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August Review

To be honest, I barely left the house in August, so I didn’t get to see all the events I recommended last month. I’ll blame the cold weather and being sick, but when I did venture outside, we caught the debut performance of INQ in Newtown, a sold-out performance by Flight Facilities in Enmore and one of two sold-out Sydney shows of comedian/talk show host Trevor Noah at the at the International Convention Centre.

As we emerge from those cold Winter nights wearing multiple layers of scarves and bomber jackets, trying to locate a heater in every corner of the city, Sydney is reborn into the daylight with a bunch of exciting events this month!

So what’s in store for September?

September 1-2 2018 @ Sydney Opera House

Kicking off September, Antidote returns to the Sydney Opera House with a program featuring concert hall talks, workshops and panel sessions. The festival’s line-up of speakers this year include Chelsea Manning, Ronan Farrow and Ta-Nehisi Coates, all of whom are linked to four themes presented by the festival: truth and lies, technology and design, culture and identity, and storytelling and connections.

Sydney Fringe Festival
September 1-30 2018 @ Sydney Opera House

Happening all month, the program for SYDNEY FRINGE this year will include more than 400 shows presented across Sydney, spreading over 21 different postcodes. What can you expect? Eats, beats, streets, performances, art, and culture – pretty much everything that will bring some life back into our city. The main event this year is a takeover of the Oxford Street precinct that you should definitely look out for. There’s also a mini comedy festival that coincides with the main event running all month with this year’s event featuring more than 100 comedic acts!

September 13-16 2018 @ Carriageworks

Sydney Contemporary, Australasia’s premier international art fair, returns with the country’s largest and most diverse gathering of local and international galleries. Presenting its fourth edition this year at Sydney’s Carriageworks, the fair will celebrate five days of curated exhibitions appealing to the serious collector, the art lover and those who have always been curious about contemporary art.

September 22nd @ Surry Hills

Celebrating the arrival of Spring, the Surry Hills Festival draws over 60,000 people together each year for a day of free family-friendly entertainment and provides local artists the opportunity to showcase their talent. Make a day of it and be sure to enjoy the live music performances, kids’ activities, art trails, food, produce and market stalls.

September 23rd @ Cabramatta CBD
When daylight and darkness meet perfectly for the annual equinox, millions of people celebrate the Moon Festival. This South East Asian tradition recognizes the harvest and changing of seasons, and in Cabramatta, more than 90,000 people join in the festivities each year at Freedom Plaza, carrying lanterns, performing traditional dances, sharing mooncakes and watching the fireworks at the end of the night.


Chau Tran is the founder of The 5 to 9 Life, a blog that covers fashion, music, art/design, and events happening around the country (and beyond) outside of her 9 to 5 corporate job. Check out more of her writing at http://www.the5to9life.com/

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