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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

Performers from Matilda the musical

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 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.

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