What’s Happening in Sydney this January

jan what's happening 2017

2017 already, eh? Crikey. What could this brave new future possibly hold in store for us? Well, some pretty cool stuff, as it turns out! Here’s a little preview.

Sydney Festival

Date: 7 – 29 January

Location: Various

Gearing up for its 41st edition, this year’s Sydney Festival is looking very tasty indeed. It remains one of Australia’s top art, culture and food extravaganzas, and promises 22 days of non-stop action. There’s music from the likes of Nick Cave, PJ Harvey and Lubomyr Melnyk. Drama in the form of Ladies in Black, Prize Fighter and Which Way Home. Cabaret and comedy courtesy of Retro Futurisms, Christina Hughes and The Fiery Maze. Then there’s all the visual art, performance art, talks, workshops, family activities and circus acts, and much more besides. Basically, it’s guaranteed fun! Find out more

So Frenchy So Chic in the Park

Date: 21 Januray

Location: Bicentennial Park, Glebe

Wow. Such Frenchy. Much chic. Very park (sorry). Anyway, this sunny summer festival is a celebration of all things Français (that’s French for ‘French’) including French bands, French wine and the general French feeling of joie de vivre (that’s French for ‘exuberant enjoyment of life’). We can’t forget the food, of course, and there’s all sorts of tasty things on le menu (that’s French for ‘menu’), from fancy cheeses to fresh baguettes to indulgent pastries. So Frenchy So Chic is just one big, happy picnic in the park, so gather up your friends and family for an awesome day out. Find out more

Twilight at Taronga

Date: 27 January – 11 March

Location: Taronga Zoo, Mosman

Taronga Zoo is always a fun place to be, but it becomes even more funnerer between January and March this year. Twilight at Taronga is a series of open-air concerts dedicated to raising money for wildlife conservation and environmental stability, and the line-up is fantastic. The Rubens, Kasey Chambers, Killing Heidi, Jet, Martha Wainwright, Teenage Fanclub and The Sports are amongst the stars turning out for 2017, and it should be even bigger than last year’s inaugural event. Live music, summer evenings and fantastic views of the harbour sounds like an excellent combination to us, so check it out! Find out more

Sydney Chinese New Year Festival

Date: 27 January – 12 February

Location: Chinatown and Haymarket

As far as New Year parties go, the Chinese version is definitely up there. It’s huge, colourful and vibrantly spectacular, and takes Sydney by storm every January. Expect parades, markets, cultural exhibitions, exciting performances, and the race to end all races as a fleet of 12-metre dragon boats have it out to see who truly is the master and commander (or something. Is that how boats work?). Gaze at the countless red lanterns, stuff your face with dumplings, and immerse yourself in the fabulous costumes and pounding drums of a darn good night. Find out more


Image credit: Noah Kalina via Sydney Festival

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