Art & Design

5 Awesome Things Happening In Sydney This Week

By Millie Hilton - 17 Apr 2017

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Okay team, it’s time to stop messing around. For some of you, you’ve consumed your body weight in chocolate, for others, you’re just starting to feel the effects of that four-day bender. Even for those who just took it easy and enjoyed a long weekend break (who even are you?), getting back into the swing of things is not an easy feat.

That being said, this week is a short week. The sun is shining (we hope) and our bellies are looking a little round, so it’s time to get moving. This week prepare for creative art exhibits, mov’In and groovin’, big screen delights and a few snacks along the way.

All Week

Spanish Film Festival

We eagerly say ¡Hola! to the opening of the Spanish Film Festival, running until May 7 (for its 20th year). Salsa down to Leichhardt or Paddington for a variety of Spanish masterpieces filled with passion, colour and flamenco dancing that’ll have you booking a ticket to Barcelona. Did we mention the tapas and live entertainment? Because that’s happening too.

What: Spanish Film Festival
When: Tuesday 18 April-Sunday 7 May
Where: Palace Norton Street, Leichhardt, Palace Verona, Paddington, and Chauvel Cinema, Paddington
Cost: From $14

Mov’In Bed Cinema

Grab your snuggle buddy (dogs totally count, don’t worry) and lie back under the stars for the very last week of Parramatta’s bed cinema. Instead of the usual picnic rug or beanbag sitch, spoil yourself by kicking back with a duvet and pillows. What’s on this week? Catch Moana, Spirited Away, La La Land, Logan or The Lion King all while lying back on an incredibly plush bed.

What: Mov’In Bed Cinema
When: Monday 17 April-Sunday 23 April, from
8pm Where: The Crescent, Paramatta Park 
Cost: From $16

The National Biennial of Australian Art

Featuring 48 Australian artists, expect art of all kinds including paintings, drawings, photographs, textile works, sculptures, installations, video works, etc. You get the gist. Displayed at three locations throughout Sydney, this exhibition is being showcased until mid July. The festival of new Australian art only comes around every two years, so head to The National website for up-to-date info.

What: The National Biennial of Australian Art
When: Until Sunday 16 July Where: Art Gallery of New South Wales, Carriageworks, and Museum of Contemporary Art
Cost: Free


Groove Therapy

This hip-hop dance workshop is on a mission to prove that everybody (and we mean everybody) can dance. Catering for all skill levels, whether you’re the next Michael Jackson or perhaps more like Bambi on ice, Groove Therapy is a safe space where you can really let loose. Weekly dance classes run every Tuesday and Wednesday and there’s an option to book a pass of ten if you’re really feeling the groove. 

What: Groove Therapy Dance Classes
Where: 107 Projects, 107 Redfern Street, Redfern, and Commune, 901 Bourke Street, Waterloo
When: Tuesday 18 April,
6pm and Wednesday 19 April, 7pm
Cost: $20-$160, tickets here


The Dark Matters @ White Rabbit Gallery

The White Rabbit Gallery is showcasing this exhibition of white and black, light versus dark in true Chinese form. With big name contemporary artists such as Lin Yan and Tang Nannan, the Dark Matters exhibit attempts to explain yin and yang throughout time. Perfect for all you culture buffs, this exhibit showcases traditional methods such as water paint and sketching, as well as digital works that will get you thinking and appreciating creativity without colour. 

What: The Dark Matters at White Rabbit Gallery
When: From Wednesday 19 April-Sunday 30 July, 10am-5pm Where: White Rabbit, 30 Balfour Street, Chippendale
Cost: From $10

If you're looking for more things to do this month, head here.

Image Credit: Unsplash

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