The Latin American Film Festival is screening more than a dozen films from across Central and South America. Catch The Heiresses, a Paraguayan movie about two women in a 30-year relationship whose inherited wealth evaporates and leads Chiquita to be imprisoned for fraud and forces Chela to confront a new reality. Or there’s Old Friends, a Peruvian comedy about three old men who reunite at a funeral and steal their friend’s ashes. Wednesdays and Fridays until December 12, Instituto Cervantes Sydney, 3/299-305 Sussex St, free, laff2019-sydney.eventbritestudio.com
Meet the new breed of Australian dance creators at the Sydney Dance Company’s sixth edition of New Breed. The performance showcases emerging talent by commissioning Australia’s most innovative new choreographers to create a rich diversity of ideas. The show, co-presented by Sydney Dance Company and Carriageworks with support from the Balnaves Foundation, is a chance for up-and-coming choreographers to prove themselves on the big stage. The performance coincides with the SDC’s 50th anniversary and promises contemporary acts full of artistic risks. This year’s choreographers include Josh Mu, Lauren Langlols, Ariella Casu and Davide Di Giovanni.
Until December 7, Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh, $35, carriageworks.com.au
The Sydney Children’s Christmas concert features Jimmy Giggle, Sesame Street, SplashDance and of course a guest appearance from Santa. Kids can enjoy craft, enjoy the fireworks and play giant Jenga with Christmas elves. Christmas stockings full of goodies can be purchased for $5 with proceeds going to Surf Life Saving NSW. Bring a picnic rug and cash to buy food, drinks and ice-cream. Saturday, 6.30pm, Prince Alfred Park, Surry Hills, Free, sydneychristmas.com.au
Internationally acclaimed pianist Peter Bence has some of the fastest fingers on the planet, having once held the Guinness world record for most key hits in one minute. The Hungarian pianist and composer has built a massive following on YouTube and performed in more than 20 countries. Described as the Usain Bolt of the keyboard, Bence returns to Sydney to thrill audiences with his rare talent in a one-night only performance. Sunday, 7pm, Sydney Opera House, $67.50, sydneyoperahouse.com
At the end of World War I, the Weimar Republic was founded in Germany. After four years of fighting and destruction during the Great War, the country’s creatives re-emerged. Street theatre and jazz thrived and the Bauhaus movement was born. To mark the 100-year anniversary since the Weimar Republic was founded, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music are teaming up to celebrate the era’s creativity. Sunday, 3pm, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, 1 Conservatorium Road, $49, sydneysymphony.com
Take a trip on Sydney’s shiny new metro train and venture out to Bella Vista Farm for its monthly open day. Discover the historic homestead and learn about its history through a tour of the farm buildings. Bring a picnic if the weather is good or find a treat or two at the Free Spirit Markets while enjoying the serenity of Sydney’s Hills district. Sunday, Bella Vista Farm, Norwest Blvd & Elizabeth MacArthur Drive, Bella Vista, Free, thehills.nsw.gov.au
Spot the next wave of emerging talent at the National Art School’s end-of-year graduation show, with 135 third-year students displaying their work in the old Darlinghurst Gaol. The school becomes a giant gallery with open studios and installations around every corner. There will be good vibes with DJs, bars, food and a crowd trying to identify Australia’s next generation of artists before they make it big.
December 5-15, National Art School, corner Forbes & Burton St, Darlinghurst, Free, nas.edu.au
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Josh Dye is a news reporter with The Sydney Morning Herald.