For many ardent cinephiles, Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai’s lushly lit romance In the Mood for Love (2000) is their favourite film of all time. To celebrate 20 years of the film sashaying into the sublime, the Opera House staged a livestream event In the Mood: A Love Letter to Wong Kar-Wai and Hong Kong, a night of entertainment inspired by Kar-wai’s vision. You can watch it here. Performing on the Joan Sutherland stage, Hong Kong-born, Australia-based pop star Rainbow Chan debuted new music inspired by the movie’s unforgettable score. Chan was joined by Sydney-based composer, singer and performance artist Marcus Whale – who has popped up at Liveworks, Vivid and Sugar Mountain Festival – and regular collaborator Eugene Choi, who narrated this lavish audio-visual feast. Available free and on demand from the Opera House's Stream platform, we guarantee you that even if you haven’t seen the film, you’ll dig the swinging ‘60s silk dress and sharp suit looks, plus the sultry saxophone solos.
If you've got a screen, you're just a couple of taps away from these awesome streamable cultural events that do not require any fancy clothes (or any clothes at all, tbh). There are heaps of cultural and cool must-sees online right now, from an online jazz festival, to Jude Perl's musical comedy mental health theatre show I Have a Face, to the Spot On(line) Children’s Festival just in time for the school holidays.
So settle in with our guide to the best livestreams, virtual walk-throughs, and digital arts events happening in Sydney and beyond right now.