From the Other Art Fair to our favourite party, the Mardi Gras Parade – we round up the best events not to be missed this March.
Van Cleef & Arpels In-Store Exhibition
Makers of some of the most iconic jewellery of the 20th and 21st century, Van Cleef & Arpels will be showcasing select creations from their opulent private collection at the Sydney CBD store this March. Amongst other pieces, the replica of Her Imperial Highness Farah Pahlavi’s crown, emblazoned with 1,469 diamonds, 105 pearls, 36 emeralds and 36 rubies will be on display; the exquisite piece created by Pierre Arpels himself in 1967. Lovers of the high jewellery and beauty in general will be sure to swoon at this collection, so be sure to make your way down to the flagship Castlereagh store this March.
Scout Bar Opening
The new bar taking up residence on top of The Dolphin Hotel in Surry Hills, Scout Bar takes a unique stance on the usual ‘drinks’ experience. With European Bartender of the Year, Matt Whiley, the mastermind behind a curated menu of beverages, you can expect to order drinks that blur the standard definitions of cocktail and wine. You’ll find yourself tasting banana ‘wine’ and other concoctions, converting your palette and making you scoff at the ‘normal’ drinks you once loved.
How do we even describe the joyous spectacle that is the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade? A celebration of equality, love and colour, Oxford Street will once again turn into a stage on March 2 for all members of the LGBTQI community to honour the solidarity and celebration of all things queer. The festival of love grows every year, and as crowds grow so does the party.
Wylies Floating Films
The quirky Wylies Floating Film Festival will be celebrating indie film makers and the sea for its 23rd year this March 15 and 16. First held in 1996 and hosted by Midnight Oil, the festival employs a floating inflatable screen onto which boutique and up and coming film makers project their latest works. Enclosed in Wylie’s natural amphitheatre, features by Nathan Oldfield and Karina Holden join other indie short films on the purely Australian line up for a night of joy and relaxation.
Masters of funk, soul and disco, The Internet just can’t seem to stay away from Sydney, and for that we are so glad. If you haven’t had a chance to see these neo-soul rulers and their front woman Syd Tha Kyd captivate audiences and control the room with their effortlessly cool sets then now is the time, as the band play for one night only on March 6 at the Sydney Opera House.
All about Women Festival
One of Australia’s most prominent festivals on gender returns to the Sydney Opera House on March 10 to discuss important truths about life as a woman in 2019. With topics such as feminism outside the western world, toxic masculinity and what it’s like to date in the digital era examined by some of the most prominent voices in the media and women’s rights movement (think Emily Steel, Sara Saleh, Clementine Ford and Soraya Chemaly), it’s time to grab your tickets and get enlightened.
The Other Art Fair
Presented by Saatchi Art, the Other Art Fair is an international celebration of emerging artists. Coming to Sydney from March 14-17 at Australian Technology Park, there will be over 100 works and showings from independent artists that will add a touch of class and intrigue to your day. Coinciding with Art Month Sydney, it’s time to expand your art horizons and perhaps make your debut into the art collecting game …