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Sorted: November 2-4

Need something to do this weekend? Every Friday, we’ve got you Sorted with a list of the best music, art, and cultural events around Sydney and Australia.

Festival of Dangerous Ideas

Festival of Dangerous Ideas returns for its ninth year in 2018 and will feature discussions on internet sub-cultures, fascism, privacy, LSD, hard truths and the end of the world as we know it.

Stephen Fry is opening the festival on Friday night at Sydney Town Hall with a masterclass on the lost art of fabulous disagreement. Buy your tickets for the festival here.

When: Saturday, Nov 3 – Sunday, Nov 4
Where: Cockatoo Island


Roland Barthes and James Bond: Encounters with Japan

Hosted by the Japan Foundation in conjunction with The University of Sydney’s Department of Japanese Studies, Professor Emmanual Lozerand will present this free talk charting the numerous similarities between 1960s texts by Roland Barthes and James Bond, focusing primarily on the works’ four mutual topics: sex, violence, haiku and the ‘topsy-turvy dimension of Japan’. 

In doing so, Lozerand will attempt to reconstruct a certain view of the Japanese Orient that permeated the Western world during the ’60s, especially in the context of the ’64 Tokyo Olympics. The event is free, but you must register your place here.

When: Friday, Nov 2
Where: Japan Foundation, Chippendale


Cheers Fest

Image via Cheers Fest Facebook page

Cheers Fest presents the best craft beer, food and cider in the Cutaway at the iconic Barangaroo Reserve. Explore over 200 craft beers and ciders created by Australia’s top breweries.

There’ll be plenty of food and professionals giving pairing advice. If you’re not super into beer, there’ll be wine, cocktails and alcohol-free options, too. Grab your tickets here.

When: Saturday, Nov 3 – Sunday, Nov 4
Where: The Cutaway, Barangaroo


FBi Turns 15 – A Festival, Fundraiser and Birthday Bash

e4444e the oarsmen sonic boom

Image: e4444e

Our friends over at FBi are now angsty teenagers, and to celebrate their birthday they’re putting on a big ol’ birthday bash with the cream of the crop of Sydney music.

Catch Cloud Control, Body Type, Sampa the Great, e4444e and Party Dozen, amongst many others, lighting the stage of the Manning Bar on fire. Tickets are still available over on the FBi website.

When: Saturday, Nov 3
Where: Manning Bar


Sydney Open 2018

Image via Sydney Living Museum Facebook page

Over one weekend, Sydney Open will unlock the doors and allow punters into over 60 of the most important and intriguing buildings in the city. This event is presented by Sydney Living Museums.

Grab your Sydney Open bundle tickets here and explore their website for more information, including the list of buildings open for inspection.

When: Saturday, Nov 3 – Sunday, Nov 4
Where: Citywide


Tom Ballard and Friends Read a New Play That Tom Has Written

Photo vis Concrete Playground

The final events of Yack Festival 2018 are happening over at Giant Dwarf this weekend. Catch Tom Ballard alongside Zoë Coombs Marr, Greg Larsen, Mark Humphries and Nikki Britton in Tom Ballard’s performance Tom Ballard and Friends Read a New Play That Tom Has Written. 

Get your tickets here.

When: Saturday, Nov 3
Where: Giant Dwarf


MELBOURNE: Designing Women

The NGV’s latest large-scale exhibition puts a spotlight on prolific female designers of the last forty years. Designing Women will showcase works from 1980 to 2018, and focuses on the emerging role of women in contemporary design culture.

For more details, head over to the NGV website.

When: Exhibition runs until 24 March 2019
Where: National Gallery of Victoria International


BRISBANE: Against The Grain Festival

Against The Grain Festival is back for its third year and features 20 acts from around the country playing over three stages. Catch FRITZ, Totally Mild, Moaning Lisa and Tiny Little House, amongst so many other amazing acts, under one roof this Saturday night.

For the full lineup, head over to their Facebook page.

When: Saturday, Nov 3
Where: Fortitude Valley


CANBERRA: Jewish International Film Festival

Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas – screening at the Jewish International Film Festival

Showcasing the best of Israeli and Jewish cinema, The Jewish International Film Festival is hitting cinemas around Canberra on its Australian tour-de-force this weekend.

Catch films from Ukraine, France, Canada, the US, Israel and Germany in this celebration of Jewish cinema.

When: The film festival runs up until Nov 11
Where: Dendy Cinema, ACT


PERTH: WAMFest Live 2018

Image: Pilerats

Now in its 25th year, WAMFest has never stopped supporting musicians from Western Australia by providing them with the platform to showcase their talents. Over two days, punters will be treated to free performances from some of Western Australia’s favourite musicians.

Over 25,000 people are expected to attend. For all the latest WAMFest news, visit the official WAMFest website.

When: Friday, Nov 2 – Saturday, Nov 3
Where: Multi-venue, Perth-wide


ADELAIDE: World Tea Gathering

Image: worldteagathering.com

The annual World Tea Gathering is brings together tea masters, artists and practitioners the world over to take part in a creative exploration of tea and the ceremonies that surround it. It’s a day of discussions, performances and immersive tea drinking with blends from around the globe.

The World Tea Gathering is presented by OzAsia Festival. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

When: Saturday, Nov 3
Where: Art Gallery of South Australia


By Molly Lasker


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November 2, 2018