From virtual film festivals to boozy cooking classes, discover the best things to do in Sydney this June.
It might be the first month of winter, but Sydney is beginning to emerge from hibernation. Although we’re still a long way off “normal”, we’re starting to see events, venues and festivals re-schedule and even pivot online. So, here’s your guide to the best things to do this month!
Want to watch the magic of the ballet from the comfort of home? Now you can. The crew from the Australian Ballet have just released high-quality footage of the company’s performance as part of their 2020 digital season on ‘Ballet TV’. Ready to stream? Find out more here.
The Four Pillars Laboratory will be open for business from Friday, June 12th (launching ahead of what has been unofficially renamed ‘World Gin Weekend’). Finding its home at 410 Crown Street, Surry Hills in the Bussell Brothers building, the venue will feature three distinct elements: a Gin Shop, Gin Lab (with a working experimental still) and a destination cocktail bar, Eileen’s Bar. Find out more about their opening weekend of activities here.
Say hello to the Fever-Tree virtual Gin & Tonic Festival. Taking place on World Gin Day (June 13th 2020), this event is set to be the world’s first virtual gin & tonic festival, giving gin lovers the chance to explore the diverse and delightful world of gin from the comfort of their couch. The event will take place over 90 minutes from 5:30pm-7pm, inviting attendees to take part in an online gin tasting experiences and masterclasses. Get ready for a truckload of G&T goodness, with Australia’s leading bartenders on hand to offer recommendations to help you craft your perfect gin and tonic pairing. Find out more here.
Now in its 67th year, the Sydney Film Festival is going ahead in 2020 with its first-ever digital program. For the first time ever, film buffs will be able to buy tickets to a virtual version of the festival, enabling viewers to tune in from across Sydney and beyond to experience the program. Find out more here.
Rekindling the old school practice of drive-in cinemas, Mov’in Car delivers a rooftop drive-in cinema experience to the heart of the Eastern Suburbs. Landing in Entertainment Quarter, the new venture will see sessions kick off from Thursday, May 28th to Sunday, August 30th 2020. Screenings will be held on Wednesdays (1 session per night at 6:30pm) and Thursdays to Sundays (with 2 sessions per night, one at 5:30pm and 8:30pm). Find out more here.
From June 5th 2020, the masterclass ‘Bubbles, Burrata and Bocconcini‘ will be back. This interactive cheese making class will see up to 10 social-distanced attendees learn how to make these delicious cheeses, all while sipping on bottomless bubbles. Each session will be hosted at Omnom’s HQ in the heart of Rosebery, with classes running for 90 minutes. Find out more here.
Want to relive the best arts and cultural events presented by the iconic Sydney Opera House? Now you can, thanks to ‘From Our House To Yours’, the venue’s digital program of live broadcasts, archival footage, premieres and so much more. Tune into this digital season every Thursday to Sunday to witness awe-inspiring performances. Find out more here.
After the festival was paused earlier this year, The Biennale of Sydney’s 22nd edition ‘NIRIN’ will reopen to the public from June 16th (with some participating venues even reopening as early as June 1st). These free contemporary art exhibits across Sydney will showcase over 700 artworks by 101 leading artists. The event will now run until September 6th at a number of Sydney arts venues. Find out more here.
Looking for more ways to get your dose of arts and culture? Check out our guide to 7 free cultural things to do in Sydney this month.
To celebrate Richard Tognetti’s 30th year as Artistic Director, the Australian Chamber Orchestra is launching a free digital season this June. From June 15th to June 21st, the ACO will be streaming premiere performances, re-broadcasts and more of the orchestra’s most cherished concerts. Plus, you can sever see the online premiere of the critically acclaimed cinematic collaboration of the film Mountain. Find out more here.