Here are winter’s highlight events around Sydney
JUNE Feedback: A Music Conference for Young People
Young musicians wanting inside advice on advancing in the music industry will take over the MCA in June. The conference, hosted by MusicNSW as part of Vivid Ideas, invites artists aged 12-25 to a day of networking and talks with local artists and industry folk. Learn tricks to getting gigs, building a fanbase, working with the media and hearing your tunes on the airwaves. Keynote speaker Alex the Astronaut will share how she navigated her journey from science student to national star. Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), 140 George St, The Rocks 2000. 02 9245 2400. vividsydney.com. 11am-4pm. $20. Mon Jun 11.
Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715-2015
Reigning Men showcases more than 130 clothing pieces from three centuries worth of fashion evolution. All the big names are on display – Alexander McQueen, Calvin Klein, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Louis Vuitton – and together they’ll convey history through high fashion. Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris St, Ultimo 2007. 02 9217 0111. maas.museum/powerhouse-museum. $13-$20. Until Oct 14.
Supanova is uniting gaming, sci-fi and anime nerds across the country once again. Prepare for a weekend of cosplay, creative master classes and competitions bringing your favourite characters to life at Sydney Showgrounds. Attendees can bond with stars like Stephen Amell, aka the mysterious Oliver Queen from
Arrow, Finn Jones from Game
of Thrones and Iron Fist, and not one, but two of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Karan Ashley and David Yost.You’ll get all the behind-the-scenes extras from the brains of the operation – including chances to meet-and-greet authors, artists and performers. So be sure to bring your best movie references. Sydney Showground, Olympic Blvd, Sydney Olympic Park 2127. www.supanova.com.au. $32-$70. Jun 15-17.
Challenging the Deep
The Australian National Maritime Museum in collaboration with the Avatar Alliance Foundation has developed an exhibition to showcase James Cameron’s history-making expeditions, which will be opened by the filmmaker-explorer himself. The exhibition will feature a recreation of an MIR submersible, hand props and costumes from the film Titanic, plus diving helmets, lights and underwater communication technology developed for Cameron’s 1988 film The Abyss. There’ll be objects from the Deepsea Challenger – the submersible co-designed by Cameron and built here in Sydney. Cameron’s expeditions have documented the shipwrecks of RMS Titanic and the battleship Bismarck, explored deep ocean phenomena such as black smoker hydrothermal vents and revealed new species. Visitors can experience moments from Cameron’s underwater adventures through large cinemascale projections. àAustralian National Maritime Museum, 2 Murray St, Darling Harbour 2009. www.anmm.gov.au/jamescameron. Daily 9.30am-5pm. $32. Until Jan 30 2019.
JULY Bastille Festival Sydney
Experience the best parts of France – food, wine, art and entertainment – without leaving the city. The festival will take over Circular Quay and the Rocks for four days with food villages, wine bars and beer gardens, movie screenings, street performances and cabaret. àSydney 2000. bastillefestival.com.au. Free. Jul 12-15.
AUGUST Air and Style Festival
It’s pretty rare (nay unheard of) to see snow covering the Domain, but the Air and Style Festival will bring a blanket of the stuff for its ski and snowboarding competition in Sydney. It’s the first time Australia will host this three-day event, drawing 60 Olympiclevel contestants to a purposebuilt, 16-storey ski ramp. If the death-defying drop isn’t enough entertainment, there’s live music all weekend, including headline performances from Flo Rida and Snow Patrol (aptly enough). The Domain, Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney 2000. 02 9231 8111. www.airandstyle.com.au. $149-$399. Aug 3-5.
Sydney Science Festival
Now in its fourth year, Sydney Science Festival returns with 13 days of talks, experiments, exhibitions and free events across museums, galleries, universities and research institutions. The program will include family day Super Science Saturday at the Australian Museum and the adults-only night MAASive Lates: Science at the Powerhouse Museum. Last year, 70,000 people ventured to the festival to hear from 600 scientists and science educators presenting their ideas and findings at 180 events. Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris St, Ultimo 2007. 02 9217 0111. sydneyscience.com.au/2018. Aug 7-19.
Cityscapes Masterclass at Sydney Tower
It’s not called the golden hour for nothing – as the sun rises in the wee hours it gives everything a rosy hue. If you want to learn how the pros capture glowing city scenes at this morning hour, book in for the Cityscapes Masterclass at Sydney Tower. You’ll need a basic understanding of digital SLR cameras (and you’ll have to bring yours along). Your lecturer will lead a private skywalk for the first half of the tour, then you can spend another hour on the Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck. Along the way you’ll be guided in creative composition, lens configuration and advanced exposure techniques. You won’t have to skip breakfast – there’s a spread of pastries, fruit and drinks included in the course. Sydney Tower Eye, Podium Lvl, 100 Market St, Sydney 2000. 02 9333 9222. sydneytower.myfun.com.au. 7-9am. $115. Sat Aug 25.