December's best events
He’s the kind of poet Australians from all walks of life can relate to, spinning yarns about family, love, tragedy and 747s. Paul Kelly will bring all this and more to the Domain, re-launching his Making Gravy concert. A troupe of Aussie artists will sing along with classics like ‘To Her Door’ and share their own hits, too.
After farewelling the wildly popular but controversial Real Bodies exhibition, Sydney's human biology fans will get another entrancing, disturbing and educational exhibition with Body Worlds Vital. This separate exhibit features over 150 preserved human cadavers and anatomical specimens, and has toured more than 130 countries worldwide.
In 2013, Christina Bianco uploaded a video of herself performing Bonnie Tyler's 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' as 18 different divas. The YouTube clip soon went vial, and now she's bringing all her favourite divas back to Sydney for a Christmas show.
Christmas in the City parades a whole program of free festive events around town in the lead up to the big day. You’ll have the chance to see choirs of carolers, family-friendly concerts, visit festive food pop-ups and catch a glimpse of Saint Nick.
Sydneysider Anna Robertson heads up socially responsible fashion label Yevu, which operates out of Accra in Ghana. Every year, Robertson opens up a pop-up shop in Sydney to sell the latest range of limited edition wrap dresses, playsuits, jumpsuits, shorts and menswear. Yevu’s temporary store is back from December 7 for ten days.
Soul singer, rapper and spoken word artist Radical Son is bringing his effortless vocals to the Sydney Opera House as part of a series of First Nations music events. The series brings contemporary artists into the intimate space to celebrate the vibrancy and rich culture of Australia’s First Nations peoples.
Every year, the MCA invites an artist or curator to take the reins of its Primavera exhibition, a showcase for artists under 35. In 2018, the exhibition is being curated by their own assistant curator Megan Robson, who has pulled together eight artists to ask: why is identity important today?
[Sponsored] The annual Hyde Park Barracks fare brings together 40 local food producers, makers and artisan retailers for an evening market just before Christmas. Shop for pickles, smoked meats and artisan teas – all with some food and drink in hand – as you wander around the courtyard.
Ask yourself honestly, in your heart of hearts: are you good at sex? Kitty Flanagan believes she isn’t. Longtime fans will be surprised to hear the comedian’s new show, Smashing, will focus on her sex life, as she’s stayed well away from the topic in the past.
[Sponsored] Go back to theatre's outdoor origins and be part of this season of two epic adaptations dubbed ‘Rose Riot’. The Hollow Crown and The Wars of the Roses will bring together and reimagine several of Shakespeare’s works, with the first combining the stories of Richard II, Henry IV and Henry V, and the second mixing Henry VI and Richard III.
Flower markets are no longer solely the domain of local retailers willing to roll out of bed before 3am to pick out the best of the bunch. The Kings Cross Flower Markets will offer Sydneysiders an accessible place to purchase fresh-cut blooms from 9.30am-2.30pm every Sunday.
This family-friendly concert has everything that ex-party parents are craving: great live music, a good atmosphere for kids, a place to stock up on food and, most importantly, a bar. And it’s a great opportunity to introduce your littluns to Sydney’s thriving live music scene.
There's nothing quite like a film under the stars in the beautiful surrounds at Belvedere Amphitheatre in Centennial Park. Settle back with friends and family for a movie and as always, the Moonlight Cinema food truck and bar can supply you with comestibles, but you're welcome to BYO food and drinks.
Ever wondered which Star Wars character you most resemble? Luke, Leia, Solo, Rey, Finn, Chewie, Vader or Yoda? In this new exhibition you’ll be invited to a galaxy far, far away to create your own Star Wars identity, using specialist technology and Star Wars costumes, models, props and artwork.
With a focus on up-and-coming designers, this vibrant exhibition brings together textile, jewellery, graphic, object, interactive and spatial designers in a visual mixing bowl that celebrates the optimism and ambitions of a generation of creatives.
Parramatta Park is the newest location for Christmas cheer in the west. This free, all-ages event will include all the family favourites – food stalls, carol sing-alongs, rides for the kids, and the all important Santa appearance. Oh, and Guy Sebastian will be on the mic.
The bi-annual design market is returning to the Tramsheds just in time for Christmas. Check out locally-made artisan products including fashion accessories, jewellery, ceramics and artworks. The revamped tramway depot will be hosting the diverse range of around 50 pop-up stalls.
Simon Painter's most popular franchise by far, The Illusionists, will return to its birthplace at the Opera House after several seasons on Broadway with the appropriately titled The Illusionists: Direct From Broadway. Expect big stunts, magical flying, mindreading and all kinds of illusions.
This brand new farmers' market will be setting up at Erskineville Public School every Saturday from 9am-2pm starting in December, offering a place to buy fresh produce and locally made treats. Food will be the clear focus, and we’ll be getting the goods from Sydney favourites like Brickfields bakery, the ploughers from Pocket City Farm, and the cheese artisans from Kristen Allan Cheesemaker.
This obstacle course asks runners to face off against giant inflatable water slides, bouncy castles, mud pits, cargo climbs and a seemingly never ending sea of foam. It’s the first time the sudsy set-up has made its way from Canada to Sydney’s shores, and it’s proving so popular that they hosting two days of races this December.
[Sponsored] Screening 15 fresh new releases, golden oldies and critically acclaimed alternative films, American Express Openair Cinemas offers movie fanatics much more than the average cinematic experience. The new location of Metcalfe Park, Pyrmont will be taken over by a packed program of live entertainment, dining, music and dog dates.
Sydney’s home of queer culture, nightlife and entertainment, the Imperial Hotel, is hosting a glittery evening of Christmas carols, and it’s completely free. The front bar will be taken over by festive folk for one hour of song on December 23 from 6pm.
American artist Nick Cave – not to be confused with the Australian singer-songwriter – is bringing 16,000 wind spinners, 24 chandeliers, ten miles of crystals, thousands of ceramic birds and one crocodile to Sydney. Cave’s Until is a mammoth new installation work coming to Carriageworks.
Sydney-born Jim Jefferies has become one of the most popular comedians in the world, thanks to a series of Netflix specials and his own late night Comedy Central talk show. Despite those successes, he's come under fire for material that's been called misogynistic. But Jefferies insists he's reformed, and has vowed to ditch the sexist jokes in The Night Talker, his first arena tour.
Aspects of Love is an intimate piece focusing on the relationship between an actress called Rose and a young student Alex, who becomes obsessed with her while travelling through France. It's based on a David Garnett novella of the same name and takes place across 17 years.
Some love La bohème, some loathe it – but whatever your view, we know you're here for the romance, sex, tragedy and comedy, plus the sizzle of Weimar Germany (cue topless club girls, red-curtained cabarets and bedazzling frocks).
You’ve been flung back in time to 1988 Indiana and your mystery-solving skills are required to investigate the disappearance of local residents, and what’s going on at the local shady government facility. This is the premise of the Lock In, which blends theatre, puzzles and cocktails to create a role-playing adventure similar to an escape room.
[Sponsored] Crawl under the blankets with a glass of wine and settle in for another season of movies at the Entertainment Quarter in the Showring. You can snuggle into an inflatable bed, eat, drink and watch a great movie while you take advantage of free popcorn refils.
He's recognised as one of the country’s most respected designers, and Akira Isogawa has made a name for himself as a pioneer of modern Australian and Asian fusion fashion. In this exclusive Powerhouse Museum exhibition, visitors can explore Isogawa’s creative impulses, cultural influences and design background.
Patrick White saw through all of our empty social kindness decades ago. His 1963 play A Cheery Soul, set in a fictional 1950s Sydney suburb that’s all repression and politeness, blows up all the myths we might have then possessed about the ways we treat each other.
This huge exhibition explores the Rolling Stones’ rise to stardom and their subsequent impact on pop culture, rock’n’roll, fashion and art. It will showcase more than 500 items from throughout the band’s career, including vintage guitars, lyric books, album art, and the personal diaries and letters of the Stones themselves.
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