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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 America’s 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.

Crowdsa at Tropfest


Pack a picnic and snuggle up under the stars for Tropfest, one of the world's largest short film festivals. Held in Centennial Park on December 7, the event showcases the talent of emerging filmmakers and is a highlight of Sydney’s festival calendar .

	Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

Sydney Museums

You'll find many of the major public museums in the Sydney's city centre. Visit the Powerhouse Museum, the Australian Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, the Museum of Sydney and Hyde Park Barracks Museum.

Dirty Dancing the musical


Highlights of the 2015 musical calendar include Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On StageThe King and I, and WICKED the Musical. Catch the always-breathtaking open-air extravaganza of Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour.