Out & About Sydney: April 2021

Mary Coustas
The one and only Effie is set to make Sydney laugh, with shows in Marrickville and Chatswood. Photo: Effie Stephanides/Facebook.


It’s the announcement the people of New South Wales have been waiting for, for over a year: the relaxation of Covid restrictions at the end of March – allowing us to dance once again, and to have venues such as theatres and stadiums at full capacity. It came just in time for us to make the most of the feast of celebrations, commemorations and cultural festivities that feature in Sydney each April. From the Royal Easter Show to Anzac Day commemorations; from the Sydney Writers’ Festival to the Sydney Comedy Festival; and much more! Not only is there an exciting array of events for you to enjoy but now you can finally get stuck in and enjoy them properly. Happy April, Sydney!

Amazing art & exhibitions

Thursday, 1 April – Friday, 30 April, 2021
The Australian Botanic Garden, 362 Narellan Road, Mount Annan

You’re invited to Campbelltown’s Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan to meet the Hello Koalas: 22 one-metre high koala sculptures, hand-painted by Australian artists, curated by the Australian Centre for Arts and Health, and presented by Campbelltown City Council. A tribute to Australia’s cutest mascot, the sculptures aim to promote koala conservation and conservation of other threatened animal and plant species in Australia.

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3pm – 8pm Saturday, 10 April, 2021
Joynton Avenue Creative Centre, 3a Joynton Avenue, Zetland

Joynton Avenue Creative Centre presents an open afternoon of creative activities, DJ sets and bevvies. There’ll be drop-in workshops suitable for all experience levels presented by Joynton Avenue’s creative residents including Red Room Poetry, Rizzeria, Other Worlds Zines, The Bench, Melissa Katherine Photography and The Story Mill. Also, Art Somewhere will be hosting an open creative hangout all afternoon, including beats and beers in the sunshine.

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Until Sunday, 18 April, 2021
The Museum of Sydney, 10 Macquarie Street, Sydney

Paradise on Earth is a celebration of the career and legacy of Marion Mahony Griffin that will enchant visitors of all ages. Located throughout the Museum of Sydney, the exhibition explores Griffin’s architectural beginnings and aesthetic sensibility; her collaboration with husband Walter Burley Griffin; and key projects in Australia, including Canberra, the Capitol Theatre and Café Australia, with a special focus on the life and community of the Sydney suburb of Castlecrag. Enchanted valley, meanwhile, is an immersive space that reimagines Castlecrag’s Haven Amphitheatre, capturing the colours, textures and changing moods of the Australian bushland.

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Thursday, 1 April – Sunday, 2 May, 2021
Scenic World, Violet Street & Cliff Drive, Katoomba

Set amidst towering rainforest in the heart of the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains, Sculpture at Scenic World will capture the imagination of young and old with dozens of thought-provoking artworks from emerging and established artists. Featuring an expertly curated array of bold installations and subtle sculptures that blend in with the environment, Sculpture at Scenic World 2021 will be one to remember.

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Until Sunday, 18 April, 2021
47 George Street, The Rocks

Selfie and instagram addicts … prepare for your accounts to blow up with likes and followers after visiting this unique exhibition. Step through the doors of this historic Sydney warehouse and explore three levels of immersive art installations, photo-worthy backdrops and fun experiences that celebrates love and friendship. Shower in confetti, grab a hug in the Teddy Bear Tunnel of Love, jump out of a life size wedding cake, dance at a glam disco, spin the Wheel of Love and so much more.

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Grab a hug in the Teddy Bear Tunnel of Love, one of the many fabulous installations at the Museum of Love. Photo: Sugar Republic.

UNSEEN: Hidden experiences of women’s homelessness
Sunday, 11 April – Friday, 16 April, 2021
Martin Place, Sydney

UNSEEN is multimedia art installation that offers women who have or are experiencing homelessness the opportunity to engage as artists, generating greater public awareness by sharing their stories. These women provide a first-hand insight into who homeless people and why they’re homeless, ensuring the voices of homelessness are included in conversations which can inform and improve social policy.

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Classes, talks & workshops

7pm – 9pm daily
118 Elizabeth St, Sydney

Every city has a dark past. Join local expert guides as they lead you through the gruesome elements of Sydney’s history, from mass baby-murderers in the 1890s to criminals who used the cover of night to kill. Intended for mature audiences.

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Various dates, until Friday, 31 December, 2021
Katoomba (address given upon booking)

Learn how to make vegetarian and vegan dumplings (named momos in Tibet) at this fun cooking class! Suitable for beginners, this class will guide you step-by-step in how to make matcha vegan dumplings, which are both healthy and delicious! You will learn the various wrapping techniques to ‘wow’ your family, loved ones and friends. All the handmade vegan dumplings will be served with tomato chutney. Best of all, at the end of this fun and hands-on class, you can feast on your delicious vegan dumplings! Bookings are $70-$85, and payment in instalments is available through AfterPay.

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12pm – 2pm Wednesday, 14 April, 2021
Darling Square Library, Levels 1 & 2, The Exchange, 1 Little Pier Street, Haymarket

Led by an experienced facilitator in the Darling Square Library makerspace, this fun workshop is a great introduction to the popular Adobe Photoshop software and laser cutting. Over two hours, you’ll be guided through preparing your design using Photoshop, before setting it up for laser cutting or etching. You’ll receive your design during the class or by mail after the workshop to either hang on the wall or stamp with ink or paint. The workshop costs $30 which includes one professional laser cutting of your design on plywood.

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6.15pm – 7.15pm Wednesday, 7 April, 2021
Randwick Sustainability Classroom, Randwick Community Centre, 27 Munda Street, Randwick

Presented on the first Wednesday of each month, collaboratively directed and supported by TED, this community engagement focuses on increasing awareness about climate change issues, aiming to open up discussions about what we can do in our local community to support the work towards achieving 2030 global warming targets.

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Dance parties & socials

From 7pm Saturday, 10 April, 2021
Level 2, Burdekin Hotel, 2 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

This is the first in the 2021 series of social events for fetish enthusiasts organised by The Eagle Sydney – the city’s leather and fetish pride group providing a safe space for all kinksters to gather.

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Mass Assembly of Sydney Kink is the first of the 2021 series of social events by The Eagle Sydney. Photo: The Eagle Sydney.

12pm – 8pm Sunday, 18 April, 2021
The Imperial Hotel, 35 Erskineville Rd, Erskineville

Legendary party series I Remember House kicks off a new decade of parties for the LGBT+ community and their friends, filling every level of the Imperial Hotel with the best house music on the planet!

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10pm Saturday, 24 April – 4am Sunday, 25 April, 2021
The Imperial Hotel, 35 Erskineville Rd, Erskineville

It’s here, it’s queer and it’s fabulously welcoming! The theme of this party is ‘Thrive’, calling on punters to take their fashion inspiration from nature, beauty and empowerment. Hosted by Stelly G and featuring Burley Chassis, Blaq, Spacehorse and Lady Fur, with DJs Smithers and Ausli Hue.

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Fantastic festivals

Monday, 19 April – Sunday, 16 May, 2021
Various venues across Sydney

The Sydney Comedy Festival is Sydney’s biggest annual comedy event. Every April and May, over 150 of the best comedians from Australia and beyond take to stages across the city for a massive month of comedy, followed by a national showcase tour from May to December. The festival kicks off in grand style with lavish gala events at the State Theatre, Enmore Theatre, The Concourse Chatswood and Riverside Theatres in Parramatta. The program offers up everything from stand up to sketch, satire, impro, musical, absurdist, theatre, magic and kids’ comedy.

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The Sydney Royal Easter Show is a celebration of Australian cultures from rural traditions to modern day lifestyles. Photo: Sydney Royal Easter Show.

Thursday, 1 April – Monday, 12 April, 2021
Sydney Showground, 1 Showground Road, Sydney Olympic Park

The Sydney Royal Easter Show is Australia’s largest annual ticketed event, attracting over 828,000 attendees on average. The show is a celebration of Australian culture, from rural traditions to modern day lifestyles, providing unique experiences for everyone. Be entertained by great Aussie traditions including the wood chopping competition and The Man from Snowy River spectacular, as well as less traditional fare like the chainsaw-juggling Space Cowboy. Eat something sweet like Nutella shot donuts at Sweet Treat and check out the Streets Ice Cream jumping castle where you can bump up next to a life-size Bubble O’Bill and Golden Gaytime. Watch the Grand Parade which has featured at the show since 1907! And of course a trip to the show wouldn’t be complete without getting a show bag or two from the hundreds of show bags on offer, ranging in price from $2 to $30. Whether you’re after an AFL themed bag or one stuffed with chocolate, you definitely won’t go home disappointed. 

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Monday, 26 April – Sunday, 2 May, 2021
Various venues across Sydney

Each year, the Sydney Writers’ Festival features more than 400 writers taking part in over 300 conversations, debates, performances and panel discussions with audiences of more than 80,000. One-third of their events are free, and their Live & Local streaming program brings the festival to regional libraries and community centres right across the country. The festival plays a vital role in Australia’s literary landscape bringing together thousands of diverse writers, thinkers, novelists, poets, journalists, public intellectuals, economists, politicians, podcasters and scientists from Australia and around the globe to discuss some of the most pressing issues of our times. The 2021 artistic director, Michael Williams, has curated a particularly relevant, engaging, accessible and unashamedly political program of events destined to challenge and question.

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Marches & rallies

Sunday, 25 April, 2021

Anzac Day is a day of remembrance. At dawn on 25 April, 1915, a contingent of Australian and New Zealand soldiers landed on Turkey’s Gallipoli Peninsula. There began to emerge the tradition of Anzac with the ideals of mateship and sacrifice that distinguish and unite Australians irrespective of their origins. As with all other cities in Australia, Sydney commemorates this day to pay homage to some of the bravest veterans who have lived and died serving their country. Both past and serving members of the armed forces are honoured on this prestigious day by the Australian Government and members of the public. The Anzac Day commemorations include the Dawn Service commencing at 4:30am, featuring the laying of wreaths and speeches. The Anzac Day march commences at 9am at the corner of Elizabeth Street and Martin Place, proceeding to the Anzac Memorial at Hyde Park.

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Aanaz Day commemorations on 25 April include the dawn service and march in Sydney’s CBD. Photo: RSL NSW.

From 1pm Saturday, 10 April, 2021
Sydney Town Hall, 483 George St, Sydney

Take to the streets for this Sydney event which is part of a national day of action against black deaths in custody. 30 years since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, and the situation is worse than ever. There have been more than 440 Aboriginal deaths in custody since the report was released in 1991, when an average 2140 Indigenous people were in prison on any given night. In 2020, these numbers had exploded to more than 13,000 people.

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Terrific theatre & performance

Vintage burlesque-inspired dinner and show The Birdcage has made Club York its new home. Photo: The Birdcage on York Sydney/Facebook.

8pm Saturdays, 13 March – 19 June, 2021
Club York, 95-99 York Street, Sydney

The Birdcage has now made Club York its home. This vintage burlesque inspired dinner and show features a dazzling array of burlesque and cabaret artists, flouncing feathers, fan dancers, glittering diamonds and camp sensibility all wrapped up in beautifully orchestrated production routines. Enjoy a three-course dinner and glass of bubbles on arrival for just $80 as you are guided by the MC into a magical world of highly acclaimed international burlesque artists intertwined with the thrill of circus artistry.
Cirque de Flirt | Saturday 10th April 2021
Goes to Paris | Saturday 15th May 2021

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Thursday, 8 April to Wednesday, 30 June, 2021
Bay 43, Circular Quay, Sydney

SÉANCE, presented by Realscape Productions in association with DARKFIELD, invites Sydneysiders to be engulfed in complete darkness and have their grasp on reality challenged using binaural sound. The experience explores the psychology of a group of people bombarded with suggestible material. It asks the audience to believe, not only in what seems to be happening in the room, but also in what might be conjured up.

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Friday, 2 April – Saturday, 17 April, 2021
Kings Cross Theatre, Level 2, Kings Cross Hotel, 244-248 William Street, Kings Cross

Andie is seventeen. Andrea is seventeen. They work in a convenience store at the same time in their lives. Disconnected by time, they find a connection through the never-ending moment of love; when the world really does explode. Written at the tender age of seventeen, Dead Skin is a hybrid text of queer and hetero love stories that challenge what it means to love and be loved at seventeen. It is a coming-of-age story of a mother and daughter navigating the toxicity of their own relationships, in search of something we will never have with any other human: the truest form of love; an inherent, maternal connection.

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7pm Saturday, 24 April, 2021
The Concourse, 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood
8.45pm Saturday, 8 May, 2021
The Factory Theatre, 105 Victoria Road, Marrickville

Right now, we need a good laugh more than anything. The extraordinaryly talented Mary Coustas brings the iconic, adored character Effie – the original ‘wog chick’ that made her a star – out of lockdown and into a historically funny storyline where she’s emerging from 2020’s Covid madness, when the sh*t hit the fan and there was no toilet paper to clean it up. Effie has gotten married to her hot husband Shane Bradley Cooper and has used her lockdown time to clock up her ‘Rooting Frequent Flyer’ points. Now she’s out and wants to tell everyone about it.

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Until Sunday, 23 May, 2021
Capitol Theatre, 13 Campbell Street, Haymarket

It’s without doubt that Disney animation Frozen is an international phenomenon loved by children and adults alike. This film has been beautifully translated to the stage in a huge production, packed full of the Broadway hits and visuals, sure to captivate and entertain. If you’re a fan of the film, then you’re going to love this show!

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Until Sunday, 1 August, 2021
Sydney Lyric Theatre, 55 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont

The only place in the world you can see this Tony, Grammy, Olivier and Pulitzer Prize winning musical is right here in Sydney. Hamilton has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre – a musical featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway – that transforms theatre and the way we think about history.

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Sydney is currently the only place in the world where you’ll be able to watch multi-award winning musical, Hamilton. Photo: Hamilton Australia.

Until Saturday, 10 April, 2021
Tuesday, 20 April – Saturday, 22 May, 2021
The New Theatre, 542 King Street, Newtown

The New Theatre presents two thought provoking and topical theatre works in April: in Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet, lies, greed and corruption is business as usual in the cut-throat world of real estate sales, where ruthless agents do anything to make a buck. Then, playing from 20 April is The Removalists by David Williamson, set in a crime-ridden inner suburb of Melbourne, where a seasoned police sergeant and a new recruit are drawn into the lives of two women dealing with domestic violence and abuse.

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5.30pm & 8.30pm Saturday, 10 April, 2021
Giant Dwarf, 280 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills

An evening of unexpected tales, stories of pride, prejudice, resilience and resistance, delivered with warmth and humour by some of Australia’s finest storytellers, Queerstories celebrates the culture and creativity of LGBTQI+ communities, one true story at a time, reflecting on our histories and contending with the potential of our futures. Hosted by Maeve Marsden, with Fiona McGregor, Jordan Shea, Brendan Hancock, Tamara Natt-Fawcett, Hayden Moon and Joe Levitt.

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Until Sunday, 25 April, 2021
Upstairs Theatre, Belvoir Theatre, 25 Belvoir Street, Surry Hills

Recipient of the Blake Beckett Trust Award, Stop Girl explores the life of a journalist at the top of her game. She’s devoted the best years of her life to reporting from dangerous frontlines all over the world. But even the most resilient foreign correspondents need to come home one day. What happened to Australia while she was away? And what happened to her? Read the Sentinel‘s review here:

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7pm Wednesday – Saturday, 7 – 10 April, 2021; 5pm Sunday, 11 April, 2021
Darlinghurst Theatre Company, 39 Burton Street, Darlinghurst

The People of Cabaret present their postponed Sydney Festival spectacular, a variety gala that showcases a riot of internationally acclaimed cabaret, burlesque and circus artists, all of whom identify as Indigenous and/or Bla(c)k and/or people of colour. Hosted by award-winning cabaret queen Victoria Falconer and featuring a multi-talented cast including Miss Cairo, Tyra Bankstown, Kween Kong, Stelly G and Texas Gold, this newly formed collective send out a rallying cry of fabulousness to uplift, celebrate and empower.

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Unique cinema & film

7pm Fridays, 5 February – 4 June, 2021
Ritz Cinemas, 45 St Paul’s Street, Randwick

The Ritz Cinemas are celebrating the extraordinary, multi academy award winning Coen Brothers with a bonanza retrospective of their films, including their biggest hits Fargo and No Country for Old Men. Screenings are on Friday nights with a massive season from 5 February all the way through to 4 June.

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Friday, 16 April – Saturday, 1 May, 2021
Ritz Cinemas, 45 St Paul’s Street, Randwick

The Fantastic Film Festival returns to the Ritz Cinemas with a remarkable program of mind-breakers, trendsetters, razor walkers, loose wires, truth talkers, trailblazers and envelope pushers, showcasing the world’s most daring works from filmmakers with innovative and unique perspectives. These films look both inwards and outwards to present vivid visions of our reality, challenge cinematic convention, and offer a critical lens through which to view our past, present and future. It really is fantastic!

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