A six-week music and arts festival is taking place in an abandoned cinema in Haymarket, transforming this historic venue into Sydney’s new entertainment hub.

This big party is all about reinvigorating hidden corners of Sydney and reviving our underground music and arts scene that has spent too long on the back burner.

Whether it’s a wild underground party about sexuality and body positivity, courtesy of ‘Leak Your Own Show us your tricks‘, live musical performances by artists like Alex Lahey and Nai Palm, a ‘steamy’ cabaret show with a full live band, a Yum Cha pop-up, record parties or Arthouse film screenings accompanied by natural wines from P&V and noodles from Biang Biang, this wild, belated and brazenly daring celebration of subcultures and amazing food has something for everyone.

Held in Haymarket’s long-abandoned Harbor City Twin Cinema, Pleasures Playhouse is all about showing what’s out there, with dusty old Chinese cinema set to get a makeover after 15 very dormant years. The place will be transformed into a dystopian wonderland that connects the place’s ancient roots with a new technological future.

As well as celebrating the past, this party is also about delving into the present, with the festival connecting with many of Haymarket’s restaurants to bring epic local dishes to the space, as well as showcasing premium toddies from Sydney-based alcohol. mastery. You can expect to taste the products of P&V Merchants, Mike Bennie when it comes to a wide range of natural wines, as well as Archie Rose Distilling Co supplying its much-loved gin.

The Pleasures Playhouse will open on Thursday September 22 and the party will continue until Monday October 31. The festival is also suited to these cash-strapped times we live in, with many of these sweet events either free or costing no more than $30.

Tickets for individual events (of which there are many) are on sale from September 8 and can be purchased by clicking right here.