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.

  • Chinatown Super Roti man
  • Sea Bay Restaurant

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 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.

  1. Chinatown Night Market

    Friday 27 January to Friday 29 December 2017, Chinatown And Haymarket

    The Chinatown Night Market is a multicultural community market that is very popular with the city locals and is now rapidly becoming a major tourist attraction in Sydney.As part of the Asia On Your...

    27 Jan -29Dec
  2. Kinky Boots Australia

    Wednesday 12 April to Sunday 14 May 2017, Chinatown And Haymarket

    Australian audiences are raving about Kinky Boots, the hilarious and heart-warming new musical which will open at Capitol Theatre this April.Based on the movie starring Joel Edgerton and inspired by a true...

    12 Apr -14May
  3. My Fair Lady

    Thursday 24 August to Saturday 23 September 2017, Chinatown And Haymarket

    Ground-breaking, glorious and grand.Celebrating the beloved original, Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady comes to the Capitol Theatre Sydney from August 24, under the direction of Julie Andrews.Opera...

    24 Aug -23Sep

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