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What’s On: Sydney In January

While we’re gearing up for the end of 2018, let’s not forget about 2019! 

Christmas and New Years do require plenty of special attention, but if you don’t knuckle down and start planning now January is going to pass you by. It’s the hottest time of year, both literally and metaphorically, so there is plenty to see and do. Whether you feel like gyrating with a crowd of thousands or intimately exploring the city with a significant other, we’ve got the list for you.

January 2019, here we come!


Herringbone is the eerie vaudevillian tale of a man drowning in multiple ghosts. Award-winning director and performer, Jay James-Moody, will assume the title role of Herringbone and the ten demons that take over his soul. Eight-year-old George is taken under the wing of a vaudeville veteran, Chicken, with high hopes for Hollywood. Alas, things go awry.

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Kings Cross Theatre, Kings Cross Hotel January 18 - February 2 49 full fare


The world-renowned Flickerfest is back, featuring the world’s best short films for 2018. More than 2700 entries have been refined to a tight list of 200, all ready for viewing in late January. As well as watching fabulous short films, the event spanning over a week also plays host to an opening night and closing night, held under the stars at Bondi Beach.

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Bondi Beach Pavilion January 11-20 Various tickets

Cork & Canvas

At Cork & Canvas, you are invited to paint and tipple at the same time! In collaboration with Event Cinemas Bondi Junction, this paint and sip studio workshop is your go-to place to unwind with a spectacular view over the city at sunset. Make sure to book as soon as possible as there are only a limited amount of sessions for this unique experience.

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AACTA Bar at Event Cinemas Bondi Junction Every Thursday throughout January 80pp, aprons provided

Article 14.1

At the Museum of Contemporary Art in The Rocks, Melbourne-based artist Phuong Ngo plans to endure starvation, hypothermia and sleep deprivation for art. During this ten-day feat titled Article 14.1, Ngo will fold origami boats and entice the public to join in as they listen to voice recordings of Vietnamese asylum seekers.

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Museum of Contemporary Art, The Rocks January 14-23 Free event

Movies By The Boulevard

Cathy Freeman Park, adjacent ANZ Stadium in Olympic Park, will be hosting Movies by the Boulevard, showcasing the greatest family-friendly films. This year will see popular films such as Peter Rabbit, Avengers: Infinity War, Oceans 8 and even The Greatest Showman. No bookings required, just show up with a rug and some money for nibbles and drinks.

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Cathy Freeman Park, Olympic Park from January 19 Free entry

Test Cricket, SCG

Summer in Sydney is not complete without a proper match of test cricket at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Watch Australia and India battle it out on the pitch as we find out which is the greatest cricket team in the world. Hint: It’s Australia! It’s the perfect outing for the family – or a father and son/mother and daughter day out. HOWZAT!

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Sydney Cricket Ground, Moore Park January 3-6 30+

So Frenchy So Chic Festival

Parlez-vous français? It’s okay if you don’t, but it may help at this super-Frenchy festival in Sydney’s inner west. Overlooking Rozelle Bay, in the confines of Bicentennial Park, will soon be the So Frenchy So Chic festival, sharing the best in French music, food and wine. With a full female-only line up on stage, this festival will celebrate female French artists breaking through a male-dominated industry.

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Bicentennial Park, Glebe January 19 92.99 entry

Nag Nag Nag Festival

Marrickville will come alive in January with the Nag Nag Nag Festival, featuring the best burgeoning underground artists that Australia has to offer. Held in two locations over two nights, groove away to the fresh new sounds with friends. On January 18, head to the golf club, and on January 19, head to the bowling club.

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Marrickville Golf Club/Marrickville Bowling Club January 18-19 15-35

Silent Disco - State Library

Shhh! This is a silent party at Sydney’s State Library! Put on some headphones, turn up the music and dance like no librarians are watching. DJs will spin the tunes on select days in January, hoping not to disturb those who are perusing aisles or pages. A licensed bar will operate on two of the three nights (11 & 25), with special literary cocktails on the menu.

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State Library, New South Wales January 11, 18, 25 20 general

Inner West Fiesta

Latin America will soon be sweeping through Marrickville for the Inner West Fiesta! The family-friendly event will feature the best of Latin American cuisine, dance, music, art and craft. Spice up your Sunday with a visit to the Sydney Portugal Community Club near Sydenham Station for a vibrant day of colour, movement and feasting.

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100 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville January 20 10 adult