Sydney events over the Queen’s birthday long weekend

28 May 2014

Take advantage of the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in June and check out one of the many events taking place in Sydney!

Vivid Sydney 23 May – 9 June

Vivid Sydney

Vivid Sydney during the June long weekend. Image credit: James Horan

Vivid Sydney is a unique annual event of light, music and ideas which turns Sydney into an outdoor gallery of incredible lighting sculptures.  Sydney sparkles, shimmers and shines as the sails of the Sydney Opera House are splashed with colour and the Harbour foreshore comes alive with 3D-mapped projections for the sixth year of this winter festival. Explore the Vivid Light Walk with more than 50 new light installations, be inspired by the Vivid Ideas program of talks and workshops, and unwind with the line-up of phenomenal artists performing for Vivid Music.

19th Biennale of Sydney 21 March – 9 June

19th Biennale of Sydney

19th Biennale of Sydney during the Queen’s birthday long weekend. Image credit: James Horan

Held every two years, Australia’s largest contemporary visual arts festival comes to Sydney.  Since its inception in 1973, the Biennale of Sydney has provided an international platform for innovative contemporary art, showcasing the work of nearly 1600 artists from all corners of the globe. The event is spread across five venues, including the scenic Cockatoo Island, and features a program of artist talks, forums, guided tours, and family days. The festival draws to a close over the June long weekend.

Sydney Film Festival 4 – 15 June

Sydney Film Festival

Sydney film festival. Image credit: Peter Garrett.

The Sydney Film Festival is one of the world’s longest running film festivals, and is a major event on the Sydney cultural calendar. The 12 day festival screens the best in features films, documentaries, short films and animation from across Australia and around the world. Now in its 61st year, the festival also features a packed program of exclusive talks with filmmakers and other industry experts.

Theatre and shows various dates

Strictly Ballroom the Musical

A long weekend gives you the perfect chance to catch up on the numerous plays currently being performed in Sydney. The much-loved Australian film that inspired the world to dance has now come to life on stage as Strictly Ballroom The Musical. It features the original creative team behind the 1992 film including director and co-writer Baz Luhrmann.

Take the whole family to Disney’s landmark musical event, the Lion King, as its Sydney season draws to a close. The production has won over 70 major international theatre awards and will redefine your expectations of theatre.