Dazzling calendar of events
Vibrant, vivid and audacious. Sydney's lively appetite for culture and arts ensures a dazzling annual calendar of the best of music, dance, opera, theatre, exhibitions and visual arts in the city centre. From museums and galleries to festivals and shows, Sydney is the best place in Australia for wonderful and inspiring arts and cultural events.
Galleries, museums, festivals and more
Begin your discovery at the World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House, the heart of the city's cultural life. More than 1,600 performances are held each year in this masterpiece of architecture, including ballet and contemporary dance, opera, classical music, stage plays and more.
You'll find many more cultural opportunities in the city centre.The Art Gallery of NSW has an extensive collection and a rolling program of exhibitions including the Archibald Prize for portraiture. The gallery is near the Royal Botanic Garden, a beautiful spot for a picnic.
The Australian Museum has dinosaur skeletons, natural exhibits and interactive displays to delight youngsters.
Festivals in Sydney are enthralling. The Sydney Festival in January is the city's premier cultural event, with performance from more than 1,000 artists. In May, the Sydney Writers' Festival attracts some of the biggest names in literature.
The Sydney Writers' Festival celebrates literature in venues all over the city, hosting author Q&As as part of the festival's 300 events, many of them free.
And Sydney shines each winter when Vivid Sydney, held over several weeks in May and June, warms up the city with a unrivalled celebration of light, music and ideas.