Winter definitely makes getting out and about a challenge, but as the end of this chilly season draws closer there are more reasons than ever to get out and about this August. Here are our top 5 picks to help you dust off the cobwebs and get out and enjoy some of Sydney’s culture.
The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes
Australia’s annual portrait, landscape and genre painting competitions are back again this year. With a particularly eclectic collection of Archibald finalists and a winning portrait with a wonderful story, its a great year to head down to the gallery and soak up some artistic talent. The exhibitions opened on the 18th of July so those first weekend crowds have now died down and you can move smoothly and uninhibitedly through the exhibitions.
The Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery Rd, NSW, 9225 1819
Matilda the Musical
Roald Dahl’s magic filled book Matilda has been part of many a child’s upbringing and it is now a multi-award winning musical. With music and lyrics written by Australia’s own, eye liner loving comedian and musician Tim Minchin, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Matilda the Musical has been showered with praise. There’s nothing like singing children and masterful set and light design to warm you up on a cold night. Try something a little different and let Matilda cast her spell on you!
The Lyric Theatre, Pirrama Rd, Sydney, 9509 3600
The Present at STC
The Sydney Theatre Company is known for pulling some big names but with theatre company director Andrew Upton concluding his contract with STC at the end of this year, it seems he is going to go out with a bang. Cate Blanchett, Richard Roxburgh and Toby Schmitz are just some of the actors who will be performing Checkov’s The Present at STC this month. Set in 1995 Russia Upton is directing this classic in accordance with his own interpretation, highlighting gender roles and identifying female characters. For a intellectual feast book your tickets to The Present but get in quickly as this is, understandably, a very popular production.
The Wharf, Pier 4 Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay, 9250 1777
Retrosweat Boy Band Dance Class at GoodGod
GoodGod are back with their much loved dance classes! This time however, they will be joined by the Retrosweat team who will be running a full boyband dance class. If you’ve ever wanted to bring the boyfriend along but didn’t think he would appreciate learning Beyonce dance moves then this is the class for you! Flashback to your backstreet boy loving self and indulge in some synchronised step apart step together dancing.
Goodgod Small Club, 53 – 55 Liverpool St, Sydney, 8084 0587
Energies: Hains and Hinterding at The MCA
Wonder through The Museum of Contemporary Art’s latest exhibition, Energies. Australian artists David Haines and Joyce Hinterding have collaborated to create a visually stimulating exhibition that explores energetic forces and the intersection of hallucination and the environment. Soak up these involving installations in an exhibition that incorporates performance, sculpture, photography, drawing, sound and moving image.
MCA, 140 George St. The Rocks, 9245 2400