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March events in Sydney

Farewell those balmy summer afternoons and bring on a massive roster of comedy, music and multicultural festivals

Africultures festival at Wyatt Park
Photograph: Johana Mbere

Summer’s children may be weeping in the slightly cooler autumn breeze, but wise Sydneysiders know there’s no reason to despair the coming of March. While the days are growing shorter, the list of outstanding activities this month is growing ever longer. Party at Parramasala, Africultures Festival and the Latin American Festival, and talk gender equality and diversity at All About Women.

Also, our favourite secret beaches will be less packed – creating the illusion that they actually are secret – and you’ll be able to nab a table at the best waterfront bars as the tourist hordes abate.

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Major events in March

Lucas Abela - The National
Photograph: Daniel Boud
Art, Galleries

The National Biennial of New Australian Art

icon-location-pin Multiple venues

The second iteration of this multi-venue art extravaganza features 65 artists drawn from across the country and all stages of their careers. While each has its own theme, all three institutions involved are presenting a diverse line-up of artists who are responding to the state of the world as it currently stands but drawing in historical and cultural perspectives.

Hot Blood White Rabbit 2019
Jiu Society, 'Jiu Bobo' (still), 2015, video, 1 min 20 sec

Hot Blood

icon-location-pin White Rabbit, Chippendale

Bringing together 23 contemporary artists, all of whom are unafraid of taking risks and refuse to be limited by gender, age or national identity, the works in Hot Blood explore subjects as diverse as sexual desire, body frailty, spiritual ecstasy and traumatic memory, often in disturbing or deliberately confronting ways.

The Sapphires Hit Productions 2019
Photograph: Supplied
Theatre, Drama

The Sapphires

icon-location-pin Riverside Theatres, Parramatta

Before The Sapphires became a hit 2012 film, it was a hugely popular play, telling the story of a group of Yorta Yorta women who form a girl group and travel to Vietnam in 1968 to perform soul classics for the troops. This new production will travel to more than 140 locations on an extensive national tour. 

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
Film, Special screenings

Neon Gods Film Series

icon-location-pin Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

Great movies by Taiwanese directors including Hou Hsiao-hsien, Edward Yang, Ang Lee and Tsai Ming-liang feature in the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ newest free film series, Neon Gods. It's designed to complement the AGNSW’s exhibition Heaven and Earth in Chinese Art: Treasures from the National Palace Museum, Taipei. 

Saturday Night Fever 2019
Photograph: Daniel Boud
Theatre, Musicals

Saturday Night Fever

icon-location-pin Sydney Lyric, Darling Harbour

The 1977 movie Saturday Night Fever first turned into a musical in 1998 for the London's West End. This new version features Bee Gees hits 'Stayin' Alive', 'How Deep Is Your Love', 'Night Fever' and 'Tragedy', and is led by Australia's disco queen Marica Hines.

The Appleton Ladies' Potato Race Ensemble Theatre 2019
Photograph: Christian Trinder

The Appleton Ladies' Potato Race

icon-location-pin Ensemble Theatre, Kirribilli

The new GP in the fictional town of Appleton discovers that the local Appleton Potato Race offers $1,000 to male winners and a measly $200 to women. She decides to set things right and coax the town into the 21st century, whether it wants to go there or not.

Table of food at Harvest Feast.
Photograph: Supplied
Things to do, Food and drink

Harvest Lunch

icon-location-pin Paramount Recreation Club, Surry Hills

Every Sunday in March, the Paramount Recreation Club will be laying tables with autumnal bouquets and feasting plates for their Harvest Lunch on the rooftop. It'll showcase the produce from the Locals Market, which is a small enterprise operating out of the club bringing local, seasonable produce to the neighbourhood. 

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards
Photograph: Valter Bernadeschi
Art, Galleries

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

icon-location-pin Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour

[Sponsored] Sydney is taking temporary custody of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. It showcases the best of the natural world, and also the patience and ingenuity of the photographers who spend their time embedded within wildlife to get that one incredible shot. 

Glebe Artisans Market
Photograph: Supplied
Shopping, Markets

Artisans Market Glebe

icon-location-pin Dr H J Foley Rest Park, Glebe

Artisans Market Glebe is all about handmade and local products, sold direct to you by the artist or designer who created them. The quarterly market set up at Foley Park with around 60 stallholders selling jewellery, plants, furniture, fashion and childrens' toys.

Have a pint in the hills

Dining area at the Carrington
Photograph: Anna Kucera
Bars, Pubs

Best pubs in Surry Hills

They pack the pubs tightly inside the 2010 postcode. You've got craft beer temples with gleaming banks of taps ready to cater to even the most esoteric thirst; there are tried and tested stalwarts for a cold beer and a Swans game; or you can upgrade your dinner in high-end dining rooms.

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