feminist discourse and identity politics presented by Women in Arts.


WHAT: Panel discussion – Feminist Identities in Contemporary Art
WHEN: 5-7pm
WHERE: Verge Gallery – Jane Foss Russell Plaza, City Rd, Darlington, University of Sydney
HOW MUCH: Free – info here.

This, This is Mine

Set in a Darlinghurst apartment, This, This Is Mine is a love story about shared histories and cultural identity. Complete with house fires and impending hurricanes, the play grapples with what it is to live in Australia today.

WHAT: Theatre – This, This Is Mine
WHEN: 14 – 25 September
WHERE: Darlinghurst (167 William Street) and later Annandale (17 Quandong Street)
HOW MUCH: $20 – more info here


Yellow Wednesday

The monthly art/party is back again. Steph Clark will be presenting a video work, where she is takes out 4 fancy lady cutouts she hired from the Opera Australia warehouse for a romantic day out. Cute!

WHAT: Yellow Wednesdays
WHEN: 8 – late
WHERE: Secret Garden Bar
HOW MUCH: Free – more info here.

Thursday 15th September

Queen CXNT at Sydney Fringe

A powerful multi-sensory music theatre show exploring feminine sexuality in our psyche, language, planet and the cosmos. Part of Sydney Fringe!


WHAT: Performance – God Queen presents Queen CXNT
WHEN: 7:30pm
WHERE: Midnight Shift – 85-91 Oxford St, Sydney
HOW MUCH: $20 – tickets and info here.

Ideally Yes opening

A collaborative exhibition taking its starting point from the notion of an island – a body surrounded by symbolic connotations.


WHAT: Exhibition – Ideally Yes opening
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Interlude Gallery – 11/131-145 Glebe Pt Rd, Glebe
HOW MUCH: Free – info here.

Friday 16th September


Reflections on lives well lived and battles fought, pride, prejudice and humour. These are the experiences of members of the LGBTQI community, shared aloud. With AUSLAN interpreting.


WHAT: Performance – Queerstories
WHEN: 7:30-8:30pm
WHERE: Giant Dwarf Theatre – 199 Cleveland St, Redfern
HOW MUCH: $25 – more info here.


18 artists working across various mediums such as sculpture, photography, video and experiential sensory encounters to explore ambiguity and embrace uncertainty.

WHAT: Exhibition
HOW MUCH: Free- more info here

Saturday 17th September

BEAMS Arts Festival

One night with laneways of music, food, art, silent discos, silent cinema, live mural paintings and a whole lot more!


WHAT: Festival – BEAMS Art Festival
WHEN: 5-10pm
WHERE: Chippendale Green, Sydney
HOW MUCH: Free – info on everything here.

Stuck in the Mud

Art versus craft. Who won? Explore the revolution that was Stuck in the Mud with a curated discussion, ceramic demonstrations and original ceramics, textiles and audio visual works by blah blah blah.

WHAT: Stuck in the Mud, studio tour to
WHEN: 11am
WHERE: Verge Gallery- Jane Foss Russell Plaza, City Rd
HOW MUCH: $10-$15 – more info here

In Conversation at MOP Projects

Interested in sonic sounds and the destabilisation of eurocentricity? Join the conversation between Bronwen Williams and David Scott!

WHAT: In conversation at MOP Projects
WHEN: 6.30-7.30pm
WHERE: Mop Gallery- 2/39 Abbercrombie street
HOW MUCH:Free- more info here

Opening Weekend- Jonathan Jones

The Royal Botanic Gardens is home to Jonathan Jones’ barrangal dyara (skin and bones). Visit the 20,000 square metre installation and a packed weekend of public programs.

WHAT: Opening weekend- Jonathan Jones
WHEN: 10am -6pm
WHERE: The Royal Botanic Gardens
HOW MUCH: Free- more info here


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