Metropolis 2018 Social Program

The Metropolis 2018 Social Program will showcase Australia’s cultural tapestry through a selection of quality performances and events. The program, curated by the Metropolis 2018 Cultural sub-committee and tapping into SSI’s own Arts & Culture Program, will be presenting the high calibre of artistic talent which can only be found in Sydney’s melting pot of First Nations and culturally diverse communities.

Welcome Reception
Date: Monday 29 October 2018
Time: 1830 – 2030
Venue: Foundation Hall, Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George Street, The Rocks
Dress: Neat Casual
Tickets: Inclusive for Conference Delegates

Join delegates, sponsors and colleagues to celebrate the start of 2018 International Metropolis Conference. Enjoy an evening of light refreshments and beverages, and take the opportunity to network at one of Australia’s leading contemporary art museums. Located beside the magnificent Sydney Harbour and overlooking the spectacular Sydney Opera House. Experience the Sydney World Music Chamber Orchestra. This 11 piece Orchestra is assembled from Sydney artists with diverse cultural backgrounds creating ‘new’ Australian sacred music. Including traditions from Aboriginal Australia, Mongolia, Uyghur, Vietnam, China, Croatia, and more.

Sydney World Music Chamber Orchestra






Cultural Evening
Date: Tuesday 30 October 2018
Time: 1900 – 2130
Venue: Everest Theatre, Seymour Centre, Corner of City Rd and Cleveland Street, Chippendale
Dress: Neat Casual
Tickets:  AU$30.00 per person, includes pre performance and interval food and drinks.

Metropolis 2018 celebrates Australia’s First Nations’ arts and culture at the Seymour Centre, located at the heart of the University of Sydney. Proudly presenting two outstanding acts, we honour and acknowledge the world’s oldest living culture and are excited to share Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island dance, music and history with our national and international audiences.  The evening will feature performances by NAISDA Dance College – Australia’s premier Indigenous training college, followed by the masterful musical sensitivity of Gawurra. A Yolngu award-winning musician hailing from Milingimbi (Yurrwi), North East Arnhem Land.  







Conference Dinner
Date: Wednesday 31 October 2018
Time: 1900 – 2330
Venue: Sydney Town Hall, 483 George Street, Sydney
Dress: Cocktail
Tickets: AU$155 per person

Located in the heart of the city, Sydney Town Hall is an iconic building with spectacular heritage architecture and interior decoration. Enjoy an evening of fine dining and entertainment at the official Conference Dinner . Your ticket includes a sumptuous 3 course meal with fine Australian beverages. Then put your dance shoes on for  Cumbiamuffin, a Latin American group of elite musicians performing the traditional sounds of ‘cumbia’,  the most joyful and danceable musical genre in Latin America. This music brings together rhythms and melodies influenced by – African, Indigenous and European cultures.

Please note tickets are limited and will be sold on a first come first serve basis.







We would like to invite you to attend SSI’s annual New Beginnings Festival; a celebration of the artistic vibrancy, cultural expressions and heritage of people from refugee and migrant backgrounds  Come along and celebrate diversity  that extends beyond Metropolis! 

SSI New Beginnings Festival in Spring
Saturday 3 November 2018
Time: 1200 – 1900
Venue: Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour, Sydney
Tickets: Free

Hosted in Sydney’s Darling Harbour, this one-day arts and culture festival promotes the talents, vitality and diversity that people from refugee and migrant backgrounds bring to Australia’s creative sector. The outdoor festival will feature live music, dance performances, kids’ workshops and food and market stalls with an array of international cuisines and cultural handicrafts.

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