Being big craft beer fans that we are, here at The Urban List, we know any event is best enjoyed with a majorly refreshing beer in hand. We’ve teamed up with one of our all time faves beers, Little Creatures, to bring you our picks of the best out-of-the-box events at Spectrum Now!
A brewery that embraces their creative side—they’ve been supporting the arts community for over 15 years—we love that Little Creatures beers don’t taste like every other beer out there because, like Little Creatures, we’re big fans of the unique and the out-of-the-ordinary. With epic breweries in Fremantle and Geelong, Little Creatures is a local-loving little family of beers who are proud to be a little bit different—they’re unpasteurized, use whole hop flowers (fancy), and are brewed with the same enthusiasm and passion today as the day they began, more than a decade ago.
Here are our picks of the best, little-bit-different (but 100% awesome) events at Spectrum Now we’ll be scoping out this year, Little Creatures in hand, naturally.
Sure, we could go see all the headline acts at this cultural extravaganza—which, let’s be honest, we probably will—but it’s the smaller, more unusual events that have piqued our interest at this year’s Spectrum Now festival—which kicks off in Sydney on March 1.
So what are you waiting for? Grab your crew, a cold one, and hop to it! (See what we did there…?)
Arts & Craft After Dark
Calling all kidults! Yes, that’s right, we’re talking to you. If spending the evening getting crafty with pipe cleaners, egg cartons and crayons sounds like your kind of deal (which it should), then this art and craft night for grown ups is for you. Hosted by comedian Tim Ross and artist Sam Cranstoun, Arts & Craft After Dark is going to be one helluva night. Who said kids should have all the fun?
When: Wednesday 9th March and Thursday 10th March
Where: Kidzone Spectrum Now—The Domain
Tickets: $29.50 + bf available here
Real Sydney Stories
Whether you love or hate this city (or a bit of both, depending on the day), Real Sydney Stories is providing you with the chance to share your personal stories of Sydney. These stories will be performed right back to you in the form of improvisational theatre from the guys at Playback Theatre Sydney. Fun? Yes. Unexpected? Yes. Good, we’ll see you Sydneysiders and intrigued out-of-towners there.
When: Sunday 13th March
Where: King Street Theatre—644 King Street, Newtown
Tickets: Adults $25, Concessions and seniors $17 available here
The Nosh Pit
Points for best event name at Spectrum Now. The Nosh Pit is where you can strap on a feedbag at some of Sydney’s best restaurants (in stall form!). There’ll be Poklol, The Morrison Bar and One Tea Lounge to name a few, as well as sweet treats from the guys at Messina Milk Bar. Pick yourself up some delicious eats, a Little Creatures and kick back in The Domain.
When: Thursday 3rd March – Sunday 13th March
Where: The Domain—Art Gallery Road, Sydney
Tickets: Not required
French producer, St Germain will be gracing our shores for the first time in 15 years and we’re juuuuust a little bit excited about the whole thing. A huge influence in the world of electronic music, St Germain blends jazz with electro loops and vocal samples, creating super cool, super listenable music. Get your hands on these tickets because, if Sydney is as thrilled about this as we are, it’s sure to sell out.
When: Tuesday 15th March
Where: Enmore Theatre—118-132 Enmore Road, Newtown
Tickets: $79.90 + bf available here
Afro Latino Festival
Follow the sounds, sights and scents to Australia’s only Afro Latino festival. Immerse yourself in the colour and rhythm of African and Latin American cultures through music, workshops, arts and crafts, and (of course) food. Add this free event to your calendar and experience something a little unique and a whole lot of fun.
When: Saturday 5th March
Where: Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre—1 Powerhouse Road, Casula
Knox Street Bizarre
Knox Street Bizarre is certainly an event that’s a little different, so don your party threads (the more outlandish the better) and secure yourself some tickets to this curious night of variety entertainment. While we can’t tell you what exactly to expect, we say head in with an open mind and just go with it!
When: Saturday 5th March and Saturday 12th March
Where: Knox Street Bar—21 Shepherd Street, Chippendale
Tickets: $25 available here
Carousel is completely unique marketplace that’s part market, part festival and part small business fair. Promoting design, food, fashion and art, spend the day exploring the stalls and meeting innovative Sydneysiders from the world of architecture, film, food, and a whole lot more. Be sure to grab some food from one of the many stalls and a cold Little Creatures while you people watch and listen to live music.
When: Saturday 12th March
Where: Harmony Park, Surry Hills
The Gypsy Art Club
BYO art supplies to this one-of-a-kind life drawing class as part of Spectrum Now. Sure to push your boundaries, get all arty at this decidedly different Spectrum Now! event while drawing a nude model set to the sounds of anything from gypsy accordionists to flamenco guitarists to jazz pianists. And don’t worry if your skills are more Playschool than Picasso, there’s no judgement at The Gypsy Art Club!
When: Select Monday, Tuesdays and Wednesdays in March. See website for details
Where: Camelot Lounge—Marrickville Road & Railway Parade, Marrickville
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