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April events in Sydney

Make the most of April with these fab things to do in the city

People dancing at Commune.
Photograph: Supplied

The fourth month of the year means shorter days and cooler nights (aka snuggle city), but don't hibernate just yet – April is packed with arts and culture festivals, music to the max and Easter-themed events to help you enjoy the autumn chill.

Sugar junkies, thrill seekers and animal lovers should prepare their showbag-carrying muscles for the Royal Easter Show, and people looking for edifying events should check out all the talks and discussions happening in Sydney. Don't forget the double-up week of public holidays for Easter and ANZAC Day in the second half of the month. 

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April's biggest festivals and events

The Essential Duchamp Art Gallery of NSW supplied
© Association Marcel Duchamp/ADAGP. Copyright Agency, 2018

The Essential Duchamp

icon-location-pin Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

Marcel Duchamp’s idea of presenting ‘readymades’ or ordinary manufactured objects as works of art tested, pushed and helped shape the art world's very fabric. You can see how he evolved and came to that influential position in this exhibition featuring his renowned urinal – 'Fountain' (1950) – alongside 125 other pieces spanning six decades. 

Lucas Abela - The National
Photograph: Daniel Boud
Art, Galleries

The National Biennial of New Australian Art

icon-location-pin Multiple venues

The National happens in the off-years of the Biennale of Sydney, filling that biennale-shaped hole in your heart. Its second iteration features 65 artists drawn from all across the country and all stages of their careers. See these works at the MCA, Art Gallery of NSW and Carriageworks. 

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Sydney Theatre Company 2019
Photograph: Rene Vaile
Theatre, Drama

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

icon-location-pin Roslyn Packer Theatre, Millers Point

If you don’t know anything about Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, it’s an explosive drama about a Southern family at loggerheads with each other. And it’s difficult to imagine a more impressive cast: The Book of Mormon’s Zahra Newman will play Maggie the Cat opposite Hugo Weaving as Big Daddy and Pamela Rabe as Big Mama.

Janet Laurence: After Nature Museum of Contemporary Art 2019
Image courtesy the artist

Janet Laurence: After Nature

icon-location-pin Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), The Rocks

Janet Laurence has made a career as an “environmental artist”, creating installations that respond to and utilise the natural world as key artistic elements. This major survey at the MCA features installations, sculpture, photography and video, with key works from across the course of her 30-year career.

By All Estimates 4a centre for contemporary asian art 2019 supplied image
Courtesy the artist and Galerie Pompom. Photograph: Laura Moore.

By All Estimates

icon-location-pin 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Haymarket

Four artists from around the world are being brought together for 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art's new exhibition all about Singapore's past and future. See works by Kolkata-based Rathin Barman, Sydney-based, Singapore-born Jessica Bradford, London-based, Singapore-born Erika Tan and Singapore artist Moses Tan.

MCA Sculpture Terrace outdoors music
Photograph: Sam Whiteside
Music, Rock and indie

Sounds on the Terrace


Be part of the April installment of this series of free gigs up on the MCA's rooftop. It'll star Illawarra artist Bec Sandridge, whose sound echoes Blondie and Kate Bush but with fewer Brontë ballads and a dash of modern indie-rock. She’ll be joined by moody Sydney six-piece JD and the Hunger Men.

Dobell Drawing Prize 2019 picture supplied
Courtesy the artist and Utopia Gallery Sydney
Art, Drawings

Dobell Drawing Prize

icon-location-pin National Art School, Darlinghurst

The $30,000 Dobell Drawing Prize is being awarded for the 21st time this year. The 57 finalists will be showcased in this exhibition at the National Art School that pushes against all the preconceptions you might have about drawing, and broadens out the definition significantly.

A couple looking at a stall with the vendor at Sydney Vegan Mark
Photograph: Supplied
Things to do, Markets

Sydney Vegan Market

icon-location-pin The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park

Sydney Vegan Market brings together 100 stalls selling 100 per cent plant-based food and drink, homewares, fashion, art and cosmetics from some of the biggest names in cruelty-free shopping. The set up at the Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park offers a full day of eating, shopping, activism and education.

Keep the little scamps entertained

ATYP girl laughing
Photograph: Supplied
Kids, Active events

School holidays in Sydney

Looking for ideas to entertain the kids over the Easter break? We've found the best children's theatre shows, classes and workshops, outdoor activities and family festivals taking place during the school holidays.

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