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Celebrate our cultural vibrancy

Sydney’s summer arts and culture line-up is one not to be missed with acclaimed exhibitions, musical performances, and festivals that celebrate all aspects of our heritage. Corroboree Sydney in November, New Year's EveSydney Festival in January, plus Chinese New Year and Sydney Mardi Gras in February and March are just a few summer events to include in your calendar.

Must Do

Arts, culture and heritage in Sydney

Chinese New Year parade

This summer, the city's two pre-eminent art galleries - the Art Gallery of NSW and Museum of Contemporary Art - join forces to present two inspired collections exclusive to Sydney during the Sydney International Art Series. One of Americas best-loved visual artists, Chuck Close, who is famed for his large-scale, photo-based portrait paintings, will be exhibiting at the MCA. Pop to Popism fills an entire floor of the Art Gallery of NSW with more than 200 works on display by 70 artists including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Brett Whiteley and more.

Iconic venues, such as the Sydney Opera House, the State Theatre, the Sydney Theatre Company and the Belvoir St Theatre in Surry Hills, host an array of brilliant shows this summer.

 Watch Dirty Dancing The Classic Story On Stage at the Sydney Lyric Theatre until 22 February. Set in the Summer of 63, this stage phenomenon breathes new life into the much-loved coming-of-age film classic, as it follows the forbidden holiday romance between sheltered teen Frances Baby Houseman and her dance instructor Johnny Castle. Matilda the Musical will take centre stage at the Sydney Lyric Theatre in August 2015.

The 2015 Sydney Festival, from 8 to 26 January, showcases the best in performance, art and music from across Australia and around the world. The program is kaleidoscopic in its diversity, from late night burlesque and international theatre, to dance, indie and world music, the festival offers something for a wide range of audiences. Enjoy free family-friendly events such as Jazz in the Domain, and the popular Opening Night with events held across the city.

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Vivid Sydney light sculpture
Art and culture in Sydney - Vivid Opera House
Exterior view of Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney