Super Sydney June 2023

Rebecca Varidel
1st Jun 2023

Vivid Sydney is in full swing until mid month, with mountains of music, ideas, food and fun. And there is loads more super stuff happening too.

Bangarra Dance Theatre’s upcoming major work Yuldea will make its world-premiere at the Sydney Opera House from 14 June 14 touring nationally. Yuldea awakens the earth and sky worlds to tell the story of the Anangu people of the Great Victorian Desert.

This will be Frances Ring’s first work as Artistic Director and is a deeply personal ceremonial affirmation of history and heritage, inspired by her family’s connection to the area.

Featuring an exciting new collaboration with multi-award-winning duo Electric Fields, Yuldea explores the abrupt moment that traditional life collided with the industrial ambition of a growing nation. Now memories lay scattered along with the Anangu people, but they endure, determined to keep strong the eternal bonds of kinship between people and place.

Sit back and enjoy a night under the wing of one of Australia's finest performers and most recognisable voices, the 17-ARIA Award-nominated Christine Anu at Vivid Sydney’s special one-off performance at Vivid Sydney Supper Club at Mary’s Underground on 9 June. 

FREEDOM IS BEAUTIFUL the debut documentary feature from award-winning visual artist Angus McDonald, will have its world premiere at Sydney Film Festival on 11 June with a consecutive screening on 17 June, before embarking on an international festival run.

The powerful feature follows the journey of two extraordinary Kurdish refugees, Farhad Bandesh and Mostafa (Moz) Azimitabar, who were finally freed from detention after being imprisoned for almost eight years under Australia’s brutal offshore processing regime. Each fled persecution in Iran, searching for safety, freedom and a brighter future, only to be treated callously by the Australia government. Forming a close friendship while detained, they used music and art as a form of peaceful resistance to promote humanity and tirelessly advocate on behalf of all those who remained held. 

Beautifully told in their own words, FREEDOM IS BEAUTIFUL is an uplifting story of the power of love and our shared humanity.

The film is co-produced by McDonald and French film producer Mélita Toscan Du Plantier, best known for Masaan (2015) and In The Fade (2017), both award winners out of Cannes. The film is supported by Amnesty International and executive produced by Craig Foster, who also features.

Sydney Film Festival will host the Australian Premiere of Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, direct from Cannes, as the Closing Night Film at the State Theatre on Sunday 18 June.

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny marks the highly anticipated return of Harrison Ford to his iconic role in the final instalment of the beloved franchise. Starring along with Ford are Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag), Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory, SFF 2019), John Rhys-Davies (Raiders of the Lost Ark), Toby Jones (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom), Boyd Holbrook (Logan), Ethann Isidore (Mortel) and Mads Mikkelsen (Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore). Directed by James Mangold (Ford v Ferrari, Logan) and written by Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth, David Koepp and James Mangold, based on characters created by George Lucas and Philip Kaufman, the film is produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Simon Emanuel, with Steven Spielberg and George Lucas serving as executive producers. John Williams, who has scored each Indy adventure since the original Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981, has once again composed the score.

AND Sydney Film Festival celebrates its 70th edition from Wednesday 7 June to Sunday 18 June 2023, offering Sydneysiders another exciting season of cinema amidst a whirlwind of premieres, red-carpet openings, in-depth discussions, film guests and more.

Ezra Miller reprises their role as Barry Allen in the DC Super Hero’s first-ever standalone feature film when worlds collide in The Flash. Barry uses his superpowers to travel back in time in order to change the events of the past. Ultimately, to save the world that he is in and return to the future that he knows, Barry’s only hope is to race for his life. But will making the ultimate sacrifice be enough to reset the universe?

Elijah Moshinsky’s much-loved production of Rigoletto returns to the Sydney Opera House stage, complete with its glamorous La Dolce Vita inspired aesthetic and scene-stealing Fiat 500, the brilliant cast of Rigoletto will be led by Verdi master Renato Palumbo and stars Italian Baritone Ernesto Petti as the tortured jester at the heart of this much-loved masterpiece from Opera Australia.

Winter Solstice at Elizabeth Bay House, 21 and 22 June 6.30am to 8.30am. Elizabeth Bay House was built in direct alignment with the sun's rays on the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, creating a magnificent display as the sun rises over the horizon. Experience this phenomenom, presented by Dr Andrew Jacob, curator and astronomer of Sydney Observatory.

Feast the iconic seafood buffet at Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park is coming to an end. To honour its legacy, Feast will take guests on a nostalgic journey through its history with a special last-chance dining experience from June 1 to June 18 with The Final Feast Brunch experience on Sunday 18 June. Feast invites guests, old and new, for an unforgettable Last Bottomless Brunch, where Sheraton Grand bids farewell in a nostalgic and entertaining manner. In a throw-back to the glory days, Absolut Vodka classic cocktails will be on offer, including the beloved Cosmopolitan from Sex and the City and Bloody Marys.

This month, a new super-premium Scottish gin has officially touched down in Australia! Hailing from Speyside, Scotland, Tulchan Gin has drawn inspiration from its whisky country, and has been crafted with both the whisky drinker and gin lover in mind. To celebrate Tulchan Gin arriving on Australian shores, The Roosevelt Potts Point is offering up a Scottish-inspired tasting menu with Tulchan Gin cocktails, for their customers until 26 June 2023. Complete with a bespoke whisky-inspired cocktail created by the venue, alongside a range of gin cocktails and food pairings inspired by Scottish flavours.

100% plant-based Mexican fusion restaurant Calle Rey in Newtown is launching $5 Taco Tuesdays from Tuesday 6 June. Diners will have seven delicious tacos to choose from:

· Smoked Chicken Tacos: Salsa Verde, Habanero Pico De Gallo, Jackfruit smoked "chicken".

· Cheese Burger Taco: Chopped patty, sweet potato "cheddar", iceberg lettuce, tomato, classic "mayo", gherkins and tomato sauce.

· Taco Mushroom Adobo: Sour "cream", iceberg lettuce, mixed mushrooms adobo, onion and coriander.

· Eggplant Taco: Eggplant, Tonkatsu sauce, Wasabi "mayo", pickled cabbage, ginger and crispy shallots.

· Taco Fried "Calamari": Guacamole, salsa verde, fried "calamari", classic aioli, cabbage, togarashi, chives.

· Fable Carnitas Taco: Guacamole, salsa verde, fable carnitas, chilli "mayo", onion and coriander. 

· California Roll Taco: Crispy "prawn", avocado, cream "cheese", cucumber, teriyaki sauce, wasabi "mayo", sesame seeds

The Bread & Butter Project Australia's first social enterprise bakery, will proudly celebrate its 10-year anniversary this June, during Refugee Week.

Founded in 2013 on a commitment to invest 100% of its profits into training and employment pathways for people seeking refuge and asylum, The Bread & Butter Project has delivered over 81,000 training hours and helped 65 people graduate as professional artisan bakers in the last decade, helping them find employment in Australia's hospitality industry.

The program has welcomed baker trainees from a range of countries, including Iran, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Sierra Leone, Congo, Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Myanmar, Thailand, Mongolia, Tibet, Sri Lanka, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, and more recently, Ukraine.

New Australian Drama Ladybird Ladybird, makes its WORLD PREMIERE at Flightpath Theatre this June. Linda Nicholls-Gidley returns to Flightpath Theatre this June with the rising playwright’s second new Australian work in just two years. Ladybird Ladybird, a powerful and emotive theatrical production presented by Vox Theatre, takes audiences on an intimate exploration of motherhood, mental health, and the unspoken challenges faced by women in our society. With its authentic portrayal and captivating performances, Ladybird Ladybird guides the audience through the lenses of depression and grief to delve into the depths of loss, love and resilience.

Under the visionary direction of Anthony Skuse (Gun Dog, KXT and The Seagull, Secret House), Ladybird Ladybird focuses in on Veronica’s struggles but comments on the expectations and trials of women everywhere.

Playing a strictly limited run at Flightpath Theatre, Marrickville, don’t miss your opportunity to see the World Premiere of Ladybird Ladybird from June 28th - July 15th 2023.