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Sydney summer culture guide

From December through to March, this is your hit list of Sydney's key cultural events and experiences

Photograph: Jamie Williams
Sydney Festival Village, Hyde Park

Sydney's summer culture scene is all about late-night, alfresco and festival vibes. Here is our guide to the quintessential Sydney summer culture experiences – from cabaret and blockbuster exhibitions to Sydney Festival and starlight cinema.

If you want to dig deeper into what's on stage and in the gallery, check out our January theatre hitlist, our Sydney Festival highlights, and the best exhibitions in Sydney.

2. Let your hair down with late-night cabaret

Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent

Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent

This seasonal spiegeltent is the main venue of Sydney Festival's Meriton Festival Village, and hosts cabaret and music performances.

4. See something under the stars

Cinema under the stars

Cinema under the stars

See a film alfresco at one of Sydney's many outdoor cinemas – we've even created this handy guide so you can pick the best fit for you.

Make it more than a summer fling

52 Weeks of #SydCulture

52 Weeks of #SydCulture

Take the challege with us: take part in at least one cultural event or activity every week in 2017.