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What to do in Sydney this January

Sydney Festival, bush food cocktails and exhibitions. Here are the events you need to know about this month.

Experience an unforgettable Sydney Festival

BWise and friends at Sydney Festival

From 6 to 30 January, revel in a bold and ambitious program showcasing unforgettable arts and cultural experiences in our city. This year’s Sydney Festival features more than 100 events over 25 days.

Catch Girl From The North Country at the newly refurbished Theatre Royal, a musical direct from the West End and Broadway. Meet a luminous otherworldly chorus of 16 inflatable sculptures at Airship Orchestra in Haymarket. Or dance along to New Zealand’s legendary 7-piece jam band Fat Freddy’s Drop.

Hear live music and comedy at Speakers Corner

Part of Sydney Festival, Speakers Corner will see 22 nights of live music, DJs and comedy at St Mary’s Cathedral Square. With local Sydney musicians like B Wise and Friends, Joseph Tawadros Quartet and the incredible Sydney Symphony Orchestra percussion and string players, explore the diverse program to find a live act you’ll love.

Grab dinner in the city, a drink at the Speakers Corner bar, and settle in for this open-air gig series this summer.

Fire dancers will entertain at Summer Streets

Groove the afternoon away at Summer Streets

We're transforming our high streets into spaces for walking, shopping and dining over various dates in January and February. Enjoy street-side eating and drinking, special offers and outdoor entertainers this summer in Potts Point, Redfern, Surry Hills, Glebe and Pyrmont.

See the full program of events.

Inside the Tide at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Head to the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

From bush food cocktails and canapes to nature therapy walks and a prehistoric picnic, the harbourside garden has so much on offer for the whole family this summer.

Don’t miss the immersive Inside the Tide exhibition, with giant sea creatures, aquatic plants and the largest living green wall in the southern hemisphere.

Uncover clues on the Chinatown treasure hunt

Dig deeper into what makes Sydney’s Chinatown unique on this self-guided tour. Download the Kultura app, uncover cryptic clues and riddles and discover the real Chinatown.

Take the family to Museum of Sydney

Join the parade of animals in the interactive family exhibition, How to Move a Zoo. The exhibition tells the story of the zoo animals that moved from Moore Park Zoo to Taronga in 1916.

Sydney Town Hall

Enjoy Sydney Town Hall

Sydney’s much-loved Town Hall holds a special place in the hearts of Sydneysiders. Join curator Margaret Betteridge as she reveals how a night out at the Sydney Town Hall has been memorable in so many ways.

Taste a selection of gins

Enter the amazing world of gin distilling! Taste a selection of different gins every week with matching canapés. Head to the Australian National Maritime Museum to meet and learn about the challenges and rewards from leading female distillers.

Henri Matisse 'The sorrow of the king (La tristesse du roi)' 1952, Centre Pompidou, Paris © Succession H Matisse 2021

Marvel at Matisse

See Matisse: Life & Spirit, Masterpieces from the Centre Pompidou, Paris to learn about Henri Matisse, one of the world’s most beloved, innovative and influential artists. Developed in collaboration with the Centre Pompidou in Paris, don’t miss the greatest single exhibition of Matisse masterworks ever to be seen in Sydney.

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