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Wild City

A hands-on artwork, interactive workshop and free afternoon art installation 

What could life be like for animals – including human animals – living together in our city? Come make, create and play in this wild city where animals take over!

In the Centre for Creativity | Sydney Opera House Presents | Kids & Families

COVID-safe and event information

The health, safety and wellbeing of everyone at the Opera House is our priority. When you return to the Opera House, you will notice some important changes that have been implemented to keep the community safe, which are regularly reviewed and updated in consideration of the Public Health Order prevailing at the time. Please follow our conditions of entry at all times:

  • Face masks are strongly recommended for all patrons while inside our theatres and foyers, including during the performance. Please bring your own mask;
  • As you move around the Opera House, practise physical distancing (1.5 metres whenever possible) and follow the guidance provided by our staff and signage; and
  • Within venues, always take your allocated seat.

Please refer to our updated General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Attendance at Events for detailed information about our ticketing policies. These conditions may change between the time of purchase and the event date. Ticketholders will be contacted directly regarding any changes to their event.

Please check our plan your visit page prior to attending the Opera House for the most up-to-date information.

Onsale information

General public onsale: Monday 29th August 2022 9:00am

Season runs from Tuesday 3 to Sunday 15 January, 2023

Tuesday 3 January, 9.30am & 12.30pm
Wednesday 4 January, 9.30am & 12.30pm
Thursday 5 January, 9.30am & 12.30pm
Friday 6 January, 9.30am & 12.30pm
Saturday 7 January, 9.30am & 12.30pm
Sunday 8 January, 9.30am & 12.30pm
 
Monday 9 January, 9.30am & 12.30pm
Tuesday 10 January, 9.30am & 12.30pm
Wednesday 11 January, 9.30am & 12.30pm
Thursday 12 January, 9.30am & 12.30pm
Friday 13 January, 9.30am & 12.30pm
Saturday 14 January, 9.30am & 12.30pm
Sunday 15 January, 9.30am & 12.30pm
 
Free afternoon art installation:
Tuesday 3 - Sunday 15 January, 2.30pm - 5pm

Standard tickets from $10 | No Booking Fee
All attendees must have a valid ticket | Parent/Guardian Supervision Required

Ticket Description & price
Standard Ages 1 year and over
Unreserved Seating $10

Prices correct at the time of publication and subject to change without notice. Exact prices will be displayed with seat selection.

All attendees must have a valid ticket.

Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied at all times. 

The authorised agency for this event is Sydney Opera House. For more information about Authorised Agencies, see the FAQ below.

This event runs approximately 90 minutes, with no interval. 

Event duration is a guide only and may be subject to change.

In English | Wheelchair accessible

For any special access requirements phone the Contact Centre on 02 9250 7777 or email bookings@sydneyoperahouse.com.

"This is kind of a wild life place. Humans and animals can be together and learn from each other"
 
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Build your wildest city!

Morning workshops:

In different cities worldwide, adaptations are already taking place to include wild animals as citizens and improve the quality of urban ecosystems. 

These inspiring examples are explored before a fun hands-on-making workshop where everybody works together to imagine and build a thriving Wild City. 

Explore ideas by adding to the sculptural building blocks of a city, creating habitat and infrastructure to welcome wild animals into the mini urban landscape. The result is a collaborative exhibition, that not only investigates environmental issues, but it also inspires solutions.

Facilitated by professional artists and joined by ecological experts that will provide in-depth knowledge about the surprising number of animals we already share our cities with, and what habitats they require. 

Free afternoon art installation:

2.30 - 5 pm daily

Each afternoon the Wild City exhibition will be open for anyone to come in and explore the rich urban landscape and watch the Wild City Animation.

Artist facilitators will be on hand to guide you through activities involving becoming a field naturalist by making binoculars and finding the many animals in their habitat. 

Registrations are not required for the exhibition 

Sydney Opera House presents Wild City

About the Artist

Kathy Holowko

Kathy Holowko is interested in the effects that urban life has upon our understanding of ecology. In busy, human-centric environments, she searches for narratives and connections that can help us reconsider our world as a cyclical and shared habitat. Holowko creates sculptural works, installations, public art and playful projects in a variety of media and believes in the power of art to help learn, think, meditate … and in her own way, mirrors cultural environmental ideologies in the hope of building positive future visions.

 

Urban Ecologists

Artist Kathy Howloko will be joined each session by an urban ecologist to talk about the animals we already share our cities with. These experts come from universities and the Royal Botanic Gardens and work in wild cityscapes like Centennial Parklands, Western Sydney Parklands and across our city.

 

Beth Moth 
Tue 3 Jan

Dr Beth Mott is an ecologist working for the Saving Our Species Program of NSW Government, currently managing threatened rainforest communities and Glossy-black Cockatoos. Before this she worked for Birdlife Australia, uncovering the secret lives of large owls in the city. Beth has worked with frogs, quolls, feral cats, lizards and fish in deserts, tree plantations and rainforests. She is passionate about finding ways to lessen the impacts of expanding urban envelopes on wildlife and local biodiversity, and to incorporate to traditional knowledge into this story. She loves to help people learn more about how we can all change the world. 

 

Kerryn Herman
Wed 4 Jan

Dr Kerryn Herman is an ecologist with BirdLife Australia. Whilst she has worked across a range of animals and environments – including Bilbies and Bettongs in arid Australia, she returned to her love of birds and found her place in BirdLife.

Her current research includes a study on the Superb Fairy-wrens in Melbournes Royal Park in partnership with City of Melbourne, RMIT and Uni Melb, where we are looking at ways to improve vegetation corridors through the city to help birds move between the various parks and gardens.

BirdLife Australia was established in 1901 and is Australia’s oldest conservation organisation. Our focus is on birds, their habitats and the people who love them.

 

Caragh Threlfall
5–6 Jan

Caragh Threlfall Is an urban ecologist at The University of Sydney. Her research looks at the best ways to restore habitat in cities for native wildlife.

 

Britt Mitchell 
7 Jan

Britt Mitchell is a PhD candidate at UNSW Sydney and the Australian Museum. She researches frogs and how they are responding to various human-mediated pressures, such as urbanisation and climate change. More specifically, she wants to use this knowledge to directly inform conservation strategies for our threatened frog species.

Britt is also a passionate science communicator and has been involved in various initiatives at the University of Sydney, University of Wollongong, Greater Sydney Parklands, and the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, to inspire the next generation into STEM related careers.

Britt will be talking about frogs that live in urban areas, what pressures they have to contend with, and what we might be able to do to support our frogs in the city!

 

John Martin
8–13 & 15 Jan

Dr John Martin is an ecological research scientist, author, and science communicator. Through inspiring community appreciation of and connection with nature, John aims to enhance the prospects for co-existence between wildlife and humans.

 

Rachel Beswetherick
14 Jan

Rachel works in education at the Royal Botanic Gardens and National Parks and Wildlife Service. Her role is to get children inspired about the outdoors by experiencing it for themselves. One of her favourite jobs is running sunset spotlight tours at the Royal Botanic Garden and the Australian Botanic Garden. Rachel is always thrilled to go an adventure in the night so see what wildlife can be found. She believes it’s amazing just how much wildlife is in our urban cities, once the sun goes down our nocturnal native animals are out and about. She enjoys to witness how they have learnt to live alongside us humans and our cities.

Venue Information

Performances are being sold to 100% capacity in line with the NSW Public Health Order. This includes all shows in the Concert Hall, Joan Sutherland Theatre, Studio, Playhouse, Drama Theatre and Utzon Room. Please note that you will be seated directly alongside other ticketholders.

In order to manage venue capacities, all patrons in theatres must hold a valid ticket.

Our foyers will be open 60 minutes pre-show for Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and two hours pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. Refreshments will be available for purchase from our theatre bars. Please remember to maintain physical distancing whilst consuming drinks in our foyers.

All Sydney Opera House foyers are pram accessible, with lifts to the main and western foyers. The public lift to all foyers is accessible from the corridor near the escalators on the Lower Concourse and also in the Western Foyer via the corridor on the Ground Level (at the top of the escalators). Pram parking will be available outside the theatres in the Western Foyer consistent with COVID-safe rules.

Transport options

  • The Sydney Opera House Car Park, operated by Wilson Parking, is open and available to use. Wilson Parking offer discounted parking if you book ahead. Please see their website for details.
  • Please check the Transport NSW website for the latest advice and information on travel and COVID-19 safety measures. You can catch public transport (bus, train, ferry) to Circular Quay and enjoy a six min walk to the Opera House. 

Frequently asked questions – COVID-19 safety measures

What safety measures have you implemented?

Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of everyone on site, and we are closely following NSW Health guidelines and advice. The Sydney Opera House is registered as a COVID Safe business with the NSW Government. For detailed information about our COVID-19 safety measures and what’s required of you when visiting, please see our plan your visit page.

What am I required to do as an audience member?

Face masks are strongly recommended for all patrons while inside our theatres and foyers, including during the performance. Please bring your own mask.

As you move around the Opera House, practise physical distancing (1.5 metres whenever possible) and follow the guidance provided by our staff and signage.

Within venues, always take your allocated seat.

For detailed information about our COVID-19 safety measures and what’s required of you, please see our plan your visit page.

Do I need to be vaccinated to visit the Sydney Opera House?

The Sydney Opera House no longer requires patrons to show that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Am I required to wear a mask?

Face masks are strongly recommended for all patrons while inside our theatres and foyers, including during the performance. Please bring your own mask.

How are you managing contact tracing? 

Contact information is required when making a booking with us and upon arrival at the Opera House, as set out in our General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Attendance at Events and our Customer Privacy Statement.

As the ticket purchaser, you are responsible for recording the contact details of your guests. Contact information will only be used for the purposes of contact tracing, if required, and will be deleted at least 28 days after your event.

Frequently Asked Questions - Performance and Venue

What time do I need to arrive before the event?

Ticket purchases and collection at our Box Office is discouraged and eTicket or postal delivery methods should be used, wherever possible. However, if you are collecting your tickets from the Box Office, we recommend doing this at least 60 minutes before the event starts. If you have already received your tickets, the venue doors will be open 45 minutes pre-show for Concert Hall and Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and 30 minutes pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. Please take your seats as soon as you arrive. 

If you are late, we will seat you as soon as we can and, where possible, in your allocated seat. However, to reduce movement in the venue as well as minimise disruption to the performance and other patrons, ticketholders may be seated in an allocated latecomer’s seat. Please be aware that some events have lock-out periods. In these cases, latecomers will be admitted at a suitable break in the performance. On occasions, this may not be until the interval, or at all where there is no interval. 

Details of our right to refuse admission can be found in our General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Events.

Will there be bag checks, and is cloaking available?

In accordance with our venue security procedures, Opera House security will be scanning and checking bags under the Monumental Stairs, prior to entering the building. Bags will be scanned by an x-ray machine, and staff will wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when handling your belongings, such as gloves. Cloaking facilities will be open 60 minutes pre-show for Concert Hall and Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and 60 minutes pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. However it is strongly encouraged that you travel lightly to minimise contact and queuing. Any bags larger than an A4 piece of paper will need to be checked into the Cloak Room.

Can my baby sit on my lap?

Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied at all times. Babies aged 0-2 years old at the time of a performance may be seated on an adult’s lap. Children 2 years and older will need to hold a standard ticket.

Does my child need to wear a face mask?

Children under the age of 12 are not required to wear a face mask.

Who are the authorised ticket sellers for this event? 

The authorised agency for this event is the Sydney Opera House.

Only tickets purchased by authorised agencies should be considered reliable. If you purchase tickets from a non-authorised agency such as Ticketmaster Resale, Viagogo, Ticketbis, eBay, Gumtree, Tickets Australia or any other unauthorised seller, you risk that these tickets are fake, void or have previously been cancelled. RESALE RESTRICTION APPLIES. For more details, please refer to our General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Attendance at Events.

What if I can't come to my performance?

Please contact Box Office on 9250 7777 as soon as possible to advise if you can no longer attend. If you can no longer attend because you are unwell, or have been in contact with someone displaying COVID-19 symptoms, the Opera House has introduced flexible ticketing options to help you, find out more information here.

Will there be food and beverages available for purchase in the venue?

Foyers will be open 90 minutes pre-show for Concert Hall and Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and two hours pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. Refreshments will be available for purchase from our theatre bars.

The venue doors will be open 45 minutes pre-show for Concert Hall and Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and 30 minutes pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances.

Please bring a credit or debit card for any on site purchases to enable contactless payment. You’re welcome to bring your own water bottle but no other food and drinks are permitted inside our venues. Opera Bar, Opera Kitchen and Portside are also available for you to enjoy.

Will there be pram parking at kids performances?

All Sydney Opera House foyers are pram accessible, with lifts to the main and western foyers. The public lift to the foyers is accessible from the corridor near the escalators on the Lower Concourse and also in the Western Foyer via the corridor on the Ground Level (at the top of the escalators). Pram parking will be available outside the theatres consistent with COVID-safe rules.

Can I smoke at the Opera House?

  • The health, safety and wellbeing of everyone at the Sydney Opera House is our top priority. In line with this commitment, the Opera House will become a smoke-free site from Saturday 1 January 2022.
  • By becoming a smoke-free site, the Opera House seeks to reduce exposure to harmful second-hand smoke, as well as minimise the impact of smoking on the environment, including litter and pollution of the surrounding marine environment. 

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