We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: this year’s Sydney Fringe Festival is really outstanding. In fact this month there’s a stack of amazing art and cultural events, and an impressive milestone for one of Sydney’s best art galleries. This is what I’ll be up to – follow my adventures here.
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Sydney Fringe Festival
A 24-hour dance piece in a CBD foyer, a Kevin Bacon-inspired flash mob and the ’90s film Speed re-enacted on a bus. These are just some of the kooky and eclectic events happening as part of the very excellent Sydney Fringe happening across the city all this month. And by across, we mean it – there are almost 200 events in 21 postcodes.
In the CBD, if you see a bunch of people dancing and dressed as Kevin Bacon’s character in the film Footloose, get involved. The flash mob will assemble throughout the month and will teach bystanders dance moves. The idea came to the Fringe organisers when, a few years ago, a festival hub was rejected by the cops because of a “no dancing” policy. It was overturned but sparked a conversation about Sydney turning into the town from Footloose. The spontaneous dance-offs will culminate in a huge flash mob in Martin Place on the closing night of the festival (September 30).
We also reckon Speed: The Movie, The Play sounds super fun (that name gets me every time). You'll shuffle onto a vintage bus in The Rocks for a 55-minute performance and a satirical re-enactment of the film. It’s on September 20 to 29 and I’m hoping for a surprise appearance by Keanu Reeves.
The Art Of Banksy
It might not be authorised by the famous-but-anonymous street artist, but The Art Of Banksy could be the only opportunity to see some of the guerrilla artist’s work. The exhibition opens on Friday 14 at Moore Park’s Entertainment Quarter and includes 80 original Banksy works, including some of his most iconic pieces, such as Girl With Red Balloon, Flower Thrower and Rude Copper. Banksy didn’t give the curator, Steve Lazarides – Banksy’s first art dealer, former manager and photographer – permission to put on the exhibition. “The show is definitely unauthorised,” Lazarides told Broadsheet in 2016 when it toured to Melbourne. “One hundred per cent, completely and utterly unsanctioned.”
Celebrate the greatest of the bun-and-meat creations with a two-day festival. Over the weekend of September 21 and 22 expect Down N’ Out, BL Burgers, Burger Head and Mister Gee’s. And they’ll be making their burgers slightly smaller than usual (and priced at $12 each) so you can eat more. Brisbane's best fried-chicken monger, Fat Belly Jacks, will also be there burning mouths with its Nashville hot chicken burger. Alternative Meat Co will be supplying plant-based patties to vendors as well so expect lots of veggie options. The sessions are 12pm to 4pm, and 5pm to 9pm Saturday and Sunday.
Speaking of burgers
If you’re looking for inspiration, here are the five burgers Broadsheet is currently loving. My pick is Little L’s in North Bondi. It’s not a new place but I absolutely reckon it’s the best chicken burger in town. It’s perfectly proportioned and the chilli sauce isn’t there for show – it’s got some real kick.
One of Sydney’s greatest galleries turns 10
Chippendale’s White Rabbit Gallery has one of the world's most significant collections of 21st-century Chinese art and is celebrating a decade by revisiting its early years. Art patron and philanthropist Judith Neilson began collecting Chinese art in the late ’90s and she now has more than 2500 works from more than 700 artists.
Then, which opens on September 11 and shows until January 2020, includes works created in response to China’s rapidly changing culture. It involves an enormous pair of pink fiberglass underpants.
Sydney’s swim season is officially open
September 1 marked the opening of swimming pools that were closed for winter, including Drummoyne and Cabarita pools in the inner west, and Andrew (Boy) Charlton, near Mrs Macquarie’s Chair and the Royal Botanic Garden. I reckon that’s a sign to pull on the swimmers and head to your closest pool for a few laps.
A festival to celebrate the G&T
This three-day festival devoted to the juniper-based spirit will see a host of local and international gin distillers come together at the Rose Garden in Centennial Park. Expect big names from Australia, including Four Pillars, Adelaide Hills Distillery, Never Never Distilling Co, West Winds and Melbourne Gin Co. The international contingent will be made up of distillers such as Tanqueray, Hayman's of London, Pinkster and Beefeater. All gins will be paired with one of the best tonics on the market, Fever-Tree.