Art lovers, bookworms and horror film aficionados have an abundance of events to choose from this coming month, celebrating all things from Halloween to 60 years of the diplomatic relationship between Australia and South Korea, and simply easing out of lockdown and into the world. Plays, performances and exhibitions are ready for audiences to enjoy – in-person and online. 

Talks 

  • Jessie Tu (A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing) joins renowned author Pasi Sahlberg and filmmaker Lynette Wallworth in a wide-ranging conversation on nurturing innovation and creativity to ‘rise to the challenges of the 21st century’. You can watch this talk from the Sydney Opera House for free online. 
  • Melissa Jackson, Bundjalung woman and Indigenous Engagement Librarian at the State Library of NSW, will be presenting via Zoom a special talk on ‘the importance of collecting materials that document and celebrate the lives of First Nations peoples in Australia’.
  • From Michelle de Kretser’s Scary Monsters to Chris Hammer’s Treasure & Dirt, enjoy this round-up of author talks presented by Allen & Unwin online and at libraries. 

Art 

  • 'I just called to say... contemporary art is just a dial away.' Book a free short call with an MCA Gallery Host who will talk you through all the intricacies of an artwork on the MCA Art Phone
  • MCA Late is back! Enjoy the gallery until 9pm or gather on the rooftop for a musical performance or join the Sundown Sketch Club. 
  • The Art Gallery of NSW has opened its doors to art lovers. 'The Purple House' exhibition is a celebration of leading Pintupi artists and their legacy of improving healthcare in the Western Desert; 'The Way We Eat' explores the pleasures and anxieties surrounding food; and in 'Matisse: Life & Spirit', discover more than 100 works spanning six decades from the ‘ceaselessly inventive and life-affirming’ painter. 
  • This year’s 20th anniversary celebration of Artisans in the Gardens will move online to showcase some of Australia’s best established and emerging artists and craftspeople with more than ‘thought-provoking and awe-inspiring’ 3,000 artworks. 

Film

Theatre 

  • The award-winning musical Come From Away, playing at the Capitol Theatre, tells the true story of passengers stranded in a small town in Newfoundland, Canada after their planes were diverted on 11 September 2001. 

Music

  • To celebrate 60 years of diplomatic relations between Australia and South Korea, the Korean Cultural Centre Australia is presenting two virtual concerts you can enjoy for free on Facebook and YouTube. Featuring the National Orchestra of Korea and a meeting of traditional Korean pansori music with 80s synth-pop.