Arts and culture

Highlights

From world-class performances at the iconic Sydney Opera House to the spectacular light sculptures of Vivid Sydney, discover the harbour city’s wonderful arts and culture. There are memorable tours of the Sydney Opera House and book your tickets for blockbuster musicals and acclaimed shows.

  • Sydney Opera House, Sydney
  • Exhibition in Sydney

Gems of Sydney arts and culture 

Enjoy world-class performances, blockbuster musicals, wonderful exhibitions, amazing museums and fabulous festivals in Sydney, the cultural heart of Australia. From the light sculptures of Vivid Sydney to marvellous shows at the iconic Sydney Opera House, the events calendar is exhilarating all year.

Begin your discovery at World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House, on the edge of one of the great natural harbours in the world. More than 1,600 performances are held each year inside the iconic white sails, from ballet and opera to classical music, contemporary dance, stage plays, and more.

Sydney Opera House, Sydney

You’ll find many more majestic venues putting on spectacular theatre and shows as well as blockbuster musicals, from the State Theatre and Capitol Theatre to the Theatre Royal and Sydney Lyric. For the perfect night out, savour the delicious restaurant and cool bars near the theatres.

The leading Sydney Theatre Company is in Walsh Bay, a lively cultural precinct and home to the Roslyn Packer Theatre, Sydney Dance Company and Bangarra Dance Theatre, the internationally acclaimed indigenous dance company. There are performances on a heritage-listed wharf, too.

Sydney Film Festival

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. Some of the big international concerts are held in the ICC Sydney and at Sydney Olympic Park.

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.

  1. Argyle Gallery

    Argyle Gallery at The Rocks in Sydney presents a collection of all Australian and Aboriginal art and fine crafts. All works are sourced directly from artists and Aboriginal communities. Argyle Gallery also carries a...

  2. Art House Gallery

    The Art House Gallery represents and exhibits the work of both emerging and established Australian artists. The contemporary art exhibits displayed at the Rushcutters Bay art spacey feature award-winning works...

  3. Artspace Sydney

    Artspace is where audiences meet the artists and the ideas of these times.Artspace was established in 1983 as an artist-run contemporary art space dedicated to the presentation of contemporary and...

  4. Bangarra Dance Theatre

    Bangarra is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation, and one of Australia's leading performing arts companies. They are widely acclaimed, nationally and around the world, for their powerful dancing,...

  5. Capitol Theatre

    Sydney's beautiful historic Capitol Theatre is host to world class musicals, theatre, ballet, concerts and performers.Don't just go for the show, visit the Capitol Theatre for a great and total night out!...

  6. Courtesy of the Artist

    Offering Sydney it's most dynamic collection of contemporary jewellery and objects, Courtesy of the Artist continues to be at the forefront of the collectable jewellery movement since launching in 2004.With...

  7. Descendance

    Descendance preserves and promotes Aboriginal culture. They represent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performers from many diverse tribes. Descendance has both traditional and contemporary performances....

  8. Doonooch Dance Company

    This traditional dance company has performed in over 24 countries around the world. The performances present traditional Aboriginal stories in a contemporary setting and feature songs in Monero people language....

  9. Hayes Theatre Co

    Hayes Theatre Co, located in Potts Point, has the focus on providing a permanent home for small-scale musical theatre and cabaret. By providing venue space to newly mounted productions, Hayes...

  10. In Between Two Worlds

    In Between Two Worlds by artist Jason Wing forms the centrepiece of the City of Sydney's upgrade to Little Hay Street, Factory Street and Kimber Lane. By day this unassuming lane has been brightened by blue clouds and...

  11. Indigiearth

    Experience traditional NSW Aboriginal culture the 'Ngemba Way' with Indigiearth. Indigiearth is an Australian Aboriginal owned and operated business. Offering a range of highly authentic and...

  12. Ken Done Gallery

    Ken Done's first solo exhibition was held in Sydney in 1980. Since then, he has held over 50 one-man shows, including major exhibitions in Australia, Europe, Japan, and the USA. His work has been described as the most...

  13. Kings Cross Theatre (KXT)

    Kings Cross Theatre (KXT) is one of the latest venues to join Sydney's inner city theatre precinct. Located in the heart of the city at the iconic Kings Cross Hotel, Sydney's theatre hub for the arts is just...

  14. Limelight Gallery - Sydney TAFE

    Located at Sydney TAFE arcade, Haymarket, Ultimo, Limelight Gallery is a premier student design showcase featuring student artworks from a range of disciplines. It includes but is not limited to, jewellery, fashion,...

  15. Victorian watercolours

    Friday 2 June to Sunday 3 December 2017, City Centre

    Over 80 magnificent but seldom-seen watercolours made between the 1830s and 1900 from the Gallery’s collection are presented in a Victorian-style display in the Grand Courts.Victorian watercolours were among...

    02 Jun -03Dec
  16. Dead Men Talking

    Tuesday 8 August to Saturday 12 August 2017, Potts Point And Woolloomooloo

    The hit musical play exploring the relationship, music and verse of Australia's two favourite poets, Henry Lawson and Banjo Paterson. Performed by veteran actors, Max Cullen and Warren Fahey, the two-hand play...

    08 Aug -12Aug
  17. My Fair Lady

    Thursday 24 August to Sunday 1 October 2017, Chinatown And Haymarket

    Celebrating the beloved original, Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady comes to the Capitol Theatre under the direction of Julie Andrews.Opera Australia and John Frost take pride in presenting the beloved story of...

    24 Aug -01Oct
  18. Aboriginal Art Classes

    Saturday 13 May to Saturday 2 September 2017, City Centre

    Experience the oldest living culture through Aboriginal Art.Join an Aboriginal Guide for an art class inspired by traditional Aboriginal art concepts and the environment around you.Using materials...

    13 May -02Sep
  19. Art and About Sydney

    Event dates to be confirmed: September 2017, City Centre

    This city shines in every season, and now Art and About Sydney allows you to celebrate each one with an ongoing program.After 13 years of a...

    Sep 2017
  20. Pipilotti Rist: Sip my Ocean

    Wednesday 1 November to Sunday 31 December 2017, The Rocks

    Walk through a forest of hanging lights, get lost in a maze of floating fabric or lay back on a bed and watch the ceiling morph above you. Over the past 30 years, Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist has achieved...

    01 Nov -31Dec
  21. Rob Guest Endowment Award

    Event dates to be confirmed: November 2017, City Centre

    The Rob Guest Endowment Award is one of Australia's most exciting scholarship programs providing financial assistance and industry support to the next...

    Nov 2017
  22. ARIA Week

    Event dates to be confirmed: November 2017, City Centre

    Welcome to ARIA Week - A week-long program of gigs, showcases, conferences and events taking place in and around Sydney in celebration of Australian music...

    Nov 2017
  23. AACTA Awards

    Event dates to be confirmed: December 2017, Pyrmont

    Join your favourite Australian film and television stars this December, as they honour screen excellence at the sixth AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel,...

    Dec 2017
  24. Sydney Festival

    Event dates to be confirmed: January 2018, City Centre

    Exuberant, exciting and forever effervescent - the best time to experience Sydney is in January, when the city is in full celebratory mode. Sydney Festival...

    Jan 2018
  25. underSTATEd

    Saturday 24 February to Sunday 25 February 2018, City Centre

    Brett Whiteley, Lloyd Rees, Martin Sharp, Carl Plate, Cressida Campbell, Peter Kingston, Badger Bates and Roy Kennedy; these are just some of the iconic Australian artists featured in a new exhibition on display in...

    24 Feb -25Feb

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