Find the biggest events in June
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.
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.
Long before Central Station opened in 1906 and became an essential hub for Sydney life, it was an essential hub for Sydney death. This exhibition at the State Library of NSW is a haunting look back in time to 19th century Sydney. It's experienced with a 35-minute audio track, telling the story of the site.
When Matthew Sleeth premiered A Drone Opera in Melbourne in 2015, audiences were seated inside a cage for their own safety. Sleeth is now reimagining the work for Carriageworks, presenting it as an immersive three-channel video installation that will recreate the sensory overload of the live performances.
Sydney has had to wait a while to get to see Once. The musical, based on the 2007 Irish romantic comedy movie of the same name, opened in New York in 2011 and headed to Melbourne in 2014. It's finally our turn, with this new production by Richard Carroll, the director behind the massively successful Calamity Jane.
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.
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.
After endless revivals of Elijah Moshinsky beloved Butterfly, Opera Australia is finally staging a new production. This is the first of the company’s 2019 "digital" productions, using 12 massive high-definition LED panels, which fly in and out of the space, spin around and feature custom-made animations and film content.
Cement Fondu's current exhibition features work by artists from Australia and New Zealand with Pacific heritage, pushing the boundaries of the traditional practice of “adornment”. Niki Hastings-McFall has created a new installation for the exhibition with leis (the flower wreaths you probably associate with Hawaii), looking at and challenging persistent stereotypes.
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.
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.
There was arguably no greater prime minister arts champion than Gough Whitlam, who revolutionised arts funding and controversially purchased Jackson Pollock's 'Blue Poles' for the National Gallery of Australia for $1.3 million in 1973. The collection is the centrepiece of this exhibition, which traces Whitlam's commitment to the arts.