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Unwrapped: Dances for Now
Dance

Unwrapped: Dances for Now

Trip out to the magical movements of award-winning choreographer Martin del Amo and four exciting friends

Mad Max: Creating the Apocalypse
Film

Mad Max: Creating the Apocalypse

Find out what it took to bring Tom Hardy’s grizzled antihero and Charlize Theron’s feminist warrior to our screens

Kids Music Café: Around the World
Music

Kids Music Café: Around the World

Mim Beanie is here to lead your kids across five continents of music with the Sydney Youth Orchestras 

Escape from the underbelly of the Sydney Opera House with this virtual escape room
Things to do

Escape from the underbelly of the Sydney Opera House with this virtual escape room

Play this free online game to discover hidden nooks of a Sydney landmark

Explore the Biennale of Sydney from anywhere in the world
News

Explore the Biennale of Sydney from anywhere in the world

The citywide arts extravaganza just got a digital turbo boost

Movie-going in Sydney

The making of Mad Max: Fury Road
Film

The making of Mad Max: Fury Road

George Miller's vision of the apocalypse might be a bit on the nose right now, but Tom and Charlize sell it

Ensemble Apex' music video is the coolest thing you'll see all day
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Ensemble Apex' music video is the coolest thing you'll see all day

Shot in the commanding surrounds of the White Rabbit Collection's warehouse, it brings the drama to classical music

The jam-packed third edition of the Taiwan Film Festival in Australia kicks off today
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The jam-packed third edition of the Taiwan Film Festival in Australia kicks off today

Film buffs with an eye for the international will be jumping for joy at the launch of the third Taiwan Film Festival in Australia today. Streaming on-demand until July 30, folks across the country can get in on the act digitally (including our locked-down Melbourne fam). The incredible line-up of 19 movies includes Taiwanese filmmaker Hsiao Ya-Chuan’s tip-top trio of features – 2018’s Father to Son, Mirror Image (2000) and 2010 hit Taipei Exchanges. Born in 1967, he began making short films at 21 before shifting into the advertising industry. After shooting a music video with Hou Hsiao-Hsien (The Assassin), Ya-Chuan's return to the feature fold with Mirror Image saw his debut screened at the Cannes Film Festival no less. Taiwan Film Festival director Benson Wu’s theme for this year is ‘Forgotten’, exploring aspects of Taiwanese society that are often overlooked, and the complex layers of immigration that have shaped the country. “We want to challenge stereotypes of Taiwan with films like Boluomi and The Good Daughter,” he says. “We seek to evaluate and reconnect Taiwan’s many forgotten identities and culture through this year’s program.” Directorial duo Lau Kek-Huat and Vera Chen were nominated for Best New Director at Golden Horse Film Festival 2019 for Boluomi, an astonishing look at a dark secret buried in Malaysia’s history. Guerrilla warfare drove many villagers to send their infants away in the hope of securing a better future for them. The feature centres on Boluomi, o

You can watch  Jewish International Film Festival highlight Transkids at home
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You can watch Jewish International Film Festival highlight Transkids at home

The Randwick Ritz has fired up the projectors and opened its doors in Sydney, as have sister cinemas the Classic, Lido and Cameo in Melbourne. But it is also getting chillier out, so it’s great to have some rainy day options up your puffer jacket sleeve if heading out seems a bit much right now The Jewish International Film Festival continues to bring the goodies direct to your door via its steadily growing video-on-demand platform At Home. If you dug Disclosure on Netflix, the brilliant doco about trans representation in film, you might enjoy JIFF hit Transkids, an insightful documentary series you can stream directly to your living room here.  The five-part miniseries from Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Hilla Medalia was filmed over four years and follows the journeys of four Israeli teenagers as they embrace transitioning. Documenting the hurdles they have to overcome at home, at school and within their friendship circles, Transkids also explores the very idea of unconditional love. JIFF will also present a live, totally free in-conversation event with the director on Sunday, July 12 at 6pm, which you can register for here. As if that weren't cool enough, a further trio of JIFF films available to stream on At Home have director chats up for grabs. Trevor Graham, director of Monsieur Mayonnaise, will be in conversation on Thursday, July 9 at 8pm. You can stream the film here, and register for the free chat here.   Or if you’re keen to hear Danny Ben-Moshe in conversation a

Sydney South African Film Festival goes on demand with hit films and documentaries
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Sydney South African Film Festival goes on demand with hit films and documentaries

As if pivoting to digital earlier this year wasn’t enough of a filmic treat, the Sydney South African Film Festival is back with more goodies for your weekend movie fix. SSAFF On Demand will showcase 16 hits plucked from the previous two years of cinematic excellence that draws on South Africa’s rich diversity, and its complex political and economical realities. Offering you a second chance to see highlights you might have missed, or ones so good you're itching to see them again, each movies costs $8, or you can grab the lot for the bargain price of $60. The digital platform includes uplifting documentary Beyond Moving. A Billy Elliot story with a South African twist, the film shares the story of Siphe November, a gifted ballet dancer discovered as a boy in the townships. Also in the documentary category, Buddha in Africa offers a revealing look at China’s influence in the region as it follows a Malawian teenager’s upbringing in a Buddhist orphanage. The feature offering includes Oscar-nominated director Angus Gibson’s Back of The Moon, which centres on Sophiatown, the black ghetto in Johannesburg which was the first target for removal by the Apartheid government during the 1950’s. In The Last Victims, another film inspired by the country’s conflict-ridden history, a former member of South Africa’s infamous death squad seeks to atone for his past when he helps one survivor search for the bodies of a missing anti-apartheid cell. Just jump on their website between at Friday, Ju

What will going to the movies look like when Sydney cinemas re-open in July?
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What will going to the movies look like when Sydney cinemas re-open in July?

While the major cinema chains wrestle with what they’re going to do without the major tentpole movies that are their bread and butter, Sydney’s indie picture houses have quietly got on with developing practical solutions as they prepare to open their doors next month. Erected in 1940, the glamorous Art Deco façade Paramount House brought a little bit of golden age Hollywood to Sydney, acting as Paramount Pictures’ HQ though to the ‘70s. These days the Surry Hills highlight houses Paramount House Hotel and, ensconced in the basement, the fabulous Golden Age Cinema and Bar. Its swish timber setting and intimate 56-person capacity was once a major drawcard, attracting cinema-goers with a taste for some of that classic silver-screen glamour. But now that selling-point is a cause for worry for CEO Barrie Barton, who says they’re balancing the “excitement of re-opening with the awful reality that while social distancing is set at four-square metres per person, it will be very difficult for any cinema to survive". How many of my mates can I take to a movie? The reality of these restrictions means cinemas will be operating at around 30% of capacity. So the Golden Age can only accommodate 17 people max. As Barton succinctly puts it: “Bummer.”   Barrie Barton, CEO of the Golden Age Cinema and BarPhotograph: Supplied   Already hosting private screenings and bar bookings at $90-125 per person, they’ll continue that offering when public sessions return mid-July. They also sought to ride

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The best art in Sydney

Bundeena and Maianbar Art Trail
Art

Bundeena and Maianbar Art Trail

Meet the local artists in this cute coastal village about an hour’s drive from Sydney

Biennale of Sydney goes global
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Biennale of Sydney goes global

Google has boosted citywide arts extravaganza the Biennale of Sydney with a snazzy digital iteration

Holding Patterns
Art

Holding Patterns

A revolving show that champions the cultural contribution of four artists in a time of crisis, showcasing adaptability 

Hyper-linked
Art

Hyper-linked

Hyper-linked assembles seven exciting contemporary Australian artists pushing the envelope digitally 

Carriageworks will reopen with a newly installed Biennale show
News

Carriageworks will reopen with a newly installed Biennale show

With the National Art School closed, Carriageworks will now house the works of eight artists curated for the Biennale

Parramatta by Foot
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Parramatta by Foot

Take a walk on the westside with this pavement-bound celebration of the work of local emerging artists 

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The best theatre and dance in Sydney

Unwrapped: Dances for Now
Dance

Unwrapped: Dances for Now

Fusing contemporary music and movement, we love these five bold choreographers' exciting creations

The Merchant of Venice
Theatre

The Merchant of Venice

The ghost lights may still be on in mostSydney theatres, but nothing stops the Bard

Ballet TV offers a triple bill
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Ballet TV offers a triple bill

From Spartacus to new works by rising choreographic stars via The Merry Widow

Sydney represents at Global Fringe
News

Sydney represents at Global Fringe

The Sydney-based shows will  enjoy a strictly limited four-night run at Newtown’s Old 505 Theatre and stream online

Giant Dwarf Theatre saved from closure
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Giant Dwarf Theatre saved from closure

The Redfern hero has taken a fair few knocks recenltly, but things are back on track 

Opera Australia postpones 2020 run, including the Ring Cycle and Lucrezia Borgia
News

Opera Australia postpones 2020 run, including the Ring Cycle and Lucrezia Borgia

With significant ticket sales snapped up by interstate and international guests, ongoing travel restrictions killed it

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Your guide to art in Sydney

The best art exhibitions in Sydney this month
Art

The best art exhibitions in Sydney this month

Galleries are reopening, hurrah, so here's your guide to what's out there for keen culture vultures to feast on

Your guide to the Biennale of Sydney 2020
Things to do

Your guide to the Biennale of Sydney 2020

Wiradjuri man Brook Andrew takes the reins as the Biennale’s first Indigenous Australian artistic director 

Where to find Sydney's best street art
Art

Where to find Sydney's best street art

Dodge the gallery crowds and take in exciting art with a message to convey in the great outdoors

The best public art in Sydney
Art

The best public art in Sydney

Revitalising laneways, commercial precincts and public squares, these artworks aren't afraid to show off in public

The best ARIs in Sydney
Art

The best ARIs in Sydney

If you're after emerging and experimental art, here are ten key artist-run initiatives (ARIs) to get you started.

Where to see Aboriginal art
Art

Where to see Aboriginal art

Whether you're visiting from overseas or a curious local looking to get beyond the basics, here's where to start.

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The best music in Sydney

Ensemble Apex drop the coolest music video
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Ensemble Apex drop the coolest music video

Shostakovich Made Me Hardcore looks like a cross between the dHunger Games and Orange is the New Black

Mim Beanie takes your kids Around the World
Music

Mim Beanie takes your kids Around the World

Sydney Youth Orchestras stars Sarah Qiu, Alison Eom and Jessica Ellis join the trip

Sydney hip-hop artist L-Fresh the Lion
Music

Sydney hip-hop artist L-Fresh the Lion

Growing up in the mid ‘90s, Sukhdeep Singh didn’t know that people like him could make it in hip-hop.

New Australian Classical
Music

New Australian Classical

The Sydney Opera House welcomes an impressive trio of emerging musicians classical musicians

Opera Australia postpones 2020 run
News

Opera Australia postpones 2020 run

You'll have to wait until 2021 to catch Lucrezia Borgia, Aida or the Rign Cycle

Come Dance and Sing with Jay Laga’aia and Friends
Kids

Come Dance and Sing with Jay Laga’aia and Friends

Get yuor kids jigging with the Playschool and Jay’s Jungle host  as part of the Riverside Theatres Digital experience 

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