Polite Society's February Social Diary

Cool culture for hot summer nights



He’s performed on an Arctic ice floe, scored Oscar-winning films (Nomadland and The Father) and even got the kids on TikTok interested in contemporary classical music. Now, Italian composer Ludovico Einaudi is heading to Australia after sell-out tours of Europe, performing earlier classics along with pieces from his acclaimed 2022 solo piano album, Underwater, at the Sydney Opera House and Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Einaudi’s minimalist, melodic pieces aren’t for everyone, but we’re fans. Melbourne, February 7; all Sydney and Perth shows currently sold out 

Will Barangaroo’s Harbour Park be transformed into A) a beach; B) a giant bedroom, with 150 plush queen-size beds; C) a cinema, with the largest outdoor screen in Australia; or D) all of the above? If you picked D, you’re spot on. Mov’in Bed’s outdoor cinema experience makes Gold Class look steerage – having experienced previous iterations of this summer highlight, we know there’s nothing better than snuggling under the stars with your loved ones, having gourmet pizza and bottomless popcorn delivered to your bed. Mov’in Bed Beach Cinema, Sydney, February

Queen of New York literary cool, Fran Lebowitz is bringing her biting wit and razor-sharp observations to Melbourne’s Hamer Hall this month. Settle in for social commentary and her hot takes on everything from the Big Apple, her home since the 1970s, to contemporary life (and her hatred of tourists). Fran Lebowitz, February 18-19, Hamer Hall

City life already feeling stale this summer? Time to get outta town to the Feastival at Falls Creek, a three-day smorgasbord of music, comedy and food in Victoria’s alpine high country. From artists like Temper Trap and Thelma Plum to farmer’s markets and kids’ yoga, it’s an eclectic line up – the degustation lunch that’s set to show off the region’s finest fare, including paired local wines, looks particularly tempting. February 16-18 

It’s one of the most popular operas of all time, and a new production of Mozart’s Magic Flute is set to enchant audiences at the Sydney Opera House throughout February. Award-winning director Kate Gaul and acclaimed costume designer Anna Cordingley have teamed up for a fresh take on this magical, musical adventure, with Austrian-Spanish conductor Teresa Riveiro Böhm making her Opera Australia debut. From February 1 

Starring some of Australia’s best and brightest jazz artists – and Sydney’s harbour skyline –Hot Jazz Picnic is taking over Rose Bay’s Lyne Park for a day of live music and local artisanal picnic fare from pop-up food markets onsite, including Rock Oyster Depot, Mary’s burgers, Sonoma baked goods and Mapo gelato. February 10 

Take your little ones down the rabbit hole with the Australian Ballet’s award-winning production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The visually extravagant, family-friendly adaptation of the classic tale boasts high-tech stage craft, magical puppetry and even a caterpillar with 16 crystal-encrusted pointe shoes. From February 20, Sydney Opera House

The synthesiser-drenched soundtrack to Blade Runner – as composed, performed and recorded by Vangelis – is still strikingly good. So film buffs will love this Blade Runner Live event, where the 1982 cult classic is performed by The Avex Ensemble in sync with the movie, on a huge HD screen. This is a one-night-only event… Saturday Feb 3, Aware Super Theatre 

If you’re looking for some artwork to match your refined Polite Society bedding, we recommend a trip to the Melbourne Art Fair, which focuses on solo artists and “works of scale and significance” from over 60 galleries. Alongside the big names (Anna Schwartz, Roslyn Oxley9), there’s a good representation of indigenous galleries, plus an after-hours event list that’s achingly cool. February 22-25, various locations, Melbourne