As the cooler months start to roll in so do the events in the social calendar, with annual favourites such as Sydney’s Vivid Light Festival which is bigger and better than ever. If you prefer to stay inside though, there are plenty of exhibitions, musicals and other events to make the month of May an enjoyable one.
Vivid Light Festival
Once again the Vivid festival returns to Sydney in 2016 for an even longer stint than ever before. This year boasts an international line up of not only artists but musicians such as Bjork to provide festival-goers an unforgettable experience.
Additional venues have also been added to the line-up with Taronga Zoo, the Royal Botanical Gardens and the Galeries all set to play host to their own light installations throughout the festival. Vivid Ideas returns at Town Hall to provide talks by the likes of screenwriter and producer Beau Williams from House of Cards as well as Australia’s own international fashion stylist, blogger and creative director Margaret Zhang.
The Sound Of Music
Relive a childhood classic with the musical version of The Sound of Music. Taking residency at the Regent Theatre and featuring Cameron Daddo as Captain von Trapp and Amy Lehpamer as Maria, it will be a show not to be forgotten.
With your favourite songs from the original 1965 film like My Favourite Things, Do-Re-Mi and Sixteen Going on Seventeen, it will be a night out the whole family can enjoy.
Celestial Empire Exhibition
If you enjoy learning about new cultures and traditions, then the Celestial Empire exhibition is the perfect outing. Celebrating 300 years of Chinese culture, the National Library of Australia will host an array of iconic objects, drawings, books and prints among other things displaying the beautiful history of the early years of China from 1644 to 1911.
Living in the City
During May the Museum of Brisbane will hold an exhibition showcasing some of the city’s established and upcoming architectural projects as well some other inspirational designs from other cities in the Asia Pacific region, including Abu Dhabi and Japan.
The display will delve in to what the buildings say about each of the cities and give an understanding of the similarities and differences of each.
Auckland Writers Festival
For five days the Aotea Centre will host more than 150 writers giving event goers the chance to enjoy various activities ranging from debates to stand-up poetry and much more.
The event will offer readings and various consultations for both adults and children, including guest speakers such as womens rights activist Gloria Steinem (pictured).
Ramsey Lewis Quartet
With over 50 years in the contemporary jazz movement, this show is one not to be missed. For one night only this three time Grammy winning artist will perform in Christchurch with his equally talented quartet members to deliver an unforgettable show.
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