Chinatown’s beloved Harbour City Cinema which once played old Chinese flicks is coming back to life in a big way. Courtesy of Heaps Gay and Summer Camp’s Kat Dopper, a brand new creative event has come to town, and it packs a punch. Named Pleasures Playhouse, the festival is all about inclusivity, self-expression and art. Expect six weeks of exciting shows, food and drinks galore with a new show planned every night.
Sydney is currently in the middle of an art boom with Sydney Fringe taking over the city and Sydney Contemporary around the corner. Joining the fray but bringing their own unique touch to the party is Pleasures Playhouse. We’re looking at 35 days chock-full of gigs, screenings, parties, jazz and of course, yum cha.
Get excited for artists like BBGB Worldwide, No Zu, Nai Palm, Alex Lahey, Broods, Haiku Hands and Monster Children. Also on the horizon are community events like BYPASS, Heaps Gay and Athletica along with thrilling cabaret shows. You can also look forward to arthouse movies on Tuesdays with Natty wines from P&V and Noodles from Biang Biang. All that excitement might whet your appetite, luckily there’ll be a bunch of yum cha pop-ups on hand along with record nights to get groovy and more.
“This is one of the most exciting projects I’ve been able to work on. Collaborating with all my favorites to take over an unused space in Sydney to bring together some of the best of our arts scene to create a new cultural destination that promotes artistic excellence,” Founder Kat Dopper says.
The Harbour City Cinema which has been closed for over 15 years will be exclusively transformed for this event. Chinese movie posters will adorn the walls along with projection mapping of old films as a homage to the cinema. Read all about Pleasures Playhouse here.