Sydney comes alive with arts and culture this May

11 March 2016

Sydney comes alive this May with a host of great arts and culture events; everything from the stylish and avant-garde Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week to the incredible light displays and performances of Vivid Sydney. Add these must-see events to your calendar for May – don’t miss out!

Vivid Sydney, 27 May – 18 June

Aerial view of Sydney Opera House Living Mural by Universal Everything. Vivid Sydney 2015

Vivid Sydney 2015

Sydney’s unique annual event of light, music and ideas takes over the city in May and June with incredible light-based art installations throughout the city’s heart, as well as a dynamic program of talks and music events. This is the largest event of its kind in Australia, so be sure to check out this unrivalled and unforgettable spectacle. Exploring the incredible wonderland is as easy as a leisurely evening stroll from Circular Quay and around the harbour foreshore to Darling Harbour.

In 2016 you can also enjoy Vivid Sydney for more nights, and in more locations, including Taronga Zoo, The Royal Botanic Garden and The Galeries on George Street. And the ever-popular Light Walk is back with more than 60 projections and installations, winding its way around Circular Quay from the Sydney Opera House to Walsh Bay, revealing a hidden world of fantasy and magic.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, Carriageworks, 15 – 19 May

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, Carriageworks

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, Carriageworks

One of Australia’s only international fashion events, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week provides fashionistas with a week-long program of fashion shows and events, including a selection of leading fashion designers alongside some of the brightest talent to recently emerge in Australia. This year’s weekend edition brings top designers, fashion bloggers, creatives and industry types together in a fast-paced sampler of the best of fashion week. Make sure you nab your tickets ASAP.    

Semi-Permanent Sydney, Carriageworks, 26 – 28 May

Semi-Permanent Sydney, Carriageworks

Semi-Permanent Sydney, Carriageworks

Three days of inspirational talks, workshops, and panels on the arts and creative industries with speakers from the leaders such as Google and Facebook, as well as creative agencies and pioneering artists. There are also interactive installations, opportunities for networking and brainstorming – and even an after party. This is a key event on Sydney’s creative calendar.

Good Design Festival, Circular Quay, 27 – 29 May

Woman viewing the Good Design Lounge presented by Electrolux, The Rocks. Vivid Sydney 2014

Vivid Sydney 2014

Positioned within Vivid Sydney, the Good Design Festival brings together the Good Design Showcase, the annual Good Design Awards Presentation Ceremony and Gala Night, the Young Australian Design Awards and the Design Entrepreneur Awards. Celebrating the positive impact of great design, listen to the best and brightest discuss design, innovation, and making positive change through design in Australia and around the world.

Also on in May….

  • NRL City v Country Origin – This NSW-only Rugby League comp sees the best players from the country face off against the best city players.

There’s plenty to see and do in Sydney this May!