As winter closes in, we’ve made a checklist of cultural to-dos in Sydney to draw you away from the fire in July.
1. Kaldor Public Art Projects presents Marina Abramovic: In Residence Perhaps one of the most seminal performance artists of our time, perhaps just another money hungry celebrity artist missing true integrity. You can now decide for yourself, as Marina Abramovic has arrived in Sydney with thanks to John Kaldor and the team at Kaldor Public Art Projects. Abramovic’s work is meditative and interactive – you will become the performer in a series of introspective tasks designed by the artist that ask you to leave the noise of the modern world behind. The exhibition also features a series of talks, lectures and film screenings, and a live-in artist residency made up of local talent. Open 12pm – 7pm daily until July 5 at Pier 2/3, Walsh Bay.
2. General film and cocktail appreciation at the Golden Age Cinema and Bar Our new next door neighbours at Paramount by The Office Space offer up a perfect option for any winter’s evening. Catch a film in the stunning and intimate emerald coloured theatrette – part one of the winter season includes something for everyone. Mad Max: Fury Road is fantastic if you haven’t already seen it, or why not relive a classic like The Italian Job or Grease. Film enthusiasts should book a seat for the Sydney exclusive of Roar – the bizarre directorial debut of Noel Marshall and the craziest animal film ever made. Seriously, watch the trailer here. And before or after your movie, cozy up in the Golden Age Bar. Amongst a selection of other bespoke cocktails is the Paramount by The Office Space G&T, featuring Dobson’s gin from the Southern Highlands, tonic, cucumber and black pepper. From 5pm everyday except Monday, entry via 80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills.
3. Ice Skating and other European winter things at Winter Garden A fully fledged ice skating rink has been installed in the foreground of St Mary’s cathedral. As well as skating, you can really pretend you’re somewhere colder with a ‘Frozen Forest’, igloo lounges, ice blue Zorb balls and a German sausage hut. There’s also a petting zoo, live music and DJs, and a Lindt cafe pop up serving delicious hot chocolate. Open 10am – 9pm daily until July 19, entry via College Street.