Fetch your eyeliner and oversized black boots -“ it’s that time again. The streets of Sydney’s inner west will be taken over by the now week-long dark-alternative festival, Under the Blue Moon. The festival will commence on Saturday 27 September with a launch party at the Sandringham Hotel. This year’s program will include Australia’s first Gothic Mass at St Luke’s Anglican Church, Enmore, followed by the Swap and Sell Gothique markets. For more information, visit the festival website at

Brand Spanking New is an initiative of the New Theatre to foster Australian writing through the creation of a hothouse for emerging and established writers and directors. Writers will be chosen on application to develop their work over a month leading up to the season, which will run from Wednesday 22 October to Saturday 1 November. To get a copy of the guidelines for writers and an application form, contact Augusta Supple on

Sydney Theatre Company will present The Women of Troy by Euripides. The cast includes Robyn Nevin directed by Barrie Kosky for the first time, as well as Melita Jurisic making a welcome return following her memorable performances in The Three Sisters, Mourning Becomes Electra and Tartuffe. The production is at Wharf 1 from Tuesday 16 September. Tickets start at $56. Booking on 132 849 at

The Sydney Opera House will welcome spring with the warm, tropical sounds of the greatest Brazilian bossa nova hits of the last 50 years, including The Girl from Ipanema, from three generations of artists for one night only at the Concert Hall on Wednesday 10 September. Tickets start at $70. Bookings on 9250 7777 or

Over the past nine years, one of the world’s most successful dance companies, Burn The Floor, has thrilled audiences and critics, selling millions of tickets in more than 40 countries. Their new show Floorplay features more than 20 international dancers, singers and musicians serving up an edgy, theatrical performance that takes the audience on an emotional journey through the very essence of dance. The show visits the Star City Casino from 19 September. Tickets start from $49. 1300 795 267 or

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