Sydney's Vivid Festival

The Arts in Sydney


Sydney’s world-class arts and cultural events calendar offers numerous opportunities to get involved in many different aspects of Sydney life. 

The world famous Sydney Opera House, located a short walk from the Academic Center on the harbour foreshore and nextdoor to the city’s Royal Botanic Gardens, showcases the country’s leading performing arts companies including the acclaimed Bangarra Dance Theatre, Opera Australia, Sydney Theatre Company and The Australian Ballet. Nearby the Museum of Contemporary Art and Art Gallery of New South Wales celebrate the best of Australian and international art through their collections, exhibitions, programs and research, while Utopia and Cooee Art Galleries exclusively exhibit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art from around the country. 

Vivid Sydney, a festival of lights, music and ideas brings together artists, designers and leading thinkers across multiple venues throughout the city during May as the harbour foreshore lights up with innovative projections and installations. Sydney Festival likewise transforms the city during summer with works across all the major cultural institutions plus plenty of unique pop-up outdoor venues.

- Dr. Megan Carrigy, Associate Director, Academic Programs.