Experimenta Playground is in its final week. This is a digital media playground of interactive artworks, video installations, short films and extreme art on screen by over 30 Australian and international artists. Through the language of play, the artists ask the gallery visitors to stop and think about complex issues and profound experiences in unforgettable ways. For more info, visit www.carriageworks.com.au.


Featuring a skater, a break-dancer, a BMX rider, an acrobat, a dancer and a fallen diva, this is a spectacular fusion of street-style cultures and performance. You can catch it at the Performance Space until 7 June (tickets from 9698 7235 or www.moshtix.com.au) or the Casula Powerhouse 10-11 June (tickets from 1300 795 012 or www.ticketek.com.au).


With red carpet galas, 135 Australian premieres, special guests and a program packed with goodies, the Sydney Film Festival is a must-see this June. Art and artists’ sensibilities infuse many of the films screening this year, including the closing night gala screening of Persepolis, UK artist Steve McQueen’s debut feature Hunger (in competition), Casting a Glance from experimental filmmaker James Benning and many more.


No Success Like Failure is part talent quest, part educational forum and part cabaret. This hilarious how to show leaves you misguided, misdirected and on a crystal-clear path to nowhere. Expect motivational dancing, negative cheering, successful snoring, hypnotism and word bingo. Tickets are $23/$28. For more info, visit www.sydneyoperahouse.com or call 9250 7777.


In a totalitarian state, a storyteller is ferociously interrogated about his stories and their inexplicable relationship with a series of real-life child murders that have recently occurred. The Pillowman uses the darkest of dark comedy to explore questions about the relationship of art to violence, and whether any art is worth saving if suffering to any human being ensues as a result. If you loved Orwell’s 1984, this one is definitely for you. Season dates are 5 June-13 July. Tickets are $54/$33. For more information, visit www.belvoir.com.au.


Performed by 50 drummers and dancers from Africa, Brazil and Uruguay, Body Paint and Drums tells the story of how this captivating and energetic art form was transported from its roots in Africa to South America. It plays on 19 June at 7:30pm at CarriageWorks. For more info, visit www.myspace.com/djsunnyyankee.

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