March is a lonely month. It’s the month that bears the brunt of the end of summer as people finally come to terms with the fact that there is a tough and long year ahead that cannot be broken up with weekends at the beach getting awkwardly sunburnt. Not only that but I feel that some of the best events happen in summer such as The Rocks Village Bizarre, Sydney Festival and Chinese New Year (to mention a few). Now there’s an awkward gap to fill until the Easter long weekend comes along. It’s a tough gig to have.
I am, however, determined to keep the ball rolling and continue to explore as many arts and cultural events as possible. If you feel comfortable, take my metaphorical hand and we can glide through March with giddy laughter and reckless abandon!
Let’s start off with the Living in Harmony Festival produced by City of Sydney from March 1st-31st. This annual event promotes the best that Sydney has to offer; it’s got a nice mixed bag of performances, forums, workshops and festivals all in the spirit of celebrating Sydney’s cultural diversity. My top picks are the Late Night Library programs held every other Wednesday at Customs House, the Harmony Mural at Redfern Community Centre and the Popcorn Film Fest at Ultimo TAFE.
Next, I’m going to try my hand at Gallery Hopping. As you’ve probably already guessed this activity has the same foundation as bar hopping but instead of getting drunk on alcohol at various pubs I will instead get drunk on art (see what I did there?). Art Month is going to help me get the job done right with their Art at Night program on 6 March from 6-8pm. Select galleries from Chippendale to Redfern will stay open late and to finish the night off they are inviting everyone around to the official Art Bar at L3 near Central for drinks and live music until late (so yes there may be a bit of getting drunk on alcohol at some point but the art is still the primary element).
Another interesting event I have discovered is the Anything’s Pozible Pop Up from the 7th -13th of March held at The Makery in Darlinghurst. At first glance it looks like the ultimate hub for the hipster-within to flourish. However, I am intrigued by the printmaking afternoon (9 March), the short film night (10 March) and the crowd-funding workshops (12&13 March). It sounds like the place to be if you want to get the creative juices flowing.
I will round off my March to-do list with Earth Hour on March 29. This year as the lights go off from 8:30pm-9:30pm the focus will be on the Great Barrier Reef. I’ve had some great and varied experiences with Earth Hour; I’ve attended talks about sustainability at the MCA, I went to a concert where the performers asked the venue to turn off the lights and supplemented the darkness with candles scattered around the stage and I’ve also sat in the centre of the city and watched in awe as some of the biggest buildings in the CBD turn off their lights. No matter where you are it’s a great event to be a part of. So go out and buy some candles, register your support online and turn off your lights on March 29.
So there it is, my March days have been filled up already and hopefully yours have been too. You will not hear any complaints of boredom coming from me!
- Cynthia C.