3 March 2016
April is almost upon us and it’s time to add some fun activities into your calendar (whether online or hard copy). From the nation’s biggest visual arts festival, to our top athletics competition, to the side-splitting good times to be had at Sydney’s biggest comedy festival, there’s something for everyone in Sydney this month. Here are six of the top events taking place in April.
“The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed” is the theme of this year’s Biennale of Sydney, presenting the work of more than 80 local and international artists across seven venues (or ‘embassies of thought’) including Cockatoo Island, Carriageworks, the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Museum of Contemporary Art in The Rocks. This is Australia’s largest contemporary visual arts festival, and the entire program is free to the public.
Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour will put on an epic performance of Turandot, an exotic fantasy of a death-marked love featuring the famous aria ‘Nessun Dorma’ this April. Set against the backdrop of Sydney Harbour, it’s a melding of Chinese and Western artistic approaches put together by acclaimed Chinese director Chen Shi-Zheng. Turandot will be performed in Italian, with English and simplified Chinese subtitles.
Athletes from across the country will converge at Sydney Olympic Park for The Australian Athletics Championships, the main event of the national athletics calendar. This four-day event doubles as the nomination trial for the Olympic Games, so only the best of the best will be competing with likely starters including Dani Samuels, the youngest ever female discus world champion, and Lauren Wells, the youngest woman to win the Australian national championships 400 metres hurdle event.
Sydney’s biggest annual comedy event is on again with a host of international superstars and national treasures, as well as newcomers making audiences laugh across the city. See gigs from the likes of Tommy Tiernan, Ross Noble, Stephen K Amos, Kitty Flanagan, Frank Woodley, Tom Ballard and Tripod, to name just a handful. The festival kicks off with the Sydney Comedy Festival Gala at the Sydney Opera House, bringing together the top acts of the festival.
ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Day honours those brave men and women who have fought and died to protect their country. The day begins with dawn services held around Sydney and NSW, with thousands gathering at the Cenotaph in Martin Place for the ANZAC Day Dawn Service. At 9.00am, the Anzac Day march will commence, a solemn March of Remembrance which includes around 20,000 participants including war veterans and current servicemen and women. This year, the march will run from Martin Place down Elizabeth Street.
This is your last chance to see the work of Grayson Perry, internationally renowned artist and Turner Prize recipient, with My Pretty Little Art Career at the MCA until 1 May. This major exhibition of works by the acclaimed British contemporary artist covers everything from ceramics to works in iron and bronze. This is Perry’s first exhibition in the Southern hemisphere, and is curated by MCA Chief Curator Rachel Kent.