Sydney Cabaret Festival The inaugural Sydney Cabaret Festival is set to be a show-stopper. Over 10 nights, more than 40 performances will take place at a number of venues across the city. From night one, when the festival opens with an "AllStar Gala" hosted by festival director Trevor Ashley, the acts will continue to grow in size and impression. Highlights include a performance by "The Original Dreamgirl", Jennifer Holliday; and the "Cheeky Cabaret" ensemble performance by the creators of international smash hit, "La Soirée". sydneycabaretfest.com
IN JULY WOW Festival (July 10–14) Live performances, interactive installations, outdoors adventures and crafty workshops are all part of this year's WOW (Way Out West) Festival program. Targeted at kids up to the age of 15, this five-day event at Casula Powerhouse is dedicated to hands-on fun and exploration in all its forms. wayoutwestfestival.com.au
Body Remembers (Onging) "Tracey Moffatt: Body Remembers" is the longawaited showing of artist Tracey Moffatt's work from the Venice Biennale 2017. Through sepia-toned photographs and video work, the artist reflects on a matrilineal history of servitude and experiences of colonisation, using an isolated pastoral setting to present a vexed internal landscape. mosmanartgallery.org.au
Dead Central Today Central Station is alive with movement, ferrying people across the city and out of town. But before the turn of the 20th century, the land upon which it now sits was occupied by less animated inhabitants. Until 1901, a vast cemetery sprawled across Elizabeth, Devonshire and Pitt Streets, containing what was estimated to be well over 30,000 bodies. The “Dead Central” exhibition at the State Library of NSW explores the forgotten past of Sydneyʼʼs busiest station, digging up histories and stories that are told through a fascinating 35-minute audio recording. sl.nsw.gov.au 16
WHE RE I J U LY 2019
Harry Potter in Concert
(July 10–13) Harry's sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry gets a musical makeover when the Sydney Symphony Orchestra plays a live score to accompany a viewing of the film at Sydney Opera House. Even if you've seen "Harry Potter and the HalfBlood Prince" a hundred times, Nicholas Cooper's mesmerising score will bring it to life in a new way. sydneysymphony.com
TOP: CHEEKY CABARET, PHOTO: JOHN MCCORMICK.