Fireworks over Sydney Harbour Bridge on New Year's Eve.

Festivals and events

Sydneysiders love festivals and events and we host some of the world’s best. Sydney 2030 commits us to showcasing bigger, brighter and better celebrations.

Festivals and events bring huge economic benefits for local businesses, including the retail, hospitality and tourism sectors; literally thousands of visitors spend millions of dollars when they flock to the city from interstate and around the world to go to the Sydney Festival and Sydney Gas and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

We are sponsors of these events as well as the Biennale, the Sydney Film Festival, the Sydney Writers’ Festival and more. Of course we produce our own major drawcards too, including New Year’s Eve celebrations and Art & About, every year.

While we relish the economic benefits such events bring in and we love the opportunity to see Sydney’s artistic and cultural flair propelled onto the world stage, we have a whole other agenda, too. We want you to enjoy yourself.

We try to work with different communities so Sydney’s major events and festivals appeal to a cross-section of residents and visitors. And we’re getting results. Our own Chinese New Year Festival is now the biggest celebration of the Lunar New Year outside of Asia.

We’ve taken a foray into fashion, sponsoring the IMG Sydney Fashion Festival and Vogue Fashion Night Out. Food is always a favourite and we support a range of events including Crave, Sydney’s international food fair.

Musicals have had a good look in, with Wicked, Mary Poppins and the Jersey Boys all receiving City support. World premieres of An Officer and a Gentleman and Strictly Ballroom and the Australian premiere of The Addams Family Musical all followed.

Towards 2030 we are supporting more festivals and major events to:

  • support the arts, culture and creativity
  • celebrate with Sydneysiders
  • welcome interstate and international visitors
  • propel Sydney onto the world stage.

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