Late Night Library

Late Night Library

Doors open for grown-up events

Let us entertain you at our libraries after dark, where we bring you the best in late night, adults only events and invite talented performers to question, challenge and experiment.

  • What’s on
  • Coming Out As Deaf
    Thursday 29 June 2017
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    **This event is currently booked out.**
    Come along and join our ‘walk up’ queue 5 minutes before the event starts. Hope to see you there!

    Enjoy an evening of queer storytelling in Auslan, by LGBTIQ members of the Deaf community.

    Sharing stories about how Deafness intersects with sexuality and gender identity in unexpected (and often hilarious) ways, the evening will be presented in Auslan with interpreters for hearing audience members.

    What happens if a Deaf person falls in love with a hearing person who cannot sign? How do the quirks of Auslan – no gendered pronouns, no agreed sign for queer or intersex, signs for gender and parents and that are compound signs made from male and female- impact on how Deaf people define their gender identities and their sexual orientation? How does being Deaf change the experience of drag? Of being HIV+? Of using Grindr? Of navigating polyamorous relationships? Which is harder: coming out of the closet or coming out as being Deaf in a hearing-centric LGBTIQ world?

    Late Night Library: Coming Out As Deaf is produced by City of Sydney and presented in collaboration with Maeve Marsden.

    In its seventh year, City of Sydney’s Late Night Library is kicking goals creatively and continues to provide emerging creative producers an opportunity to explore and develop new work.

    In 2015 and 2016, Maeve Marsden developed work for Late Night Library that has gone on to receive 5 star reviews at Sydney Festival and has played to packed houses at festivals round the country. Her storytelling project, Queerstories, won Best Spoken Word at Sydney Fringe and is now a monthly event at Giant Dwarf. For our 2017 Late Night Library Specials series, we’re bringing Maeve back to present four compelling performances across the year.

    Be sure to book for this event – it will most definitely book out!

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 29 June 2017 from 8pm to 9pm
  • Late Night Library: Nasty
    Thursday 20 July 2017
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    For our second Late Night Library series in 2017, we’re teaming with Sydney-based curator-producers Roxzan Bowes and Brendan O’Connell to present five unique and immersive performance experiences at Kings Cross Library.

    Nasty is a light-hearted lo-fi romp through the history of wicked women, by the original nasty grrl herself. Join Medusa, everyone’s favourite mythological snake-headed, man-destroying, terror-inducing she-beast for a dark and delightful evening of songs, laughs and good times!

    This is a brand new absurdist, feminist, historical cabaret comedy by Sydney-based artist Sabrina D’Angelo, incorporating body poetry, puppetry, music and song. Sabrina has a Master of Puppetry from the Victorian College of the Arts, and has created work for presentation at Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Melbourne Fringe. This year she is also a participant in Belvoir’s inaugural Artist Workshop program.

    This series of Late Night Library is produced by City of Sydney, and presented in collaboration with Roxzan Bowes and Brendan O’Connell.

    Late Night Library usually books out, avoid disappointment and book your ticket.

    Surry Hills Library is wheelchair accessible.

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 20 July 2017 from 8pm to 9pm
  • Late Night Library: (Face)Book Club
    Thursday 17 August 2017
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    For our second Late Night Library series in 2017, we’re teaming with Sydney-based curator-producers Roxzan Bowes and Brendan O’Connell. Enjoy five unique and immersive performance experiences at our inner city libraries.

    Literature has a way of bringing people together, yet in a fast-paced, social media-driven world of likes and tweets, we rarely take the time to talk about books with one another.

    You’ve heard of speed reading, you’ve heard of speed dating; but have you ever heard of speed book club? Join us for this wild night of speed book dating, in which you’ll hopefully fall head over heels for a book you’ve never read, and go home with a list of names (not numbers) of books for you to get to know.

    With a paper bag placed gently on your head (eyes and mouth cut out for seeing and speaking, of course), meet other people who share your love for the craft of writing, and make some new friends through your shared (or oppositional) taste in literature. Participants will be asked to bring a book with them to be a part of a book swap at the end of the night, so the bag on your head will double as a book bag when you head home.

    You’ll never see a book club or speed dating in the same way again!

    This series of Late Night Library is produced by City of Sydney, and presented in collaboration with Roxzan Bowes and Brendan O’Connell.

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 17 August 2017 from 8pm to 9pm

Last updated: Wednesday, 16 November 2016