Sydney Architecture Festival 2013 program released

Aug 30, 2013
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The seventh annual Sydney Architecture Festival will take place at locations across Greater Sydney from 1 to 10 November.

The program has now been released, detailing the associated 60-plus events in this year’s festival, which has a curatorial theme of ‘Your City, Your Community’.

The theme was chosen for its inclusivity. “Our curatorial theme for the 2013 Sydney Architecture Festival is designed to encourage Sydney residents of all ages and backgrounds – along with members of the architecture and design community – to actively engage and interact with their local architecture and built environment,” says Kate Doyle, the registrar of NSW Architects Registrations Board.

The official launch of the Festival will be on Friday 1 November and will comprise an al fresco laneway part in and around the CBD bar, Grasshopper. A specially commissioned light installation from Steensen Varming will mark the occasion.

Among the program’s highlights are Super Sydney – the return of the initiative launched last year, inviting Sydney-siders to “submit ideas for special places that could transform the identity of their own individual communities”.

The Powerhouse Museum will host a Beaux Arts Ball on 7 November and there will also be a special Festival hub at Parramatta on 2 November, that will include a whole day of talks, tours and exhibitions.

The annual Lloyd Rees Memorial Lecture (delivered by Melanie Smith) and (Wo)Man with a Mirror (a re-enactment of filmmaker Guy Sherwin’s Man with a Mirror) are the Museum of Contemporary Art’s contributions to the Festival.

There will also be various other talks, exhibitions, films and guided tours and, of special interest to ADR readers, the world premiere of an experimental theatrical performance by Architectural Review Asia Pacific editor and playwright, Michael Holt, in which the audience is the stage. Entitled Absolutely Relative, the play concerns the way we move through architectural space. It is an intimate performance that sees actors meander through the audience in a non-traditional theatre space on foot. The play’s narrative is a playful take on events based around the death of Postmodern architecture. The play will be presented at Storefront in New York City following its premiere at the Sydney Architecture Festival.

The Sydney Architecture Festival is presented by the Australian Institute of Architects (NSW Chapter) and the NSW Architects Registration Board.

A full listing of 2013 Sydney Architecture Festival events and further details can be found at

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