Every Wednesday night during Vivid Sydney, the public is invited go behind the scenes at the Art Gallery of NSW (AGNSW) for a curated evening of talks, music and art on challenging topics such as death, politics and sexuality. There’ll also be a guided tour of part of its collection, a panel discussion with experts and thought leaders in the industry, and live music. Here are the highlights.

Let’s talk about death: It won’t kill you.

It’s time to look at death as a normal part of life. Take part in a conversation that both celebrates life and considers how we deal with dying. Psychologists Kerrie Noonan (The GroundSwell Project) and Mary Hoang (The Indigo Project) are committed to creating new understandings of death, encouraging moving beyond the clinical to a place of creativity, humour and individuality. This is a chance to explore end-of-life options and the possibilities that can support us to live well until our last breath. Following the talk, take part in a 20-minute guided meditation designed to help you let go of something in your life that causes you pain.

Flower-crowned crooner Goldheist (aka Hester Fraser) will collaborate with Auslan interpreters to bring her songs to life through music, and movement, too.

Let’s talk about death: It won’t kill you. is May 30.

Common Ground: Politics and Perspectives

How do we reconcile differences of opinion on the issues destined to affect us all? Discover how social researcher and author Rebecca Huntley and the Guardian Australia editor Lenore Taylor try to answer this question in their podcast Common Ground. Each episode brings together four Australians of different ages, life experiences and political leanings to debate hot-button issues including immigration, same-sex marriage and inequality.

High school friends Tony Buchen, Lior and Nadav Kahn come together to perform as Air Land Sea, with a one-time collection of emotive, harmony driven original songs.

Common Ground: Politics and Perspectives is on June 6.

Come Closer … A Revealing Look at Sex and Pleasure

From female sexuality to sex ed, technology and married bliss, this event goes under the covers to look at the role of pleasure in all our lives. Vice editor Wendy Syfret will offer insights into how young people’s attitudes to sex are different from their parents’, while sex educator Georgia Grace will teach a class in everyday fun, safe sex. The elusive Haiku Hands crew will perform their fusion of pop music and performance art after the discussion, and there’ll be a guided tour of the new Hold still: The photographic performance exhibition to start the night.

Come Closer is on June 13 .

Art After Dark runs on Wednesday May 30, Wednesday June 6 and Wednesday June 13, from 5.30pm to 9pm at the Art Gallery of New South Wales on Art Gallery Road. Most events are free, but some require registration. Tickets may be limited.

Vivid Sydney is the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas. It runs from May 25 until June 16 with hundreds of events held across the city. Visit vividsydney.com for more information.

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