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Past events

2017

AUGUST

Blue Wednesday Jazz Lounge - Wednesday 2 August, 6-11.30pm
Free event
Some of Sydney’s best musicians will groove on tunes from the jazz and blues era to raise awareness for mental health during Homelessness Week.
Location: Venue 505, 280 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills

 

Scandinavian Film Festival - until 2 August, 9am to 9pm
Cost: adult $21.50, concession $18.00
The best of films from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland.
Location: Palace Cinema, 99 Norton Street, Leichhardt.
List of films

 

Sculpture at Barangaroo - until 20 August, 8am-6pm
Free event
This outdoor exhibition features 14 artworks by nine Australian artists placed beside walking paths and on parklands throughout the Barangaroo Reserve.
Location: Barangaroo Reserve, Millers Point
Sculptures map

 

Sydney Science Festival - 8-20 August
Both free and charged-for events
Series of science-related events, exhibitions and hands-on experiences held at various points throughout Sydney.
Details

 

Sydney Teapot Show - Friday 25 August to Sunday 17 September, every day 10am-5pm
Free event
Inspired, ridiculous, comical and intriguing teapots will feature in this competition and exhibition. All teapots are hand made ceramics by potters from around Australia with some work flying in from overseas locations.
Location: 49-51 King St, Newtown
website

 

Passion and procession; Celebrating the diverse and vibrant art of the Philippines - until Sunday 12 November. Times: Sundays, 10am to 5pm, Wednesdays, 10am to 10pm
Free event
Passion and procession brings together painting, sculpture, video and installation works from 10 contemporary Filipino artists. They reveal their very personal responses to faith, history, politics and life in the Philippines.
Location: Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Road, Sydney

 

Fashion and homewares pop-up - until 20 August, every day, 10am-6pm
Free event
This pop-up fashion event is held at Bondi Beach and features women's European labels, ethically sourced and artisan-made accessories, jewelley and decor from south-east Asia, millineryand original art.
Location: 52 Hall Street, Bondi Beach

 


Local Milan Exhibition - until 9 August, Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11am-4pm
An exhhibition featuring the work of 11 Australian designers whose work was showcased at the 2017 Milan Design Week.
Location: Australian Design Centre, 101-115 William Street, Darlinghurst
Details

 

Designer pop-up fashion sale - until 30 September, Wednesday to Sundays, 11am-5pm
Free event
Authentic high-end designer labels and accessories on sale at this pop-up event that includes international and Australian designer samples, seconds and pre-loved clothing, shoes, bags and jewellery. Includes racks of vintage Chanel clothing, jewellery and handbags.Labels include YSL, Prada, Miu Miu, Iro, Victoria Beckham, Balenciaga, Emilio Pucci, Thierry Mugler, St Laurent, Givenchy, Hermes, Escada, Gucci, Versace, Dior, Alaia and Chloe.
Location: 360 Oxford Street, Paddington

 

The Rocks Geotour - until 31 December, every day, all day
Free activity
Join an international community of virtual/physical explorers, known as ‘geocachers’, and go on a ’caching treasure hunt in The Rocks, an area steeped in history. Geocaching is a real world, outdoor treasure hunting game in which you navigate using GPS-enabled devices, such as your smartphone.
Details

 

Dragon boating - until 30 December, Tuesdays 6.15-8pm, Saturdays 8.30-10am
Free event
Watch dragon boating with the Sydney Tsunami Dragon Boat Club. You can even try out dragon boating as the club offers newcomers three complimentary dragon boat training sessions.
Location: 2 Bank St, Pyrmont
Details

 

JULY

Shapeshifters: An abstract painting exhibition - Wednesday 28 June - Saturday 8 July 2017
Free event
Contemporary abstract art exhibition with artworks available for purchase.
Location: Collab Gallery, upstairs, 64 Pine Street, Chippendale
View arworks online

 

Aboriginal history and heritage of The Rocks tour - Monday 3 - Friday 14 July; Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 2pm to 4pm
Free event
During this two-hour walk through The Rocks, Aboriginal guides facilitate the exploration of ‘first contact’, resistance to colonisation, and its impact on the Gadigal people of the Sydney basin from an Aboriginal perspective, through stories of role models such as Bennelong, Barangaroo, Windradyne and Pemulwuy.
Location: Starts at Museum of Contemporary Art lawn, Tallawoladah Place, George Street, The Rocks
Bookings essential: Spaces are limited, email tours@shfa.nsw.gov.au or phone (02) 9240 8552 to book

 

Object Design: Experiential lighting showcase - Saturday 1 - Sunday 16 July
Free event
UNSW Art & Design Object Design students present their experiential lighting design prototypes. The work is a result of a research and design development project run by design practice, Studio Liam Mugavin.
Location: 21 Foley St, Darlinghurst

 

Skating at Cathedral Square - Tuesday 27 June - Sunday 16 July, Mondays to Thursdays, 10am to 8pm; Fridays and Saturdays, 10am to 10pm; Sundays, 9am to 8pm
Open air ice skating rink and ice slide, food stalls and a bar overlooking the skating rink.
Cost: from $6.00 to $18.00, family ticket (off-peak) $56.00
Location: St Mary’s Cathedral Square, College Street, Sydney

 

Bondi Winter Magic Ice Rink - Friday 30 June - Sunday 16 July, every day 10am - 9pm
Cost: from $12.00 to $22.00, family ticket $69.00
The Bondi ice rink, situated on the forecourt of Bondi Pavilion at Bondi Beach, is a popular winter attraction in Sydney.
Location: Bondi Pavilion, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach

 

Dragon boating - until 30 December, Tuesdays 6.15-8pm, Saturdays 8.30-10am
Free event
Watch dragon boating with the Sydney Tsunami Dragon Boat Club. You can even try out dragon boating as the club offers newcomers three complimentary dragon boat training sessions.
Location: 2 Bank St, Pyrmont
Details

 

MCA NAIDOC Week free film program - Tuesday 4 July to Friday 7 July, every day, 12.30pm-2pm
Free event
Lunchtime screenings to celebrate NAIDOC Week with lunchtime screenings by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander film makers.
Where: Veolia Lecture Theatre Level 2, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, George Street, The Rocks
Details

 

Singing on Country - Wednesday 5 July, 7.30pm to 8.30pm
Free event
Hear from two musical groups made up of strong women as they share the meaning of their songs, language and family.
Location: Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George Street, The Rocks

 

Portraits of Men - Wednesday 5 - Saturday 29 July
Free event
Portraits of Men features paintings and objects from the University of Sydney Union art collection, and the University of Sydney art collection and image archive. Portraits by contemporary artists Vincent Namatjira, Cherine Fahd, Abdul Abdullah, Joan Ross and Shannon Field mingle with formal portraits.
Location: Verge Gallery, Jane Foss Russell Plaza, City Road, Darlington

 

James Lieutenant: Supergods art exhibition - Wednesday 5 - Sunday 30 July
Free event
James Lieutenant is an Australian visual artist who creates idiosyncratic and often puzzling imagery and is interested in the space between digital and analogue, abstract and representational art.
Location: 2/27-39 Abercrombie St, Chippendale

 

Scandinavian Film Festival - Tuesday 11 July to Wednesday 2 August, every day, 9am to 9pm
Cost: adult $21.50, concession $18.00
The best of films from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland.
Location: Palace Cinema, 99 Norton Street, Leichhardt.
List of films

 

Bastille Festival - hursday 13 July to Thursday 20 July
Free event
A celebration of food, wine and art involving more than 100 performance artists, 100 specialty food offerings from countries such as France, Germany, Greece, Portugal and Switzerland and a selection of beer and wines from some of the most reputable vineyards in France, Spain and Italy. The festival also has 12 free, live-music concerts to be performed on the feastival main stage at Customs House Forecourt.
Location: Circular Quay
Details

 

The most Wuthering Heights day ever - Saturday 15 July, from 12pm to 2pm
Free event
People all over the world will be gathering in major cities and windy moors in their prettiest red frocks for a mass re-enactment of Kate Bush's 1978 video for the song Wuthering Heights. Sydney's event takes place near the entrance that is close to St Peters station, on the green near the little cafe and playground.
Location: Sydney Park, Sydney Park Road, St Peters

 

Round She Goes Fashion Market - Saturday 29 July, 10am-3pm
$2 entry fee
One-day fair dedicated entirely to women's pre-loved fashions, in particular designer labels, vintage fashion, handmade jewellery and accessories.
Location: Marrickville Town Hall, Marrickville Road, Marrickville.

 

All About Flowers - until Sunday 30 July, open every day, 10am to 4pm
(Free event)
A "free floral display designed to bring colour into winter", this event is held in The Calyx in the Royal Botanic Garden. The display showcases colourful arrangements of exotic plants including moth orchids, begonias, hydrangeas and garvineas. Also on show is Australia’s largest green wall - standing at 6 metres high and stretching across 50 metres - which is considered "a living watercolour painting, paying poetic homage to the masters of Impressionism". A diverse program of events, performances, workshops and science presentations will be held in the area around The Calyx.

 

JUNE

 

Vivid Sydney - until 17 June.
(Free event)
The Sydney CBD, harbourside and surrounding areas are lit up with stunning light sculptures and special light effects as part of Vivid Sydney. Music and technology are also a big part of this "festival of light".
Details

Sydney Film Festival - 7-18 June
More than 280 Australian and international films are screened during the Sydney Film Festival.
Film guide

Craft & Quilt Fair - 22-25 June, 9am-4.30pm
Sydney's largest display of quilts and textile art From patchwork to papercraft.
Location: International Convention Centre Sydney, Exhibition Halls 5 & 6, Darling Harbour
Details

Good Food & Wine Show
Featuring hundreds of local and international exhibitors, cooking classes, guest chefs and wine experts.
Location: Intenational Convention Centre, Darling Harbour
Details

 

Dance Diaries Sydney - Friday 2 June, 5-6pm
(Free event)
This is an "enchanting short film featuring nine Chinese Australian senior residents who live in the city of Sydney. The film reflects poetically on what it is to live in our city through movement and imagery."
Location: Ultimo Community Centre, 40 William Henry Street, Ultimo
Details and tickets

 

All About Flowers - until Sunday 30 July, open every day, 10am to 4pm
(Free event)
A "free floral display designed to bring colour into winter", this event is held in The Calyx in the Royal Botanic Garden. The display showcases colourful arrangements of exotic plants including moth orchids, begonias, hydrangeas and garvineas. Also on show is Australia’s largest green wall - standing at 6 metres high and stretching across 50 metres - which is considered "a living watercolour painting, paying poetic homage to the masters of Impressionism". A diverse program of events, performances, workshops and science presentations will be held in the area around The Calyx.

 

Art After Hours - Wednesdays 5.30-10pm
(Mostly free events)
Every Wednesday the Art Gallery of NSW holds after-hours events - mostly free - that comprise tours, talks, art appreciation lectures, workshops, films and live music.
Location: AGN, Art Gallery Rd, The Domain
Details