A good way to immerse in the culture of Sydney and Australia at large is to attend festivals held in the city. Whether you are a fan of sports, you prefer watching debates, literature or music, the city has events to attend throughout the year.
The Three Week Vivid Festival
This is one of the longest-held festivals that you could ever attend. Happening between May and June every year, the three-week celebration involves light installations and projections outdoors, people engage in ideas exchange and there are musical performances by musicians from across the globe. The lighting of the world-famous Sydney Opera house is the highlight of the Vivid Festival.
Sydney Zombie Walk
If you are a fan of Walking Dead, then being in Sydney in the last week of October will be a treat for you. It is actually one of the funniest and thrilling festivals that you could ever attend. You get to see thousands of people doing the zombie style walk and you also get a chance to be a zombie for a day, not worried about what people will say. The purpose of the city turning into a ‘zombie area’ is to support the Brain Foundation through raising money.
Sydney Festival is another event that goes for three weeks in January with varieties of activities. There are musical concerts; exhibitions, live performances, events for the young ones, theatre plays, artistic workshops, lecture talks, and concerts. During the three weeks, you can attend any of the events but you need to buy a ticket in advance.
Sydney Film Festival
Sydney has some great older style cinemas like Randwick Ritz. If you have time check out a movie here.
For die hard movie lovers, the Sydney Film Festival is an event not to miss out. It lasts for 12 days and nights in the month of June with more than 200 works of cinema. Whether you prefer thrillers, comedies, documentaries, cross-genre experiences or dramas, you have options during the Sydney Film Festival. All you need to do is head to the specific cinemas in the city. You will also get to see varieties of cinemas at discounted prices with Flexipass.
Sydney Writers Festival
If you are a writer, then you may not want to miss out on the Sydney Writers Festival where there are over 300 events. This is a good source of inspiration and ideas in your writing. If you are a writer, there is so much for you as there are hundreds of writers who participate in the events. You can have a one-on-one talk with different writers, you get to read and engage in panel discussions.