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Powerhouse Late

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  1. Fasion designer Jordan Gogos
    Photograph: Joe BrennanJordan Gogos
  2. Powerhouse Late
    Photograph: Powerhouse Late/Jordan Munns
  3. Powerhouse Late
    Photograph: Powerhouse Late/Jordan Munns
  4. Fashion designer Jordan Gogos's work
    Photograph: Byron SpencerJordan Gogos
  5. An old coal fired electricity station
    Photograph: David Lee
  6. Curious people
    Photograph: Byron Spencer
  7. A 'Ballroom' performer
    Photograph: Courtesy Honey Rose Photography

Time Out says

Discover after-dark exhibition tours, live music, DJ sets, film screenings, talks and a pop-up bar at the Powerhouse

Good news culture fans: Ultimo's magnificent Powerhouse Museum is keeping the doors open after hours for Thursday evening soirées from February and through to June. If you’re feeling adventurous after you knock off work, wander over to the Powerhouse for an event program that’s a little bit educational, a little bit of a party, and very cool all over.

Each night Jordan Gogos, founder of extreme fashion label Iordanes Spyridon Gogos, will present an art installation at the museum entrance, while FBi Radio will curate music for the Powerhouse Late Bar. Powerhouse Late events go 5-9pm and entry is free, no booking required. Here are some dates for your diary:

Thu May 5 – Powerhouse Late: 100 Climate Conversations
Join climate leaders for immersive talks around the museum as they re-examine icons such as the Boulton and Watt steam engine, the Powerhouse Ultimo building itself as a former coal-powered station and the industrial revolution and transport galleries

Thu May 12 – Powerhouse Late: Iordanes Spyridon Gogos
Jordan Gogos’ curation will spill out into the whole Powerhouse with fashion showcases, screenings and visuals that celebrate community, collaboration, sustainability and wearable art. See art by Clair Helen, photographs of the fashion of Iordanes Spyridon Gogos collaborators, photography by Joe Brennan and Anna Pogossova, projections by Denis Vukcevic and projections of the Powerhouse fashion collection. 

Thu May 19 – Powerhouse Late: Sydney Writers' Festival
Join Tony Birch, Sophie Cunningham, Jazz Money and host Ashley Hay for readings and an informal conversation about the eucalypt in Australian identity and literature, and how art and literature can connect people emotionally with the urgency of climate action. 

Thu May 26 – Powerhouse Late: Gaming
Powerhouse Ultimo transforms into a hub for gamers, exploring its archival game collection for a night of performances, gameplay, arcade games and talks. 

Thu Jun 2 – Powerhouse Late x Vivid Ideas: Beautiful Freak in the Machine
Freedom and self-expression in the fashion industry are the focus of this night. See a conversation between Sydney fashion house Romance Was Born and pop musician Bat for Lashes; New Zealand fashion icon Karen Walker talks about her top ten fashion misfits; stylist Rhys Ripper discusses Indigenous design and visibility with model and activist Nathan McGuire; and Glynis Traill-Nash (fashion editor of The Australian) gives a keynote talk.

Thu Jun 9 – Powerhouse Late x Vivid Ideas: Ballroom and the West Ball
‘The West Ball’ is a celebration of love, inclusion and self-expression in Western Sydney, inspired by the Ballroom subculture of New York City. In the lead-up to the West Ball 3 in June, two renowned members of the community curate a glamorous evening at the Powerhouse including workshops hosted by legendary US figures MC Kevin JZ Prodigy, Buffy West and Overall Mother Asia West. 

Thu Jun 16 – Powerhouse Late x Vivid Ideas: Queer Sydney
A celebration of Sydney’s LGBTQIA+ history will explore the lineage from the original Mardi Gras 78ers to now before ending the night with a little of Aunty Jonny’s ‘Disco Conversion Therapy’ and a big party. Watch an interview with iconic drags Miss 3D and Cindy Pastel; and watch a fashion parade of top Sydney drag stars. 

Thu Jun 30  – Powerhouse Late: Eucalyptusdom
The major exhibition Eucalyptusdom tackles the place of the gum tree in our cultural history. Online arts publication Running Dog will curate a series of poetry readings. The June 30 event will celebrate the launch of the exhibition publication with a performance by Dirt Witches and collaborators. 

Find out more about Powerhouse Late.


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