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Five Awesome Things To Do In Sydney This Week

By Mollie Maloney. - 09 Jan 2017

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This week Sydney is bringing its awesome. The launch of the Sydney Festival over the weekend means creativity is pretty much running through our veins. There are great movies (we’re talking 3 minute, no-snoring ones), smells (that got your attention) and dances to boogie the start of the week away. 

Here are 5 of the absolute best things to get up to this week in Sydney—it’s more awesome than ever. 

Scent Of Sydney

Don’t know why it feels so good to be home when you’ve been travelling? As soon as you get off the plane and smell fresh air, do you feel like a new person? Being in the nose (hehe) is a powerful thing, and artist Cat Jones wants to create this olfactory portrait of our very cool city. In a series of conversations and debates, Jones and other experts discuss the power of scent, from the stinky bin collection on a Monday morning, to the sensory experience on the Bondi sea breeze brings. Luckily, here at Urban List, we already know a city by the way it tastes, but we are so ready to figure out what it smells like too.

When: 7-29 January from 10am-6pm, closed Monday. Talks 10,11,17 January 
Where: Carriageworks Bay 19, 245 Wilson Street Eveleigh, more info here.

May Gibbs Celebrating 100 Years

Snugglepot and Cuddlepie are turning 100! Yes, those are some VERY old Gumnut babies; we know, they have aged gracefully (seriously guys, what is your secret? Moisturizers?). May Gibbs, one of Australia’s most beloved children’s authors and illustrators, is being celebrated at the State Library of NSW with an exhibition of the original and reproduced artwork. 

When: Closes Sunday 26 February 
Where: Level 1, Macquarie Street Building, State Library of NSW


Flickerfest kicks off this week as Australia’s only Academy accredited short film festival hosted at the iconic Bondi Pavilion. This means red carpets, limos, glamazon central, the whole shebang. Just kidding, it’s Bondi…some kind of shoes are encouraged. Showcasing the best of five international programs and seven Australian programs, these short films are just what all of our limited attention spans ordered. Head on down to Bondi for the very best of Australia’s filmmakers, before they hop skip and jump on their national tour! 

When: 6-15 January 
Where: Bondi Beach Amphitheatre, check out the program here

David Bowie Tribute: Let’s Dance

It’s time to put on your red shoes, and dance the blues, LET’S DANCE! Along with a myriad of bad things to happen in 2016, the whole world mourned the death of David Bowie. With 2016 ‘so yesterday’ (thanks Hilary) Sydney Festival is marking one year of his death in the only way possible. Hyde Park will pay tribute to the legacy that is Bowie; celebrating the song  heralded some rock and roll changing of the political stature in Australia when it was released back in ‘83. Filmed in Sydney and NSW, there is no better song to dance the night away to.

When: 10 January 5.15pm 
Where: Village Stage, Hyde Park North 
Cost: Free, more info here. 

House of Mirrors

Freak yourself out at the hot new House of Mirrors, a labyrinth of reflective optical illusions at the Sydney Festival. Stumble around thousands of disorientating mirrors, with only one way in, and one way out. Fresh out of Tasmania’s Dark Mofo festival, this brain baffle has landed in Hyde Park and is waiting to trip you out, one reflection of yourself at a time. 

When: 6-29 January from 4.30pm-11pm 
Where: Meriton Festival Village, Hyde Park North, more info here. 

Looking for more things to do this January? Check out these free bad boys. 

Image Credit: Flickerfest

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