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Sydney: The Pretty Prince Of Parties

Well, it’s official. In the city where any gathering of 3 or more people, or anything at all happening at Darling Harbour seems to qualify as a festival, Sydney has been proclaimed the world’s best event city. Note, it is NOT the world’s best festival city, that honour belongs to Rotterdam. Who knows exactly what the distinction is…

Sure, we seem to have a festival every day of the week (twice on Sundays) which cheapens the festival-moniker, but one to genuinely get excited about is Sydney’s inaugural fringe festival. Sydney might finally have the critical mass of alternative performers, venues and fans to make this viable. Get out and support it! I was lucky enough to catch the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it run of Monica Goes To Rehab at Notes and had a ball. They’re even organising a Sydney Fringe bike tour!

Sydney Fringe Festival runs until September 26, at various venues at very reasonable prices.

Cabaret. So Hot Right Now.

Everything old is new again. Thanks to a performer friend in London, I was introduced to its cabaret and burlesque scene and enjoyed seeing everything from tassle wearing beauties to an accordion-playing alien performing ‘Creep’. It’s debaucherous, ridiculous fun, and when done well, has a satirical bite to it that makes you stop and think while ogling/laughing.

It seems it’s all happening here in Sydney too. The Sydney Opera House is even getting in on the act – their house cabaret season seems a bit more upmarket (and tamer) than the London version, but Tim Rogers’ show on the seven deadly sins sounds, dare I say it… tempting. The SOH clearly won’t be offering the same ‘swinging-from-the-chandeliers’ vibe of say, the Boom Boom Club, but it should be fun.

Tim Rogers plays the Opera House Studio July 28-3, with other acts on the House Cabaret lineup continuing into August. Ticket prices vary.

Is cabaret in Sydney alive and well? Or is this a one-off? If you know of other cabaret venues/clubs/acts, let me know in the comments!

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