Creativity and Culture Thrive Down Under


At the iconic Sydney Opera House, glittering harbor views are the intermission entertainment for those attending the performances of theater, symphony and ballet.

The cosmopolitan city of Sydney, New South Wales has a thriving menu of cultural delights to offer throughout the year: January’s Sydney Festival, the Writer’s Festival held in May, and the Sydney Film Festival in June. There are both family and adult events and activities taking place regularly all over the city.

The Sydney Theater Company and Bangarra Dance Theater hold regular performances in elegant Walsh Bay, and nearby Surry Hills and Kings Cross are centers for a variety of independent theater productions, plays and entertainment. The city is home to fine art galleries and museums: the Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, and Australian National Museum. Try something fun with a visit to the futuristic performance space at CarriageWorks, or catch a high-energy musical at Pyrmont’s Lyric Theater. Like jazz? Enjoy the best at the Basement in Circular Quay or find edgy live music venues in Enmore and Newton.

Melbourne, Victoria is home to many galleries within the landmark cultural space of its Federation Square, including the National Gallery of Victoria. In nearby Southbank, you’ll find the Australian Center for Contemporary Art just steps away from venues for performances by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Melbourne Theater Company. Watch the Australian Ballet or Opera Australia in performance on their home stage at the Arts Center, then spend a day discovering public art with murals, installations and artist-run galleries that dot the city’s winding laneways. Melbourne is host for the Melbourne Comedy Festival in April, the International Jazz Festival in May, and the International Arts Festival in September.

The world’s largest collection of Aboriginal artifacts are a marvel to see in the South Australian Museum located in Adelaide, South Australia. Adelaide is a great place to hit the streets for outdoor theater, art, music, dance and film during the month-long Adelaide Fringe Festival in late February. There are wonderful live performances at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in June, and the city is home to the State Library, Parliament House and Government House.