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March events in Sydney

Farewell those longer days by making the most of this month's outdoor festivals and events

Photograph: Belinda Rolland

You'll find there's still lots of summery things to do in Sydney during the first month of autumn, including music events and theatre by the harbour. It's International Women's Day on March 8 and a good place to celebrate that and talk about gender equality is the All About Women festival on Sunday March 5. It's a good month for food festivals as Taste of Sydney and March into Merivale take place. Plus, there's Earth Hour, Parramasala and A Moveable Feast

Major events in March


Art Month Sydney

Art Month in Sydney is about much more than exhibitions – although there are certainly a lot of them; the program extends to talks, tours, open studios, performances, workshops and classes. This year's Art Month sees the return of two popular annual features: the Collectors Space exhibition, which each year throws open the private collections of some of Sydney's most acquisitive art-lovers, and the Art At Night program, which throws precinct-wide parties combining performance, pop-up food and drink, and extended gallery hours.

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By: Dee Jefferson


Queerstories started life as a recurring Late Night Library event at Kings Cross Library. The response was so positive that Marsden ran a Seniors Week special, then a one-off event at the Sydney Festival and a ticketed event during the Sydney Fringe. All of which were so successful that the organisers applied for funding and received a grant from the City of Sydney, enabling them to run Queerstories as a monthly fixture at the home of storytelling in Sydney.

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Giant Dwarf , Redfern Friday April 21 2017 - Saturday May 13 2017

Orange FOOD Week

Orange FOOD (Food of Orange District) Week showcases the best food and wine from the region a known as the ‘Food Basket’ of NSW. This year’s event will bring together local chefs, farmers, coffee roasters, cheesemakers and merrymakers (winemakers and beer brewers) over ten days and 80 events. Take a seat at the 100 mile dinner held under the stars at Molong Village and enjoy produce sourced from with a 100 mile radius. 

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Around Orange Friday March 31 2017 - Sunday April 9 2017

Black Birds

Sydney based performers and musicians Emele Ugavule and Ayeesha Ash head up the all-female collective Black Birds – which is also the name of their first full-length performance work. The show blends music, storytelling and movement and spoken word to explore what it means to be a woman of colour in modern day Australia, from the perspective of two women who describe themselves as “brown gals with Afros” with “names that seem difficult to pronounce”.

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Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre , Penrith Until Saturday April 8 2017

The Dark Matters

After two blistering, provocative shows in 2016 (Heavy Artillery and Vile Bodies) White Rabbit Gallery are going zen for their next show: The Dark Matters explores how contemporary Chinese artists are working with (and in some cases against) tradition. At the same time, the exhibition will embrace certain aspects of the past, including the black-and-white colour code of traditional ink paintings. The Dark Matters will present work by 34 artists, including Lin Yan, Feng Mengbo, Jiang Pengyi, Lin Tianmiao, Tang Nannan, Li Xiaofei and Yang Mushi.

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White Rabbit , Chippendale Until Sunday July 30 2017


In ancient Greek myth, a ‘chimera’ was a fire-breathing monster with a lion’s head and a serpent’s tail. In Lucy Kirkwood’s new drama, ‘Chimerica’ is something bigger and scarier than that. The word was originally coined by historian Niall Ferguson to describe the globally dominant co-dependent relationship between trigger-happy spendthrift America and control-freak money-grabbing China.

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Roslyn Packer Theatre , Millers Point Until Saturday April 1 2017

Richard 3

In their third collaboration as theatremakers (following Julius Caesar and Macbeth), Bell Shakespeare director Peter Evans and writer, actress and dramaturg Kate Mulvany will re-cast Shakespeare's bloody drama through a woman's eye.  Mulvany will play the murderous and Machiavellian monarch, leading a cast of ten that includes incredible female actors Rose Riley, Meredith Penman, Sandy Gore and Sarah Woods.

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Sydney Opera House , Sydney Until Saturday April 1 2017

Adman: Warhol before Pop

This major exhibition offers another view of an icon, focusing on the ’50s commercial illustrator whose early ‘fine art’ works betrayed influences including Picasso, Matisse and Jean Cocteau, and mined his own sexuality for content.    Curator Nicholas Chambers worked at the Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh) before coming to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and over 200 objects from their archive will be included in the show – which Chambers says will be the most significant survey of pre-Pop Warhol to date.

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Art Gallery of NSW , Sydney Until Sunday May 28 2017

Hot Dub Wine Machine

Just when you thought the party was over, the time travelling DJ Tom Loud takes things up a notch by blending his globally successful Hot Dub Time Machine parties with wine and sunshine. The two-hour dance party Hot Dub Time Machine flies through tracks from 1954 to the present day, with a song to represent each year. Hot Dub Wine Machine will be a full-bodied day of booze, tunes and dancing in the countryside, dubbed the ‘Best. Chardy. Ever.’

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By: Emma Joyce

Alliance Française French Film Festival

Did you ever wonder why France’s film culture is so rich and varied and full of big-name stars? Simple: for every cinema ticket sold in France, whether for a local film or a Hollywood blockbuster, the state gets money to invest into French films. The latest fruits of this vibrant industry screen in March, spanning comedy, biopic, drama, war stories, animation and romance. They include new movies from the Dardenne Brothers, Anne Fontaine and Bertrand Tavernier, featuring stars such as Isabelle Huppert.

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Around Sydney , Sydney Thursday March 30 2017

Yoga by the Sea

“If you spot a dolphin during class your next session is free of charge,” says Sasha Hawley, founder and teacher at Bondi’s Yoga by the Sea on a Sunday morning. Hawley’s offer gets a giggle from the locals and tourists trying to hold their balance in tree pose as they squint into the morning sun and focus on the horizon – but she’s totally serious. “We see so many! We like to keep the students’ eye-line on the ocean. It’s been proven to relax the brain waves and it helps nurture the practice.” 

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Bondi Icebergs Club , Bondi Beach Saturday April 1 2017 - Saturday February 17 2018

Mov'in Bed Open Air Cinema

Q. The summer won't last forever, movie fans, so what will you do for your outdoor cinema fix when autumn draws in? A. You'll head to Parramatta Park for the triumphant return of outdoor bed cinema, now under the name Mov'in Bed.  Crawl under the blankets with a glass of wine and settle in for another beautifuly curated season of movies you actually want to see as opposed to just the latest stuff the studios are pumping out.

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Parramatta Park , Parramatta Until Sunday April 23 2017

No Lights No Lycra

No Lights No Lycra – the weekly, one-hour dance class that takes place in the dark. It’s pitch black in the room. Maher and her friend Jodie Fisher, 26, started running NLNL classes in Newtown four years ago, and their Bondi nights around two-and-a-half years ago. “They’re both the same concept, but the nights have their own characters,” says Maher. “People love to pump out the big tunes here, and in Newtown they love the ’80s songs.” 

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St Stephen's Anglican Church , Newtown Until Monday January 29 2018

Carmen: Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour 2017


In our five-star review of Gale Edwards' 2013 production of Carmen for the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour series, we described it as "the perfect potion – the glitzy visuals and hyperactive energy of a Broadway musical mixed with world-class opera." It's no wonder it's returning to its harbourside perch at Mrs Macquarie's Point for autumn. 

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Mrs Macquaries Point , Sydney Until Sunday April 23 2017

Client Liaison


Everyone's favourite '80s enthusiasts are heading out on tour following the release of their album Diplomatic Immunity. Expect sequins, dancing, costumes changes and new bangers from the synth-pop duo. Put it on the company Diner's Club Card and get to the Metro for maximum pleasure. 

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The Enmore Theatre , Newtown Friday March 31 2017

Plan ahead for April

April events in Sydney

Autumn has well and truly settled in by the time April rolls around, but the fourth month of the year has its seasonal highlights to keep us entertained. 

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By: Emma Joyce