The weather forecast may say rain all week long, but when has that ever stopped us? From the annual Sydney Film Festival taking care of your appetite for all things film, to a vegan pop-up to fill your ever growling belly, it’s time to brave those apparent torrential downpours (let’s hope the weather man is wrong) because you won’t want to miss a single thing on this list.
Here are five awesome things happening in Sydney this week.
Sydney Film Festival
It’s that time of year again when the Sydney Film Festival brings all of the film action to our fair city. Covering cinema from all angles, there are features and short films, animations, horror, and even the downright bizarre. We should mention there are also seven late additions from the Cannes Film Festival, meaning you’ll be among the first to see these beauties. There are also interactive (and free) festival events, including a virtual reality hub, panel discussions, a roller disco (say no more), and a contemporary Australian painters’ exhibition. Head to the SFF website for all the deets.
Where: State Theatre, CBD, Newtown, Cremorne, Western Sydney, and other selected cinemas
When: 7 June – 18 June
Cost: $19.90 for adults, $17 for concession, $13 for youth (under 17), $10 for seniors
Monday 12 June
Amplified Cacao Ceremony
Make the most of your day off with a dose of meditation and spiritual awakening instead. Head down to Manly beach and tune into your inner self, let go of your emotional blockages, and get ready for some deep healing. The Amplified Cacao Ceremonies combine visualisation exercises and personal intention setting, with the power of ancient Guatemalan superfood, cacao, to help you achieve a state of mindfulness. Bring along a vegan dish for sharesies during the guided meditation—we can’t think of a better way to end the long weekend.
Where: Manly Beach
When: Monday 12 June, 11am-3pm
Tuesday 13 June
This breathtaking play is inspired by the real-life stories of victims of sex trafficking. Prepare yourself for an emotional night, as you follow the journey of five young girls from the Mumbai slums, as they try desperately to change the course of their lives. The powerful performances will tug at the heartstrings and have you reaching for the tissues, prepare to ugly-cry from the heart.
Where: Kings Cross Theatre
When: 9 June – 24 June
Cost: $25 - $35
Wednesday 14 June
Alfie’s Midnight Special Late-Night Vegan Pop-Up
Public service announcement: a vegan late night pop-up has arrived in Sydney. Who said a vegan diet meant missing out on burgers, BBQs and tacos? The team at Alfie’s Kitchen bring you all the veganized treats you could imagine—from crispy barbequed eggplant skewers to the monster Alfie’s burger, complete with the works (a juicy patty, pickles, lettuce, tomato). If that doesn’t have you drooling already, then the soft shell tacos served with creamy guac and salsa surely will. This pop-up runs for three weeks at The Midnight Special in Newtown, so mark it on your calendar and make plans for tonight!
Where: The Midnight Special, Newtown
When: 9 June – 30 June
This Charming Quiz @ Giant Dwarf
If you want to polish off the vegan feast you’ve just consumed at Alfie’s Midnight Special, head on over to Giant Dwarf in Redfern for a night of trivia and more. The Charming Quiz is a fuse of laughs from comedian Cameron James, live music, and trivia. If general knowledge is your thing, and you have a penchant for The Smiths, this is for you. And if you couldn’t make the vegan pop-up, complimentary vegan snacks will be provided all night long. All profits from the night will be donated to the Asylum Seekers Centre in Newtown (as if you needed another reason to convince you to go).
Where: Giant Dwarf, Redfern
When: Wednesday 14 June, 7-9pm
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Image credit: Alfie's Midnight Special