Movers and Shakers and ‘Whitefella Yella Tree’: Here’s what’s happening across Australia this weekend

Hey friends, it's the weekend. Although, you knew that already. Anyway, if you're stuck on activities or places to be, the good news is there's lots to keep you occupied. Ease into Sound West this weekend, with a series of side shows before the main conference next Saturday. Or make your way to EDDY at Central Station to explore the free NBA Gallery exhibition. In Alice Springs the Rotary Henley on Todd Regatta returns for its annual public display of wackiness and ingenuity. As for the rest of what's on this weekend across Australia? Read on to find out.


Presented from August 16 until September 30, Sydney Fringe Festival is bringing six weeks of theatre, comedy, music, dance to inner city hubs and Greater Sydney venues. Explore the program now.

Movers and Shakers is coming to Granville Centre Art Gallery this Saturday, for a day of free artist talks and workshops. Co-curated by Parramatta Artists’ Studios and Wajarri Yamaji, Dutch and English artist Nicole Monks, hear from Dharug solicitor Ji Robinson Stone and be present for the book launch of Art Lives Here

Ease into Sound West this weekend before the main conference next Saturday.

Whitefella Yella Tree, a gripping and heartbreaking play that explores how the development of queer Aboriginal identities were impacted due to British colonisers importing their beliefs and laws surrounding homosexuality, opens this weekend at SBW Stables Theatre.

The National Basketball Association announced NBA Gallery, an immersive pop-up exhibition that will take place until September 1.  The free exhibition, which will showcase the convergence of the NBA and popular culture as well as Australia’s many connections to the NBA, will take place at EDDY at Central Station.

Bell Shakespeare is bringing The Bard's Comedy of Errors to the Sydney Opera House.

Kip Williams is back, this time with an adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde at Roslyn Packer Theatre.

Settle in at Ensemble Theatre for playwright Vanessa Bates' play The One.

The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes are open for your viewing pleasure at the Art Gallery of NSW.



Anna K, a play about how women in public roles are attacked by hostile voices intent on silencing them, is on at Malthouse Theatre tonight.

If you digged Looking for Alibrandi, you'll want to get tickets to LaurindaIt's an adaptation of Alice Pung's novel of the same name, features Fiona Choi, Gemma Chua-Tran from Netflix's Heartbreak High reboot, and is set in the schoolyard as a study of culture and class.

Have you booked tickets to Melbourne International Film Festival yet? Taking place across August 4 - 21 in cinemas across the city, it's a communal space to catch the most anticipated releases of the year and celebrate all our homegrown talent too.

QUEER: Stories from the NGV Collection is on at the National Gallery of Victoria for its final week.



11 days of contemporary art, performances and live music are headed to the Gold Coast thanks to BLEACH* Festival. Explore the program here to enjoy its final weekend.

W Brisbane’s WET Deck has been transformed into a winter playground. Get amongst it.

Brisbane Music Festival is bringing the joy of sound to the city this weekend.

The Soul Trembles highlights twenty-five years of Chiharu Shiota’s artistic practice. Open at QAGOMA this weekend.

Brisbane's best local comedians come together for After Hours at Brisbane Powerhouse.



Step into the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia to see Australians & Hollywood.

Spend your afternoon hanging out at Capital Brewing Co.

Hippo Co. are leading one of its famous whisky tastings on Saturday evening at 6pm.


South Australia

Bullying behaviour, tantrums and tough lessons are all part of a typical day at school – and that’s just in the staffroom! New play Chalkface is a scathing review of Australian schools, performing for its final weekend at State Theatre Company.

Explore the Fleurieu Peninsula, starting with these 5 beaches.


Western Australia

Perth Horror Film Festival is here – beginning with 1961 cult movie, The Day the Earth Caught Fire.

Freo.Social is your reliable source for a good time. Head down there on Saturday for its Deck Party.

Catch some live music this Sunday at Fremantle Arts Centre.


Northern Territory

The Rotary Henley on Todd Regatta will return to Alice Springs this Saturday for its 60th anniversary.

Head over to Darwin Festival. Taking place across August 4-21, with performances from Ngaiire and Alex the Astronaut, as well as the annual Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards. This is one not to be missed.

Explore a side of the Territory you haven't seen before with this guide.

Make your way over to Nightcliff Markets for Laksa, pastries, massages, and jewellery.



Warm yourself up at Tasmanian Wine Festival.

Unyoked has added two new off-the-grid accommodation sites to its portfolio, this time in Hobart. Book your next weekend getaway now.

As always, Music at Mona is on this weekend. This time around Jasper Reilly and Tim Duffy are just some of the acts set to perform.

Salamanca Market is open and calling your name this Saturday.

Road trip your way to any of these magical stays in Tasmania.

If art is on the menu this weekend then take this guide to Australian art in August.

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