After Dark: Dis(order)

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 thought-provoking, adults-only experience will explore contemporary themes and bring to light historical cases, characters and issues. The program will feature talks, performances, interactive experiences, an onsite bar and after-hours access to the museum.

Sydney has been a gritty home to sly-grog, razor gangs, crime and police corruption, and also a buzzing harbour city with artistic flare and a bright future. But have government cultural and economic policies led to the eradication of much of Sydney’s nightlife and rendered our city a dull ‘nanny state’?

Post lockouts, post lockdowns and with current cultural policies trying to breathe life back into the city, is this enough or is it too late for the capital of our state? What else can be done to make sure Sydney really is a creative city with a thriving nightlife?

Join us for this year’s final After Dark, an evening of live music, discussion and dis(order).

After Dark is supported by Create NSW as part of Culture Up Late.

Corner Albert and Phillip streets, Sydney NSW 2000. Phone +61 2 9252 1144

Justice & Police Museum

Corner Albert and Phillip streets, Sydney NSW 2000. Phone +61 2 9252 1144
  • Wheelchair accessible
Plan your visit
  • Friday 27 October 5pm–9pm
Two people in a car
21 April, 5pm-9pm

After Dark: Blame

Watch the Logie Award–winning documentary Who Killed Dr Bogle and Mrs Chandler? on the 60th anniversary of the Bogle–Chandler case and listen to a Q&A with the film’s director

Holly Schulte, MHNSW curator, stands at the podium at the front of the Water Police Court, while she gives a talk titled 'Crime on Film'. A large crowd is seated in front of her and images from the Forensic Archive are projected on the screen behind her.
16 June, 5pm-9pm

After Dark: Belonging

Join us for a thought-provoking discussion and interactive performances as speakers and artists explore what it means to belong in a multicultural society such as Australia

Holly Schulte and Sunil Badami sit at the stage at the front of the Water Police Court and speak about Holly's work at MHNSW
11 August, 5pm-9pm

After Dark: Boycott

Listen to our panel of experts as they delve into the concepts of cancel culture, censorship, freedom of expression and navigating history in a modern-day context