Sydney's never short of talks events, from big headline festivals like All About Women to the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, there are many opportunities to hear from international speakers on the subjects they know best. Plus, there are many venues that host talks from local speakers too, such as the Ethics Centre and the School of Life.
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Many have called Woolloomooloo’s historic Gunnery Building ‘home’ over the years, including squatting artists in the ’80s. Appropriately enough, it’s now (legitimately) home to several arts organisations. Artspace moved into the Gunnery way back in 1992 and quickly established it as a hotspot of Sydney’s contemporary art scene. Its annual program includes exhibitions, artist residencies, talks and symposiums, and the publication of artist monographs. The current director of Artspace is Alexie Glass-Kantor.
The first month of spring brings with it a series of local festivals and events like Bondi’s Festival of the Winds, the popular Surry Hills Festival and Cabramatta Moon Festival. It's also the month of major arts and culture festivals like Underbelly, Sydney Fringe and the Underground Film Festival. Don't forget, it’s Father’s Day on Sunday September 3 and school holidays from September 23.
It may be warm enough to lose the jacket but it's not guaranteed bikini temperatures every weekend, luckily November is packed with annual festivals like Newtown Festival, Sydney Open and the Big Design Market to keep us occupied no matter the forecast. Check out the best events taking place in Sydney this month. Celebrating? Be sure to read our updated 50 best restaurants list. RECOMMENDED: 20 things to do in Sydney at least once.
For its 21st edition, the Biennale of Sydney will be curated by Mami Kataoka, chief curator at the Mori Art Museum (MAM) in Tokyo. Kataoka was one of 13 curatorial advisers to Stephanie Rosenthal for the 2016 Biennale of Sydney, and she's pulled together 69 artists for her own program, showing work at seven venues: Art Gallery of NSW, Artspace, Carriageworks, Cockatoo Island, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney Opera House and, for the first time, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. Kataoka is the first Asian director in the Biennale's 43-year history and, perhaps unsurprisingly, there's a strong focus on Asian art in next year's edition: Asian artists make up 28 of the 69 showing work next year. Australian artists make up 21 per cent of the line-up, and half of those are Indigenous artists. At the centre of the program is superstar Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who'll present two sculptures, a feature length film and deliver a keynote address. He'll be bringing a 60-metre inflatable boat filled with 250 larger-than-life refugee figures to Cockatoo Island. The work is called Law of the Journey, and is made of the same black rubber used to make the vessels that carry refugees across the Aegean Sea. Want to get your hands dirty, your fingers inky, raise the rafters with your voice and smack your frustrations out of the ballpark? See these six participatory works. See our picks of Biennale highlights.