It’s going to be an exciting Sydney Festival and plenty of it can be seen locally. Carriageworks and the Seymour Centre will once again be busy venues and for the first time the Festival will be taking itself to the streets and parks of Erskineville.
Following the success of the Surry Hills Late-Night Library, the City of Sydney has programmed a series of free after-hours cultural events to bring workers, locals and visitors into the City’s libraries at a time that works for them. This Late-Night Library initiative will see Newtown, Surry Hills, Kings Cross and Customs House Libraries host an eclectic selection of late-night talks, comedy acts and films to run from now until April next year.
DARLINGTON: On Sunday November 25, Charlie’s Garden in Charles Kernan Reserve (corner of Abercrombie and Shepherd streets) celebrated the grand opening of their new shed with sculptural features made by Wrought Artworks, the heritage blacksmiths at the Australian Technology Park. Lord Mayor Clover Moore, long-time supporter of the garden, was special guest for a high tea hosted by performer Ru Bella.
How do we produce more food? How do we consume less food? With an ever-growing world population (estimated to reach 10 billion people by 2050), these are the questions we will be facing, as overconsumption, obesity and food waste become problematic in Western nations while whole populations in less-developed countries struggle with famine. David McWilliams, an economist from Ireland, offered ideas toward solving these problems at a “City Talks” event at the City Recital Hall in early November.
The five intersecting stories of Into the Mirror celebrate identity and affirm the choices of its characters. At the play’s close, a mirror, draped in a dark cloth at its opening and used by various characters to reflect their image throughout, is left uncovered as characters discover that they need not be afraid of what they see.
With the clock ticking closer to start time our search for our Sydney Independent Theatre Company’s venue became more frantic. But this inauspicious start was quickly forgotten.
The Master set out to be the story of an intense relationship between a troubled returning naval soldier (Freddie Quill – Phoenix) and the leader of The Cause (Lancaster Dodd – Hoffman), a cult bearing a striking resemblance to Scientology in its early days. But instead of being a treatise on salvation, The Master proved to be an exercise in film making.
The Harvest Festival is only in its second year but has already garnered quite a following. Promoters AJ Maddah (who also runs Soundwave) and Declan Forde managed almost to top last year’s effort (which included Portishead in their first Australian shows since 1998, The National, Flaming Lips, Mogwai, TV on the Radio, Bright Eyes and Holy F**k) so it’s no doubt the pair really have some pulling power.
Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten’s third record, Tramp, has received rave reviews, including nominations for “album of the year”. On the eve of her first visit to Australia, Van Etten spoke with the SSH’s Julia Jacklin.
Young artists, from Weave Youth Services and The Settlement Neighbourhood Centre, have designed a series of panels that will be used to brighten construction group Baulderstone’s site operations at Barangaroo’s Headland Park.