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Powerhouse Late 2022

Catch free talks, musical performances, food stalls and exhibitions alongside a pop-up bar at the Powerhouse Museum after dark.
By Ben Hansen
February 07, 2022
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By Ben Hansen
February 07, 2022
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Finishing work on a Thursday afternoon, you can feel the weekend coming. You might want to hit the town, but you're looking for the right excuse.

Enter: Powerhouse Museum, offering up a run of free late-night events happening every Thursday. The festivities are on till 9pm each week, and you can expect talks on music, art and design, alongside musical performances and exhibitions.

On Thursday, September 29, Powerhouse Late will celebrate the launch of the Powerhouse's new Culinary Archive Podcast, a six-part audio journey through Australian culinary history with beloved local food journalist Lee Tran Lam.

To commemorate the launch of the pod, the Powerhouse has pulled together a lineup of some of Sydney's best restaurants and craft breweries. Bush, Maiz Mexican Street Food and new Martin Place spot AALIA will all be running food stalls, while Wildflower will be hosting beer tastings. Tempeh tastings with Ferments' Lab, a coffee tasting led by Tinsae Elsdon of the Blue Mountain's Djebena Coffees and a discussion on brewing from members of the Grifter, Heaps Normal and Wildflower rounds out the program.

On Thursday, October 6, the activation will explore the Powerhouse's sonic archives. There will be an Ableton Live School workshop centred around sampling sounds from the collection; live performances from Lucy Cliché, Moe Aung and Dakota Feirer; a talk on the archive and two screenings.

Throughout the rest of October, other nights will focus on photography, Indian textiles and Pacific Island creatives. Highlights from these nights include Indian food stalls, live performances from Tongan-Australian dancer Sela Vai and Cook Island drummers, Mãori arts workshops, Pacific Island-focused hair-styling by Dan Tafeuni, Bollywood dance classes, and a screening of Werner Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams.

Come November, the Powerhouse will hold sessions revolving around music during its upcoming exhibition UNPOPULAR which will unearth historic images and footage of iconic 90s bands performing in Australia. It's all kicking off on November 3, with a huge punk and experimental rock showcase featuring performances from Loose Fit, Party Dozen and 1-800-Mikey, followed by FBi Radio's annual Sydney music, arts and culture awards ceremony on November 10.

Check out the full program at the Powerhouse website. All events are free and each week there will be a Grifter beer bar on-site so that you can enjoy a pale ale or Serpents Kiss while you take in the festivities.

Jordan Munns

Images: Jordan Munns

Updated Wednesday, September 28, 2022.

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