Chinatown and Haymarket Arts and Culture


Chinese New Year festival

Fascinating, vibrant and always fun, Chinatown serves up one of most exotic events on Sydney's cultural calendar. Chinese New Year celebrations include the spectacular Twilight Parade which lights up the streets with giant zodiac lanterns, illuminated floats, dragons, dancers and acrobats.

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Shows, parades and galleries

Whether you support the work of local artists, celebrate Chinese New Year along with the precinct's locals or catch a show at the Capitol Theatre, there's always lots to love about Haymarket and Chinatown's arts and culture scene.

Kick off the year by beign part of Lunar New Year celebrations at the Chinese New Year Festival. This lively arts festival features a program of mostly free cultural events, markets, tours, exhibitions and entertainment.

The beautiful Capitol Theatre on Campbell Street is home to long-running musicals such as Billy Elliot, Guys & Dolls, and Lion King to name a few. Join a backstage tour of the theatre to uncover its fascinating heritage.

Nearby, the Sydney Entertainment Centre is the city's premier concert venue providing a sense of intimacy while staging huge shows with names such as Coldplay to the Chemical Brothers.

Nearby, the Chinese Garden of Friendship is a tranquil oasis celebrating the yin and yang of life. Opened in 1988, the gardens features decorative, winding pathways, lakes, waterfalls and pavilions, many created by skilled Chinese craftsmen. Check out the Chinese bonsai nursery and pop up to the teahouse balcony for a cup of shui hsien tea.

Strategically located on Hay Street in the heart of Chinatown, the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art is a pioneer for excellence and innovation in contemporary Asian and Australian culture.

Don't miss these Arts and Culture experiences in Chinatown and Haymarket