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In line with NSW Health advice, the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre is temporarily closed to the public until at least 11.59pm Thursday 30 September 2021. Please see our COVID SAFETY page for further updates on the current public health order, and ticketing information. Please stay safe everyone!

Talks & Ideas

Q Theatre & St Marys Memorial Hall

A series of FREE events that take on big questions with a healthy dose of humour, a glass of wine and a friendly face.
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👉 Next Thursday 28 October at 6.30pm, join us online for our FREE Talks & Ideas event, Will You Marry Me Alexa?  👾🤖 This talk is about technology, identity and the space in between.  The Keynote Speaker is Linda Marsden, a doctoral candidate at the Young and Resilient Research Centre at Western Sydney University, and is investigating young people’s health and identity through the lens of selfies and associated social media practices.  And the panellists are Leanne Tobin (Dharug Artist and Playwright), Nick Atkins (Theatre maker from Parramatta and PhD candidate researching networked theatre practices) and Brett Farrell (Emu Plains based lawyer with expertise in digital security and privacy).  The event is wrapped up as a tight 60-minute experience, includes a keynote introduction, a panel discussion and a chance to ask questions. We hope to catch you there!  🎟 Register for a FREE ticket now and you will receive a Zoom link to access the talk on the day (link in bio):  This project is supported by Celestino Developments.  #homewiththejoan #arts #talks #ideas #talksandideas #online #zoom #thejoan #penrith #westernsydney #sydney #australia #alexa #willyoumarrymealexa #qtheatre #talk #discussion #idea
🏡📱💻 Join us for a live digital experience of Our House: Originate 2021 this Thursday 23 September - Saturday 25 September at 7.30pm. Directed by Sophie Kelly and created by an ensemble of emerging theatre makers.  It’s the not-so-distant future and the lockdown is over. A group of housemates are throwing a birthday party and you’re invited! Only problem? No one knows if the guest of honour will show up… Bent but not broken by the pandemic and Sydney’s current lockdown, our ensemble invites you to a party with a difference. Join the Originate team for a digital performance from the comfort of your own home (or phone). Explore the rooms of their house, listen to private and public conversations, message the housemates, and attempt to discover why our honoured guest is missing in action.  🎟 BOOK A FREE TICKET NOW via link in bio.  Illustration by Adis Regar  #qtheatre #thejoan #originate #originate2021#arts #art #theatre #newwork #ourhouse #digital #performance #online #lockdown #covid_19 #covid #pandemic #emerging #2021 #westernsydney #sydney #penrith #bluemountains #emuplains #australia
Join us for our next FREE Talks & Ideas online event - Binge, on Thursday 16 September, 6.30pm - 7.30pm. We will be talking about what binge culture means for how we connect with art, stories and entertainment.  The Keynote Speaker is David Rowe (top of this image), Emeritus Professor of Cultural Research, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University. Professor Rowe’s research and scholarly interests relate to the social dynamics of popular culture and media.  Our panellists for this session will include Writer and Journalist, Patrick Lenton (left of this image), Emu Plains based filmmaker and creator of Watcha Doin’ Today, Loretta Farrell (right of this image) and Western Sydney filmmaker, Vonne Patiag (bottom of this image).  BOOK A FREE TICKET NOW via link in bio.
Looking for ways to keep the whole family entertained this Sunday?  We have the top ways to immerse yourself in the arts at home, disconnect from technology, competitions and so much more packaged up in the latest edition of our Creative Care Pack for Kids and Families. 📮💌  Plus, we have added in a section just for the adults, because why should the kids have all the fun?  Check it out now at:  Keep heart Penrith, we are all in this together. 
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Be part of Penrith's Creative Heart. PP&VA Board and Committee Nominations are open. Deadline 15 August 2021.  Penrith Performing & Visual Arts (PP&VA) is seeking nominations from interested Greater Western Sydney-based community members to its Board of Directors and three Community Advisory Committees (Education Committee, Performing Arts Committee and Visual Arts Committee).  These are volunteer positions.  A public company limited by guarantee and a controlled entity of Penrith City Council, Penrith Performing & Visual Arts is a producer, curator, presenter and a leader in industry-led arts education experiences in the region.  PP&VA is looking to diversify its Board and Committee representation to best reflect the community we serve. We are particularly interested in nominations from those with a passion for arts and cultural growth in this region including:  · Local business representatives
· Artists and creatives
· Representatives of Joan and Gallery community hiring groups
· Those from a diverse cultural background
· Young people (aged between 18 and 40)  MORE INFO via link in bio.
In line with the latest NSW Health advice, The Joan is now temporarily closed to the public until at least 11.59pm Friday 16 July.  But that doesn't mean you have to miss out on the arts! 🥰 Immerse yourself in creativity at home from a digital creative Penrith. Head over to our Keep Heart Penrith webpage filled with plenty of fun, inspiration, things that you can learn from, or even create while in lockdown:  Keep heart Penrith, we are all in this together.