Arts and culture

Highlights

From world-class performances at the iconic Sydney Opera House to the spectacular light sculptures of Vivid Sydney, discover the harbour city’s wonderful arts and culture. There are memorable tours of the Sydney Opera House and book your tickets for blockbuster musicals and acclaimed shows.

  • Sydney Opera House, Sydney
  • Exhibition in Sydney

Gems of Sydney arts and culture 

Enjoy world-class performances, blockbuster musicals, wonderful exhibitions, amazing museums and fabulous festivals in Sydney, the cultural heart of Australia. From the light sculptures of Vivid Sydney to marvellous shows at the iconic Sydney Opera House, the events calendar is exhilarating all year.

Begin your discovery at World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House, on the edge of one of the great natural harbours in the world. More than 1,600 performances are held each year inside the iconic white sails, from ballet and opera to classical music, contemporary dance, stage plays, and more.

Sydney Opera House, Sydney

You’ll find many more majestic venues putting on spectacular theatre and shows as well as blockbuster musicals, from the State Theatre and Capitol Theatre to the Theatre Royal and Sydney Lyric. For the perfect night out, savour the delicious restaurant and cool bars near the theatres.

The leading Sydney Theatre Company is in Walsh Bay, a lively cultural precinct and home to the Roslyn Packer Theatre, Sydney Dance Company and Bangarra Dance Theatre, the internationally acclaimed indigenous dance company. There are performances on a heritage-listed wharf, too.

Sydney Film Festival

There are outstanding neighbourhood theatres. Reserve your tickets for plays at the Belvoir St Theatre, in Surry Hills, where Oscar winners Geoffrey Rush and Cate Blanchett have performed. Some of the big international concerts are held in the ICC Sydney and at Sydney Olympic Park.

In Sydney’s museums you’ll find everything from dinosaurs and ancient artefacts to colonial and indigenous history, tall ships and warships, and even one of Don Bradman's cricket bats. And the leading public art galleries hang extraordinary collections, from old masters to contemporary art.

  1. Argyle Gallery

    Argyle Gallery at The Rocks in Sydney presents a collection of all Australian and Aboriginal art and fine crafts. All works are sourced directly from artists and Aboriginal communities. Argyle Gallery also carries a...

  2. Art House Gallery

    The Art House Gallery represents and exhibits the work of both emerging and established Australian artists. The contemporary art exhibits displayed at the Rushcutters Bay art spacey feature award-winning works...

  3. Artspace Sydney

    Artspace is where audiences meet the artists and the ideas of these times.Artspace was established in 1983 as an artist-run contemporary art space dedicated to the presentation of contemporary and...

  4. Bangarra Dance Theatre

    Bangarra is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation, and one of Australia's leading performing arts companies. They are widely acclaimed, nationally and around the world, for their powerful dancing,...

  5. Capitol Theatre

    Sydney's beautiful historic Capitol Theatre is host to world class musicals, theatre, ballet, concerts and performers.Don't just go for the show, visit the Capitol Theatre for a great and total night out!...

  6. Courtesy of the Artist

    Offering Sydney it's most dynamic collection of contemporary jewellery and objects, Courtesy of the Artist continues to be at the forefront of the collectable jewellery movement since launching in 2004.With...

  7. Descendance

    Descendance preserves and promotes Aboriginal culture. They represent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performers from many diverse tribes. Descendance has both traditional and contemporary performances....

  8. Doonooch Dance Company

    This traditional dance company has performed in over 24 countries around the world. The performances present traditional Aboriginal stories in a contemporary setting and feature songs in Monero people language....

  9. Hayes Theatre Co

    Hayes Theatre Co, located in Potts Point, has the focus on providing a permanent home for small-scale musical theatre and cabaret. By providing venue space to newly mounted productions, Hayes...

  10. In Between Two Worlds

    In Between Two Worlds by artist Jason Wing forms the centrepiece of the City of Sydney's upgrade to Little Hay Street, Factory Street and Kimber Lane. By day this unassuming lane has been brightened by blue clouds and...

  11. Indigiearth

    Experience traditional NSW Aboriginal culture the 'Ngemba Way' with Indigiearth. Indigiearth is an Australian Aboriginal owned and operated business. Offering a range of highly authentic and...

  12. Ken Done Gallery

    Ken Done's first solo exhibition was held in Sydney in 1980. Since then, he has held over 50 one-man shows, including major exhibitions in Australia, Europe, Japan, and the USA. His work has been described as the most...

  13. Kings Cross Theatre (KXT)

    Kings Cross Theatre (KXT) is one of the latest venues to join Sydney's inner city theatre precinct. Located in the heart of the city at the iconic Kings Cross Hotel, Sydney's theatre hub for the arts is just...

  14. Koomurri Aboriginal Dancers

    The Koomurri team has over 30 years in Aboriginal education and entertainment, and are renowned and recognised world-wide.Koomurri Aboriginal Dancers and didgeridoo players are committed to...

  15. The National: New Australian Art

    Thursday 30 March to Sunday 16 July 2017, City Centre

    The first of three biennial surveys presenting the latest ideas and forms in contemporary Australian art. Three of Sydney’s premiere cultural institutions – the Art Gallery of NSW, Carriageworks and the Museum of...

    30 Mar -16Jul
  16. Chamber Pot Opera

    Sunday 4 June to Saturday 22 July 2017, City Centre

    Chamber Pot Opera tells the story of three women who meet for the first time in a public bathroom. One is in an abusive relationship, another is terrified that she has come on too strong on a date, and the third has...

    04 Jun -22Jul
  17. Victorian watercolours

    Friday 2 June to Sunday 3 December 2017, City Centre

    Over 80 magnificent but seldom-seen watercolours made between the 1830s and 1900 from the Gallery’s collection are presented in a Victorian-style display in the Grand Courts.Victorian watercolours were among...

    02 Jun -03Dec
  18. Aboriginal Art Classes

    Saturday 13 May to Saturday 8 July 2017, City Centre

    Experience the oldest living culture through Aboriginal Art.Join an Aboriginal Guide for an art class inspired by traditional Aboriginal art concepts and the environment around you.Using materials...

    13 May -08Jul
  19. Australian International Music Festival

    Sunday 9 July to Sunday 16 July 2017, City Centre

    The Australian International Music Festival is one of our most popular and best attended events. With an average of 900 - 1,300 participants each year we regularly have groups from Australia, China, New Zealand, Japan...

    09 Jul -16Jul
  20. Bastille Day Celebration

    Thursday 13 July 2017, The Rocks

    Join a fantastic night of French music, Cancan, drinks and food at the Argyle in the Rocks and celebrate the French National Day in style!The Bastille Day Celebration at the Argyle, in the historic precinct...

    13 Jul
  21. Annual Helpmann Awards

    Monday 24 July 2017, Chinatown And Haymarket

    Don’t miss Australia’s showbiz night of nights!The 17th Annual Helpmann Awards is the premier event celebrating Australia’s vibrant live performance industry with sensational performances, celebrity guests...

    24 Jul
  22. Dead Men Talking

    Tuesday 8 August to Saturday 12 August 2017,

    The hit musical play exploring the relationship, music and verse of Australia's two favourite poets, Henry Lawson and Banjo Paterson. Performed by veteran actors, Max Cullen and Warren Fahey, the two-hand play...

    08 Aug -12Aug
  23. Korean Film Festival in Australia

    Thursday 17 August to Saturday 26 August 2017, City Centre

    Love Korean movies, culture and food? Don't miss the Korean Film Festival in Australia (KOFFIA). The festival will showcase the very best of Hallyuwood, the vibrant cinema emerging from South Korea....

    17 Aug -26Aug
  24. My Fair Lady

    Thursday 24 August to Sunday 1 October 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 -01Oct
  25. Art and About Sydney

    Event dates to be confirmed: September 2017, City Centre

    This city shines in every season, and now Art and About Sydney allows you to celebrate each one with an ongoing program.After 13 years of a...

    Sep 2017
  26. Rob Guest Endowment Award

    Event dates to be confirmed: November 2017, City Centre

    The Rob Guest Endowment Award is one of Australia's most exciting scholarship programs providing financial assistance and industry support to the next...

    Nov 2017
  27. ARIA Week

    Event dates to be confirmed: November 2017, City Centre

    Welcome to ARIA Week - A week-long program of gigs, showcases, conferences and events taking place in and around Sydney in celebration of Australian music...

    Nov 2017
  28. AACTA Awards

    Event dates to be confirmed: December 2017, Pyrmont

    Join your favourite Australian film and television stars this December, as they honour screen excellence at the sixth AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel,...

    Dec 2017

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