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Alannah Maher

Alannah Maher

Arts and Culture Editor, Time Out Sydney

Alannah (she/her) became the arts and culture editor at Time Out Sydney in 2022, levelling up from her more generalist role as a lifestyle journalist. Before joining Time Out, she juggled freelance arts journalism with roles in arts administration and communications.

She's a die-hard Inner Westie with an unhealthy preoccupation with drag, burlesque and underground performance art who you can find down at the Impy or the Rattler every other weekend, seeing as much theatre as she humanly can, or hunting for op-shop bargains, obnoxious earrings and jumpsuits. She is passionate about making the arts more accessible and championing stories that foster our understanding of ourselves and others. 

Articles (186)

The best Valentine's Day dinners in Sydney 2023

The best Valentine's Day dinners in Sydney 2023

Valentine's Day – love it or hate it, it's here to stay. Regardless of where you stand, getting all dolled up and going out for a fancy meal is pretty much a universal pleasure, especially when restaurants go all out on the special occasion with bells and whistles. These are the best restaurants in Sydney going the extra mile on February 14 this year, so if you're looking to impress or simply down for an epic feed, here's where to head.  Prefer to dine out on any other night of the year? Here are Sydney's 52 best restaurants to work your way through. And if your purse strings are tight, one of the 66 best cheap eats in Sydney should do the trick.    

Indigenous businesses where you can buy cool stuff

Indigenous businesses where you can buy cool stuff

We all love online shopping, but online shopping is made all the better when you are supporting small businesses – with said retail therapy made all the sweeter when you spend with these incredible First Nations designers and businesses, many of whom are based in Warrang (Sydney) and other communities throughout New South Wales.  Always was, always will be, Aboriginal land.  Meet the First Nations fashion designers rising to the top of their game.   Jarin Street Owned by a Wiradjuri woman, this brand is your port of call for activewear, yoga mats, towels and fitness accessories with gorgeous Aboriginal designs. All designs are created by Aboriginal artists, and both the artists and their communities are continually supported. Haus of Dizzy If you’re in the market for bold, playful, statement-making jewellery, Haus of Dizzy is the one to watch. With Wiradjuri woman Kristy Dickinson at the helm, the designs celebrate and honour Indigenous culture, and oftentimes feature powerful political and social messages.  Ngali  Created by Wiradjuri woman Denni Francisco, this silk-printed fashion brand is all about simple, formless silhouettes splashed with the colours and dynamism of artworks by First Nations artists. As part of the Buy 1 Give 1 Business for Good initiative, each purchase of a garment goes towards giving access to education, IT and literacy skills for youth in remote Aboriginal communities.  Gammin Threads  This streetwear label was born from a love of typography, langua

The best Valentine’s Day events in Sydney

The best Valentine’s Day events in Sydney

The day of expensive flowers, bad chocolates and high expectations is upon us. However you may feel about Valentine's Day (Hollywood-esque love, deep hate, cold apathy) know that there are plenty of ways you can authentically celebrate love in Sydney right now – whether that's the love you have for your date, a mate, or your own fine self. Nobody needs to be left out this year.  From singles to coupled-up sweethearts, there’s something romantic and fabulous for everyone to do in Sydney on February 14 (which falls on a Tuesday this year), as well as in the lead-up to and fall-out after the big day. Read on to find out all the best dates, best dinners, best first-date bars, and all-round dreamiest things to do on Febuary 14 in Sydney this year.  At the end of it all Sydney, we think you’ll find that love, actually is, all around.

Sydney Festival’s best free and cheap events in 2023

Sydney Festival’s best free and cheap events in 2023

Disposable income shouldn’t be a barrier to squeezing the most out of artsy and cultural offerings. The city is set to sizzle when Sydney Festival fires up the summertime revelry with 25 days of events this January. There are more than 100 events to  choose from – 26 of those will be free, and a bunch of them won’t cost you an arm and a leg either.  If you won’t make it to Sydney this summer or you’re staying home for any reason, the Sydney Festival At Home program has been created so anyone, anywhere, on any device can discover and enjoy Sydney Festival content any time. It features an evolving mix of livestreams, work from emerging artists and more – and it is all totally free to view. Meanwhile, if you’re getting out and about, we’ve rounded up our top picks of free Sydney Festival experiences, as well as events for under $30 and less than $50. Bust out your planner and fire up the group chat, it’s time to make this a summer to remember, at any budget.  Thirsty for live music? Sydney Festival's music programmer shared his top gig picks with us.

The best art exhibitions to see in Sydney this month

The best art exhibitions to see in Sydney this month

Rain or shine, it's never a dull time when you have the best art galleries in Sydney to explore. And this summer, the city is truly in for a blockbuster season of art to explore – especially with the gargantuan extension to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Sydney Modern Project, now open to the public.  Read on for our must-see list of the coolest art shows to have a gander at. Recommended: Our guide to what's happening in Sydney this week. 

The best theatre and musicals to see in Sydney this month

The best theatre and musicals to see in Sydney this month

January is coming in hot on the razle dazzle front in Sydney, with ball-busting musicals and indie theatre gems bringing all the drama to stages big and small.  Sydney Festival is back to bless us with more exciting and experimental shows than you can poke a program at, and then some. Check out our top selections for the first month of the year. Fancy some art? Check out the best exhibitions in Sydney this month.

Best New Year's Eve events and parties in Sydney

Best New Year's Eve events and parties in Sydney

This year marked the return of nightlife. So it's only fitting that we party big this New Year's Eve, to make up for the previous two fizzlers. And Sydney's a good place to be on New Year's Eve. In fact, it's been named as the 5th best place in the world to spend the occasion, on a list of the 50 Best Places to Spend NYE 2022. We'd argue it should sit higher than five (especially because Melbourne came in at number one in the world... whaaat?!). Have you seen our completely huge fireworks show? Anway, let's get back to the fact that there's no time to waste planning your New Year’s Eve celebrations. The best parties book out. To help you plan, we've picked out the best ways to do New Year's Eve in Sydney – everything from fancy ticketed firework-viewing parties, to intimate restaurants laying on special NYE feasts. Ready for a celebration right now? Here are our picks of the best bars in Sydney.

New Year's Day events and parties in Sydney 2023

New Year's Day events and parties in Sydney 2023

The most committed party people know the biggest, most gloriously messy dos take place on January 1. Whether you are kicking on from New Year's Eve or you've given yourself an early night so you feel summer-fresh and ready to dance on day one of the new decade, these Sydney venues and festivals are up for a good time to ring in the new year.  Before you get cracking on 2023 good times, here are the best salty baths for an early morning swim.

First Nations organisations and social justice campaigns you can support

First Nations organisations and social justice campaigns you can support

The global Black Lives Matter movement in mid-2020 following the death of American man George Floyd sparked protests and demonstrations around the world and spurred on acknowledgement of the race-related injustices that continue to take place in this country against its original inhabitants, too. If you are one of the many people who posted a black square to show your support for the Black Lives Matter movement, it’s important to follow this up with action and education. It’s important that every single Australian is reading, learning, doing research, speaking up and donating to causes that work to minimise everyday injustices and make serious moves to change institutionalised racism. We’ve gathered together a list of some of the charities and organisations supporting Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and PoC voices around Australia and the world. If you aren’t in a position to help financially, there are other ways you can show your support. Read on to learn how to provide financial support, get to know these organisations or get involved in their vital work.  Looking for other ways to lend a hand? Here's where to volunteer in Melbourne.

Sydney Festival’s music line-up will bring new life to unexpected places

Sydney Festival’s music line-up will bring new life to unexpected places

Sydney Festival is an annual celebration of all of the wonderful things our art scene has to offer. Over the years it has become known for its off-beat theatre, cabaret and art experiences. This year though, with the help of world-renowned musical festival curator Chris Twite (Falls Music and Art Festival, Sydney Opera House), Sydney Festival is placing a greater emphasis on contemporary music. Speaking to Time Out, festival music curator Chris Twite explained how the team came to settle on a direction for the festival’s music program. “Myself and Olivia Ansell [Sydney Festival’s artistic director] share a vision for a Sydney that is vibrant, exciting and a place for new and emerging art. I think we’re achieving that vision with what we’re doing in the music program.” We go from the natural softness of Sydney’s environment to the harshness of brutalist architecture Included within their vision for Sydney Festival as a whole is a desire to help reinvigorate the city’s nightlife scene, a sector of the economy that has been ravaged by lockout laws and rolling lockdowns. “We are part of a coalition of promoters, parties, artists and organisations who are committed to making sure that Sydney remains a vibrant city. One of the big driving forces of the festival music program this year is definitely doing that by bringing art into interesting spaces,” Twite said excitedly. “One of the most interesting things a festival can do is create these special moments and special spaces for ar

The best things to do this summer school holidays in Sydney

The best things to do this summer school holidays in Sydney

Ah, the summer holidays. No other holiday during the year packs quite the same punch as the summer break. With Christmas, New Year's and long, rolling days of salty times, eternal beach days and cherries ahead, this is the most magical time of year for all of us in Sydney, no matter how big (or small) we are.  Despite this, keeping kids entertained over this six-week-long break can be a tough task, which is why we have you covered with an ultimate list of the best activities and experiences happening in Sydney these summer school holidays, as well as some indoor fun in the mix for those wet-weather days.  Whether it's doing a surf class, paddling in one of Sydney's best family-friendly pools, running through immersive lights at Van Gogh Alive or chasing down Sydney's best Christmas lights, it's clear that there is a jolly time out there in Sydney this break for everyone.  Now, sing after us: We're all going on a summer holiday.  The kids shouldn't get all the fun. Check out our guide to the best things to do in Sydney in December.   

Where to find the best Christmas lights in Sydney

Where to find the best Christmas lights in Sydney

Christmas in coming to Sydneytown and (fingers crossed) this year looks like a good one. Nothing says Christmas quite like a gander of extravagant Christmas light displays, and when it comes to Sydney and its twinkly festive additions, we're hard pressed for choice. Whether you, your kids or your mates want to get out in Sydney to see the Christmas lights in 2022, we have you covered with our guide to all the best places Sydney Christmas lights, in the CBD, surrounding suburbs, and all the places just out of Sydneytown that do truly incredible festive light displays.  If you go looking, you'll find illuminated displays to put a twinkle in your eye all over town. There are some pockets of Sydney that go all out for the festive season, and we're seeking them out for you and putting them on this list.  Ready to get into the spirit? Check out the best Christmas markets in Sydney.

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Yoga at the OpenAir Cinema

Yoga at the OpenAir Cinema

Sydney’s most stunning outdoor cinema is undoubtedly the Westpac OpenAir Cinema, perched on the edge of the Royal Botanic Gardens with iconic views of Sydney Harbour. With pop-up bars and eateries, it’s a shame that the location is so underutilised during daylight hours. Well, until now.  You can take the opportunity to have a wholesome start to your day (or your year, hello resolutions!) with an early morning harbourside yoga session, under the shade of a pop-up studio, that wraps up with a mindful iced coffee sipping session and a light brekky (vegans and dairy-free girlies are covered, FYI). Gosh, that’s a damn nice morning and some smug Instagram content right there! And better yet, these classes are completely free this January and February.  View this post on Instagram A post shared by Time Out Sydney (@timeoutsydney) Running from January 19 to February 17, 2023, there are ten Sip & Breathe sessions open to the public, with advanced online booking required. The sessions are suitable for both beginners and more advanced yoga enthusiasts. You can roll solo, or peer pressure a loved one to book in with you. These “Sip & Breathe” sessions are being put on by Nespresso, which is teaming up with Virgin Active to promote its latest iced coffee capsule blends and recipes. An opportunity to take a mindful moment ahead of a busy day, the sessions run from 7.30am on Thursday and Fridays, and from 8.30am on Saturdays and Sundays. The experience consists of a one-h

Mardi Gras Film Festival

Mardi Gras Film Festival

Grab the rainbow popcorn – Queer Screen is gearing up for one of the biggest Mardi Gras Film Festival programs to date. In a serendipitous meet-cute, the 30th anniversary of this landmark LGBTQ+ cinematic bonanza lines up perfectly with Sydney WorldPride festival. (So in other words, gird your loins for a super-sized Gay Christmas!) Celebrating the best of homegrown and international queer storytelling, this year Mardi Gras Film Festival promises to “awaken all the senses”. Running for 16 days from February 15 to March 2, there’s a whopping 166 films screening across more than 100 sessions in cinema, outdoors and on-demand at home – as well as hosting panel discussions, workshops, industry networking events, international guests and parties. The festival opens with the Sydney Premiere of the electrifying Australian drama Of An Age, from rising star Goran Stolevski. The film which is guaranteed to become a classic, stars Thom Green (Dance Academy) and Elias Anton (Barracuda) in a phenomenal coming of age romance about a Serbian-Australian teen developing intense feelings for his friend’s older brother (Feb 15, Event Cinemas George St). The Australian premiere of The Venus Effect will close the festivities, a delightful Danish romance about two young women daring to love each other and themselves (Mar 2, Event Cinemas George St). In between, there’s more cinematic brilliance happening than we could ever hope to wrap up here. But we’ve teased out some hot picks below. There’s so

Cruel Intentions: The '90s Musical

Cruel Intentions: The '90s Musical

4 out of 5 stars

After taking Sydney and Melbourne by storm, this bonafide '90s musical is returning to Sydney for a saucy encore season as it saunters along a 2023 east coast tour. It shouldn't work, and yet, this so-wrong-it's-right show rips the script from a problematic favourite '90s flick, injects it with a jukebox full of era-appropriate pop hits, and turns out a hell of a good night at the theatre. Cruel Intentions: The ’90s Musical is bringing its best boy band dance moves to the stage at Riverside Theatres in Parramatta from February 2 to 12. Tickets are on sale now. Read on for our four-star review of this sexy, pop-powered production: The wigs look inescapably like cheap, shiny party store fodder. For the most part, the actors all look conspicuously older than the teenagers they’re portraying. The lines between irony and sincerity are so blurred that it's impossible to know if this a magnificent work of satire or a so-bad-it's-good guilty pleasure. But either way, we were here for campy, schlocky, corny, daggy brilliance of Cruel Intentions: The ’90s Musical. If you’re ready for some laugh-out-loud ridiculousness and theatrical takes on throwback hits, this could be just what you’re after.  As a film, Cruel Intentions treads a complicated path. This raunchy thriller about teens either having sex with each other, or trying to convince other people to have sex with them, got hearts racing on its release in 1999. It was an era where the studios were really into mining old, old storie

Bat Out of Hell - The Rock Musical

Bat Out of Hell - The Rock Musical

If you can see paradise by the dashboard light, then you’ll be furiously flapping to get your hands on tickets to Bat Out of Hell, the arena rock musical featuring the greatest hits of Meat Loaf (and the guy who wrote and composed them all, Jim Steinman). After successful seasons in the States, the UK and Europe, the 2023 Aussie tour kicks off with a special one-night-only performance at Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena on January 27 before revving up to hit the road and play dates in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane. As you’d expect, the show rocks out with arena spectacular takes on award-winning rock ballads from the Bat Out of Hell albums, including ‘You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)’, ‘Bat Out of Hell’, ‘I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)’ and ‘Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad’, as well as two previously unreleased songs, ‘What Part of My Body Hurts the Most’ and ‘Not Allowed to Love’. It’s not all guitar riffs and belters though, there is a story to it. And it goes: as the rebellious Lost boys and girls flee into the tunnels below the city from its treacherous ruler, Falco, his teenage daughter Raven locks eyes with the fearless leader of the Lost, the immortal Strat. The immensity of their love-at-first-sight-obsessions threaten to destroy both of their families. It’s giving us the same kind of energy as We Will Rock You, so if you enjoyed that musical, you’re likely to have a good night with this. If you found it to be a shallow and cyn

The Presets

The Presets

Club 77 has a hallowed legacy in the electronic music scene. This subterranean Kings Cross haunt has had a few leases on life, and we were all pretty stoked to see this sticky institution rise again in 2022 as a New York-style late-night dive bar, open ’til 4am every single night.  If you’ve been needing an extra kick up the rump to get down with all of your people, this could be the one. The Presets are returning to Club 77 on Thursday, February 2. The club played a vital role in the band’s early years, as the venue where they honed their skills as performers, generated fans and even made reference mixes for their debut album Beams (released in 2005). Coming up in the golden age of electronic music in Sydney before exploding internationally, the Presets are returning to where it all began 17 years later. You know I love it when you talk like that. This is the first in a series of one-night-only intimate gigs being held around the eastern seaboard, which they’re calling Smirnoff Origins. The gist is to take Australia’s biggest musicians back to the venues that gave them their start, supported by the country’s most hotly-tipped talent.  The Presets will be supported by Swayfever, the emerging artist hand-picked by the band to open the show.   Could anything beat the vibe of screaming “I’m here with all of my people!” as you jump around in one of the Cross’s OG rave dens with the actual Presets? We don’t think so.  The gig is happening on Thursday, February 2, 2023. Wanna go?

All About Women

All About Women

Alright ladies (and allies), let’s get in formation. The Sydney Opera House has dropped the line-up for the biggest All About Women festival yet – and for the first time, there’s three whole days of talks, ideas and workshops to get amongst. If, like us, you’ve been deep-diving into the New York Times best-selling memoir I'm Glad My Mom Died, you’ll be stoked to know that Jennette McCurdy (she/her) is making an appearance. In an Australian exclusive event, McCurdy will speak on growing up in the spotlight, triumphing over trauma, and finding humour and resilience on her road to independence. Neurodivergent folks of all strokes will want to book in for Actually Autistic, a panel chaired by noted badass Grace Tame (she/her), Heartbreak High star and disability activist Chloe Hayden (she/her), and research psychologist and activist Dr Jac den Houting (they/them), with festival co-curator Dr Amy Thunig. They’ll be discussing taking control, masking and mimicry when you’re actually autistic in a world only just beginning to recognise neurodivergence in women and gender-diverse people. Elsewhere, irreverent American essayist and author of Cult Classic, Sloane Crosley (she/her) is bringing her wit and effervescent satire to the stage in conversation with journalist Maddison Connaughton about the indignities of modern dating. Listeners of the Just the Gist podcast will be stoked to see Rosie Waterland (she/her) out and about, in a fun discussion about our voyeuristic search for love

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Get ready to give it away, give it away, give it away now – unless 'it' is a red hot ticket to see the Chili Peppers on their highly-anticipated 2023 Australian tour.  The California quartet is kicking off the tour in Brisbane on February 2 and, lucky for us, they're playing two nights in Sydney along the way, with shows at the Accor Stadium at Sydney Olympic Park on Thursday, February 2 and Saturday, February 4.  If that's some scar tissue that you wish you saw, now is the time to get your hot little hands on some of the final tickets. The tour is to promote the band's new album, Unlimited Love, which we're betting approximately zero people are there to hear. But in excellent news, musical genius John Frusciante will be re-joining the band and playing songs from across the groups prolific 40-year career. Along for the ride is mumble-rapper and face tattoo enthusiast Austin Richard Post, aka Post Malone, who is known for mixing genres, much like the Chili Peppers themselves, and we reckon it'll be worth the price of admission just to see the confused looks on the crowd's faces. We'll see you standing in line to see the show tonight.  In the mood for some nostalgic rock? Check out the Powerhouse's grungy tribute to '90s music.

Blak Markets

Blak Markets

Sydney’s Blak Markets creates a space for everyone to engage with the oldest continuing culture in the world. See traditional entertainment and ceremony and browse stalls spruiking a range of locally made arts, crafts and food from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stallholders. From native plants to award-winning jewellery, silk scarves, and ethically sourced bush foods, there’s an eclectic mix to check out. The festival event returns to the beautiful Bare Island at La Perouse every two months, kicking off from 10am with a Welcome to Country, smoking ceremony and performances and demonstrations throughout the day including traditional dance, singing and storytelling. On Sunday February 5, the Blak Markets will have a special guest singing performance by Akala as well as storytelling with Uncle Larry Brandy and performances by Djiriba Waagura dancers. Get your coins ready – entry is $2.50 (children under five are free), and all proceeds raised go towards employing local Indigenous youth.  Bare Island, set on the picturesque point of La Perouse within the Kamay-Botany Bay National Park, is an area which is usually only open for tours. The market is a great place to teach the kids about Indigenous culture. Get more information on upcoming markets at blakmarkets.com.au and the Facebook page. You can also check out and buy from many of the stallholders on the online marketplace on the website. Blak Markets is supported by NSW Parks and Wildlife Service, Kamay-Botany Bay Natio

Lil Nas X

Lil Nas X

4 out of 5 stars

When Lil Nas X brought his Long Live Montero Tour to Sydney, fresh from bringing in the new year at Falls Festival with the Wiggles, he proved that he never half asses a thing. This inaugural international tour establishes Nas not only as a superior pop star, but as an incredibly clever conceptual artist. From a staging of breakout hit ‘Old Town Road’ preceded by classic Western ditties and a giant golden horse gliding onto the stage, to a performance of ‘Call Me By Your Name’ culminating in gigantic butterfly wings fluttering from Lil Nas’ back – the whole extravaganza is fabulously camp, and shamelessly gay. Graphic backdrops and video interludes add a surreal and intergalactic dimension, as well as furthering the narrative, which is, essentially, the tale of how a kid called Montero Hill became the notorious Lil Nas X.  Flanked by a troupe of lithe back-up dancer boys and dressed in a parade of envy-inducing costumes, Nas is a consummate entertainer, evidently just as adept at courting attention as he is at courting controversy. His rapping and singing sounds just as powerful live as it does in his highly produced hit singles, and he regularly jokes with and speaks to the audience, even throwing out a few “Aussie! Aussie! Aussies!” (to which we all compulsively shout back “Oi! Oi! Oi!”). Perhaps this is something he picked up on his visit to Oxford Street stalwart the Stonewall the previous evening? (Just imagine bumping into Lil Nas X when popping into the Stony for some

Hubris & Humiliation

Hubris & Humiliation

When his mother is left destitute by a dodgy suitor, young Elliott is packed off to post-plebiscite Sydney to find a suitably wealthy man to marry, but he faces a torrid tour of the city’s gay scene in search of true love.  Helpmann Award-winning director Dean Bryant and playwright Lewis Treston glow up Jane Austen in this fabulous farce that comes across like Muriel’s Wedding meets Kath and Kim with a dash of Priscilla and a pinch of 19th century drawing room drama.  Presented by Sydney Theatre Company as part of Sydney World Pride, Hubris & Humiliation will mount a hilarious critique of the institution of marriage and poke fun at contemporary values around money, property and class. With Henrietta Amevor, Mathew Cooper, Roman Delo, Celia Ireland, Melissa Kahraman, Andrew McFarlane, and Ryan Panizza. Hubris & Humiliation plays at Sydney Theatre Company's Wharf 1 Theatre, Walsh Bay, from January 20 to March 4. Get your tickets here. Want more? Check out what else is coming up in Sydney Theatre Company’s 2023 season.

Don Giovanni

Don Giovanni

This celebrated production by Scottish director David McVicar of Don Giovanni, the dramatic tale of the infamous Casanova’s final days, returns to the Sydney Opera House this January. Complete with murder, revenge, and paranormal intervention, this season of one of Mozart’s most highly regarded operas will feature many exciting debuts by local and international artists. This gothic reimagining takes place at the end of the enlightenment age, using an eerie setting to foreshadow the tragic elements of the story. Designed by Robert Jones, the monumental set, beginning with an epic staircase lowering from the ceiling, will draw gasps from the audience at its sheer size, fully immersing viewers in this psychological thriller. Don Giovanni plays at the Sydney Opera House's Joan Sutherland Theatre from January 5 to February 17. 

Rainbow Republic

Rainbow Republic

Sydney WorldPride’s closing concert is shaping up to be a seven-hour-long queer megamix of live music, DJs and dancing at the Domain. Headlining this great big day of fun for the young and “young at heart” is American indie alt-pop band Muna in their Australian debut performance – the group behind the hits ‘Silk Chiffon’ and ‘What I Want’.  Excitingly, German pop sensation Kim Petras was also recently announced as a headliner too. Petras is riding a wave of hits, including her recent Grammy nomination for global number one hit ‘Unholy’ with Sam Smith. The hot as hell pop song also saw Petras become the first publicly trans performer to reach the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100, with the song also being an ARIA number one locally in Australia. The event will be hosted by Aussie singer-songwriter and Love, Simon star Keiynan Lonsdale alongside singer-songwriter-producer-drummer and cap-wearing musical extraordinaire G Flip, fresh from their performance at the AFL Grand Final. The pair will be performing alongside pink-powered Aussie pop starlet and TikTok sensation Peach PRC, Perth’s all-deaf “queerlectro pop band” Alter Boy, Sydney-based Hip Hop and R&B artist BVT, and Melbourne’s soulful chateusse and one to watch Vetta Borne, with more acts to be revealed later in the year. Kate Wickett, chief executive of Sydney WorldPride, said: “As we program a full day of music, it was really important to us to book LGBTQIA+ musicians first. This is just a taste of the line-up and repr

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Welcome to the jungle (and the sea): winners announced for 2022 Sydney Theatre Awards

Welcome to the jungle (and the sea): winners announced for 2022 Sydney Theatre Awards

Theatre is truly back, baby – and the latest batch of winners of the annual Sydney Theatre Awards are a testament to the formidable force of the city’s theatrical community. On Monday night, 30 awards were presented, shared between 18 productions that played on Sydney stages during 2022. Best Mainstage Production was awarded to Belvoir’s The Jungle and the Sea, which also won Best New Australian Work (S. Shakthidharan and Eamon Flack), Best Ensemble, and Best Original Score of a Mainstage Production (Arjunan Puveendran). The follow-up to the acclaimed Counting and Cracking, this new play brought the untold histories of the Sri Lankan civil war to the Australian stage with consideration and tenderness, and continues to crack open tough conversations. (Read our interview with playwright S. Shakthidharan and our four-star review.) Best Independent Production went to Albion from Secret House, New Ghosts Theatre Company and Seymour Centre, which also took home Best Direction of an Independent Production (Lucy Clements). Best Direction of a Mainstage Production was presented to Kip Williams for Sydney Theatre Company’s Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (read our five-star review), the next show to get Williams’ epic cine-theatre treatment after The Picture of Dorian Gray blew everyone away (Dorian returns to Sydney this February). Best Performer in a Leading Role in a Mainstage Production went to Heather Mitchell for her spectacular turn in RBG: Of Many, One (read our four-star

The Art Gallery of NSW has opened the absolutely huge new Sydney Modern Project

The Art Gallery of NSW has opened the absolutely huge new Sydney Modern Project

The most significant cultural development to be established in the Harbour City since the Sydney Opera House opened its doors to the public on Saturday, December 3. Sidled up next to the existing Art Gallery of New South Wales, the new standalone building is the centrepiece of the Sydney Modern expansion, and has been in the works for the past decade. To celebrate the opening week, the gallery will be open late every night until Sunday, December 11, including a pop-up bar by Mount Pleasant. The bar is open every night on the terrace outside the new restaurant, MOD Dining, with views of the harbour. The wines on offer pair beautifully with the mini lobster rolls and vegan dip and crudites on offer. The bar also doubles as the best spot to watch the evening drone show designed by Kamilaroi artist Reko Rennie, which is now on at 8.30pm nightly until this Sunday (Dec 11). Find out more about the opening celebrations here. You cannot fully comprehend the scale of this mammoth building – designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA – until you descend down from the ground floor entrance, through the three limestone-clad art pavilions that gently step down towards the harbour, and wander out onto the more than 3,400 square metres of accessible roof ‘art terraces’ and courtyards. Around every corner, new spaces emerge, and reveal with them entirely new styles and arrangements of art. Keep heading down to the fourth level below ground to disc

Kim Petras announced as surprise headliner for Sydney WorldPride closing party

Kim Petras announced as surprise headliner for Sydney WorldPride closing party

Gird your coconuts – Kim Petras has been confirmed as a headliner at Sydney WorldPride’s closing concert, Rainbow Republic – and we’re ready to give her our hearts to break. The German pop sensation and songwriter will be joined on stage at the Domain by the sapphic-as-all-heck American band Muna as well as Australia’s own TikTok pop star Peach PRC, Alter Boy, BVT and Vetta Borne. Petras is riding a wave of hits, including her recent Grammy nomination for global number one hit ‘Unholy’ with Sam Smith. The hot as hell pop song also saw Petras become the first publicly trans performer to reach the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100, with the song also being an ARIA number one locally in Australia. Petras has become one of music’s most buzzed-about talents, self-styling a massively dynamic career with a string of critically acclaimed singles and projects, more than a billion global streams, sold-out headline tours of North America and Europe as well as sold-out shows in Sydney and Melbourne. Petras said: “I’m so happy to be back in Sydney supporting WorldPride! Headlining Mardi Gras was a really inspiring moment back in 2019 and it was one of my favourite Pride events ever, so I’m really excited to see my Australian fans again and take everything to a whole new level.” Petras will be slut-popping on the Rainbow Republic stage to close out the huge festival program, which is partnering up with Sydney Mardi Gras for 17 days of LGBTQ+ celebrations. Find out more about the closing co

A huge multisensory Frida Kahlo exhibition is coming to Sydney this summer

A huge multisensory Frida Kahlo exhibition is coming to Sydney this summer

The city is set to sizzle when Sydney Festival fires up the summertime revelry with 25 days of events from January 5 to 29, 2023. With over 100 events to pick and choose from – 26 of which will be free – the second program from artistic director Olivia Ansell features 18 world premieres and 14 Australian exclusives. But the name on everyone’s lips this year will surely be that of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. The cavernous, subterranean hall of the Cutaway in Barangaroo will be saturated by the work, spirit and story of one of the 20th century’s most celebrated and influential artists. Frida Kahlo: Life of an Icon ($39-$49 plus booking fee) is a blockbuster coup for the festival and a Sydney exclusive. Co-created by the Frida Kahlo Foundation and Spanish digital arts company Layers of Reality, this multi-sensory experience incorporates 360-degree projections, live traditional Mexican music, captivating holography, and a virtual reality system that promises to transport visitors inside of Kahlo’s most famous works.  Another festival highlight is the award-winning Sun & Sea ($39 + bf), a durational English-language opera work in-the-round which will transform Sydney Town Hall with 26 tonnes of sand – confronting themes of climate emergency with humour and power.  The new Sydney Festival program invites audiences to revive the long-forgotten haunts of old-world Sydney, engage in familiar locations in different and unusual ways and immerse themselves in emerging spaces beyond their

Sayonara, Sausage Factory: a beloved Inner West restaurant closes forever

Sayonara, Sausage Factory: a beloved Inner West restaurant closes forever

Sydney, put your tongs out. The beloved 'brewery and snaggery' that put Dulwich Hill on the map has officially hung up the apron (in a dashing custom 'sausage floral' print) on its last ever dinner service.  After setting up shop in 2017, this home-style neighbourhood restaurant has gained a cult following for its rotating offering of lovingly made craft sausages, painstakingly matched pickles and sides, extensive selection of craft beer pairings (including the house-brewed Queens of Chaos, formerly known as Sausage Queen Brewing), crafty interiors (including the ever-evolving mass of woollen crocheted sausages that hangs from the ceiling and the framed portrait of 'hot young Albo' with interchangeable 'jumpers') and its friendly, passionate proprietors – Chrissy 'the Sausage Queen' Flanagan and Jim Flanagan.  Photograph: The Sausage Factory/Jess Pace After the announcement of the “sad” reason that the business is calling it a day earlier this December, bookings for the final dinner sittings became hot property. Usually only opening for two sittings of a set menu on Friday and Saturday nights, the Sausage Factory added two more midweek nights of service that booked out as soon as they were announced. Lines stretched up the street in anticipation of the final sittings, and many laughs, tears and ridiculously-well-priced bottomless drinks packages were spilled.  In an Instagram post announcing the closure on December 6, Chrissy said: “This is all incredibly sad, and I know many

The visionary new museum design for Powerhouse Ultimo has been revealed

The visionary new museum design for Powerhouse Ultimo has been revealed

The Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo is set to undergo a $500 million transformation following the announcement of the winning architectural design for its renewal. The winning design promises to celebrate the best of the museum’s past, with innovative exhibition and educational spaces.  The concept has been designed by Australian team Architectus, Durbach Block Jaggers Architects, Tyrrell Studio, Youssofzay + Hart, Akira Isogawa, Yerrabingin, Finding Infinity and Arup. The team’s submission for the museum was unanimously selected by an expert jury following a national design competition, which commenced earlier this year. The new Powerhouse Parramatta outpost is still going ahead as well. For those playing at home, the original plans to transplant the Powerhouse to Western Sydney entirely were scrapped around two years ago after much public outcry. The revamped Powerhouse Ultimo will focus on fashion and design, while Powerhouse Parramatta (which is currently under construction) will primarily focus on science and technology. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Powerhouse Museum (@powerhousemuseum) The new design for Ultimo contains expanded museum exhibition spaces, including international museum-standard galleries for immersive exhibitions and learning programs. A new urban space connecting the museum to the Goods Line will create a major new public square for Sydney, increasing open public space that will support outdoor programs.  The Harris Street

Pop angel Charli XCX is blessing us with livestreamed sessions with her celebrity friends

Pop angel Charli XCX is blessing us with livestreamed sessions with her celebrity friends

While you were busy thinking about boys, progressive pop powerhouse Charli XCX has been trawling through her rolodex and curating a series of fun, educational livestream sessions to keep us entertained while we’re all isolated at home. Just blame it on her love (for her fans).  The ‘Boom Clap’ singer is serving up Instagram livestream events that offer a little more than the basic acoustic sets and sing-a-longs that have been doing the rounds on isolation era social media. She's already kicked off the week with a vocal coaching session with Swedish singer-songwriter Tove Lo.  Also coming up this week, the masked and mystifying alternative country star Orville Peck will be joining Charli for a horoscope reading, LA based artist Lucas David will be showing the ropes of life drawing with a surrealist twist, TikTok famous singer and rapper Ashnikko will be getting zen with a yoga practice, British singer and model Rina Sawayama will take a psychopath test with Charli, and Swedish pop star Zara Larsson will be teaching you how to snatch your makeup looks.  View this post on Instagram Going live w @tovelo in 45 mins on my insta story!!! She’s giving me a v professional vocal warm up session so I can learn to sing like a real popstar 💅 make sure u tune in!!!!!! 💓💘 PS throwback to the first ever pop 2 show!!!!!! Aggghg!!!! A post shared by Charli (@charli_xcx) on Mar 30, 2020 at 11:15am PDT Charli burst onto the scene in 2004 with her Iggy Azelia collab ‘Fancy’. T

Legendary Oxford Street gay club Arq has announced an opening date

Legendary Oxford Street gay club Arq has announced an opening date

There have been whispers in Sydney’s LGBTQIA+ community lately that one of the Pink Mile’s most notorious nightclubs could be making a return. Passersby have noted work going on inside the building, and advertisements for staff have been spotted. A mysterious Instagram post on October 7 from the club's account teased a rebirth. And this morning, December 6, Arq Sydney confirmed these rumours and have even given us partygoers an opening date.  After endless months of silence and mystery, December 16 marks the official open day, with tickets for the extra fabulous weekend going on sale on Wednesday, December 7. Well, that’s enough to get us planning our outfits and firing up the group chat! The whole weekend will brag a stellar line-up of drag, music, DJs and heaps more, including a performance by none other than Nat Bass on December 16; Zoë Badwi and Sgt Slick on December 17; and the launch of 'Sunday Runway' a weekly party night on December 18, with extra special guest star the vocally incredible, Jack Vidgen. This is especially exciting news after the Taylor Square property, which is home to the nightclub and Bodyline Sauna, was listed for sale for a cool $50 million in September 2021. To most, this signalled the end of an era. But now it looks like late-night boogies on podiums and deep and meaningful chats with new friends in Trash Alley are on the horizon (if you know, you know).  Ahead of the massive Sydney WorldPride celebrations that will bring an Olympic-level scale o

Broadway blockbuster Wicked is coming to Sydney in 2023

Broadway blockbuster Wicked is coming to Sydney in 2023

Gather your broomsticks and click your heels together three times – one of the most successful musicals in the world is about to crash land back in Sydney with the sheer force of a house falling on a woman wearing a pointy hat.  The 20th anniversary of Wicked will be celebrated with an exclusive season in at the Sydney Lyric Theatre in August 2023. This will be a revival of the John Frost production, which opened in Melbourne in 2008 and went on to tour nationally and internationally. Aussie stars Lucy Durack and Rob Mills, who played Glinda the Good Witch and Fiyero respectively in the Australian premiere production, were in Sydney to join in the launch of exciting news this morning, alongside producer John Frost and NSW minister for the arts and tourism Ben Franklin. Almost 20 years since its premiere, Wicked remains one of the most successful and popular musicals in the world, and has played to more than 60 million people in 16 countries. It's the winner of more than 100 major awards including the Grammy Award, the Olivier Award, six Helpmann Awards, three Tony Awards and six Drama Desk Awards. By the time of its first return performance in Sydney, Wicked will have become the fourth longest running show in Broadway history (surpassing Cats). Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman, Wicked is set in the Land of Oz long before Dorothy dropped in, when two women meet. One born with emerald-green skin is sma

Thousands of volunteers stripped off on Bondi Beach for a nude art project

Thousands of volunteers stripped off on Bondi Beach for a nude art project

Before the sun peeked over the horizon on Saturday morning, thousands of Sydneysiders descended on the sands of the famous Bondi Beach. For these early risers, a pre-dawn wake up call was worth it for the rare opportunity to serve as a muse for a world acclaimed artist, American photographer Spencer Tunick. This wasn’t any ordinary photo shoot – all 2,500 volunteers were completely stark naked. Between intermittent rain and wind, that salty air would have felt all the more brisk on those bare beach bums. Saturday, November 26, 2022 will go down in history as the first time that Bondi Beach has been officially sanctioned as a ‘nude beach’ (well, until 10am). For many of the participants however, the artistic pursuit and “once in a lifetime” interesting story to share were not their only motivations for getting their kit off. Organised by charity organisation Skin Check Champions, this art action was designed to raise awareness on the importance of early detection for skin cancer.  Photograph: Skin Check Champions/Drew Lambert “With Australia recording the highest number of deadly skin cancers in the world every year, it made sense to host this monumental public awareness campaign in a city that has so many people at risk,” said Scott Maggs, CEO and founder of the Skin Check Champions. “Beach life is synonymous with Australian culture, but it’s also where a lot of skin cancers can start. We need to send a clear message that skin cancer is real, and it can be stopped in its trac

The Australian premiere of 'Choir Boy' is in Sydney for WorldPride 2023

The Australian premiere of 'Choir Boy' is in Sydney for WorldPride 2023

In an exciting breath of fresh air for the local theatre scene, the Australian premiere season of Choir Boy will open on the Sydney stage in February 2023 in association with Sydney WorldPride. From the Academy Award-winning writer of Moonlight, Tarell Alvin McCraney, this a cappella-infused play is a moving story of sexuality, race, hope, gospel music, and a young gay man finding his voice. Co-directors Dino Dimitriadis (Overflow, Cleansed) and Zindzi Okenyo (Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner, Orange Thrower) lead an exciting Australian and international team. The pair is delighted with the cast they have assembled to take on McCraney’s brutal, delicate script. A huge coup for the National Theatre of Parramatta, the production will open at Riverside Theatres before seasons in Brisbane, Canberra and Wollongong. It is a global conversation, this show, and it is bursting with pride According to Dimitriadis, even though Choir Boy was inspired by McCraney’s upbringing in New Jersey, it’s a “beautiful story” that speaks to universal themes of queerness, identity and underrepresented voices. They say: “It is not a musical, it is a play with extraordinary songs. I think its content speaks to so many things in this present moment, but also offers us an opportunity to create something for audiences that is really dynamic.” Time Out can now announce that the Australian cast for Choir Boy includes Cleave Williams (seen on screen in The Sapphires and The Invisible Man) who Okenyo als

A huge multi-sensory Frida Kahlo experience is coming to Australia this summer

A huge multi-sensory Frida Kahlo experience is coming to Australia this summer

In 2021, cutting-edge digital gallery the Lume launched its immersive Van Gogh exhibition, which projected the Dutch Impressionist's work across the walls of a 3,000 square-metre space. Instead of looking at small, framed paintings on the wall, visitors could basically step right into the paintings, with scents and sounds pumped into the gallery for further immersion. Sadly, the smash-hit exhibition is drawing to a close – but Melburnians need not fret. On October 26, Van Gogh is due to be replaced by Monet and Friends Alive, an exhibition encompassing the work of Monet, Cézanne, Renoir, Manet and more. And that's not all; if you're overdue for a road trip, you can make your way to the cavernous, subterranean hall of the Cutaway in Barangaroo for a multi-sensory Frida Kahlo experience.  The blockbuster exhibition was co-created by the Frida Kahlo Foundation and Spanish digital arts company Layers of Reality, and visitors can expect 360-degree projections, live traditional Mexican music, captivating holography and a virtual reality system. While there, you can create your own flower crowns, turn your drawings into Frida-esque artwork and immortalise yourself through a souvenir illustration.  Frida Kahlo: The Life of an Icon will kick off on January 4, and you can learn more here.  After the weird and wonderful? This Melbourne hotel is accepting your strangest belongings in exchange for a week-long stay.

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