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
  • Late Night Library: The Mission Songs Project
    Tuesday 5 July 2016
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    The Mission Songs Project is an initiative to research and present a collection of Indigenous songs that were composed and performed from 1900 to 1999. It highlights songs from the Christian missions, Aboriginal reserves and the fringes of township were Indigenous people were relocated.

    This Late Night Library session will feature a selection of mission songs from across Australia and a discussion on the sensitivities required in the gathering and interpretation of cultural songs for stage productions. It features artists Leah Flanagan, Jessie Lloyd, Monia Weightman.

    This event is part of NAIDOC Week, an annual celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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    This event is part of Late Night Library’s winter season of unique musical encounters. Talented musicians, composers and artists explore ideas around culture, health and literature through music.

    Presented by Musica Viva and City of Sydney Library.

    Customs House Library
    Tuesday 5 July 2016 from 8pm to 9pm

    Please note, this Late Night Library event is on TUESDAY, not the usual Wednesday evening.

  • Late Night Library: Music Therapy
    Wednesday 20 July 2016
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    Evidence of the existence of music dates back to as far back as 10 000 BC. Around this time, people began to attribute magical properties to sound. Centuries later, music is known to have been used to treat notable figures in European nobility. But it wasn’t until the middle of the 20th Century, in the post-WWII period, that musical therapy began to expand as a profession. Therapy through music involves both listening and making and has been linked to treatments of mood, neurological and psychiatric disorders. Even a cursory YouTube search brings up countless audio tracks to help us study, concentrate or sleep.

    This free Late Night Library event explores the healing powers of music and sound.

    Join music therapist, Joanne McIntyre (Chair of the NSW Branch of the Australian Music Therapy Association) as she illustrates music therapy practically using djembes in a drum circle, while Dr. Sandra Garrido (MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development) discusses the neurological and psychological mechanisms by which music communicates and arouses emotions in us.

    This event is part of Late Night Library’s winter season of unique musical encounters. Talented musicians, composers and artists explore ideas around culture, health and literature through music.

    Presented by Musica Viva and City of Sydney Library.

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    Customs House Library
    Wednesday 20 July 2016 from 8pm to 9pm
  • Late Night Library: Story Soundscapes
    Wednesday 3 August 2016
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    Bertie Blackman is a unique multi-disciplinary artist with commercial and independent success as a singer-songwriter, visual artist, composer, and filmmaker. She is also a writer, currently finishing her first children’s story book.

    Musica Viva has invited Bertie to work with its ensemble the Arcadia Quintet, and emerging Sydney composer Elizabeth Younan, to re-imagine her book as a multi-faceted artwork including new compositions of song and music. Bertie will read her story and then join the Quintet to perform the musical soundscape that Elizabeth has interpreted from Bertie’s words.

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    This event is part of Late Night Library’s winter season of unique musical encounters. Talented musicians, composers and artists explore ideas around culture, health and literature through music.

    Presented by Musica Viva and City of Sydney Library.

    Customs House Library
    Wednesday 3 August 2016 from 8pm to 9pm
  • Late Night Library: Letters of Complaint
    Thursday 8 September 2016
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    Join some of Sydney’s leading comedians as they share the best, worst and most bizarre letters of complaint from the deep recesses of the City of Sydney archives. From a noisy sausage machine, to the bothersome smell of boiling tripe, this Late Night Library event indulges in a long list of comical neighbourly gripes.

    Settle in to the Customs House Reading Room and rediscover Sydney’s history in the words of those who lived in here.

    Presented by Creative City Sydney, City of Sydney Library and blackcat productions

    A History Week 2016 event.

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    Customs House Library
    Thursday 8 September 2016 from 8pm to 9pm

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Last updated: Thursday, 14 April 2016