Writing On Our Calendar / February 2022

Fill your February with these wonderful writing events. There’s a range of online and in person events to keep you going, including film festivals, online chats, weekends away and a good showing for live theatre!

At What Cost – Belvoir Theatre

29 Jan – 20 Feb: Belvoir Theatre – At What Cost?
Tasmania, now. Boyd’s got enough on his plate between simply making a living and his responsibilities to land and people. But something’s happening. Every year more and more folk are claiming to be Palawa too. Folk no-one’s heard of until now, who haven’t been ‘round before. Are they legit? Or are they ‘tick-a-box’? Who decides? And how? Find tickets here.

1-12 Feb: Hellenic Art Theatre Marrickville – Babette’s Feast
The play tells the story of Babette, a French refugee, who finds safety in a pious Norwegian fishing village. With extravagant generosity, Babette prepares a feast that shocks her neighbours and heals their fractured community. Book here.

7 Feb- 11 March: Alison Bechdel – Drawing from Life
To celebrate Melbourne Theatre Company and Sydney Theatre Company’s co-production of the multi-Tony Award-winning Fun Home, world-renowned cartoonist Alison Bechdel joins the Wheeler Centre for a Postcards From Abroad conversation. Book here.

9-20 Feb: Shopfront – ArtsLab: Have we been here before?
After the last two years, experiencing a collective loss, this year’s ArtsLab cohort will explore individual responses to big issues – connection to gender, connection to culture and identity, experiences of the day-to-day, questions for our nation’s leaders and questions of death.  In a time when we have experienced so much uncertainty now is the time to answer the big questions and be certain in our responses. Have we been here before? Is a two-week immersive festival of works from 8 emerging artists, exploring film, visual art, theatre, performance, poetry and soundscapes. Book tickets here.


Taz Vs the Pleb

9-19 Feb: Flight Path Theatre Marrickville – Taz Vs the Pleb
Set in the small fictional town of Turneybull, in rural NSW, two loveable 16 year-old misfits – besties Taz and Shontelle – decide to take democratic measures into their own hands by hatching a plan to steal all the postal surveys during Australia’s 2017 same sex marriage plebiscite. resented by multi-award winning theatre makers Rogue Projects, Kasia Vickery’s debut comedy Taz vs The Pleb is a fast-paced heist parody for ages 14+, jam-packed with high octane action adventure as Taz and Shontelle dodge a revolving door of wacky townsfolk in a race to rig the survey. Book here.

12th Feb: Sydney Muslim Writers’ Festival 
The inaugural Sydney Muslim Writers’ Festival will be held on 12 February 2022. It aims to provide a space for Muslim writers and thinkers to discuss and share their experiences and celebrate the growing literature of the Muslim community. Writers will take part in a panel discussion and exchange ideas between the panellists and the audience. Audiences will have the opportunity to engage, learn and ask questions from the writers. The festival will include local and international writers from a diverse range of backgrounds. Book tickets here.

12-20 Feb: Banjo Patterson Australian Poetry Festival 2022
Join the community of Orange, NSW and its surrounding villages in a week of bush poetry events for their annual Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival in February 2022. Check the program here.

14-19 Feb: The Siren’s Return
Performed against the glorious backdrop of Port Kembla beach, The Sirens’ Return is a moving and evocative new music theatre work that reflects the spirit of place from the perspective of the women who embody it. Drawing on oral histories collected from women living across different eras of the steel town, as well as First Nations and western mermaid mythology, The Sirens’ Return honours the diversity of women’s experiences through the emotional power of song. Book your tickets here.

It’s a Summer Film! – Japanese Film Festival

14-27 Feb: Japanese Film Festival
Enjoy the Japanese Film Festival Online, where you can enjoy watching movies from the most comfortable space, your home! Dive deep into various aspects of Japanese culture through the different genres of movies ranging from documentary, fiction, animation, to novel-inspired films. Check out the program here.

17 Feb-12 Mar: Seymour Centre – On A Clear Day Day You Can See Forever
Following in the footsteps of their award-winning, sell-out productions of The Drowsy Chaperone and Man of La Mancha, Squabbalogic once again blends the ingredients of time, genre, heart and humour by revising, revamping and completely reimagining this winsome 1960s screwball comic gem, for 2022 with a modern queer twist. Buy tickets here.

18 Feb – 13 Mar: Transitions Film Festival 2022
The Transitions Film Festival showcases short, feature, and VR documentaries about the social, environmental, and technological innovations that are shaping our collective future. Focusing on the mega-trends disrupting our lives and the pathways to building a better world, the festival celebrates and inspires positive change around the issues that matter most. View the program here.

18 -20 Feb: GenreCon 2022 Online Festival
Featuring an impressive line-up of leading names in Australian and international genre fiction across a spectacular weekend of panels, workshops and special events, 2022’s conference is dedicated to you – The Storyteller. For more info visit here. 

19 Feb: Reasons to Rhyme – Leichhardt Library
Whether you’ve never written a poem before or whether you’re a slam champion, this workshop will give you permission to begin and expand a poetry practice, writing for the page or the stage.  Register here.

24 Feb: Dinuka McKenzie in Conversation: The Torrent – BAD: All About Crime
Hear Dinuka McKenzie talk about her Banjo Prize-winning novel The Torrent, described by no less than Val McDermid as ‘such a good read’. Dinuka will be in conversation with podcaster and interviewer Dani Vee online over Zoom. Purchase your tickets here.

Voices On the Coast Festival 2022

24 Feb – 4 March: Voices on the Coast Festival 2022
A literature festival for Regional Queensland Youth, 2022 will see Voices on the Coast take on a new exciting hybrid style of literature festival, one where you can interact directly with the author or illustrator at the In Person festival or online during the Virtual Festival. Book your tickets here.

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