Culture Guide :: Stories retold, new residencies and designing for change

July 20th 2015




Monday 20th

Giselle Stanborough, excerpt from #bloodsugarchecksmagic, 2015.

Giselle Stanborough, excerpt from #bloodsugarchecksmagic, 2015.

Flatpack Futures

The Bearded Tit navigates the landscape of DIYtopia and punk parallel possibilities, with tongue firmly in cheek. Come see models for making-do and shelter for only the fittest to survive, performance morbidly celebrating misery, oh and there’s also bloodshed. Artist include Alli Sebastian Wolf, Micheal Graham, Beth Dillon and Giselle Stanborough.

WHAT: Exhibition Launch: Flatpack Futures
WHEN: 6 – 8 pm
WHERE: The Bearded Tit

Tuesday 21st


Detroit, Darlinghurst Theatre, 2015


A tart critique of the country’s fraying social fabric

There are many plays and films that point to the global financial crisis as their catalyst. Detroit provides an acute critique of two families trying desperately to stay in the middle class, despite economic pressure that lead them into emotional and alcoholic dissolve.

WHAT: Detroit
WHEN: 8 pm
WHERE: Darlinghurst Theatre Co.
HOW MUCH: $30 -$45

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Bondi Feast Continues…

The Bondi Feast, kicked off last weekend and is now heading into its final week. But its not to late to taste the sweet favours flavours of ‘Madame Waffle’ or get involved in some a support group for the ignorant. Or jump in the ring and watch Bitch Boxer. The festivities continue until Saturday night.

WHAT: Bondi Feast
WHEN: 6.o0 pm
WHERE: Bondi Pavilion
HOW MUCH: Free – booking essential

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Change Agents

Children are the future, and these wide eyes, highly skilled design graduates are in as good a place as any to change the world. This exhibition combines a selected group of graduate works around the themes of health and well being and design for Social impact.

WHAT: Ignoramus Anonymous 
WHEN: 5 – 7 pm
WHERE: Kudos Gallery

Wednesday 22nd

Listen! I'm Telling You Stories

Listen! I’m Telling You Stories

Extend beyond your comfort zone.

The exhibition explores a range of works usually of the digitally medium, but translated into works to be displayed in the real life.

WHAT: Pitch Zine _ Goodspace I.R.L
WHEN: 6 pm
WHERE: GOODSPACE, LVL 1 115 Regent St Chippendale

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9 artists travelled by mini bus into the heart of the country…

The experiences of 9 artists who each journeyed into the heart of the country. What they saw however is in dispute. In collaboration with director Katrina Douglas we see a new performance examining the nature of truth.

WHAT: Listen! I’m Telling You Stories
WHEN: 7 pm
WHERE: 107 Railway Parade, 2043
HOW MUCH: $20 – book online

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Join Oxfam Australia’s Design for Change for a very special conversation about design and gender inequality. The event will invite designers and creatives to come and talk shop about how design can be used to activate communities around the issue of gender inequality.

WHAT: #feelswrong: an exhibition and conversation about design and gender inequality.
WHEN: 6 pm
WHERE: Monster Children: 6 Australia Street, Camperdown
HOW MUCH: Free – rsvp online

Thursday 23rd

Ryan McGoldrick, The Great Speckled Bird

Ryan McGoldrick, The Great Speckled Bird

Brand X Creative Retail Residency

The creatives behind Brand X have embarked on their seventh retail residency titled, The CoLab. A collaboration between local furniture, jewellery and fashion designers, who for the next 3-months will transform the space into a place of original lifestyle ideas.

WHAT: The CoLab Official Launch
WHEN: 6 – 9 pm
WHERE: 180b Campbell St, Surry Hills, NSW 2010
HOW MUCH: Free – RSVP online

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The two week season will commence with the intermedia performance The Great Speckled Bird by Ryan McGoldrick, followed by the dance-theatre performance Dining [Uns]-table from Cloe’ Fournier. Through interactive technology and personal conjecture, the performances explore similar thematic ideas of family, memory and the stories we tell ourselves.

WHAT: Doing Time / The Survey 
WHEN: 7.30 pm Wednesday 24 – Saturday 27 June
WHERE: PACT, 107 Railway Parade, Erskineville 
HOW MUCH: $15 – $20

Caravan Poetry Slam

The open mic slam poetry night is back for the month of July. The event brings together around 20 local poets who offer their three-minute slam up to a panel of judges and the audience.

WHAT: Caravan Poetry Slam
Camelot Lounge, 19 Marrickville Rd.
WHEN: Thursday 23rd July, 7pm
TICKETS: Performers, FREE – Guests, $5

Late Night Library: Stories about Music

This edition of Late Night Library offers an evening of Stories About Music. Some of Sydney’s best writers, performers and musicians including Zoe Norton Lodge, Jordan Raskopolous and Eddie Sharp will wax lyrical about music, songs and the stories behind them. Plus there’s free wine and cheese!

WHAT: Late Night Library: Stories about Music
WHERE: Surry Hills Library, 405 Crown St.
WHEN: Thursday 23rd July, 9pm

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Friday 24th

The Epic - Scott Sandwich & Finn O'Branagain

The Epic – Scott Sandwich & Finn O’Branagain

The Epic

Hosted by Finn O’Branagáin and Scott Sandwich who described themselves as part-time performance poets, full-time story enthusiasts, and double-time friends, be taken on a fun journey of the most epic retelling of stories, myths and texts.

WHAT: The Epic – Spoken Word at Bondi Feast
WHEN: 7 pm
WHERE: Big Theatre, Bondi Pavilion

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I can hear dancing

The new season curated by Kiri Morcombe sees the intersection of music and dance. The season will see collaborations with Australia’s most established choreographers and musicians, such as Antony and Julian Hamilton (The Presets), Kate McIntosh and Bree Van Reyk.  Their collaborative works will challenge the way audiences interact with contemporary dance.

WHAT: I Can Hear Dancing
WHEN: 7 pm & 8.30 pm
WHERE: Campbelltown Arts Centre
HOW MUCH: Single Ticket $20 – $30, Three day pass $50 – $70

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Christmas in the Aquarium

Hijinks, the infamous party throwers are dusting off their snow globes and santa hats to make your childhood dreams come true. They are throwing a Christmas in July Winter Warmer in the Sydney Aquarium complete with pop up bars, silent disco and free christmas presents. If you missed your awkward family photo this year… see you there!

WHAT: Hijinks: Christmas in July winter warmer
WHEN: 7 pm
WHERE: Sydney Aquarium

Sunday 26th

Ideas Platform | Masculist Futures: The Lucy R. Lippard Lecture

Ideas Platform, Masculist Futures: The Lucy R. Lippard Lecture

Sculpture by the PBC

The Petersham Bowling club are teaming up with Reverse Garbage to bring you Sculpture by the PBC. Artists will festoon the precisely brideed lawns of the bowling club with works of under the theme ‘old made new’. Art, beer and the outdoors. The Archibald and the Sculpture by the Sea have nothing of this.

WHAT: Sculptures by the Petersham Bowling Club
WHEN: 1pm
WHERE: Petersham Bowling Club

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Drone Regulation v. Amusement Park Art

Two Up brings you two completely unrelated topics, back to back. This round Ben Brooks will be discussing the ethics, policy and future of drone regulations, complete with real life drone! While artist and curator Zanny Begg will fill your minds with the memories of Amusement Parks and discuss how they are inspiring contemporary artists today.

WHAT: Two Up Talk Series
WHEN: 6 pm
WHERE: 107 Projects, Redfern
HOW MUCH: $10 – book online.

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Ideas Platform: Masculist Futures

Sydney artists and researchers Kelly Doley and Diana Smith are nobly trying to rewrite art history, with a masculist touch. To get the ball rolling they are holding a range of workshops, reading groups and other participatory events. As a kick starter the mythical The Lucy R. Lippard will be giving a lecture as part of there Sunday School. This event is not to be missed.

WHAT: Ideas Platform: Masculist Futures
WHEN: 2 – 4 pm
WHERE: Artspace

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Film Club at the Museum of Sydney

The Museum of Sydney is holding a film club on Sunday mornings and this week they will be playing the Australian documentary 88. 88 is a landmark documentary that explores the remarkable events that led up to January 26th 1988, the convoys converging onto Sydney from all corners of the land, the march and its aftermath. 

WHAT: Film Club: ’88
WHEN: 11 am – 1 pm
WHERE: Museum of Sydney



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