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7-26 January 2016

From community participation events, to outdoor music performances and family-friendly entertainment, there's plenty to see and do for free at Sydney Festival.

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Sydney Festival is committed to making the Festival accessible to all. Our free events occur throughout the Festival and are the perfect opportunity to celebrate the city in summer, encompassing everything from visual art to large-scale community participation events, outdoor music performances, and family-friendly entertainment. Take a look at what’s on below.

The Ephemeral City at the Cutaway Barangaroo Reserve
Utopian architecture built by you
The Ephemeral City at the Cutaway Barangaroo Reserve
08 - 26 January
The Cutaway at Barangaroo Reserve
Arquitectura de Feria
A fantastical fairground for the whole family
Arquitectura de Feria
07 - 24 January
Prince Alfred Square
Arts Festivals: The Long and Winding Road
Keynote Address by Robert Wilson
Arts Festivals: The Long and Winding Road
06 January
Sydney Opera House
The People's Tower at Darling Harbour
Celebrate the Opening of the 40th Sydney Festival with the whole family at Darling Harbour
The People's Tower at Darling Harbour
08 - 10 January
Darling Harbour
Opera in the Domain
Opera Australia's biggest stars, under the stars
Opera in the Domain
23 January
The Domain
Symphony in The Domain
Classical music under the stars
Symphony in The Domain
16 January
The Domain
40 Portraits Walking Tour
A public exhibition where the cityscape is the gallery
40 Portraits Walking Tour
07 January
Sydney CBD
Family Week
A jam-packed week full of family shows and free fun
Family Week
12 - 16 January
Around the Meriton Festival Village
Skateboarders vs Minimalism at the Cutaway Barangaroo Reserve
Minimalist sculpture meets the body in motion
Skateboarders vs Minimalism at the Cutaway Barangaroo Reserve
08 - 26 January
The Cutaway at Barangaroo Reserve
Artist Talk: Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
The acclaimed choreographer joins Erin Brannigan in conversation
Artist Talk: Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
12 January
Carriageworks
Ferrython
The perfect day out for family and friends
Ferrython
26 January
Sydney Harbour
Your Future Government: A Thought Experiment
A UTS Big Thinking Forum event
Your Future Government: A Thought Experiment
24 January
University of Technology Sydney
Pleasure Garden
An immersive listening garden and interactive instrument
Pleasure Garden
07 - 26 January
Vaucluse House Gardens
Flying Fox at The Ephemeral City
Get a bird's eye view of Sydney's creative playground
Flying Fox at The Ephemeral City
08 - 24 January
The Cutaway at Barangaroo Reserve
City of Sydney Lawn Library
Sydney's favourite outdoor library
City of Sydney Lawn Library
06 - 26 January
Around the Meriton Festival Village
BOXWARS Discovery Trail at Darling Harbour
The perfect school holiday activity
BOXWARS Discovery Trail at Darling Harbour
07 - 26 January
Darling Harbour
El Anatsui: Five Decades
The first major exhibition of El Anatsui in Australia
El Anatsui: Five Decades
7 January – 6 March
Carriageworks
Feeding Sydney: The Future of our City’s Foodbowl
A UTS Big Thinking Forum event
Feeding Sydney: The Future of our City’s Foodbowl
22 January
University of Technology Sydney
The Column
An epic video work from Albanian artist Adrian Paci
The Column
7 January – 13 February
UNSW Galleries
Bubble Disco
A silent disco sure to get the entire family on the dancefloor
Bubble Disco
12 - 16 January
Around the Meriton Festival Village
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