Category: ARTS & CULTURE

Sydney Contemporary new galleries to the FUTURE sector

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Sydney Contemporary is thrilled to announce the inclusion of esteemed galleries ACAE Gallery from Melbourne, Five Walls Gallery also hailing from Melbourne, and Minerva based in Sydney, into the illustrious FUTURE sector of the Fair for the year 2024. These new additions join the ranks alongside returning favourites Jennings Kerr from Robertson, NSW, and LON Gallery from Melbourne. The art aficionados and enthusiasts are invited to secure their tickets for Sydney Contemporary through the online portal at: Sydney Contemporary Tickets Sydney Contemporary takes immense pride in its association with the NSW Government, receiving steadfast support from the state’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. This collaborative effort ensures the continued success and vibrancy of this cultural extravaganza, solidifying Sydney’s position as a hub for contemporary art and creativity. Tickets to Sydney Contemporary are available to purchase online: https://sydneycontemporary.com.au/tickets/

Sydney orchestra gets a new world famous player

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Renowned for his mesmerising rendition of Les Baricades Mistérieuses and Jean-François Tapray’s variation of Rameau’s Les Sauvages, the talented harpsichord virtuoso Justin is poised to captivate audiences with his artistry. Collaborating with celebrated designer Trent Suidgeest, known for his immersive and theatrical styling inspired by the opulence of the Château de Versailles, Justin promises a performance that transcends mere music. A musical masterpiece comes to life Co-founder and Artistic Director of the renowned ensemble, Paul Dyer, expresses his anticipation for Justin’s Australian debut on the Brandenburg stage. Recognizing Justin as an exceptional performer and a true master of the harpsichord despite his youth, Dyer sets the stage for an unforgettable evening of musical excellence. The grandeur of the Bach’s Concerto for Four Harpsichords, with Justin joined by Neal and Anthony, promises a symphonic experience like no other. The artistry of Justin unveiled With a repertoire that includes intricate pieces like Les Baricades Mistérieuses and Les Sauvages, Justin’s mastery of the harpsichord shines through in every note. His interpretation of these Baroque classics, combined with his innovative flair, transports audiences to a realm of musical sophistication and emotional depth. Collaborating with fellow musicians of exceptional calibre, Justin elevates the performance to new heights, promising a harmonious fusion of talent and creativity. A stylistic symphony inspired by history Under the artistic vision of Trent Suidgeest, the performance takes on a transformative quality, drawing inspiration from the grandeur and elegance of the Château de Versailles. Suidgeest’s immersive and theatrical styling imbues the concert with a visual richness that… Read More

Amy Poehler pays a visit to VIVID Sydney 2024

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Amy Poehler is in Sydney and celebrating VIVID! Renowned for her versatility and numerous talents including acting, writing, directing, producing, and authoring bestselling books, was present for Vivid Sydney Presents – In Conversation with Amy Poehler along with a sneak peek at Disney and Pixar’s ‘Inside Out 2’. Here is where to eat during VIVID Sydney The sold-out gathering at the Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, treated attendees to an exclusive 30-minute preview of selected scenes from the much-anticipated sequel Inside Out 2. This film continues the story of Disney and Pixar’s Academy Award®-winning and critically acclaimed Inside Out (2015), with Poehler reprising her role as Joy. The Conversation, moderated by Zan Rowe, delved into the fascinating nuances of Amy’s creative mind. Noteworthy attendees who graced the event included children’s entertainer Emma Watkins, television presenter Rove McManus, actress April Rose Pengilly, Senior Vice President & Managing Director The Walt Disney Company Australia & New Zealand Kylie Watson-Wheeler, The Wiggles’ Tsehay Hawkins, comedian Tanya Hennessy, and many more. More on what to expect this VIVID Post-event, a bespoke ‘Inside Out 2’ projection illuminated Customs House at Circular Quay in a one-off, 30-minute display. Vivid Sydney, the Southern Hemisphere’s premier multi-arts festival, transforms the city into a vibrant center of creativity, innovation, and community engagement. Reflecting the 2024 festival theme, Humanity, the Vivid Ideas program serves as a platform for inspiration, challenging conventional perspectives about the world, and bringing sharp analysis, thoughtful discussion, and memorable dialogues to Sydney. The 2024 lineup also showcases must-see events such… Read More

Melbourne Art Book Fair at the NGV is back

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The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is thrilled to announce the 10th annual Melbourne Art Book Fair (MABF), a prestigious celebration honouring art book publishing and Melbourne’s distinction as a UNESCO City of Literature. Commencing today and continuing until 2 June 2024, the fair will animate multiple venues across Melbourne and Victoria with an exciting array of book launches, discussions, exhibitions, and more. Highlighting the event is a special in-conversation session with renowned art historian Katy Hessel, alongside a vibrant TV gameshow pop-up and a showcase featuring art and design publishing from across Australia and beyond. Esteemed British author and art historian Katy Hessel, known for her influential podcast “The Great Women Artists,” will engage with NGV Curator of Contemporary Design and Architecture, Simone LeAmon, for a live discussion titled “Katy Hessel in Conversation: The Story of Art Without Men” on 29 May. This program, presented by NGV and The Wheeler Centre, will delve into Hessel’s critically acclaimed book, “The Story of Art Without Men,” which explores the often overlooked contributions of women in art history, reflecting her extensive work in uncovering female artists’ narratives from Australia and around the globe. Moreover, the fair will celebrate the launch of NGV’s newest publication, “Observations: Moments in Design History.” Acclaimed design critic and author of “Design as an Attitude,” Alice Rawsthorn OBE, will discuss the socio-political implications of modern design with Sarah Teasley, sharing insights into how contemporary designers are tackling the pressing challenges of today’s society. From 24 to 26 May, the Great Hall at NGV… Read More

Opera Australia doing 500 tickets for $35

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Opera Australia is rolling out the red carpet for younger audiences with its innovative Opera for Under 35s program! A fresh initiative that aims to breathe new life into the traditional art form of opera. In a bold move to attract a younger demographic, OA is offering an enticing deal of 500 tickets priced at just $35 each. This special offer marks the launch of a program dedicated to making opera more accessible and appealing to the under-35 crowd, starting with the Australian premiere of Edward Dick’s acclaimed production of Tosca. Scheduled to mesmerise audiences firstly in Melbourne at the Margaret Court Arena on May 24, followed by a season at the iconic Sydney Opera House starting June 25, Tosca is set to be a landmark event. This initiative is not merely about offering discounted tickets; it’s a comprehensive program designed to cultivate a deeper appreciation for opera among young Australians. Registrants of the program can look forward to a 15% discount on tickets to most OA performances year-round, alongside exclusive further discounts for select shows, with some tickets available at the low price of $35. Additionally, members will receive invitations to special behind-the-scenes events including meet-and-greets with artists, all at no additional cost. Jo Davies, OA’s new Artistic Director, expresses her excitement about the program, highlighting it as a strategic move to lower financial barriers and make opera accessible to all, especially during tough economic times. This approach not only preserves but also propels the art form forward by ensuring it remains relevant and… Read More

New gallery in Sydney: A Secondary Eye opens

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Led by Jesse-Jack De Deyne, a specialist with extensive experience working in the secondary market for Australian Indigenous art and Boris Cornelissen, former Contemporary Art Specialist at Sotheby’s London and Hong Kong, A Secondary Eye was founded in 2020 with a focus on further developing the secondary market for art and collectibles in Australia.

Dutch piano virtuoso returns to the Sydney Opera House

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Mark your calendars and prepare to be enveloped in the soul-stirring sounds of Joep Beving, as the maestro makes his grand return to the Opera House this July. After mesmerising audiences in previous years, Beving is back with a bang, ready to unveil the mystical realms of Hermetism across two spellbinding shows on Monday, 22 July 2024. Each performance promises an experience akin to a spiritual odyssey, underscored by Beving’s deeply introspective, neoclassical sound that has captivated millions globally. This year, the enigmatic Dutch pianist is set to elevate his musical narrations to unprecedented heights, blending his artistry with an awe-inspiring audio-visual spectacle developed alongside the innovative minds of Boris Acket, Merijn Versnel, and Roxanne Percobic. Hermetism, drawing inspiration from Beving’s 2022 album, invites you on an enchanted voyage exploring the essence of spirituality, the elusive nature of time, and the depths of the inner self. This isn’t just a concert; it’s an invitation to transcend the ordinary, led by a masterful storyteller who’s rediscovered his love for the piano and transformed it into a source of universal connection and wonder. Joep Beving’s remarkable journey from personal loss to streaming stardom is a testament to the power of music to heal, unite, and inspire. With over 200 million streams on Spotify and a place among the giants of post-classical composition, Beving’s return to the Opera House isn’t just an event; it’s a pivotal moment in the world of contemporary music. As Ben Marshall, Sydney Opera House Head of Contemporary Music, aptly puts it, “Joep describes… Read More