Most of us are back at uni by now, which generally means no money, minimal free time, and those pesky early mornings. With so little free time on our hands, getting out and exploring the Sydney culture is going to get harder and harder, and you’ll go so long without doing anything interesting or exciting you’ll have an existential crisis (like I did – my tattoo is healing fine thanks for asking), and have to run away for a weekend to another state just to breathe. And trust me, as fun as that was, it cost me the $1000+ I was going to spend on a new laptop.
Luckily for you, there are plenty of interesting things to do in Sydney this weekend. Get out there and get some culture, and don’t forget to wear green on Monday for St Patrick’s Day!
Thursday: Yo La Tengo
Returning with their chart-topping 13th album Fade, FBi Radio and The Opera House are bringing New Jersey born indie-rock royals Yo La Tenga to Sydney. Their Opera House debut, dubbed ‘Quiet and Loud’, will be a special two-part performance, with distinct sets of heartbreaking ballads and psychedelic jams celebrating their 30-year catalogue.
Be sure to catch Yo La Tenga at their “most versatile-yet-reliable” best!
Sydney Opera House, 8pm, $39-$59, Tickets and Event Info
Thursday: Art at Night
This week, head down to the Paddington and Woollahra precinct for a gander at the local art galleries as a new incarnation of Art Month’s popular ‘Precinct Parties’. Extended to you is an open invitation to take a wander inside the galleries of Sydney’s art precincts, which changes every week, and followed a drink or two at the pop-up Art Month bar (from 8pm-10pm) at the Dominik Mersch Gallery, featuring live performances and music.
A copy of the Art at Night map can be downloaded here!
Paddington & Woollahra, 6pm-10pm, Free, Website
Friday: ARTEXPRESS 2014
The Art Gallery of NSW is opening its doors for a dynamic and incredibly popular exhibition, showcasing the outstanding student artworks created for the art-making component of the Visual Arts HSC examination in 2013. The exhibition features a broad range of approaches and forms, including but not limited to, ceramics, drawing, painting, graphic design, photo media, printmaking, sculpture and time-based forms.
The exhibition is a fantastic way to support Sydney’s young artists, while providing them a platform in which they can stretch out and present their art in an established art gallery.
Art Gallery of NSW, 12 March-11May, Free, Website
Photo by Natasha Capstick, 'Time Between Times’
Saturday: Mountain Sounds Festival
This Saturday marks the debut of Australia’s newest music festival – Mountain Sounds Festival. The aim of this venture is not only to create a contemporary event, but also to emphasise the Central Coast as a tourist destination, which involving and promoting local businesses and the community as a whole will accomplish.
The full line up features plenty of great acts, such as Ball Park Music, Jinja Safari, Midnight Juggernauts (relax it’s a DJ set), Sticky Fingers (watch this Important Message from the boys), Cosmo’s Midnight and more!
So come and experience local music, art and culture of this boutique and sustainable event, taking place in the heart of the Central Coast. A little far maybe, but completely worth it!
Mount Penang Parklands, 11am-11pm, $89-$129, Tickets, Website
Sunday: March In March
I hate to get political on everyone, but hey, I’m going to anyway. This weekend, of the 15th-17th, Australians are invited to march in protest of the Abbott Government. And if you’re under the impression that everything is fine and dandy, please take a look at this list, outlining Tony Abbott’s implementations so far. This event, taking place all around Australia, was formed under the idea of bringing together all citizens and give them the opportunity to protest a unity vote of zero confidence is the Abbott Government.
With speakers discussing the following issues: Indigenous Affairs, Marriage Equality, Refugees and Asylum Seekers, the Dismantling of Public Services and Environmental Protection/Climate Change, this is a brilliant chance to have your voice heard and any questions you have answered.
“The opportunity to stand up for a better Australia is now.”
Belmore Park, 1pm, Free, Facebook Event
By Gabriella Khouri