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Where To Get Cultured In Sydney After Dark

By Phoebe McRae
2nd Feb 2017

Getting your daily, weekly, monthly or even yearly dose of culture can be tough. We know. We get it. You’re just super busy finishing your third Netflix series of the week (no judgey eyes, we promise).

That’s why we’ve teamed up with Wilson Parking to bring you this neat little list of the best cultural events happening in Sydney this February. They’re all on after dark, so you can’t use work as an excuse. #Sorrynotsorry.

Go with your mate (or a date) and don’t let the idea of parking scare you off because Wilson Parking totally lets you Book-A-Bay (yes, you can pay with Amex) and secure yourself a park, without the stress, before you even leave the office. Genius?

Twilight At Taronga


Overlooking the harbour and its many landmarks, Twilight At Taronga is a must for any true music lover. Even if you don’t like live music, the close proximity to cute animals is sure to put a smile on your dial and set you up for one hell of a good night.

Sit back, relax and enjoy a sunset picnic (the charcuterie boards are next level), then re-live your glory days of banging around to Jet (you know the ones) or get down and boogie to The Reubens. You don’t even have to think about parking, because you can Book-A-Bay in the CBD and catch the ferry there (we would do anything to avoid driving OTB). Handy much?

When: Friday & Saturday from 6pm, 27th January to 11th March
Where: Taronga Zoo
Cost: $74.95 (including booking fee)

Sydney Serbian Festival

Darling Harbour

For one weekend only, one of our fave European countries, and cuisines, will take over Tumbalong Park in Darling Harbour to celebrate all of the tasty things Serbia is famous for. Expect live music, folkloric dancing well in to the night, and a whole lot of food, from Chevapi (aka minced sausages infused with spices and grilled on charcoal) and Pljeskavica (that would be meat patties made from a special mixture of ground meats) to Burek (think pastry) and Pita (which actually means pie). You basically speak Serbian now.

When: Saturday 4th to Sunday 5th February
Where: Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour
Cost: Entry is free

Manifesto @ Art Gallery NSW


If you’re not a fan of Cate Blanchett, are you even Australian? The Queen of our country’s small, but mighty successful, film industry is the lead in Manifesto, a dramatic multi-channel video installation by German artist Julian Rosefeldt. Taking on 13 different personas (from a school teacher, to a newsreader, and even a homeless man) Blanchett performs various monologues that Rosefeldt created by editing and reassembling a collage of famous artists’ manifestos. Avoid the crowds and head here on a Wednesday night for Art After Hours.

When: Now until 19th February
Where: Art Gallery of NSW
Cost: Entry is free

La Bohéme @ The Opera House

Circular Quay

If you’ve never experienced a night at the opera, La Bohéme is the perfect place to start. Hosted at the Opera House (obvs) you can Book-A-Bay at Wilson Parking (just underneath) and make a night of it. Dine at Bennelong (the pavlova is a must!) then watch one of the world’s most famous operas unfold. Celebrating first loves (and first heartbreaks), La Bohéme is full to the brim with glittering lights, bohemian spirit, and fishnet stocking-clad ladies.

When: Wednesday to Saturday from 7:30pm, now until 24th March
Where: Sydney Opera House
Cost: $45



Film buffs don’t want this secret to get out, so just between us we’re lifting the lid on the whole thing—you need to get yourself to Tropfest. Forget La La Land and Star Wars, the world’s largest short film festival offers so much more and it’s outdoors so automatically it gets a big fat yes from us. Live music kicks off at midday, and come dusk it’s show time! Expect a whole lot of 5 star films and don’t forget to ‘Pick Your Patch,' and save yourself a patch of grass (and a chair) with great views of the screen.

When: Saturday 11th February
Where: Parramatta Park
Cost: Entry is free

Another Day In Paradise @ Campbelltown Arts Centre


Things are getting seriously interesting out Campbelltown way, thanks to the arrival of Another Day In Paradise at the Campbelltown Arts Centre. Curated by Ben Quilty and Michael Dagostino, the exhibition has everyone talking and presents a vast and sobering series of portraits by artist Myuran Sukumaran painted during his incarceration at Bali’s Kerobokan jail, right up until his final incarceration on Nusa Kambangan Island.

When: Now until 26th March
Where: Campbelltown Arts Centre
Cost: Entry is free (bookings essential)

So come on Sydneysiders, Book-A-Bay then go get a healthy dose of bloody culture!

Editor's note: This article is proudly sponsored by Wilson Parking and endorsed by The Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy.

Image credit: Nikki Mannix

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