The best events in August
Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Chris Wylie, Sonic Youth co-founder Kim Gordon, and Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson are all speaking at the next Antidote – a festival of ideas, action and change. Expect solo talks, panels and workshops that respond to our world today.
Penned by musical theatre's dynamic duo John Kander and Fred Ebb, Chicago was only a minor splash when it premiered in 1975. But when it was given a stripped back and sexed up new production in 1996, it became an immediate sensation. That's the production which Sydney audiences will see.
We hope you’ve still got a stash of witchy shawls in your wardrobe, because Fleetwood Mac are coming to Sydney this month. The line-up for the 2019 tour features original band members Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks and John and Christine McVie, as well as new additions Mike Campbells and Neil Finn.
Tjungu Palya is an Aboriginal-owned and run art centre in South Australia, around 450km south-west of Alice Springs at the base of the Mann Ranges. This exhibition from the centre is two years in the making and is taking place across both Artbank in Sydney and Melbourne.
To celebrate cherry blossom season, the Auburn Botanic Gardens runs a ten-day festival of ticketed events including self-guided tours and mid-week themed days for kids and seniors. There are two Hanami (‘flower viewing’) weekends where visitors can wander around the blossom trees at their own pace.
The musical is based in Louisiana in 1963 and concerns an eight-year-old boy and his family’s maid, a single mother of four. It raises pertinent questions about economic inequality and white privilege, all set to a score combining blues, spiritual music, soul, Motown and Jewish Klezmer.
Longstanding folk-indie darling Lior is joining forces with world-famous photographer Bill Henson and the Australian Chamber Orchestra for a show that promises to be both a visual and aural feast. Luminous was first performed in 2005, with Henson's moody urban landscapes the visual focus.
Get to know the local artists of Blacktown at Magnify. The seven-week arts festival is bringing eight exciting performances and installations to the region, with alternative film screenings, live gigs, food journeys and visual artworks popping up at laneways, showgrounds, restaurants, nursing homes, libraries and arts centres around Blacktown.
This new play by Julia Leigh is a co-production with London’s Barbican Centre, giving it significant kudos. Leigh, who is known as a novelist and filmmaker, has adapted her own memoir about going through the trials of IVF at 38 with her new husband.
It's time to stretch those spirit fingers and prepare to be aggressive... be-be aggressive. Bring It On: The Musical is returning to Sydney. The musical is inspired by the beloved 2000 cheerleading movie, but tells the story of a new group of competitive cheerleaders.
These guys have racked up more than half a million streams globally and have nine ARIA Awards on their mantlepiece. They are known to sell out arenas with their memorable performances featuring live orchestras and choirs, and now is your chance to be awestruck by the Aussie hip-hop dynamo.
Set sometime in the future on the tiny coral atoll of Tokelau – a Pacific Island territory threatened by rising sea levels – the story follows Vitolina, the last person left on Tokelau after all the other inhabitants have fled the island for resettlement in Australia.
Meyne Wyatt made his professional debut as an actor at Griffin Theatre in 2011’s Silent Disco. Now he’s returning with a semi-autobiographical work about an Indigenous actor from Kalgoorlie who angers his community by starring in a controversial Australia Day ad.
Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand women with iTaukei (Indigenous Fijian) heritage take over Campbelltown Arts Centre to celebrate their culture as part of a new exhibition, Marama Dina. Featuring new commissions from ten female iTaukei artists, the exhibition explores what it means to be iTaukei outside of Fiji.
Given the rarified air Shakespeare occupies in our culture, it's easy to forget that his plays were the popular entertainment of his day. Seeing one of them was a rowdy affair, and the team at Bar'd Work is trying to recapture some of that spirit with their 'Shakesbeer sessions' of comedies performed around patrons at a pub.
Kick back in the dog-friendly beer garden while learning about rescue dogs and important facts about puppy adoption. There will also be live entertainment, dog comps with great prizes, a pet market with everything from treat tastings to puppy crystal healing, as well as an adoption parade.
It's been a big year for singing and dancing youth gangs: West Side Story was performed on the harbour with the Sydney Opera House in the background, and now you can see it inside the big white sails. This production directed by Joey McKneely is a fairly faithful take on the show, using all of Jerome Robbins' original Broadway choreography.
Whether it be in audio, documentary or dramatised form, true crime is a captivating genre. So if you were hooked on Teacher’s Pet and subsequent news feature, or drawn in and then repulsed by Zac Efron’s charismatic portrayal of Ted Bundy, then this special trivia night at the Toxteth Hotel is for you.
The Art Gallery of NSW has collected plenty of beautiful and provocative contemporary art in recent years, and is showing some of its latest acquisitions by leading women artists in this free exhibition exploring the intricacies of human relationships.
The non-for-profit collective behind this quarterly market, the Westies, is all about showcasing the Penrith region while giving local growers and makers an accessible way to sell their products. They’re aiming to create a lazy Sunday atmosphere, where you get to know the community rather than fight over the bargain bin.
Festival season is coming in hot with hip-hop festival Drip World making its Australian debut. Sydneysiders can get lit all day and night with no clashes on the solo stage at Parramatta Park, watching headliners like French Montana, Comethazine, Rich the Kid and more.
This new party on wheels ticks off just about every Sydney-day-out ideal: harbour views, bottomless booze, a retro theme and a similarly old-school sporty activity. They’ll be pumping tracks from the ’80s – the height of the roller skating era – while you zoom around the rooftop arena.
Meet Sofie and Gregor; a couple who are drifting apart. About the only thing the couple share is their cat Wink – who has mysteriously gone missing – and their psychiatrist. Then Wink suddenly turns up on the psychiatrist’s couch and the line between civilisation and savagery starts looking even more tenuous.
You might groan when the lift is out of order and you’re faced with a few flights of stairs, but when challenged with more than 1,500 stairs, Sydney steps up. The Sydney Tower Stair Challenge asks competitors to make it up every last flight of stairs inside the Sydney Tower Eye.
Sydney Theatre Company artistic director Kip Williams is giving Lord of the Flies a significant rethink. Yes, the characters will still be young boys going savage on a deserted island, but they’ll be played by performers who don’t really resemble what you’d imagine to be an 11-year-old boy.
[Sponsored] The festival of art, music, culture and (primarily) food offers cuisines from around the world, prepared by local eateries. A few faves in the line-up include Lambda serving Greek favourites like gyros and souvlaki, Dirty Bird's Southern-style chicken wings and burgers, and El Caminito with their South American street food.
Renounce your fast-fashion sins with fabulous finds from this haven for pre-loved fashion and other goodies. There’s a mix of vintage and modern clothing – it leans towards traditionally feminine attire – and accessories, as well as handmade jewellery and funky trinkets.
Russian-born Natalia Osipova is one of the most celebrated and awarded dancers in the world right now. Pure Dance is an eclectic program of both classical and contemporary ballet, which will be performed by Osipova with a series of special guests.
It's the seventh year of the Morrison Oyster Festival and Sydney still can't seem to get enough of those tasty little bivalves. Throughout August, they will boast oysters from 50 regions around Australia, a happy hour with $1.50 oysters from 6-7pm daily, and other seaworthy specials.
If you’ve ever wanted to move beyond stick figures but haven’t mustered the courage to put pen to paper in a class before, now’s the time to take that artistic leap. The MCA is hosting a special series of after-dark art classes, with bubbles provided by Champagne institution, Ruinart.
It can be difficult to feel optimistic about the state of the world in 2019, as the fabric of our planet continues to stretch and readjust. That's why Belvoir is bringing this play to Sydney, written by Bertolt Brecht in 1938, after he fled Nazi Germany. Colin Friels will star as the persecuted scientist speaking truth to power.
Every Thursday this August, Manly’s Market Lane will be buzzing with street performers and sizzling food stalls. This is the first time the scenic northern suburb will get to feast at this particular foodie event, but with local businesses sharing their beloved snacks and sounds, it’s sure to be a ripper.
Aeschylus’ classic Greek tragedy Agamemnon has been transplanted to Sydney and given a distinctly Australian reworking by Ang Collins at the Old Fitz. Agamemnon is a global pop star just returned home from a nine month round-the-world concert tour to deal with some unfinished business and start her life afresh.
To get out of slouch-mode and smash your fitness targets, join these professionally-run morning workouts. The 45-minute classes at Macquarie Park Elouera Reserve are totally free, and offer training in boxing and yoga Monday-Friday.
Shaun Gladwell is best known for his mesmerising slow motion video works depicting him skateboarding or riding BMX bikes against classic Australian backdrops. Now the MCA is presenting the largest survey exhibition of Gladwell’s work to date, tracing his evolution from skateboarding outsider to cutting edge artist.