While we love a good Hollywood blockbuster, this September it’s time to leave the glitz behind and take the road less travelled into Sydney’s independent art scene. With Sydney Fringe Festival returning for its sixth year, we’ve got nights of music mastery, wellness talks and comedic life stories to give you that good dose of culture you’ve been hankering for.
Here are our picks for Sydney Fringe Festival 2015.
Festival Opening: Fringe Ignite
On the 5th September, Erskineville Road is turning into its own version of New Orlean’s Frenchman Street with shop fronts, venues, cafes, restaurants and the 1920’s themed Festival Hub bar playing host to some of Sydney’s best local musical talent. APRA AMCOS ambassador and Thirsty Merc lead singer, Rai Thistlethwayte has curated the night with highlight acts including not only the man himself, but also the likes of Morgan Evans, Betty & Oswald and Phil Stack. Hoping to spark a shift in Sydney’s nightlife by encouraging local businesses to host live music regularly—this is one culture change we can get behind.
Your Gut Feeling
There’s a lot of noise out there about superfood this and diet that. Is kale still a thing? Are cold-pressed juices really that much better than regular juice? HIIT or LISS? Sound familiar? To cut through all the cr*p, a host of Aussie health experts ranging from wholefood gurus to GPs will assemble on the 19th at Egg of the Universe for a panel discussion on all things food, fitness and wellness. At just $32.50 a ticket with dinner included, you’ll leave the night one step closer to that holy grail of a balanced diet.
Small World Festival
Contrary to the name, the Small World Festival is kind of a big deal. Coming off the success of last year’s festival, the line-up for 2015 is even bigger and better with the likes of The Church, PALMS and The Lulu Raes gracing the Inner West. Not only will your ears be humming with joy but they’ve also got your hungry hearts covered as well with five icons of Inner West grub; Mary’s, Bloodwood, Porteño, Black Betty BBQ and Cornersmith satisfying punters all night. Food, music and friends—what more could you want, and at just $71.20 this is an event not to be missed.
Silent Dinner Party
While we love a good chinwag, this special Saturday it’s time to give Chatty Cathy a rest. Returning to its hometown after booking out events around the world, the Silent Dinner Project is setting up in Marrickville this September for a night of meaningful gazes and gestures with varying degrees of success at getting the communicators point across. But fear not, just because you can’t speak doesn’t mean your lips won’t be having a good time. With a three-course meal prepared by Sydney’s Studio NEON chefs—silence never tasted so good. At just $77.20 be sure to book yourself a spot fast.
The coming of September means that we can shrug off our doonas and breathe in that fresh spring air and there’s no better place to do that than at Redfern Groove. Bringing together an afternoon of music, art, food and culture it’s sure to be a day for all and did we mention that its all free? So hop on down to The Redfern Community Centre and take the time to get to know the community and budding creatives in our Inner West.
6 Degrees of Ned Kelly
From 3 metre high sculptures in suburban gardens to feature films, whether you believe the legend or not, there’s no hiding the fact that we’d all love a Ned Kelly connection—because how post-colonial-cool is that? Well Melita Rowston’s got two: a great, great, great, great grandmother who claimed that Australia’s greatest bushranger was scared of her and a grave-robbing grandfather who apparently pilfered the Aussie icon’s bones. Or does she? Part TED talk, part holiday slide show, part comic monologue Rowston’s 6 Degrees of Ned Kelly explores her own family folklore to unearth the truth behind Australia’s answer to Robin Hood.
Loose: A Private History Of Booze & Iggy Pop 1996-2015
New Zealand comedian Jonny Potts brings his award winning comedy show to our Sydney shores and it’s so ridiculously entertaining that we’ll overlook the fact that he’s from the NZ. Straddling the line between stand-up comedy and one-man drama you’ll find yourself howling with laughter one minute to listening to some intense boozy philosophising the next. So settle in for the easiest abs workout ever as you play witness to a lifetime of psychedelic drugs, small towns, and toasted panini, and belly-laugh the night away.
Ursula Yovich at Venue 505
For a sultry night in Sydney you can’t go past Ursual Yovich’s one-night performance at Venue 505. Haven’t heard of her? Well you may remember her from Baz Lurhman’s Australia and listed as one of the top 21 most iconic women of the Australian Stage—this is the name on everyone’s lips. With a voice that has been described by some as bush honey and smoke, her collection of blues and souls originals as well as classic blues covers is the perfect accompaniment to your mid-week Old Fashioned. Hump day just got a whole lot better in our eyes.
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Image credit: Porcelain Alice. Photography by Nirimi Firebrace.