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 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. Disney's Aladdin - The Hit Broadway Musical

    Friday 20 January to Sunday 26 March 2017, Chinatown And Haymarket

    From the producer of The Lion King and Mary Poppins, the beloved story of Aladdin comes to thrilling theatrical life in this bold new musical comedy. The New York Times says it’s “Fabulous!” and “Extravagant!” and USA...

    20 Jan -26Mar
  2. Sydney Chinese New Year Festival

    Friday 27 January to Sunday 12 February 2017, Chinatown And Haymarket

    Celebrate the Lunar New Year at City of Sydney's Chinese New Year Festival. This vibrant arts Festival has a program bursting with cultural events, markets, tours, exhibitions and entertainment, most of them free...

    27 Jan -12Feb

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