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Arts and culture

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We partner with leading organisations to bring you Sydney's most diverse arts and culture program.
Reconstructed Globe theatre

Sydney research goes full scale for Shakespeare: the Popup Globe: Hear about research into bringing the Globe to life, and insights into acting in this unique space.

Upcoming events

Sydney Asian Art Series: The Shogun's Silver Telescope

  • Thursday 23 August
  • In 1611, the East India Company in London planned a voyage to Japan, bringing with them a telescope and oil paintings. This talk will investigate the reasons for the Company's interest in Japan, for the selection of unexpected items, and for their impact in Japan.

Being Collected: Insights into Repatriation

  • Monday 27 August
  • Assistant Curator, Indigenous Heritage, Matt Poll, brings together Aboriginal people working in community, museum and Government sectors to reflect on their experiences.

Sydney research goes full scale for Shakespeare: the Popup Globe

  • Tuesday 28 August
  • The Popup Globe, currently under construction for its upcoming season of Shakespeare performances in the Entertainment Quarter at Moore Park, is closely based on landmark research done at the University of Sydney.

Journalism's new bottom line: Impact

  • Thursday 6 September
  • The second in our series with the Walkley Foundation, this event will be an examination of the brave new world is public interest journalism, where the bottom line is less about dollars and more about impact.


Differing views: valuing disagreement

  • Tuesday 18 September
  • What does it mean to “disagree well” within academia? Join us for our second event in the 'Cultural Conversations' series, which explores the importance of disagreeing well.

Sydney Asian Art Series: Boxes Fit for Kings

  • Wednesday 17 October
  • Gilded glass bottles blown in India and porcelain flasks produced in Japan circulated around the Indian Ocean, filled with aromatic oils and packaged in custom-made boxes.This lecture follows these intriguing items from their diverse places of manufacture to their points of distribution and demonstrates their strategic power as bestowals.

The Birth of State in Greater Mesopotamia

  • Tuesday 23 October
  • Professor Marcella Frangipane shares important new insights into the birth of early state societies in the greater Mesopotamian world.

Arts and Culture podcasts

We record most of our events, so feel free to visit Soundcloud or iTunes and listen to them anytime. Below, you'll find a selction of popular arts and culture podcasts.



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