13 December 2017
The the sun is shining, the new year is here and there are plenty of things to enjoy as Sydney brings its best to the table in celebration of all that is to come. While Christmas and NYE events have ended, the fun doesn’t have to stop. There’s still plenty more to see and do during January.
Check out some of the best events for the first month of the year below.
Is there a better way to kick off the new year? Dance to some of your favourite artists at The Domain this coming New Year’s Day at Field Day, one of Sydney’s most popular music festivals. Known for its super friendly atmosphere and quality line-ups, this year’s festival mixes hip-hop, indie and electronic artists from around the world, with names such as Flume, Schoolboy Q, Stormzy, Mura Masa, Vince Staples and more.
Last year’s Sydney Festival was outstanding, presenting some of the world’s best performing and visual arts. This year promises to be even bigger and better than before. From jaw-dropping contemporary ballet to epic art installations, there will be a broad range of free and ticketed events to suit all tastes. Events will be held across some of Sydney’s leading venues, including Carriageworks and the Sydney Opera House.
Now in it’s 26th year, Flickerfest has grown to become one of Australia’s leading competitive International Short Film Festivals. As an Academy Accredited and BAFTA Recognised short film festival, as well as one of the main festivals on the world circuit, Flickerfest receives thousands of short film entries from filmmakers across the globe and showcases 20. The festival also hosts industry and cash prizes across a range of categories with competitions held to recognise short film excellence.
Australia Day is a national event, reflecting the nation’s diversity and achievements, as well as its past and future. Celebrate by joining some of the fantastic events around Sydney Harbour, including live music, gourmet food trucks, the Harbour Parade and awe-inspiring fireworks. Other notable events include two Wiggles concerts at Darling Harbour and an all-star line-up of pure Australian Talent at the Australia Day – Live at Sydney Opera House concert.
Yabun is the annual celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures held on the traditional lands of the Gadigal people in Sydney. It continues in the tradition of Aboriginal’ Survival Day’ gatherings, seeking to create a positive social space for audiences to commemorate, celebrate, share, and immerse themselves in the world’s oldest surviving culture. Brought to you by Koori Radio 93.7 FM, Yabun will showcase performances and talks from some of the best Indigenous music talent, authors and thinkers, as well as host a range of over 100 different stalls.
A traditional event held every year, the Mazda Opera sees thousands of Sydneysiders head to the Domain with picnics packed and friends in tow. Hear some of Australia’s brightest stars sing opera’s most famous arias, with the magnificent backing of the Opera Australia Orchestra. The event is free and will leave you breathless as you enjoy the powerful, impassioned voices of opera’s most celebrated arias and duets, under the stars.