Theatre meets tastebuds in this interactive sensory sensation bringing together food and stories. Writer Benjamin Law joins chefs Elizabeth Chong and Heather Jeong who reveal the ‘why’ behind the ‘how’ as they share the stories and secrets behind their cooking. The Sydney Festival performance promises to be an immersive experience as sound, lights and projection are combined with tasty dishes you can try. Talk about having your cake and eating it too.
January 8-12, various times, Carriageworks, Eveleigh, $85, sydneyfestival.org.au
Since humble beginnings at Balmain High School in 1991, the Flickerfest short film festival has become quite the event. This year there will be more than 200 short films screened across multiple categories including Australian, international and documentary. Each session lasts just shy of two hours, but because there are multiple short films even those with the shortest attention spans should stay engaged. The night session is in the outdoor amphitheatre (unless it’s raining, in which case it will be in the air-conditioned theatre where the rest of the screenings will be shown).
January 10-19, various times, Bondi Pavilion, Bondi Beach, $20, flickerfest.com.au
Family: Zoo classes
The summer holidays can be tricky when your kids are on holidays but you’re not. That’s why Taronga Zoo has created a holiday program for children aged between five and 10. The immersive program takes them behind the scenes where they will meet zookeepers and do fun animal-themed activities. Before you know it, they’ll be quoting quokka stats and roaring like a lion. There are different zookeeper experiences on different days, so be sure to book ahead if your kids want to see a particular animal enclosure up close.
Weekdays until January 24, 9am-3.30pm, Taronga Zoo, Sydney, $69, taronga.org.au
Family: Operation Ouch
British doctors and identical twin brothers Chris and Xand van Tulleken are bringing their popular medical kids’ television show to the stage. The live show – Operation Ouch! – is full of fun facts and exciting experiments. The doctors explore the human body and mind by explaining how our eyes work, why we feel scared taking on new challenges, and how the digestive system processes the food we eat. And as you might expect from identical twin brothers, there are plenty of antics on stage to keep your kids entertained.
January 7 and 8, various times, Sydney Opera House, $45, sydneyoperahouse.com
Dance: Holiday classes
The Sydney Dance Company is running holiday workshops for wannabe dancers. There are multiple classes for kids aged 5-18, with dance styles including jazz, hip hop and contemporary. The classes are suitable for young children who have never danced before, as well as experienced teenagers looking to take their groove to the next level. The classes qualify for the $100 voucher from the NSW government’s Creative Kids initiative, which is investing in the next generation of cultural and creative exploits.
Until January 24, various times, Sydney Dance Company, Ultimo and Bondi Beach, $100+, sydneydancecompany.com
Art: HSC exhibition
Hazelhurst Arts Centre in Sydney’s south is playing host to the HSC projects of 23 art students from 2019. The Arts Rules exhibition highlights a broad range of works exploring themes of family, dreams, consumerism and the built environment. Grab a drink from the cafe and savour the creative genius of Generation Next. The centre also has a range of holiday arts classes if you’re running out of summer-holiday activities.
Until January 19, 10am-5pm, Hazelhurst Arts Centre, Gymea, free, sutherlandshire.nsw.gov.au
Out of town: Sounds of Summer
For those down the South Coast, there’s a free concert tomorrow afternoon. A quartet of talented senior high school students from the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music will take time out of their holidays to put on a free performance. You can set up your picnic blanket and enjoy an eclectic variety of funk, jazz and swing music while supporting the musicians of tomorrow.
Sunday, 2-4pm, Wollongong Botanic Gardens, free, whatsoninwollongong.com.au
Josh Dye is a news reporter with The Sydney Morning Herald.