We’re back at it again, and this week finds us right in the middle of the Sydney Writers’ Festival, and right at the beginning of what looks to be an amazing Vivid Sydney Festival. There’s plenty out there to do and time is ticking.
Thursday: Warehouse Sales
Now’s your chance to snatch up some high quality clothing at low prices! This week, numerous fashion labels are opening up their warehouses and slashing the prices on some of their most fabulous collections.
Bianca Spender 21-24 May @ Carla Zampatti Studio – Shop up to 65% off collections, including the Spring/Summer 2013 range and one-off samples.
Rachel Gilbert 22-25 May @ Rachel Gilbert warehouse – up to 70% off luxury gowns including the Harper Dress and the Rachel Gilbert Laney Dress
Camilla and Marc 22-25 May @ Camilla & Marc warehouse – up to 75% off previous seasons or one-off samples.
Camilla 22-25 May @ Camilla Sydney warehouse – up to 80% off womenswear, Beach House by Camilla, shoes, accessories, one-offs, swimwear, and kids wear. There will also be select pieces from the AW13 Tales from a Reading Room collection, with items from Labyrinth, Woodstock, Babylon, Gypset, and Caravanserai collections.
Friday: Moe’s Tavern Pop-Up
From May 23rd – May 30th, the Woolloomooloo Bay Hotel is turning its first floor into Homer Simpson’s favourite drinking spot, also serving up Krusty burgers, Buffalo wings, and Lard Lad Donuts to complete the Springfield experience.
The pop up is to honour the fact that Australia is about to add Duff beer (the official version, not the unofficial stuff that occasionally circulates Asian supermarkets and American novelty candy stores) to its bottle shop shelves (BWS and Dan Murphy’s nation wide). From May 28th you’ll be able to take it home, for $17 for a six-pack of 355ml cans, and/or $45 a case.
Get your prank calls ready – but be warned these have already been used.
Where: Woolloomooloo Bay Hotel
When: May 23rd – May 30th
Saturday: R.I.P Society’s 5th Birthday Party
R.I.P Society are Sydney’s roughest and tumblest label devout to delivering us the darkest experimental fuzz, grungiest garage rock, and independent post-punk electronica for five big years – and they’re throwing a party to celebrate.
The legendary New Zealand trio The Dead C have snatched up the headlining spot, along with label mates Feedtime, Bed Wettin’ Bad Boys, Woollen Kits, Native Cats, Rat Columns, Cured Pink, Holy Balm, Ghastly Spats, Housewives, Constant Mongrel, Half High, and Wallaby Beat DJs kicking off from 5pm.
When: 24th May – 5pm
Where: The Studio, Sydney Opera House
How Much: $35
Sunday: MCA Zine Fair
Every year the MCA hosts a one-day festival of handmade, self-published, and limited run zines as part of Sydney Writers’ Festival. With over 80 stalls by zine makers from across the country, live music, documentary screenings and more, there’s no better time to buy a copy of these boutique magazines than direct from the crafters themselves.
Where: Museum of Contemporary Art
when: 25th May
All Weekend: Sydney Writers’ Festival 2014
Over 400 authors, writers and performers have flocked to Sydney for a colossal bundle of talks, signings, workshops, and storytelling this month as part of the 2014 Sydney Writers’ Festival. This year’s festival is based around solid programming and the collaboration of interesting minds. Big names include New Zealand prodigy (and also 2013 Booker Prize winner for The Luminaries) Eleanor Catton, right-of-passage author Irvine Welsh, journalist/press freedoms fighter Jeremy Scahill, artistic director Jemma Birrell and many, many more.
For a full look at the line up, and all ticketing and event info check out the website.
When: May 19th – May 25th
All Weekend: VIVID Sydney 2014
Winter is fast approaching, and in Sydney that means the VIVID Festival is back again, bigger and better, with more light, music and ideas. This year features over 50 new art instillations gracing the popular light walk, including an Aurora Australis, Luke Hespanhol’s LOL, and Simon Brockwell’s e|MERGEnce (3D projection that maps your face onto a giant sculpture. The Vivid Ideas program promises panels and workshops (centred around eight ‘content clusters’) from around 300 speakers, including ‘The Future of Work’, ‘DIY & Maker Culture’, and ‘UX IRL’.
On the music side of things, we’re seeing new music event Modulations (curated by Stephen Pavolic) featuring the Pet Shop Boys’ ‘Electric’ show as well as an immersive adventure from Fred Deakin) coming to Carriageworks. There will be New Wave club nights at the Seymour Centre, and contemporary performances at both The Basement and the Argyle Centre. VividLIVE is being propped up by a huge line up, including the likes of the Pixies, a DJ set from Giorgio Moroder (Daft Punk, Scarface, Top Gun) and a ground breaking ACO-Presents collaboration spanning 42,000 years of music history and 230+ songs.
Check the Vivid Sydney website for the full 2014 line up and ticketing information.
When: May 23rd – 9th June
By Gabriella Khouri