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Festivals

Posted 22 Mar 2017 @ 2:08pm

For the first time ever, Parramatta's Riverside Theatres will be the location for this weekend's national touring Flickerfest film festival.

 

Riversie will host the Best of Australian and Best of International short film programmes, handpicked from the 2,400 entries for Flickerfest 2017.

 

Flims being showcased in the Best of International section include Battalion...

Posted 21 Mar 2017 @ 2:50pm

The Northern Beaches' all-genre festival will return this April with a huge lineup. 

 

With a successful debut under its belt, Housefox Studios has announced that its festival, Housefox Fest, will be back in 2017.

 

While Housefox prides itself on showcasing music and artists of all genres, this year's headliners are definitely on the heavier side of things with...

Posted 21 Mar 2017 @ 1:05pm

To celebrate the tenth year of Sydney Film Festival's Official Competition and Sydney Film Prize, the festival will be screening all of its previous competition winners every Tuesday night for ten weeks.

 

The Official Competition is the contest element of the Sydney Film Festival. The major prize (currently $63,000) is awarded to the winning film every year. Now, every Tuesday...

Posted 21 Mar 2017 @ 12:38pm

Reviewed on Saturday March 18

 

Some things just go together. Peanut butter and jelly, socks and shoes, Wayne and Garth, and most importantly, wine and music. How could that not be a winning combination? The man behind Hot Dub Time Machine, Tom Loud, sure thought so. After the success of his aptly named Hot Dub Wine Machine event in McLaren Vale in 2016, Loud decided to bring his...

Posted 14 Mar 2017 @ 1:59pm

The Vivid Ideas program will host more than 200 events to get you thinking in 2017. 

 

Part of the Vivid Sydney festival, Vivid Ideas is a set of conferences and talks focusing on the changing face of creative industries. American artist Shepard Fairey will headline this year's lineup of creative thinkers.

  

Fairey is renowned for his HOPE poster, the famous image...

Posted 14 Mar 2017 @ 12:04pm

Vivid Sydney has just announced the program for its 2017 festival of light. And for the first time, Barangaroo has been added to the illuminated list. 

 

This year's program will brighten up even more of Sydney's beloved cityscape. Our Instagram feeds will have more variety than ever with the announcement that Barangaroo will join the bill for the first time, telling the story of...

Posted 14 Mar 2017 @ 11:25am

After a successful launch event last time around, Vivid Sydney is once again putting silent disco on ice for two weeks this winter.

 

Don the headphones and enjoy a live DJ set while you skate the rink at Central Park Mall in Chippendale from 4pm each day.

 

The rink itself will be open from 10am until 8pm daily, with all ages welcome. Capacity is limited to 45...

Posted 14 Mar 2017 @ 10:47am

The full program for the Sydney Opera House's Vivid LIVE festival is here.

 

Following the announcement that Fleet Foxes are reforming and will headline Vivid LIVE with a series of Opera House shows, the festival programmers have now revealed a bumper full lineup.

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Posted 10 Mar 2017 @ 2:31pm

It’s been over two weeks since the BRAG called out Sydney’s Days Like This festival for featuring zero females on its 30-strong artist bill.

 

“We weren’t the only ones who had picked up on this,” said BRAG reporter Jessica Westcott. “Nina Las Vegas sent out a tweet and got into a dialogue with Alison Wonderland. But within the hour they had taken the tweets down.”

 

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Posted 28 Feb 2017 @ 12:45pm

Reviewed Friday February 17 - Monday February 20 (photo by Leah Hattendorff)

 

Having experienced the weird wonders of accompanying David Hasselhoff on an EDM cruise last November (and yes, that was really a thing), there seemed no finer opportunity to put...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 3:07pm

Lidcombe's Wyatt Park will be host to the ninth Africulture festival this March, showcasing the very best of African culture.

 

The festival celebrates cultures from almost 40 African countries, which is an increase in countries represented last year.

 

Wyatt Park will be transformed for one day only to showcase the various stalls, activities, fashion and food. It's...

Posted 13 Feb 2017 @ 4:15pm

As part of this year's Sydney Science Festival, visitors will be able to take part in an auditory adventure inside the workings of the human voice.

 

The immersive experience, dubbed This Is A Voice, blends science, theatre, technology and sound to explore how the voice is connected to human life and identity.

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Posted 13 Feb 2017 @ 1:23pm

Music lovers, take note. Ahead of the 2017 iteration of Secret Garden Festival, organisers have shared a 'Fancy Ideas For Fancy Dress' video.

 

The clip includes a heap of ideas for dressing up at this year's event (disco ball, anyone?), while avoiding causing offence like the two punters who found themselves face-to-face with the festival programmer after...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 12:14pm

The second lineup for the Hunter Valley's Gum Ball music festival has been announced. 

 

Kim Churchill, The Funk Hunters and Flyying Colours are amoung the new artists announced for the second line up for The Gum Ball music festival this April. They join Regurgitator, Tripod, Boo Seeka and many others.

 

The festival hits Belford in the Hunter Valley on Friday April...

Posted 6 Feb 2017 @ 1:02pm

Reviewed by David Molloy and Ben Potter (photo by Ashley Mar)

 

The sweltering heat could not keep revelers from descending on the Sydney College of the Arts for one of the last bastions for festivalgoers in the city, and by noon, the threatening clouds had parted and left behind a perfect day.

 

First to the stages was triple j Unearthed rapper Genesis Owusu,...

Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 1:35pm

Food lovers rejoice, the Taste of Sydney food festival is returning to Centennial Park this March.

 

From food markets to masterclasses with chefs, Taste of Sydney has it all. Attendees can check out established and new restaurants from around the city, including Saint Peter, Tequila Mockingbird, Four In Hand, Anason, Bouche On Bridge, Mercado and more.

 

There'll...

Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 11:50am

This year's Tropfest is almost upon us, and the finalists have now been revealed.

 

The 16 finalists were chosen from a selection of several hundred entries, and will have their films showed at the gala event on Saturday February 11.

 

The return edition of Tropfest will be held at its new location of Parramatta Park.

 

The finalists are:

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Posted 23 Jan 2017 @ 10:23am

Reviewed on Saturday January 21

 

A celebration of joie de vivre – the exuberant enjoyment of life – is not precisely how I would describe most music festivals. Often the experience is somewhere between an hour-long wait outside a muddy portaloo flooded with (at best) unidentifiable liquids and having your feet repeatedly stomped by what appears to be an eight-foot goth wrestler...

Posted 20 Jan 2017 @ 1:10pm

Award-winning and emerging indigenous artists will take the stage in April. 

 

The First Peoples' Program has been announced by the National Folk Festival, joining a massive lineup for 2017.

 

Leading the pack will be Genise and Nicholas Williams, Aranda people from the Northern Territory. Hailing from Aboriginal country music royalty, their music tells the story of...

Posted 19 Jan 2017 @ 12:45pm

Celebrate the vibrant culture of Latin America as the festival returns for its 37th year.

 

After a two-year hiatus, the Latin American Festival returned last year and drew record crowds to Bondi. 

 

The festival is a chance for Sydney's 106,000 Latin American Australians to celebrate and share their culture.

 

The day will feature performances from a...

Posted 16 Jan 2017 @ 9:55am

Reviewed on Saturday January 7

 

Grease monkeys from all over the country descended on the dusty plains of Canberra's Exhibition Park to demonstrate their automotive prowess and bask in the adoration of car fans at this year's Summernats, a staple in the annual Aussie summer madness.

 

There was no shortage of revved-up beasts showcasing custom creations with top-...

Posted 16 Jan 2017 @ 9:38am

Reviewed Tuesday December 27 - Sunday January 1

 

And so ended my… (seventh? eighth?) Woodford Folk Festival. It’s hard to keep track when each Boxing Day rolls around and the strange cavalcade starts to build steam once again. It’s been long enough now to have witnessed the festival soldier on through scorching sun and mighty rains that flooded Brisbane itself and came close to...

Posted 11 Jan 2017 @ 12:04pm

This year's Queer Screen Mardi Gras Film Festival is set to be bigger, brighter, bolder and more inclusive than ever with all-star casts and films that showcase the full spectrum of queer life. 

 

Featuring a world premiere, four international premieres, a massive 31 Aussie premieres and Moonlight (Golden Globe winner for Best Drama), the 2017 program features films covering ...

Posted 10 Jan 2017 @ 5:03pm

Reviewed Saturday December 31 – Monday January 2

 

Facing extreme heat – with a relentless downpour to come on its final night – Falls Festival at Byron Bay launched into festivities on New Year’s Eve by saying sayonara to the annus horriblius that was 2016 (at least in music, right?) with one of the best Boogie Nights lineups it’s seen since its inception. The heat was nothing...

Posted 21 Dec 2016 @ 11:24am

One of Sydney's favourite short film festivals is set to return to Bondi Pavilion next year for ten nights of homegrown and international cinematic awesomeness.

 

The 2017 program features categories including the Best Of Australian and International, Best Of Documentary, Windows On Europe, Love Bites, Short Laughs Comedy, Green Flicks and a selection of Oscar-winning short films...

Posted 20 Dec 2016 @ 3:18pm

Sydney Psych Fest is bringing the good vibes back to town for a third time in 2017.

 

The independent-run and diversity-focused music festival will return to the Factory Theatre in February with a pair of international headliners.

 

Carsick Cars and White+, two of China's best indie exports, lead a first round lineup that's also packed with Aussie talent. Flyying...

Posted 16 Dec 2016 @ 2:46pm

The three-day music and camping festival in the Hunter Valley, The Gum Ball, has locked in a boom lineup for 2017.

 

Next year's event at Dashville will feature a headlining set from quirky rock icons Regurgitator, joined by comedy trio Tripod.

 

Also appearing are songwriter Boo Seeka and collaborator Sammy Seeka, The Drones' frontman Gareth Liddiard, three-piece...

Posted 16 Dec 2016 @ 10:34am

The one-day heavy hitter will feature sets from Waax and Stone Lions, plus Aaron Gocs as MC. 

 

Thrashville festival has added Brisbane band and triple j faves Waax to its lineup, promising to bring their hard and heavy energy that has garnered much attention from the music industry. 

 

Also newly scheduled on the first-time festival bill are Stone Lions - a pop-...

Posted 15 Dec 2016 @ 1:26pm

Childish Gambino or Tkay Maidza? The Rubens or The Jezabels? Bernard Fanning or Jamie T?

 

The 24th annual Falls Music and Arts Festival has just announced a full list of set times for all locations, so festival-goers can begin to plan out their day and check for any pesky clashes between their favourite bands.

 
They've also revealed maps for each campsite,...

Posted 15 Dec 2016 @ 9:43am

In one fell swoop, Australia's most extravagant forest party has announced the full list of acts for this year's Secret Garden festival.

 

Now that festival tix have sold out, organisers have revealed a 48-hour music program headlined by The Jezabels, Urthboy and Oliver Tank, with Donny Benet & Friends curating Love Song Dedications and much more.

 

As usual, it...

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