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June events in Sydney

Face the frost and enjoy wonderful winter events this month

People shopping at the Round She Goes Market Sydney
Photograph: Leticia Almeida
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Feeling a little despondent as the days grow shorter? Well, we’re here to help you out of that seasonal affective disorder hole. This month's-worth of adventures can be all yours if you brave the blustery outdoors. We’ve got tips for staying cultured in the cold with cheap theatre tickets and costume shops for that cosplay outfit you’ll wear at Supanova.

Rug up and travel the short distance between cinemas for Sydney Film Festival or gawk at the remaining Vivid events. Feeling underdressed? Head to one of Sydney’s best op shops, antique stores or vintage havens to stockpile full knitted outfits and blanket scarves.

Find the biggest events in June

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Sydney Film Festival State Theatre
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Film, Film festivals

Sydney Film Festival

icon-location-pin Around Sydney, Sydney
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The Sydney Film Festival returns this month with more fascinating, thrilling and entertaining movies you won't find at the multiplex. As always the State Theatre will be the epicentre of the action, with screenings also occurring across the CBD, Newtown, Cremorne, Randwick and Western Sydney. 

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À Ố Làng Phố
Photograph: Nguyen The Duong
Theatre, Circuses

À Ố Làng Phố

icon-location-pin Sydney Opera House, Sydney
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Have you ever seen a culturally adventurous, genre-defying narrative piece of circus art from Vietnam? We thought not. À Ố Làng Phố is performed on a set that's constructed entirely of bamboo and rattan, which comes to life to tell a story of urbanisation through aerial work, contortion, juggling and an unusual soundtrack.

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Aziz Ansari
Photograph: Colin Patrick Smith
Comedy, Stand Up

Aziz Ansari

icon-location-pin Sydney Opera House, Sydney
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Ansari's new tour, called Road to Nowhere, is his first since the incident when a woman who he went on a date with alleged she felt pressured into performing sex acts with him. He apparently addresses those allegations in the show, which has earned stellar reviews. But it is stand-up, so there's plenty of other material from Ansari's well-developed repertoire.

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Spike Lee at a camera directing.
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Things to do, Talks and discussions

Spike Lee on Films, Politics and Race

icon-location-pin Town Hall Hotel, Newtown
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This Town Hall talk is part of Vivid’s Game Changer Series and will be Lee’s first public appearance in Australia. Audiences can expect insights into filmmaking and social advocacy beyond the big screen, and Lee's own experiences regarding race in the media and Hollywood.

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People shopping at the Round She Goes Market Sydney
Shopping, Markets

Round She Goes Fashion Market

icon-location-pin Marrickville Town Hall, Marrickville
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Rummage through a mix of vintage and modern clothing – it leans towards traditionally feminine attire – and accessories, as well as handmade jewellery and funky trinkets. You’ll find high-end designers like Ferragamo and Carla Zampatti, as well as good quality high street styles from Gorman and Sass & Bide among the 60 stalls.

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Nick Offerman
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Comedy, Stand Up

Nick Offerman

icon-location-pin State Theatre, Sydney
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Offerman’s latest work is entitled All Rise, and it’s being billed as an evening of deliberative talking and light dance (audience participation unclear). And the target: modern consumerism. “It’s a proper revival suggesting the existence of a higher power in the land than commerce, one that will cause you to pop, lock and rejoice!,” says Offerman.

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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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It’s 50 years since Neil Armstrong took that giant leap for mankind, and the Powerhouse Museum is hosting a cosmic exhibition dedicated to the Moon landing. 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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Nancy and Beth Megan Mullally supplied pic Sydney Opera House 2019
Photograph: Emily Shur
Theatre

Megan Mullally and her band: Nancy and Beth

icon-location-pin Sydney Opera House, Sydney
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Long before she became a sitcom star, Megan Mullally had appeared in Broadway musicals and has honed those musical skills over the course of her career. Now she's returning to Australia with her band Nancy and Beth, a collaboration between Mullally and actor Stephanie Hunt.

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Person throwing coco pops on stage
Things to do, Games and hobbies

Bongo's Bingo

icon-location-pin Luna Park Sydney, Milsons Point
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This might be the only bingo night with a dedicated 15-minute ‘rave break’. The UK-born Bongo’s Bingo is a messy affair that involves dancing on tables, dabbing, and at least 15 litres of booze in prizes. It’s a whole lot of fun, and it’s returning for the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. 

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Bill Henson, 'untitled', 2017-2018
Art, Photography

Bill Henson

icon-location-pin Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Paddington
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There are few Australian artists whose work is as distinctive and immediately recognisable as Bill Henson – and arguably no Australian photographers who are as well known. He's best known for his portraits of adolescent subjects presented in dark, dramatic settings, and will be showing a series of new works at this exhibition.

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Portrait shot of FKA Twigs
Photograph: Mateus Porto
Music

FKA Twigs

icon-location-pin Carriageworks, Eveleigh
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It's four years since the genre-smashing, avant-garde pop star performed in Sydney, and now she’s returning with a new show (and maybe even some new music). She's known for her elaborate, sci-fi skimming choreography and bombastic aesthetics.

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Ride at Multicultural Eid Festival
Things to do, Fairs and festivals

Multicultural Eid Festival and Fair

icon-location-pin Fairfield Showgrounds, Prairiewood
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Bringing together thousands of Sydney residents from more than 35 communities across the city, the Multicultural Eid Festival and Fair (MEFF) is a celebration following the religious holiday Eid-al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan. Expect gut-churning carnival rides, market stalls, traditional live performances, animal shows and art workshops.

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Drag queens on stage crowning a queen in a wonderfully fluffy red dress.
Photograph: Ken Leanfore
Things to do, Fairs and festivals

Heaps Gay Qweens Ball

icon-location-pin Sydney Town Hall, Sydney
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The Heaps Gay party crew will be bringing a touch of oppalence to Sydney Town Hall for their Qween’s Ball, a lavish party of queer art and music. The theme for this year’s party is “Winter is Coming” and revellers are encouraged to dress up in their best op-shop wintery chic (faux fur recommended). 

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Professor Brian Cox Wembley Arena
Photograph: Nicky J Sims
Things to do, Talks and discussions

Brian Cox

icon-location-pin State Theatre, Sydney
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The much loved professor is heading back to Sydney to educate and entertain audiences with his knowledge of the cosmos. Cox will use state-of-the-art graphics, telescope imagery and space probes to talk about the latest space missions, the Big Bang, black holes and the origin and fate of life in the Universe.

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People running through a park.
Photograph: Gilbert Romane
Sport and fitness, Running

Western Sydney Parklands Trail Run

icon-location-pin Western Sydney Parklands, Horsley Park
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If you regularly pound the pavement on the same old city running route, change up your jogging cycle and test your legs at the Western Sydney Parklands Trail Run. The new fun run will take you on a loop of the park’s expansive grounds, with 35km, 19km, 11km and 4km courses.

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Little Creatures Live at GABS
Photograph: Mitch Lui
Bars, Craft beer

GABS Beer, Cider and Food Fest

icon-location-pin Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park
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This beer and cider extravaganza is basically Christmas for beer lovers. The big drawcard is the 170 beverages on tap that have been brewed exclusively for the festival. This is your only chance to try a Negroni beer hybrid, a tiramisu porter, a snail-infused ale or a lager inspired by the famous Greek dessert, loukoumades. 

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Sweeney Todd Lifelike Company 2019 feat Anthony Warlow
Photograph: Colin Page
Theatre, Musicals

Sweeney Todd

icon-location-pin International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour
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It's time for Australia's leading man of musical theatre, Anthony Warlow, and comedy star Gina Riley (aka the Kim half of Kath and Kim) to take on Sweeny Todd's leading roles – the titular demon barber and Mrs Lovett, a pie shop owner and Todd's unlikely ally. Be part of Sweeney's revenge mission to take down the powerful men who destroyed his family. 

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Image of the moon in the Royal Botanic Garden.
Photograph: Supplied
Things to do, Walks and tours

Ghostly Garden

icon-location-pin Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
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Ready your torches and your nerves for this nighttime garden ghost tour. As you’re led through shadowy paths and under dark canopies, your guide will share spine-tingling stories about the area, introducing you to long-dead historical figures who’ve visited the park and the secretive nocturnal creatures who now inhabit it. 

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Band on the beach.
Photograph: Dean Chalkley
Music, Dance and electronic

Rudimental

icon-location-pin Hordern Pavilion, Moore Park
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This four-man dance music troupe are headed on a nationwide tour to share inclusive vibes from their newest album, Toast To Our Differences. It’s been three years in the making, but well worth the time spent recruiting stars across a delightful mash-up of genres like Anne-Marie, Major Lazer, Macklemore and Kevin Garrett.

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Head shot of Omar Musa.
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Things to do, Talks and discussions

Vivid After Hours at AGNSW

icon-location-pin Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
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We’re a big fan of the Art Gallery of NSW’s free Wednesday night art series. For Vivid, they’re curating some pretty special nights led by a discussion about personal histories, spirituality and cultural and social identity, before art-seeking night owls enjoy live music, interactive workshops and gallery excursions. 

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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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Sydney, Muriel has arrived. With an updated book by original screenwriter PJ Hogan and music by pop intelligentsia Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall, Muriel’s Wedding the Musical will leave you smiling for days. This is a five star film-to-stage adaptation critics, audiences and creatives dream of.

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People working with leather.
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Things to do, Markets

The Makers’ Nest Design Market

icon-location-pin The Tramsheds, Forest Lodge
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Check out locally-made artisan products including fashion accessories, jewellery, ceramics and artworks at this biannual market. Around 50 stalls will make their home at the revamped tram depot. Entry is a $2 donation at the door and kids under 12 come free to this family-friendly celebration of local makers.

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Herbie Hancock in a striped shirt laughing.
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Music, Jazz

Herbie Hancock

icon-location-pin Sydney Opera House, Sydney
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With six decades of musical innovation across jazz, hip-hop, electro-fusion, and funk under his belt, you can expect Herbie Hancock will bring a remarkable presence to the stage. Audiences will be looking forward to hearing hits from his twelfth studio album, Head Hunters, as well as his beloved early compositions like ‘Cantaloupe Island’ and ‘Watermelon Man’. 

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RocoColonial Hazelhurst Arts Centre 2019 supplied
Deborah Kelly, 'Venus Envy redux' 2019
Art

RocoColonial

icon-location-pin Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, Gymea
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Rococo, an 18th century European style of decoration that’s all about the theatrical and ornamental (think of the castle in Beauty and the Beast), is generally thought of as separate to the colonial style that emerged in the decades following. Arists that draw inspiration from both rococo and colonial styles are celebrated in this exhibition, which includes painting, sculpture, design and fashion.

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Joggers run up stairs,
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Sport and fitness, Running

Stadium Stomp SCG

icon-location-pin Sydney Cricket Ground - SCG, Moore Park
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Whatever level of fitness you’re at, competitors can attempt to scale the 6,700 stairs, or opt for the shorter climb of 4,000 steps. For athletes looking to make a statement, schedule the entire day off for the unlimited climb – it’s a stomp till you drop approach. 

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Press image of Australian band Rüfüs du Sol
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Music, Dance and electronic

Rüfüs du Sol

icon-location-pin Carriageworks, Eveleigh
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The ARIA-winning Australian three-piece Rüfüs du Sol are playing three exclusive dates for Vivid Sydney. They’ll be joined by special guest Willaris. K for the shows, and it’s likely fans can expect to hear their infectious tracks and deep house grooves from Atlas, Bloom and third album Solace.

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Urzila Carlson Loser 2019
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Comedy, Stand Up

Urzila Carlson: Loser

icon-location-pin Sydney Opera House, Sydney
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Stand-up star Urzila Carlson is sort of a huge deal in NZ and has won basically every award available to a Kiwi. She's now conquering Australia, so make sure you catch one of the most amiable and lovable – but totally fearless – comedians we know, performing her new show, Loser.

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The crowd, stage and light show at Curve Ball.
Photograph: Anna Kucera
Music

Curve Ball

icon-location-pin Carriageworks, Eveleigh
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Curve Ball is one of Vivid’s biggest parties, offering a day-to-night experience of sound that’s matched in its vibrancy by the wall-to-wall visual installations. Artists and DJs organising the soundtrack include Touch Sensitive, Hayden James, Mallrat, Young Franco and more.

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orange, deep-fried batter curls
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Things to do, Food and drink

Ramadan Nights Lakemba

icon-location-pin Around Lakemba, Lakemba
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For the month of Ramadan, stalls line Haldon Street and Railway Parade in Lakemba, creating a global food market. This is where you can break fast with net roti and gentle lentil curries from the Cocos Islands; Malaysia's famously buttery grilled pastry parcels, murtabak; and haleem, the king of curries from Pakistan.

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Sharon Van Etten
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Music

Sharon Van Etten

icon-location-pin Sydney Opera House, Sydney
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Pushing the parameters of rock and pop, Sharon Van Etten's fifth studio album Remind Me Tomorrow packs an emotional punch. She'll be bringing her intense and self-aware songwriting and raucous live show to the Opera House for one night only during Vivid. 

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Three women sampling wine at the Good Food Show Sydney
Photograph: Jesse Spezza
Things to do, Expos and conventions

Good Food and Wine Show

icon-location-pin International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour
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World-class chefs, food enthusiasts and TV personalities will be cooking up a storm for this annual food and wine convention. It’s three days of tastings, cooking demonstrations and chef meet-and-greets that’s on the level of Comic-Con, only less cosplay and more lunch.

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The Essential Duchamp Art Gallery of NSW supplied
© Association Marcel Duchamp/ADAGP. Copyright Agency, 2018
Art

The Essential Duchamp

icon-location-pin Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
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Marcel Duchamp more or less abandoned his successful painting career to originate the idea of ‘readymades’ – existing objects elevated to the status of art through virtue of being ‘selected’ by artists. The official mid-20th century reproductions of his most renowed lost works are at the centre of The Essential Duchamp.

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Band member from Methyl Ethel stands in front of a blue wall.
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Music, Rock and indie

Methyl Ethel

icon-location-pin The Enmore Theatre, Newtown
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While there’s a dreamy, down-the-rabbit-hole feeling to their music which distantly echos Perth’s other psych-pop darlings Tame Impala, Methyl Ethel are increasingly carving their own niche into this particular brand of Aussie alt-rock. They’ll be hitting up the Enmore Theatre to share their new album, Triage

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Thrones! The Musical
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Theatre

Thrones! The Musical Parody

icon-location-pin Sydney Opera House, Sydney
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[Sponsored] The night is dark, and full of... jazz hands. A far cry from Westeros’s blood-soaked wedding venues and questionable leadership choices, Thrones! The Musical Parody is a retelling of the epic story you know in a tone you don’t. It's landing in Sydney just after we've kicked into full GoT swing for the final season.

How to explore the chilly city solo

Glide through the month

Winterlight
Photograph: Ali Mousawi
Things to do, Ice skating

Where to go ice skating in Sydney

We’ve found chilly pop-up rinks during winter and permanent icy fun in Sydney for the whole family to practice their ice skating twirls, double axles and graceful tumbles.

More to explore

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