Arts, culture and heritage in Sydney
Winter is a great time to head indoors and experience Sydney's flourishing artistic and cultural offerings. From blockbuster exhibitions, museums showcasing exquisite Aboriginal Arts to interactive science displays and contemporary art galleries, Sydney has an incredible variety of artistic and cultural experiences to choose from.
Iconic venues, such as the Sydney Opera House, the State Theatre, the Sydney Theatre Company and the Belvoir St Theatre in Surry Hills, will play host to an array of theatre and shows this winter.
Strictly Ballroom the Musical will take centre stage at Sydney Lyric Theatre from 25 March to 1 June. You can expect to be dazzled as the original creative team behind the classic 1992 film, including director Baz Luhrmann, are also behind this new stage version.
This year sees the return of the three month Biennale of Sydney, Australia’s largest contemporary visual arts festival. Beginning at the end of March, the theme of this year’s 19th Biennale is ‘You Imagine What You Desire’. The accompanying program of artist talks, forums, guided tours and family days are all free to the public.
Sydney has a diverse range of art galleries, from major collections to small artists' studios in the city centre and suburbs, including Balmain and Bundeena, Paddington and Palm Beach. Plan your visit to the Art Gallery of New South Wales and other major public galleries including the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and the Museum of Sydney. Cutting-edge private galleries worth a visit include Object Gallery, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, and The Hughes Gallery.
The Sydney Writers' Festival is a highlight of Sydney’s arts calendar, and will bring Walsh Bay to life from 19 to 25 May. Soak in the literary atmosphere and pick from the 300+ events to attend over the week.
The Sydney Film Festival showcases the best in cinema from across Australia and around the world. Take your pick from a packed program of more than 250 screenings over the 12-day event. Now in its 61st year, this is one of the world’s longest running film festivals covering a wide range of cinematic genres including features, documentaries, short films, restorations, animation and more.