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Arts and culture

  • Sydney Film Festival
  • Sydney Opera House, Vivid Sydney



Sydney’s arts and culture winter line-up is one not to be missed. With internationally acclaimed performances on the city's many stages, award-winning festivals, as well as a number of exhibitions across the city, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

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Arts, culture and heritage in Sydney

Handa Opera in Sydney

Looking for inspiration in art? You’ll be delighted and surprised by Sydney’s many galleries and museums. Head indoors to enjoy blockbuster exhibitions, museums showcasing everything from Aboriginal heritage to seafaring history and cool design, plus contemporary art galore.

Superb art galleries include the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia,Art Gallery of NSW, White Rabbit Gallery and S.H. Ervin Gallery. The Powerhouse Museum, Australian Museum, Sydney Jewish Museum and Museum of Sydney are the city’s major history, science and culture museums.

Iconic venues such as the Sydney Opera House, State Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company and the Belvoir St Theatre in Surry Hills, host an array of brilliant shows year-round. Among the highlights this winter are Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, Matilda the Musical at the Sydney Lyric Theatre, and Les Misérables at the Capitol Theatre.

Spectacular festivals bring the city to life during winter. The largest and most impressive of these is Vivid Sydney, an 18-day celebration of lights, music and ideas that transforms the city from 22 May - 8 June. The Sydney Writers' Festival offers literary indulgence with more than 300 events, half of them free, between 18 - 24 May. For the best in cinema from across Australia and around the world check out the Sydney Film Festival's packed program of more than 250 screenings from 3 - 14 June.

  • Les Miserables

    Winter arts events

    Sydney comes alive in winter with an action-packed calendar of world-class events, including Vivid Sydney. Be a part of captivating festivals, watch spectacular theatre and be dazzled by musical and opera performances.
  • Museum of Contemporary Art

    Sydney museums

    You'll find major public museums in the Sydney's city centre, with many offering a different perspective on the city. Visit the Museum of Sydney , built on the historic site of the first Government House, or check out Hyde Park Barracks Museum which once housed 15,000 male convicts.

  • Matilda the Musical


    Catch the always-breathtaking open-air extravaganza of Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour.Other highlights of the 2015 musical calendar include Matilda the Musical and Les Misérables.

Vivid Sydney 2015

Vivid Sydney is set to shine even more brightly in 2015 when the country’s best festival delivers its biggest program yet.

For 18 nights, from 22 May – 8 June, Vivid Sydney will once again transform the city and harbour.

Be dazzled by bright shimmering lights, be amazed by spectacular music performances , and be inspired by new leading ideas.

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