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These Sydney Festival Events Won't Cost You A Cent

The best things in life are free.

Sydneysiders, you've probably heard a lot about Sydney Festival as of late. It's hard to miss.

For first time festival director Wesley Enoch, part of his mandate in putting on a public festival was ensuring citizens would be able to enjoy it for free.

And whilst this comes with a cost, it can also bring a lot of people together.

If you're short on cash, but want to get your culture fix this weekend (and the next), here's how.

The Beach

Feel like a dip?

This is no ordinary beach. It's 1.1 million translucent, recyclable polythylene balls that are filling that blank space at Barangaroo's The Cutaway. The concept was dreamed up by the team at Snarkitecture and it's every kid's (and adult's) dream.

There's a parent somewhere down there.
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There's a parent somewhere down there.

We'd recommended emptying your pockets first.

When? January 7-29

Where? The Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve

Another Day In Paradise

On Monday, Australian artist Ben Quilty launched this powerful exhibition at Campbelltown Arts Centre. It tells the story of the life and art of his friend Myuran Sukumaran, the artist and Bali Nine ringleader who was executed in Indonesia in April, 2015.

Ben Quilty is co-curator of 'Another Day In Paradise'.
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Ben Quilty is co-curator of 'Another Day In Paradise'.

Sukumaran's artworks were painted during his incarceration in Bali's Kerobokan jail and his final incarceration on Nusa Kambangan Island.

"I hope the general public sees the humanity of a man who was wasted by the Indonesian political system," said co-curator Quilty of the exhibition.

When? January 13 to March 26

Where? Campbelltown Arts Centre

This one's not to be missed.

Roller Jam

Look, it's not for all of us. But if you're into roller jammin', it's time to dust off those skates and unravel those bright socks.

BYO boombox.
BYO boombox.

Every Saturday afternoon this month, there's a party in the park and you're all invited. BYO skates and helmets (for children under 14).

When? January 14, 21 and 28 from 2:30pm

Where? Hyde Park


In this immersive 360 degree video installation, we witness art and science colliding.

Sydney Lord Mayor first watched 'EXIT' in Paris for the United Nations Conference on Climate Change and was moved to bring it to Sydney.

A world in trouble.
A world in trouble.

The video installation draws viewers into scientific data from over one hundred sources, from UNESCO to the World Bank, to question the scale of human displacement brought on by political unrest, economics and climate change.

It's stunning and sobering all at once.

When? January 7 - March 25

Where? UNSW Galleries

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