Ease yourself back into the idea of a normal 2-day weekend with these relaxing and inspiring treats to see, taste and do. From a caricature of Anh Do to Bohemian love on Sydney Harbour, it’s a mixed plate of happiness that’ll keep your Instagram story fresh and your email inbox rightly unopened.
SEE: The Bald Archy Prize
Missed the last Archibald’s and have a thirst for some outstanding portraits? Well your luck is turning, because the Bald Archy Prize is back and better than ever for its 25th year. A spoof art competition that exhibits artists with strange, absurdist and hilarious takes on portraiture, the prize was started as a joke but has become a well-loved tradition in the art world. With portraits of Barnaby Joyce, Anh Do and Steve Smith being exhibited this year, and the winner being judged by a cockatoo named Maude, it’s a bit of a laugh to add to your weekend. The prize is on show at the Sofitel Sydney in Darling Harbour, every day until the 22nd of April.
DRINK: Belvedere Pop-Up
Chippendale is playing host to Belvedere’s Single Estate pop-up rooms this Thursday and Friday. With two new types of Single Rye liquors on offer, named after the picturesque Polish villages, Smogōry Forest and Lake Bartęże, it’s a sensory experience to rival those IMAX experiences from your youth (RIP to the IMAX). Before the adventure begins, you’ll be served a welcome cocktail to give you the courage to explore the two-course meal that, paired with signature Belvedere cocktails, will have you feeling like you’re running through the Polish wilderness in no time. Running from 5.30-8.30pm on the 5th and 6th of April, and with live music and cocktails served till late at the House of Belvedere bar, it’s an experience not to be missed. Tickets are on sale now.
DO: Glamping in the Garden
Run from the drab that is autumn in the city with a weekend of glamping in Oberon’s Mayfield Garden. With only 15 luxury tents fitted out with authentic natural fibre rugs, luxurious mattresses and exquisite homewares, as well as amazing alfresco dining on local produce included in your stay, it’s beautifully tranquil way to spend the night. This luxury escape will only be running until April 30th, so go ahead, treat yourself, spend the night.
WATCH: La Bohème on Sydney Harbour
Puccini’s classic opera about love, passion and loss is making its way to Sydney Harbour, shown at the beautiful Handa Opera every day at 7.30 until Sunday 22nd April. Enjoy the serenity of the Sydney skyline with a glass of champagne in hand and dinner in your lap as you take a seat in the grandstand and immerse yourself in the original Bohemian love story. Tickets are available now.