Culture Guide September 26 – October 2: boozy storytelling, MCA Artbar and inventive improv with The Bear Pack

September 26th 2016
Monday 26th September

Digital collaboration seminar

Digital spaces promise larger reach and wider audiences, but how can we best realise its potential for art and creative ventures? Features a panel of arts curators and strategists.


WHAT: Seminar – Digital Collaboration in an Arts Ecosystem
WHEN: 7-9pm
WHERE: Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts – 280 Pitt St, Sydney
HOW MUCH: $20 – tickets + info here.


A bunch of stand-up individuals sharing their material for the first time. Every joke’s got to start somewhere!


WHAT: Comedy – Comedyish: September series
WHEN: 7:30pm
WHERE: Giant Dwarf Theatre – 199 Cleveland St, Redfern
HOW MUCH: $15 – tickets here.


Discover iconic terrace houses from Darlinghurst, Redfern and Surry Hills around the CBD by James Voller


WHAT: Public Art Exhibition: Terraced
WHERE: 10 Barrack St (and surrounds), Sydney
WHEN: Monday–Sunday 6am-12am
HOW MUCH: Free more info here

Tuesday 27th September

Fabulous Monster

Local Sydney storytellers telling stories in an intimate venue. As simple as that! Fiction and non-fiction on offer.


WHAT: Storytelling – Fabulous Monster Boozy Storytelling September
WHEN: 7:30-10:30pm
WHERE: Knox St Bar – Garage, cnr Knox St + Shepherd St, Chippendale
HOW MUCH: $10 – tickets + info here.

Anna Cominos: Return to the Village

Otherness is present in all of us…. it’s all one story. Sit down as storyteller Anna opens her bi-cultural mind and the zany adventures begin.

WHAT: Sydney Fringe Comedy
WHEN: 9:30pm
WHERE: The Factory Theatre – 105 Victoria Rd, Marrickville
HOW MUCH: $10/15 – more info here.

Late: A Cowboy Song

Late: A Cowboy Song asks big questions about how gender defines who and how we love as it follows Mary, and endless worrier, as she meets a Cowboy, Red, whose forehead has no worry lines at all.

WHAT: Theatre – Sydney Fringe
WHEN: 8:30pm
WHERE: Erskineville Town Hall – 104 Erskineville Rd, Erskineville
HOW MUCH: $25/30 – more info here.

Wednesday 28th September

HOME @ 735

Small terrace turned gallery space, features a variety of artists that work across many disciplines. Tonights opening features work from:  Anthony Bartok (Painting), Stella Chen (Installation), Yvette Coppersmith (Painting), Kate Dambach (Painting), Sabella D’Souza (Video), Ryan Hancock (Ceramics)
WHAT: Exhibition
WHERE: 735 Bourke St Redfern
WHEN: 6-8pm
PRICE:Free, see more info here.

Bird Connections Exhibition

Established and emerging, old and young, local and interstate artists collaborate in response to the diversity of birds, Launch of ‘Poems for Birds’ Poems on Cards illustrated by Studio Connect Canberra. Animation Installation, Readings, Exhibition and Performance. Special Guests: Voila French Quoir.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHERE: 107 Projects, 107 Redfern Street, Redfern
WHEN: 6-8pm
PRICE: Free, see more info here.

Folklore, History, Symbolism

David Bell (University of Otago) will explore the series’ running themes of folk narratives, the tragic tale of Minamoto no Yoshitsune and his follower Benkei, and the deeper sensitivities to the ephemerality of youth, beauty and love. This event is part of the ‘Uncovering Japanese Tattoo’ series, featuring an exhibition, demonstration and talks.

WHAT: Seminar
WHERE: Centenary Auditorium, Lower Level 1, Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney.
WHEN: 7-8pm (doors open at 6:45pm)
PRICE: Free, see more info here.


Late night show held at the Old Fitz Theatre. A group of women weave the strange story of a girl who, for the first time in her life, ventures outside to experience the world and its cruelty. See what happens when purity is corrupted, as the odyssey of growing up turns from a dream in to a nightmare

WHAT: Play
WHERE: 129 Dowling St, Woolloomooloo
WHEN 9:30pm – late
PRICE: $25

Thursday 29th September

Position Doubtful opening

An exhibition by Rachel Helmore exploring the way we perceive and move through space.


WHAT: Exhibition – Position Doubtful: works by Rachel Helmore
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Scratch Art Space – 67 Sydenham Rd, Marrickville
HOW MUCH: Free – more info here.

Indigenous Design opening

A collection of works by Nicole Monks and Lucy Simpson, recipients of the Arts NSW Indigenous Design Mentorship.


WHAT: Exhibition – Indigenous Design: Nicole Monks and Lucy Simpson opening night
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Australian Design Centre – 101-115 William St, Darlinghurst
HOW MUCH: Free, but RSVP essential here.

FreshFlix Festival: Yours and Owls Fringe

The pop-up film festival that has been coined Australia’s own Festival de C’arn is coming to the ‘Gong, baby!! Swing down to Sifters Co-op for a night of live music, food by Son of a Gun, free popcorn and an excellent program of films by indie and emerging filmmakers. BYO.


WHAT: One night only – FreshFlix Festival Wollongong version
WHEN: 6-10.30pm
WHERE: Sifters Co-op – 82 Market St, Wollongong
HOW MUCH: $19 – more info here.


Friday 30th September

MCA Artbar 'Primavera'

Spring has brought with it a fresh crop of young Australian artists offering works that physically connect with visitors. MCA Artbar is here!


WHAT: Exhibition – MCA Artbar ‘The Primavera Edition’
WHEN: 7-11pm
WHERE: MCA Artbar – 140 George St, Sydney
HOW MUCH: $20 – tickets + info here.

Project Five Volume Eight

Explore the work of four of Australia’s most distinctive street artist’s through a public art exhibition, charity auction, art workshops and live art events.

WHAT: Launch Party
WHEN: 6-9pm
WHERE: Darling Quarter, 1 Harbour Street, Sydney
HOW MUCH: Free- more info here

Lilac City Studio Presents: The Footy Show

A group exhibition dedicated to footy!


WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Lilac City, 103-105 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
HOW MUCH: Free- more info here

Saturday 1st October

The Bear Pack

Featuring some of Sydney’s best improvisers out of ITs (Improv Theatre Sydney), The Bear Pack guarantees to make you feel again. A night of improvised storytelling based off the audience’s suggestions!


WHAT: Comedy – The Bear Pack at the Enmore Theatre
WHEN: 8-11pm
WHERE: Enmore Theatre – 118-132 Enmore Rd, Newtown
HOW MUCH: $30 – tickets here.

Sydney Architecture Festival

Celebrate design, architecture and the built environment over four days of talks, events, tours and exhibitions.


WHAT: Sydney Architecture Festival
WHEN: Varying times
WHERE: Varying locations
HOW MUCH: Register for tickets- more info here

Swarm: Collective Actions on Queen

Join 5 artists for an exciting 2-hour journey through Queen Street. Prepare for building, racing, burying, dancing and vogueing!


WHAT: Live art tour
WHEN: 6pm
WHERE: 186 Queen Street, Campbelltown
HOW MUCH: $10 –more info here

In Motion Festival

The opening night of this three-week multi-disciplinary art festival. Junction Street will be packed with performance artists on utes, experimental audio visual sets and art around every corner.


WHAT: Opening Gallery and Street Event
WHEN: 6-9pm
WHERE: AirSpace Projects, 10 Junction Street, Marrickville
HOW MUCH: Free! – more info here

Sunday 2nd October

Jump First, Ask Later

The captivating and inspiring stories of six young performers: champions of Fairfield’s underground Parkour and street style community.


WHAT: Performance – Jump First, Ask Later: Parkour from the Streets of Fairfield
WHEN: Various times – check the ticketing info page.
WHERE: Sydney Opera House Studio
HOW MUCH: $30-40 – tickets + info here.

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