There is just a generally incredible arts & culture vibe around Sydney at the moment. With a collection of huge festivals coming to an end & even more about to begin, there are no shortage of things to get involved in within our wonderful city.
Sydney Writers Festival ran all of last week & attracted both local & international authors, speakers, storytellers & poets to it’s illustrious program. It concluded on Sunday with an independent zine fair at The MCA, which encouraged local creatives to submit their own publications to be purchased by the public.
Semi-Permanent welcomed one of the most well-connected & infamous names in the art-world, Thierry Guetta, better known by his moniker, Mr Brainwash. 2014 saw Semi-Permanents most impressive catalog to date, bringing together many of the most highly respected experts within their creative field to the festival hub at Carriageworks for a series of talks, workshops, screenings, installations, parties & exhibitions.
The 19th Biennale Of Sydney sprawls itself across a few incredible spaces across Sydney including AGNSW, Artspace, Carriageworks, MCA & of course Cockatoo Island. On Sunday I finally got the chance to get the ferry to the World-Heritage listed abandoned dockyard. I lost myself amongst the warehouses of art & installations, often contemplating what was actually an intentional inclusion in the exhibition & what was part of the historical environment. Once the inevitable art fatigue had set in, I sat in the unseasonably warm Winter sunshine & had afternoon drinks looking back towards Sydney Harbour.
Runs 21st March to 9th June.
This recommendation seems obvious… If you looked at your Instagram feed at all last weekend you would have been well aware that “OMG everyone is at #VIVID”. Yes, there are some pretty lights projected onto the Opera House but VIVID Sydney is quite a bit more than just that. The festival of light, music & ideas somehow consistently exceeds its own greatness each year with compelling light & sound installations surrounding the harbour, VIVID Live’s music program & VIVID Ideas’ insightful workshops & discussions. On Friday night I was invited to Siberian Nights x VIVID 2014 Opening Night at The Opera House. Presented by both Siberia Records & VIVID Live, together they brought a line-up including Cassius Select, Forces, Black Vanilla & Andy Stott (UK), who made his Australian debut. The combination of music with fully immersive visual effects consumed the studio space underneath the Concert Hall where The Pixies were playing their first show of the weekend.
Runs 23rd May to 9th June.
Within the past month alone, Sydney has offered an incredible collection of cultural festivals & programs which have explored not only art but also music, creative writing & education. This week marks the start of 60th anniversary for The Sydney Film Festival. It is one of the longest running & most iconic celebrations of cinema in the world & this seasons aggregation of films will not disappoint. There is an overwhelming variety & schedule of titles screening across 12 days in different theatres throughout Sydney. 20,000 Days On Earth is an “extraordinary portrait of musician & cultural icon Nick Cave” & premieres at The State Theatre at 7.30pm on opening night. Dior & I is a documentary that follows designer Raf Simons for 8 weeks as he creates his first Dior Haute Couture collection. There is a 4.00pm matinee session on Sunday 15th June at Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace, Cremourne.
Runs 4th to 15th June.