Vivid's punchy 2019 line-up dropped this week, and there's a lot to love. From Spike Lee to FKA Twigs and a whole lot of SXSW-style live gigs—May is shaping up to be one hell of a month.
And despite that dreary on-and-off rain that's hung around all week, there's a little bit of spark and glow around the streets of Sydney as the fight for culture and the night time economy comes to a head at the state election on Saturday. We'll be standing up for Sydney and it's vibrant, living and breathing urban culture, and here's why.
Here are all the things that went down in Sydney this week.
It’s Time To Stand Up For Sydney
A bunch of bars across Sydney will cease service on Friday night at 6pm (for a quick 5 minutes) to remind us all to stand up for Sydney in the state election on Saturday.
Co-founder of Mary's and all-around legend Jake Smyth said, “While we ain’t gonna tell you who to vote for, we are going to tell you what to vote for. Vote for community. Vote for culture. Vote for music and art. Vote for your neighbours and vote for your kids."
Head here to see which venues are taking part.
Vivid Enters A New Decade
On Vivid's 2019 program is iconic genre-bender FKA Twigs and electronic sensation RÜFÜS DU SOL. The epic Curveball festival at Carriageworks is back, and Pixar Studios are set to jump in on all the light projection fun with a display at the Argyle Cut in The Rocks. Head here for more of our favourites from the program.
An Unmissable Warehouse Sale
P.E Nation announced they'll be throwing a mammoth warehouse sale next week, with tonnes of styles and sizes being restocked across three dreamy days. P.E is the globally hyped-up label that brokers the space between sport and lifestyle, Pilates, marathons, weekend wear and streetwear—so you don't want to miss this. Head here for more info.
Dive Into The Fashion Archives
Forget fast fashion, because the second-hand market is set to explode in the wonderful world of style. Inspired by celebrities sporting archival looks (Solange, Cardi B and Kim K, for example, wearing artistic Thierry Mugler designs from the 90s), resale, consignment, second-hand, vintage and archival are all big buzz words right now.
You can dive right in on the fun at a pop-up store in Sydney this week that’s set to be stacked with archival gems you can shop from Mugler, Gaultier, Issey Miyake, COMME des GARÇONS, Prada and more. Head here for all the details.
True Crime, Up Close And Personal
The murders of Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur in the late 90s sparked global mourning in the hip-hop community and years-long investigations that have so far not yielded any culprits.
Announced this week, Greg Kading—a former LAPD police detective who worked the case—is headed to Sydney with a live show to discuss his particular vantage on the evidence and investigation of both rappers’ deaths. Head here for more info.
Focaccia Col Formaggio Di Recco
Haven’t heard of focaccia col formaggio di Recco? It’s an EU-protected Italian specialty, hailing from a seaside village called Recco, and you haven’t lived until you’ve tried it’s doughy, stracchino deliciousness. This week, we revealed a Rozelle spot serving five delicious versions on this unmissable delicacy. Wash it all down with an Aperol spritz or a classic Negroni, right here.
We've created a fresh list of NSW's greatest tiny homes, all pint-sized but perfect for your next long weekend escape. Some are eco-friendly, all promise that city-life detox and fresh air we all need from time to time. Check it out here.
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