Sydney @ Night

People viewing the EORA - Dark Emu light projection on the Sydney Harbour Bridge south pylon during Vivid Sydney 2018, Photo Credit: Destination NSW, Photographer: Anna Warr, 2018

People viewing the EORA – Dark Emu light projection on the Sydney Harbour Bridge south pylon during Vivid Sydney 2018, Photo Credit: Destination NSW, Photographer: Anna Warr, 2018

Get an extra dose of art and culture at night in Sydney this winter. From local artists to international stars, check out these after dark offerings across the city.

Regular offerings

UNSW Art and Design Galleries, Greens Rd, Paddington
First Fridays
First Friday of each month, until 9pm
UNSW Art and Design Galleries, Greens Road Paddington
First Fridays is a relaxing and stimulating way to participate in UNSW Galleries program of exhibitions, events, screenings and performances. Once a month we stay open after hours with a series of lively events engaging ideas in contemporary art and culture. Held on the first Friday of each month, join us for a changing mix of music and performance, ideas and debate, food and wine, and first-hand conversation with artists, makers, designers and creators.

Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George St, The Rocks
Lights on Later
The MCA stays open until 9pm every Wednesday night – perfect for those who can’t visit the gallery during working hours. Lights on Later is a spontaneous and ever-changing event. Enjoy MCA exhibitions alongside hands-on workshops and talks by MCA tour guides. Hear informal talks by curators, artists and other creative thinkers on curious, sometimes controversial, topics. Wander up to the Sculpture Terrace overlooking Sydney Harbour and wind down with live music, a glass of wine and a bite to eat at the MCA Cafe.

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery Rd, Sydney
Art after Hours
On Wednesdays the Gallery stays open late for Art After Hours, courtesy bus runs every 15 mins from 7pm until closing from the Gallery to various locations in the city with proximity to public transportation.

Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney
Badu Gili
Every day, sunset and 7.00pm – 7.15pm
Badu Gili, meaning water light in Gadigal language, is a free daily experience that celebrates the ancient stories and rich contemporary culture of Australia’s First Nations in a spectacular seven-minute projection. Viewed from the top of the Monumental Steps, the projection illuminates the eastern Bennelong sail year-round at sunset and 7pm. Screening times change with the sunset and season. See website for latest screening times.
Free entry

Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney
2 For 1 For You
Wednesdays
Sign up to Sydney Opera House’s weekly dealmail to receive two for one deals on shows, as well as special deals on parking and food and beverage on Wednesday evenings. You will receive your weekly deals form 5pm on Tuesdays.

Sydney Observatory, 1003 Upper Fort Street, Millers Point
Sydney Observatory Night Tours
Nightly, 6.30pm – 8.00pm, 8.30pm – 10.00pm
Explore the highlights of the southern sky on a night tour at Sydney’s oldest observatory. Use the telescopes to see the stars, Moon, a nebula, Mars or the planets during this quintessential Sydney experience.
Tickets required


August 2019

Belvoir St Theatre, 25 Belvoir St, Surry Hills
Life of Galileo
Saturday 3 August 2019 – Sunday 15 September 2019
Belvoir’s Artistic Director Eamon Flack directs Brecht’s classic play Life Of Galileo, adapted for a post-truth world. Colin Friels stars as the charismatic astronomer in this masterpiece of truth, lies and science.
Tickets required

Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George St, The Rocks
Ruinart Sketch Club at the MCA
7, 14, 21 & 28 August 2019, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Join Sydney artist Will French at the MCA for a 2-hour sketching workshop, topped off with Ruinart bubbles, nibbles and Sydney Harbour views! Working with raw charcoal, chalk and natural materials, participants will get their chance to experiment with a variety of drawing techniques, guided by personalised tips from the artist. Beginners welcome, no prior sketching experienced required. Materials, Ruinart champagne and cheese provided.
Tickets required

Elizabeth Bay House, 7 Onslow Avenue, Elizabeth Bay
Elizabeth Bay House Nightlight Tour: A Scottish Success
Friday 23 August 2019, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Discover the story of one of the most successful early Scottish migrants to Australia, Elizabeth Bay House’s Alexander Macleay. Ages 18+, refreshments included.
Tickets required

Australian National Maritime Museum
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Until 25 August 2019
See the world through a new lens in this internationally acclaimed exhibition.
On loan from the Natural History Museum in London, the exhibition features 100 extraordinary images that celebrate the diversity of the natural world, from intimate animal portraits to astonishing wild landscapes.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, running for more than 50 years. It has a pivotal role in providing a global platform to showcase the natural world’s most powerful and challenging imagery. 2019’s exhibition features Australian finalists Georgina Steytler, Justin Gilligan, Robert Irwin and David Gallan.
Tickets required

Playhouse, Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney
Titus Andronicus
Tuesday 27 August – Friday 27 September 2019
Grotesquely violent and boldly experimental, Shakespeare’s bloodiest play is an interrogation of power and paranoia. It dives into the depths of humankind’s most vile traits and invites audiences to revel in the horrors that are found within. A confronting and gory revenge tragedy, Titus Andronicus was the smash hit of Shakespeare’s early career.
Tickets required

National Art School Gallery
Paper Tigers exhibition opening night
Thursday 29 August 2019, 6.00pm – 9.00pm
Join us for the opening of Paper Tigers – an exhibition celebrating Sydney’s printed visual culture of the 1970s. Including posters, prints and ephemera from a range of both celebrated and anonymous artists and designers, the exhibition presents a snapshot of a period when vibrant and experimental creative production incited social action.
Free entry

Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George St, The Rocks
MCA ARTBAR August 2019
Friday 30 August 2019, 7.00pm – 11.00pm
MCA ARTBAR takes your gallery experience and flips it on its head. This adults only art party transforms all levels of the Museum. Enjoy exclusive access to current exhibitions after hours and dance into the night with DJs on the rooftop terrace with incredible harbour views.
Tickets required


September 2019

Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George St, The Rocks
MCA Artful Professional Development Meeting: Art & Dementia
Wednesday 18 September 2019, 6.00pm – 9.00pm
This professional development evening will be led by MCA Artist Educators who will share insights from the Museum’s Artful program and its 3-year research project (completed in 2018) on the impact of art-making on individuals with dementia. The workshop will include a discussion with participants, care partners and a representative from Dementia Australia reflecting on their experiences from the program as well as the impact of creative engagement.
Tickets required

Playhouse, Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney
Titus Andronicus
Tuesday 27 August – Friday 27 September 2019
Grotesquely violent and boldly experimental, Shakespeare’s bloodiest play is an interrogation of power and paranoia. It dives into the depths of humankind’s most vile traits and invites audiences to revel in the horrors that are found within. A confronting and gory revenge tragedy, Titus Andronicus was the smash hit of Shakespeare’s early career.
Tickets required

Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George St, The Rocks
MCA GENEXT
Sunday 29 September 2019, 6.00pm – 9.00pm
This free festival-style event is the MCA’s flagship event for school-aged young people 12–18 years. Programmed by the MCA’s Youth Committee, GENEXT offers access to exhibitions, as well as live music, free snacks, creative workshops and social activities. It takes place 4 times a year, after-hours on Sunday night from 6–9pm. Each event is inspired by the artists, works and ideas that shape our exhibition program throughout the year.
Free entry


October 2019

Playhouse, Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney
Much Ado About Nothing
Tuesday 22 October 2019 – Sunday 27 November 2019
Much Ado About Nothing is the original from hate-to-love romantic comedy. Full of sharp, smart language and a rollicking storyline this will be a production of power and humour. Romance comes under threat as lovers spar, villains scheme and weddings are derailed. Find out if truth and honesty win the day, and whether love really does conquer all.
Tickets required

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