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July events in Sydney

Frolic through midwinter with the best events in Sydney this month

People looking at market stalls at night at the Bastille Festival.
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Many misinformed winter-haters might lament about the lack of activities during Sydney’s chilly season, but we’re here to set them on the path to cold weather adventures. We’ve found warming food festivals, spectacular ice skating spots and sizzling gigs on every week during July.

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July's best events

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Hilary Cole, Helen Dallimore and Maggie McKenna in Sydney Theatre Company and Global Creatures Production of Muriel’s Wedding the Musical
Theatre, Musicals

Muriel's Wedding the Musical

icon-location-pin Sydney Lyric, Darling Harbour
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Muriel’s Wedding the Musical will leave you smiling for days. Directed by our finest big-picture showman Simon Phillips, this is the film-to-stage adaptation critics, audiences and creatives dream of: an updated and evolved version of the original story that stands proudly as its own creation.

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A View from the Bridge Ensemble Theatre 2019 supplied
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Theatre, Drama

A View from the Bridge

icon-location-pin Ensemble Theatre, Kirribilli
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Director Iain Sinclair has had plenty of success with Arthur Miller's 1950s Brooklyn masterpiece. Now he's bringing the show to the Ensemble Theatre. The gripping play takes place in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge, where a family of migrants is almost torn apart when two cousins from Italy come to stay and work illegally.

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Two children holding hands in blue dress, Still from The Shining (1980)
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Film, Special screenings

David Stratton Presents Martin Scorsese's Scariest Films Ever Festival

icon-location-pin Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace, Cremorne
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The Hayden Orpheum is doing a retrospective of classic horror films, as selected by veteran US director Martin Scorsese. It'll include endlessly rewatchable tales like The Shining (1980) plus digitally restored copies of Val Lewton's 1940s classics Cat PeopleThe Leopard Man and more.

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Lord of the Flies Sydney Theatre Company 2019
Photograph: Rene Vaile
Theatre, Drama

Lord of the Flies

icon-location-pin Roslyn Packer Theatre, Millers Point
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Mia Wasikowska, who played Alice in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland movies, probably isn’t the first person you’d think of to cast as one of the young boys in Lord of the Flies, but Sydney Theatre Company artistic director Kip Williams is giving the story a significant rethink. 

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Shaun Gladwell Pacific Undertow MCA supplied
Shaun Gladwell, 'Pacific Undertow Sequence (Bondi)' (still), 2010
Art

Shaun Gladwell: Pacific Undertow

icon-location-pin Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), The Rocks
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Shaun Gladwell is best known for his mesmerising slow motion video works depicting him skateboarding or riding BMX bikes against classic Australian backdrops. The MCA is presenting the largest survey exhibition of Gladwell’s work to date, tracing his evolution from skateboarding outsider to cutting edge artist.

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City of Gold 2019 supplied image Griffin Theatre
Photograph: Brett Boardman
Theatre, Drama

City of Gold

icon-location-pin SBW Stables Theatre - Griffin Theatre Company, Darlinghurst
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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. 

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Michael Armitage: The Promised Land MCA 2019
Michael Armitage, 'The Promised Land' 2019
Art

Michael Armitage: The Promised Land

icon-location-pin Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), The Rocks
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Kenyan-born artist Michael Armitage is only in his mid-thirties but his uniquely beautiful paintings are in huge demand around the world. The MCA is presenting his first exhibition in Australia, which includes recent work and new large-scale paintings telling stories of folklore, history and memories from East Africa.

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Luke Jerram's Museum of the Moon at Cork
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Things to do, Exhibitions

Apollo 11

icon-location-pin Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo
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The Powerhouse Museum is hosting a cosmic exhibition dedicated to the Moon landing and its 50th anniversary. It'll feature more than 200 objects involved the momentous 1969 space journey and other pieces exploring the science, design and historical impact of the event, plus the popular 'Museum of the Moon' installation.

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The Torrents Sydney Theatre Company 2019
Photograph: Rene Vaile
Theatre, Drama

The Torrents

icon-location-pin Sydney Opera House, Sydney
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You probably haven’t heard of Oriel Gray or The Torrents, but in 1955 it was the joint winner of the Playwrights’ Advisory Board Competition with Australia’s most famous play, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll. It’s been rarely performed since the 1950s, making it a hugely neglected classic – and look, that’s probably because it wasn’t written by a man.

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Banging Denmark Sydney Theatre Company 2019
Photograph: Rene Vaile
Theatre, Drama

Banging Denmark

icon-location-pin Sydney Opera House, Sydney
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This new work is about a feminist academic called Ish and a pick-up artist called Jake. They’re not exactly fans of one another, but when Jake falls in love with a Danish librarian, he needs to call in Ish for advice on how to woo her in a less problematic way.

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