Arts and Culture
From the Sydney Opera House to small neighbourhood theatres, discover the exciting events and experiences of Sydney’s cultural calendar. Enjoy dazzling performances, blockbuster musicals and fabulous festivals, such as the Sydney Festival in summer and Vivid Sydney in winter.
The top cultural events, shows and exhibitions in Sydney this winter include:
- Madama Butterfly, Sydney Opera House
- Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes , Art Gallery of NSW
- Bayala Nura: Yarning Country, the Australian Museum
- Chicago, the Capitol Theatre
- Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the Australian National Maritime Museum
- Antidote Festival, Sydney Opera House
- Muriel's Wedding, Sydney Lyric Theatre
The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House has a stunning location on the edge of Sydney Harbour. More than 1,600 performances are held each year inside the striking white sails, from ballet and opera to classical music, contemporary dance, stage shows and more.
You’ll find a variety of great musicals, concerts and plays at venues across the city, from the State Theatre and the Capitol Theatre to the Sydney Lyric and the Riverside Theatres. Explore the city’s many bars and restaurants for pre or post theatre dinner and drink.
Sydney Theatre Company is based in beautiful Walsh Bay, a lively cultural precinct and home to the Roslyn Packer Theatre. The historic wharves are currently undergoing renovations, so Sydney Dance Company and indigenous contemporary dance troupe Bangarra have relocated until 2020.
There are outstanding neighbourhood theatres. Reserve your tickets for plays at the Belvoir St Theatre, in Surry Hills, where Oscar winners Geoffrey Rush and Cate Blanchett have performed. And check out the gigs in venues across the city, from pubs to Sydney Olympic park for big music stars.
In Sydney’s museums you’ll find everything from dinosaurs and ancient artefacts to colonial and indigenous history, tall ships and warships, and even one of Don Bradman's cricket bats. And the leading public art galleries hang extraordinary collections, from old masters to contemporary art.