From saying goodbye to a fashion great, to the announcement of the program for the second SCCI Fashion Hub in Sydney, to the International Woolmark Prize winners, it’s been a fashion-frenzied week - catch up on all that (plus the latest sales) in the Weekly Collection.
Creating the lines that form a criss-crossing pattern over the city, Art Month 2019 is tying together a rapidly changing arts scene. With a program in its tenth year that is as large scale as it is fine-grained, as many of the featured events are the individual shows of small galleries, artistic director Kate Britton ran us through some of the evolutions in her second year as director and curator.
Set among soccer pitch escapades, Belvoir’s production of The Wolves offered a beautifully uncensored look into the chaos and confusion that is female adolescence. Teaming up against each other yet ultimately coming together, a naïve but courageous soccer team of 16 year old girls must navigate the world of growing up – a world that is both exciting and scary, and unfortunately inevitable.
While the white shells of the Sydney Opera House are arguably Australia’s most iconic architectural image, the venue can often feel as if it is a ship out at sea, away from the port of local performing arts. The new Festival Unwrapped, premiering this May, is setting out to be the dinghy that brings local productions by independent artists and small to medium sized companies to the Opera House.
Stepping out of the rainforests of Borneo with a new EP and another one on the way, Slumberjack are returning to our shoes for a national tour, kicking off on Friday March 8 and rolling into the Enmore on Saturday, March 16. We caught up with one half of the duo, Fletcher Ehler to talk recording, touring and what’s next for the powerhouse pair.
The work which made Brahms’ name, A German Requiem was initially designed to be played with four hands on one instrument; as a piano duet. Assembled by Brahms from Martin Luther’s German translation of the bible, A German Requiem focuses on the biblical passages which reflected Brahms’ personal views on death and spirituality.
Australian Soundcloud DJ Dunni has just begun his new series, “10 Songs and a Bottle of Red”. The series takes a completely different approach to the standard mix formula that is heard on Soundcloud. Gone is the DJ sets or electronic compilation sets and in its place is a much more personal mix. Dunni’s new series is exactly what it sounds like, ten songs that are best accompanied by a bottle of red wine and some calm vibes.
Australian indie-rock duo Little May have undergone a significant change since their 2015 album For The Company. With the departure of the then trio’s bassist Annie Hamilton, their sound has transformed from slow and powerfully emotive rock, influenced by The National, to a new sound of fizzy production, shimmery guitars and thumping drums.
With just one week until Mardi Gras parades down Oxford Street and lights up Sydney, you favourites venues are putting out the rainbow flags and glitter for Sydney’s most fabulous night of the year.
Photographer James Simpson caught WA surf rock/dream pop duo Mosquito Coast sampling all the sweet delights on the rooftop of Harpoon Harry. With their latest single Sweet Talking released last year and an album not far off, Naomi Robinson and Conor Barton are justified in enjoying the fruits of their labour.
For the second year running, Aperture Australia will introduce audiences to the breadth of the photographic industry. Taking place at the Sydney International Convention Centre over the weekend of June 22-23, speakers and events will cover landscape, documentary, wildlife and artistic forms of photography.
Having continually expanded over the past ten years, Head On Photo Festival is celebrating its largest program yet for this year’s iteration. Taking place for two weeks in May, the program currently includes photographic icons such as fashion photographer Helmut Newton and Masayoshi Sukita, who created some of the most iconic portraits of David Bowie.
Opening proceedings last night in the band room of the Lansdowne Hotel, comedian Matt Okine recalled, “I remember moving down to Sydney eleven years ago and thinking this was the greatest city in the world … it was a place where anything could happen at any time.”
The Southern Highlands has found a symbiosis between bucolic ideals and fresh, creative spirit. Located just over an hour's drive from Sydney, the region provides the perfect escape from the city: follow up idyllic nature walks with a glass of wine overlooking terraced vines, dine at hatted farm-to-table restaurants, trawl through art galleries and explore the best brunch spots during your stay in the Highlands.
While news of Sydney’s music venues can often read like the obituaries pages, today’s announcement comes with a bit more vigour. After closings its doors for the last time early last year, the venue once known as The Basement will re-open, thanks to the duo that keeps applying a defibrillator to Sydney’s nightlife, shocking it back into life.
While Seoul is rapidly making its way to the top of any discerning traveller’s bucket-list of cities for its incredible food scene and world class fashion boutiques, it is also the place to be for all things design. Of course, this is not surprising. For a city that prides itself on being achingly hip and always ahead of the curve technologically, slick design is a must.
As we welcome the year of the pig, Sydney will be awash in various celebrations of colour, light, sound and flavour. While the first day of the new year is Tuesday, February 5, many events will run for the week surrounding the date, offering multiple opportunities to enjoy.
Last Tuesday, the categories and world-class music acts appearing at Australia’s biggest vogue ball, Sissy Ball, were revealed. Presented by Sydney Mardi Gras and Red Bull Music, Sissy Ball will take to the Carriageworks runway on Saturday, February 23.
“The same way as the painters were the leaders in changing the discourse around what painting could be, these artists are changing the discourse around what sound could be.” That’s the view of Jonathan Wilson, program producer for the Masters of Modern Sound, who has assembled the leading edge of Australian and international ambient music to accompany the Masters of Modern Art exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW.
In their final show of 2018, Prada’s Priscillas delivered a thrill-a-minute tour de force in drag artistry with a stocking full of tongue in cheek Christmas merriment to boot. Performing at Kingsford Leagues Club to a sold-out audience comprised of people from various generations and backgrounds …
There are two ways to enter Usfin Atelier. From the street frontage, you wind up a set of wooden stairs with high, chestnut coloured balustrades. Framed images of workers from the early 20th century ring the stairwell as light pours in from above. Entering the second floor a warren of offices spreads out, each simply marked by a plaque at the entrance.
Australia’s largest short film competition is back for its 28th year in 2019, running from January 11 to 20 at Sydney’s Bondi beach. Set to screen the best short films from across the globe in the Bondi Pavilion, FLiCKERFEST received over 2500 entries this year, with the best 100 selected for screening.