In 2017, Lights on Later moves from Thursday to Wednesday night, as part of the city-wide 'Culture Night' initiative. It's the same deal, however: extended hours, and (from Wed Jan 11) a program of live music on the terrace, discussions, performances, talks and workshops, to complement the exhibitions. The indoor-outdoor MCA Cafe, on the Sculpture Terrace, also stays open until 9pm. See our hitlist of art exhibitions in January, and make sure you tick off the full list of essential summer culture experiences in our Summer Culture Guide.
After pARTY is the brainchild of curators Anna May Kirk and Nerida Ross, who run it once a month at Freda's in Chippendale. Anna and Nerida are art junkies, and wanted to showcase the peformance parts of Sydney's art scene within a fun, social context – and the first Wednesday of the month being a opening date for lots of local galleries, it seemed like a logical excuse for a post-opening after party. Expect to party with artists to banging tunes. Things have been known to get weird, nude and colourful. Click through the Dates & Times tab to see the line-up for this month's After pARTY. Like your art at night? Check out Sydney's best art after dark.
As Choir of Hard Knocks and Sydney Street Choir founder Jonathan Welch says, “Singing for an hour a week in a choir has now been scientifically proven to help build your immune system and fight cancer, build neural pathways for those who’ve had strokes and can't speak ... the list goes on.” It’s also anecdotally proven to make you feel happy. Inner Westies can check out Newtown’s Welcome Choir, which meets weekly and is open to people who love singing and are willing to learn the lyrics – you don’t need to audition, you don’t even need to be able to read music. “We want to offer a place that is also safe for greater diversity,” says co-founder Betty Judd. Lead by musical director Bek Jensen, the 30-or-so regulars have a feelgood repertoire that includes Adele, Fleetwood Mac, Outkast, Prince and Madonna. Like singing in a relaxed environment? Check out Sydney Flash Mob Choir.
The Kings Cross Hotel is hosting its own new party, Uptown. Across three floors, local legends and party starters will be encouraging you to reclaim your Saturday nights at this weekly, dancefloor-friendly shindig. On the ground floor you'll find pop anthems, disco floor fillers and classic hip hop. On the breezy balcony DJs will be spinning yacht rock and relaxed pop gems. Finally the rooftop goes full whack into party mode, dishing out electronic, house and future pop beats. It all kicks off on April 1, and you'll find Uptown taking over the Kings Cross Hotel every Saturday evening from there on in.