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A whole world of music, dance, theatre, ideas and more is on stage at the Sydney Opera House. Use the buttons below to view our What's On guide or keep reading for a selection of events we wouldn't want you to miss.

The Unbelievables

This summer's brand new theatrical blockbuster premieres at the Sydney Opera House, filling the Concert Hall with the world’s greatest circus, music and magic performers. From the producers of The Illusionists and Circus 1903 comes an entertainment extravaganza featuring breathtaking circus, jaw-dropping magic, award-winning ballroom dancers, stunning costumes, comedy and so much more! Experience the golden age of entertainment with the incredible live swing band, hosted by comedian Harrison Greenbaum.

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Mind-blowing, Awe-inspiring



Our annual landmark celebration of First Nations art and culture returns bigger and better this year on the harbourside Forecourt. Join us to celebrate the power of contemporary art and ancient customs in this free two-day festival featuring Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project, the national competition Dance Rites, Torres Strait Islander rapper Mau Power, PNG group Airileke Ingram, electronic duo Electric Fields, the Black Arts Market, weaving, healing workshops and more.

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New Year's Eve

Bring in 2018 at Sydney Opera House with an unforgettable night in the heart of Sydney Harbour beneath the Opera House sails. You can celebrate at the best party of the year at Portside Sydney, Countdown with some of Australia’s greatest stars or attend the magnificent Opera Australia Gala performance. With so many events to choose from, there is something on offer for everyone this New Year's Eve at Sydney Opera House.

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Invigorating, Dazzling


The National

“The National is not just a cerebral or just an emotional experience but a physical one.” – Sydney Morning Herald

Following their acclaimed Opera House debut in 2014, indie rock royalty The National return to the Forecourt. The Cincinnati quintet are only just reaching the heights of popularity a decade on from their breakthrough, Boxer. Celebrating their new album Sleep Well Beast on the harbourside stage, The National will have you headbanging one moment and crying the next.

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The Creators

Our seven flagship companies present the best of the Australian performing arts while our own presenting arm offers the best of now. Meet the performers and presenters who call the Opera House their home.