After Dark: Belonging

Join us for the 2023 edition of After Dark at the Justice & Police Museum. Guest speakers, artists, performers and filmmakers will delve into diverse subjects that shape our past, present and future.

This After Dark event explores what it means to belong in a multicultural society such as Australia. Creative practitioners will explore and interpret the concept of belonging through discussion and performance, questioning how the concept of identity and belonging has changed over time. Who was, is and will be considered an outsider, and who is ‘allowed’ to belong?

What to expect

The evening will feature performance and discourse to both unpack and celebrate the complexity and lived experience of contemporary creative practitioners who are actively exploring these critical narratives within their practice.

Poetry salon

Join us for an intimate poetry salon with the cast members from Powerhouse Youth Theatre Fairfield’s smash hit show Dorr-e Dari: A Poetic Crash Course in the Language of Love. In a pop-up cabaret format, the Dorr-e Dari performers will be sharing stories of life and love from the streets of Mashhad, Tehran, Kabul, and Merrylands, with music of course! Bring along your problems of the heart. The great poet Hafez will solve them all. No problem too difficult. Satisfaction guaranteed.

Pub quiz

Plus don’t miss The Ultimate Pub Quiz: The Australian Citizenship Test. Lean in and learn; you're about to be challenged by Australia's ultimate pub quiz, fondly known as The Australian Citizenship Test. Join Neda, quiz master and proud Government rep, ready to answer your questions or question your answers about what it really takes to be a true blue, fair dinkum Aussie, and why it's absolutely crucial to know what animals sit on the coat of arms.

Members get more: Enjoy a complimentary cocktail or drink at the Archie Rose Bar to the value of $15, with priority service. Plus 10% off at the bar and access to reserved seating.

Additional activities


Powerhouse Youth Theatre

About Powerhouse Youth Theatre (PYT) Fairfield

PYT Fairfield is the only professional theatre company in Western Sydney focused on the development and engagement of local young and emerging artists as core practice. PYT has a reputation as a brave and transformative theatre company who make urgent work that explores the critical issues of our times. PYT challenge the conventions of traditional theatre and respond to the needs and aspirations of the next generation of artists. They do this by creating innovative performance and social artistic experiences in theatre spaces and across diverse urban sites of Fairfield, Western Sydney and beyond, and with a key focus on cultural diversity.

This initiative is proudly supported by the NSW Government through the Culture Up Late Program.

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