Arts News

Posted 12 Oct 2016 @ 2:09pm

It's inevitable - as you read this, you'll be humming the theme to Harry Potter to yourself.


Whimsy and delight return to the Opera House as the Sydney Symphony Orchestra prepares to host two performances of John Williams' sensational score to Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone as part of the Harry Potter concert...

Posted 12 Oct 2016 @ 10:17am

Rites Of Passage, the tattoo festival that's had six popular iterations in Melbourne, is making its Sydney debut this weekend.


This Friday through Sunday marks Sydney's chance to enjoy the Rites Of Passage Festival Tour 2016, celebrating not only tattoo culture but also art, music and live freestyle motocross displays.


More than 250 tattoo talents from Australia...

Posted 12 Oct 2016 @ 9:54am

The weirdest man in Australian comedy, Sam Simmons, is breaking into the Sydney Opera House with his latest show this summer.


Not A People Person has taken the Aussie absurdist from Melbourne to Edinburgh and the US, and now he's returning to Sydney with a tasty collection of comedy awards stashed under his pillow.


A Sam Simmons show is anything but predictable...

Posted 11 Oct 2016 @ 2:39pm

The sun has officially come out, and now Coogee Bay Hotel is celebrating with a Craft Beer And Cider Festival in its beer garden next weekend.


The festival will feature more than 20 craft beer and cider brands from Australia and overseas, including local faves Young Henrys, Lord Nelson, Stone & Wood and Sydney Brewery.


CBH's chefs will be on hand to fire up...

Posted 7 Oct 2016 @ 6:48pm

Rob Zombie is the master of provocation: his films are equal parts blood, gore, and, uh, blood. 


That said, underneath their outwardly icky exterior, his flicks are often concerned with, oddly enough, the power of family, and even his most difficult work (The Devil’s Rejects, anyone?) has a weird kinda heartwarming pull all of its own.


To see whether his new...

Posted 7 Oct 2016 @ 2:09pm

Featuring Internet lols, Street Fighter, Harambe, Cat Videos, Dan Harmon, Buffy, and so much more.


A brand new 24 + hour experience is kicking off at the Sydney Opera House over one action-packed December weekend.


Bingefest invites one and all to binge on an unpredictable collection of television, performance art, podcasts, video game battles and something we...

Posted 7 Oct 2016 @ 1:49pm

Dad's the word, and they're not about to keep quiet with new show Dads.


Seeking inspiration from the most unexpected places, Sydney-based dance and choreography group Dance Makers Collective have announced new show Dads.


True to their word, the show will draw influence from the fathers of those involved within the...

Posted 7 Oct 2016 @ 1:48pm

Bruce Beresford's cult surfing and coming-of-age film will feature a special guest appearance and interview from the director.


Well known for the way it captures life as a teenager in the late 1970s in the unique microcosm of Australian society, Bruce Beresford's 1981 film Puberty Blues is now set for a special screening at the Randwick Ritz.


The renowned...

Posted 7 Oct 2016 @ 1:45pm

The festival considers the environmentally sustainable in its exclusive partnership with gelato-meisters Cow & Moon.


And now for something completely different... The Ant-enna Documentary Film Festival has teamed up with gelato house Cow & Moon for a highly ant-icipated sweet treat for attendees of the Australian premiere of vibr-ant documentary Bugs.



Posted 7 Oct 2016 @ 11:20am

Don't despair - The Rocks comes bearing beers to celebrate.


Oktoberfest returns to historic heritage precinct The Rocks for its 12th year running, with the Australian Heritage Hotel and The Mercantile set to host two beer and food showcases to celebrate the German festival.


The Australian Heritage Hotel, one of Sydney's oldest and most respected pubs, will offer...

Posted 5 Oct 2016 @ 12:33pm

More drool-inducing baked goods are about to be made available as The Grounds Of Alexandria introduces a new experience at its revitalised location.


New culinary experience The Bakery at The Grounds provides a larger environment and a...

Posted 5 Oct 2016 @ 10:42am

Fancy yourself the next Shakespeare? Well good, because applications for the 2016 Patrick White Playwrights' Award and Fellowship are now open to budding young Australian playwrights. 


Prizes for the Award and the Fellowship are designed to benefit both emerging and established young pen pushers, with...

Posted 29 Sep 2016 @ 3:05pm

Kenzee Patterson's exhibition A tree branches, so does a river focuses on two significant moments in Lismore's history.


Two of Lismore's most significant historical events, and the roles two of the artist's ancestors played in their conception, will underline this new exhibition from Kenzee Patterson: the logging of red cedar in the Lismore region, along with the construction...

Posted 29 Sep 2016 @ 3:00pm

The inimitable comedian is here in December.


It's easy (and lazy) to describe someone as boundary-pushing - but let's be honest, Eric Andre exemplifies the word. From placing rotting sardines under his guest's chair to throwing toilet water on Ariel Pink and exposing himself to Seth Rogen, the surrealist talk-show host and comedian likes to rankle people. And why not, because...

Posted 29 Sep 2016 @ 1:52pm

The solo exhibition by Sydney-based artist Ella Barclay considers the nature of our encounters with technology.


Ella Barclay's I Had To Do It exhibition is equal parts abstract and tangible in its exploration of the sometimes-chaotic physical nature of technology, and how this represents our desire for connectivity with ingrained systems in society.



Posted 29 Sep 2016 @ 1:15pm

The Georges Feydeau production has been newly adapted by Andrew Upton for a season at the Opera House.


The creative ensemble behind Sydney Theatre Company's Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead have joined director Andrew Upton in a new realization of Georges Feydeau's 1907 French farce A Flea In Her Ear in all its Belle Époque glory. Harriet Dyer, David Woods, and Helen...

Posted 29 Sep 2016 @ 12:18pm

The Brazilian art exhibition is a celebration of Brazil's colourful multicultural narratives.


In the wake of an entertaining and occasionally-surreal Rio Olympics, Brazilian art exhibition Interfluxo will be presented at Paddington's Comber Street Studios over two weeks.


Having travelled to her native Brazil to research and collect artworks that best represented...

Posted 29 Sep 2016 @ 12:00pm

The People's Republic of Movies have lined up international artist Tom Ford for a special Q + A on the back of new film Nocturnal Animals.


Hot off the success of their sold-out inaugural event with Quentin Tarantino earlier this year, The People's Republic of Movies will host an exclusive Q + A session live from London with internationally-celebrated designer, artist and film...

Posted 28 Sep 2016 @ 11:29am

This is Not Art (TiNA) takes over Newcastle this long weekend, with a packed lineup of over 190 events celebrating emerging and experimental artists.


 Now entering it’s 19th year, the program features glittery bad-ass bike tours, interactive street art and a signature Sunday Wind Down in Pacific Park to close the festival.



Posted 23 Sep 2016 @ 1:47pm

The Friends of Harry Series will feature Hong Kong's Yardbird restaurant for its fifth instalment.


Harpoon Harry's have poached Hong Kong's Yardbird restaurant to feature in in their Friends Of Harry food series, with Harpoon Harry chef Morgan McGlone and Yardbird co-founder and executive chef Matt Abergel teaming up to create a special a la carte menu for the occasion.

Posted 23 Sep 2016 @ 1:45pm

The initiative is inviting artists to submit their applications for next year's year-long residency program.


Artspace has announced applications are now open for its One Year Studio Program for 2017, offering artists a free residency from March 2017 to February 2018. A panel comprised of Artspace staff and external judges selects seven artists to feature their projects in a...

Posted 23 Sep 2016 @ 12:25pm

The five-course munchie feast rolls out over two nights at The Forresters pub in Surry Hills.


McQueenies have announced this year's annual stoner dinner, and it's set to feature a gut-swelling five courses to put those munchies to bed. Following on from the big success of last year's successful stoner feast, the night promises such delights as the Hash Brown double down with...

Posted 23 Sep 2016 @ 12:02pm

The premium gin distiller is in search of an 'Unusually Australian Cucumber'.


Hendrick's Gin, responsible for one of the most distinct gins ever created, is inviting gin and cucumber lovers to vote for what they believe to be the most unusual Australian ingredients.


It's all part of a plan to develop a new, distinctive growing formula to partner with the unique...

Posted 23 Sep 2016 @ 11:49am

The moveable feast is bigger than ever and will feature as part of this year's Good Food Month.


Recently voted Best Community Event as part of the prestigious national Australian Event Awards 2016, Parramatta will once again host a veritable feast of art, food, music and culture as Parramatta Lanes Festival returns as part of this year's Good Food Month. 



Posted 22 Sep 2016 @ 2:08pm

Dragons! Mermaids! Ninjas! Wizards! Aliens! Teleportation! All cool ideas that you can't write about at this radical new course because they're mine. Plagarism ain't cool bro.


Like the idea of writing scripts for movies and television shows? Or just want to improve on your mad screenwriting skillz?


Well, the Sydney Film School has expanded its short course...

Posted 22 Sep 2016 @ 12:40pm

NOTE: All productions are for adult viewing only. So leave your kiddie, tweens, and teens at home.


The upcoming October production season at NIDA promises to be mammoth one, with an enthralling and diverse mix of works including two original compositions, an Australian play, one German classic and an English play-turned-film. Check the mammoth list of productions below:

Posted 21 Sep 2016 @ 4:53pm

Sydney-based artist Catherine Clayton-Smith has announced a solo exhibition of new paintings entitled Grooming. 


Following on from her popular exhibitions Spirit Level in 2015 and Obstacle Course earlier this year, Grooming will explore sources from social media and the artist's own source materials.


Posted 21 Sep 2016 @ 4:35pm

Right now it seems like there are pop-up galleries all over town that are hosting in-depth and intense political collections: the Australian Centre for Photography is no exception.


The ACP's new pop-up gallery will play host to several...

Posted 21 Sep 2016 @ 12:23pm

It's time to look away from your phones and look up at the wonderful city around you, for the Sydney Architecture Festival has announced the details of its 2016 event.


Over the four-day festival four kinds of tour will be offered, exploring Chippendale's creative precinct and its influential architectural...

Posted 16 Sep 2016 @ 6:16pm

Art Party, one of Sydney's premiere showcases of the performing arts and music, are celebrating their birthday - and they want you to come too.


Ole folks over at Art Party are throwing a fourth birthday shindig, one that will feature a range of musicians and performers putting on the kind of high-octane, excitement-fuelled shows the Art Party-brand have made their name with....