Culture Guide: Summer Edition

December 30th 2021

DANCERITES Deadly Moments

“For almost 10 years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have travelled to Sydney to take part in the Sydney Opera House’s various First Nations Festivals and principal Festival now known as Dancerites. As Dancerites was not able to go ahead due to the pandemic the Sydney Opera House has compiled highlights of the festival and its growth over the years in its honour instead.”

WHO: Sydney Opera House & Dancerites Festival
WHERE: Sydney Opera House Streaming 

4A Digital

“4A Digital seeks to explore 3D identity, virtual realms, and the limits of digital space. Artists working in interactive creative code, audio visual experiences and 3D animation create immersive projects delving into personal and shared journeys while pushing the boundaries of how we interact with online environments.”

WHO: 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
WHERE: 4A Digital Website 


Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of 2021

“Immerse yourself in the beauty of the natural world in this stunning photographic exhibition, with more than 100 sensational wildlife and nature photos on display. The exhibition celebrates the natural diversity and heritage of Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and New Guinea bioregion.”

WHO: The Australian Museum &  South Australian Museum
WHERE: The Australian Museum, 1 William St, Darlinghurst
WHEN: Mondays to Sundays, 10am-5pm
HOW MUCH: Free Exhibition 

NIDA Screen Acting Bootcamp

“Designed for children aged 10-16 years old, identify and experience the essentials of screen acting. Build your on-screen confidence as you develop skills in improvisation, character development and script work.”

WHO: NIDA & Campbelltown Arts Centre
WHERE: Campbelltown Arts Centre, 1 Art Gallery Rd, Campbelltown 
WHEN: 11th–13th January, 10am – 4pm
HOW MUCH: $341.99


House Warming

“For the Centre for Creativity’s opening week Rosie Deacon has created a new installation, House Warming, that will welcome guests of all ages to explore, experiment, play and interact. Participants will be able to wear costumes, or make jewellery, little creatures and plants out of simple recycled materials, that they can take home or add to the space.”

WHO: Rosie Deacon & Sydney Opera House
WHERE: Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney
WHEN: 4th-16th January

Icarus, my Son 

Icarus, my Son is a semi-autobiographical exhibition that takes inspiration from the ancient Greek tragedy of Icarus and Daedalus. Featuring new video, sculptural and installation work, Icarus, my Son investigates ideas of home, ambition, cataclysm and loss.”

WHO: Dean Cross & Goulburn Regional Art Gallery
WHERE: Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh
WHEN: Wednesdays to Sundays, 10am-5pm


Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner

“Written by award-winning British playwright Jasmine Lee-Jones, seven methods of killing kylie jenner is a deep dive into the murky waters of colourism and the commodification of Black women.”

WHO: Iolanthe, Moreblessing Maturure & Sydney Festival
WHERE: Lennox Theatre, Corner Market & Church St, Parramatta
WHEN: 6th-9th January

Black Brass

Black Brass is a play of voyaging and discovery told through music and song that spans a continent. Set in a small recording studio, a cleaner tries to tidy the mess left by careless musicians. As he cleans, a window opens onto his life – the pain of leaving his home, the alienation of living in a new land, his gratitude, his confusion, the beautiful mess of life.”

WHO: Mararo Wangai, Mahamudo Selimane & Sydney Festival
WHERE: Belvoir Theatre, 25 Belvoir St, Surry Hills
WHEN: 6th-23rd January
HOW MUCH: Tickets from $40+



Longing, preservation and a holding in stasis of imagery and memory are presented in the painting and ceramic works of close friends Claudia Brand and Babette Robertson. Having both come back to painting after focusing on digital and installation practices, the artists have discovered a new-found reverence for the medium.

WHO: Sit Gallery
WHERE: 329 South Dowling St, Darlinghurst
WHEN: Fridays to Sundays, 12-4pm
HOW MUCH: Free (By Appointment Only)

Future Dreaming

“A large-scale artwork transforms Stargazer Lawn at Barangaroo into a place to gather, look to the past and demand the future. A powerful message delivered from the inspiring vantage point of the headland, this installation is conceived and created by First Nation artist Jacob Nash, Head Designer at Bangarra Dance Theatre and Sydney Festival’s Creative Artist in Residence.”

WHO: Jacob Nash & Sydney Festival
WHERE: Barangaroo Reserve, Barangaroo, Sydney
WHEN: 7th-30th January



“It’s been a while – 65 million years, actually – since Sydney echoed to the calls and footsteps of dinosaurs. Now, thanks to Erth, Sydney’s world-famous dino-recreationists, it’s like they never left.  A delight for the whole family, all you have to do is pack a picnic, practise your dino-voice and prepare to get very close to your favourite ancient creatures.”

WHO: Erth, Sydney Festival & Parramatta Park
WHERE: The Crescent, Parramatta Park O’Connell Street, Parramatta
WHEN: 8th-14th January

The Pulse

“The world-renowned Australian physical theatre company Gravity & Other Myths unites with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs’ VOX for The Pulse. A moving choral score meets and enhances the beauty of the physical display, as this landmark work explores how we – as people, communities or clusters of particles – respond to the changes that are continually happening around us.” 

WHO: Gravity & Other Myths, Sydney Philharmonia Choir & Sydney Festival
WHERE: Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay
WHEN: 6th-9th January
HOW MUCH: $69-79


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