What’s On: Sydney in November
Even though the rain might be getting you down, there are sunny skies ahead – especially in November, where Sydney comes alive with a range of fantastic things to watch, learn, and experience. Take a peek at a few of them, and see if you can make your days a little less grey.
Madiba the Musical
A show praised by Nelson Mandela’s grandson as ‘the best show about my grandfather’, this magnificent musical extolls the life of one of the greatest civil rights heroes of all time, exploring Nelson Mandela’s life through song and dance while presenting a frank exploration of the racial climate of South Africa at the time [Image: Madiba the Musical].
If you’re a fan of wine, you don’t need to limit yourself to wineries – there’s now a whole island of wine for you to explore. There are boutique wineries, games and treasure hunts, and a Wine Selectors masterclass, to truly sate your love of the beverage. And if you want a breather from wine, there’s a range of other drinks to choose from, with ale from Fremantle, WA and a Pimms Garden, in addition to others, and a whole assortment of food to wash down your drink of choice [Image: Wine Island on Instagram].
Festival of Dangerous Ideas
Ideas can be controversial, revolutionary, or downright frightening – and at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, they can be all three. Don’t be put off by the name, the Festival contains a breathtaking array of speakers, talks, and concepts that’ll encourage you think more about yourself and the world you live in in ways that could only be positive [Image: FODI]
For those of you who are fans of Sydney’s stunning architecture, you’re in luck. If you’re an urban explorer, architecture photographer, or generally a lover of buildings, for just one weekend, Sydney’s doors will be open for you to peruse or take a tour. There are over 40 buildings, so check out the list and plan to hit as many as you can [Image: Sydney Living Museums].
Double Bay Street Festival
Over 80, 000 people frequently rock up to the annual Double Bay Street Festival, the largest of its kind in the Sydney metropolitan area. And for good reason, too – this year, in addition to the usual festival fare of great food and shopping, there’s a Vet HQ Doggie Lane (for dog-lovers), a BMV-display alley (for car-lovers), and the Double Bay Doctors Main Stage (for fun lovers). With over 250 stalls, there’s really nothing missing [Image: Marcus Wallis].
Japanese Film Festival
The Land of the Rising Sun is known for its fascinating culture, which you can get a taste of by sitting back, relaxing, and indulging in any one of the 31 movies on offer at the Japanese Film Festival. From classics to comedy, romance to anime, there’s something from all your favourite genres [Image: JFF].
Cake Bake and Sweets Show
Make your sweet tooth the happiest it’s ever been with a trip to the Cake Bake and Sweets Show, where you can have your pick of workshops and demonstrations centred around the best sugary concoctions you’ll ever feast on. Learn how to have sugar the healthy way, watch renowned chefs (including Adrian Zumbo) battle it out, or learn how to make the most intricate cakes you’ve ever seen. [Image: Cake Bake and Sweets Show].
Celebrate the beauty of Indigenous culture by heading to the iconic Sydney Opera House for an equally iconic showcase of cultural dance. With groups from all around Australia and from a variety of different nations, it promises to be a dazzling display of fantastic dancing [Image: Dan Boud].
Taste of Sydney Festival
Are you a bit of a foodie? Well the Taste of Sydney Festival will have you covered with 36 local, interstate and international chefs preparing festival exclusive dishes accompanied by fun foodie features at the four-day event that will entertain, educate and excite festival goers! There will also be masterclasses and the chance to meet some of your favourite food heroes! Electrolux Collective Kitchens will also be showcasing 2 double story, open plan spaces each of which will host 8 chefs creating 2 exclusive dishes- thats 64 never seen before dishes you could try!