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Saturday to Sunday
6pm - 6pm
Opening Smoking Ceremony – FREEEntry doors
The opening smoke ceremony will be a special way to welcome the upcoming days of the event. The event will be officially kicked off, each successively by burning eucalyptus leaves and maintained for a consecutive 24 hours at each gate. The smoke will usher in a cleansing smoke to welcome Mopoke!
Art Fair & Hands-on WorkshopsThe Hyde Park Barracks
LOCATION: THE HYDE PARK BARRAKS PRICE: FREE DATE & TIME: Saturday 4th, 6pm to 12am / Sunday 5th, 9am to 6pm Get ready for a truly immersive art experience! Our upcoming art fair is not just a showcase of stunning works, but also an opportunity to get your hands dirty and unleash your own creativity. From painting and drawing, to sculpture and printmaking, there's something for everyone to explore.
State Library of NSW after dark – FREEState Library of NSW
Come and experience the State Library of NSW after dark! The Mitchell Reading Room and Mitchell Galleries remain open until midnight, and you can experience the iconic Mitchell Reading Room and view some of the amazing items on show in the Mitchell Galleries, in a rare late night setting.
Sharks Exhibition At Australian MuseumAustralian Museum
LOCATION: AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM PRICE: FREE DATE & TIME: Saturday 4th 10am-9pm, Sunday 5th 10am-5pm As part Mopoke Festival, The Australian Museum (AM) will be keeping their doors open into the night, with live music, a pop-up bar and the chance to explore their collections and exhibitions after-hours. Make the most out of your night and book tickets to their blockbuster exhibition Sharks! Go back in time to meet sharks’ ancient ancestors, come face-to-face with an 8m-long Whale Shark, and uncover their extraordinary adaptations with interactive displays, touchable specimens and objects from the AM collections in this immersive exhibition. Sessions are timed and capacities are limited. Book your tickets here.
Pop-Up Native Plant & Flower Market – FREEThe Mint
LOCATION: THE MINT PRICE: FREE DATE & TIME: Saturday 4th, 6pm to 12am / Sunday 5th, 8am to 6pm
We are bringing the outside to you and gathering a variety of native Australian plants into the city for a colorful pop-up flower market. Aside from shopping and smelling the sweet fragrance of the market, there will also be a chance to eat some flowers. That’s right!
Glow-in-the-dark garden – FREEThe Mint
LOCATION: THE MINT PRICE: FREE DATE & TIME: Saturday 4th, 6pm to 12am
Flowers will light up as the sun sets. At this Glow-in-the-dark garden, you will come close to luminescent flowers in the form of floral art, designed to light up the night. The vibe of this garden will be enhanced by quirky decorations like white umbrellas and other floral art.
Fire In The Domain – FREEThe Domain
LOCATION: THE DOMAIN PRICE: FREE DATE & TIME: Saturday 4th, 6pm to 2am Where fire arts meet live piano. Picture this … Walking along from Sydney Hospital, you see two giant white structures glowing in the night. In between, a white piano is shining through the night. Welcome to Fire in the Domain. Once inside, the garden is a playground of fire artists, twirling flames to the sound of the piano. Sometimes, a cello or a saxophone may join the party. In the garden, large rugs and lounger pillows provide a space to chill and enjoy the performers. Meanwhile, in the background, flaming cooking stations are serving up flambé desserts and a bar is creating smoky drinks that will warm up the night in the garden.
Artist Plaza – FREESydney Eye Hospital
LOCATION: SYDNEY HOSPITAL & SYDNEY EYE HOSPITAL PRICE: FREE DATE & TIME: Saturday 4th, 6pm to Sunday 5th, 6pm
This artist’s plaza will be bustling with different activities and performances.Expect to see caricature artists draw some comical faces or magicians amazing you with their finest illusions. There will also be street theatre and many other lively things happening in this one space.
24hr DJ Party – FREEHunter Lane
LOCATION: HUNTER LANE / STATE LIBRARY OF NSW PRICE: FREE DATE & TIME: Saturday 4th, 6pm to Sunday 5th, 6pm Get excited, for a 24 hour long party! Get your dancing shoes on, grab some friends and head down to the city where a DJ will perform all weekend. Did we also mention that it‘s a silent disco? If you’re looking for a night of upbeat entertainment don’t miss the action!
Play Me Piano – FREEThe Domain
Play Me Piano will have people enjoying the piano like never before. It will give passersby the opportunity to play the piano for themselves, friends, and other visitors. A piano will be strategically placed at The Domain to be able to create a communal atmosphere. People are invited to play!
Classical Music Concert – FREEThe Mint
Immerse yourself in the beauty of The Mint's native gardens while enjoying classical music performances. A series of concerts will be held day and night. It's a free event open to all. Don't miss the chance to be surrounded by nature and serenaded by enchanting instruments.
Samba Class – FREEMacquarie Street
Get ready to move your body with our fun Samba class on Macquarie Street! Learn the lively and addictive beat of the Brazilian dance, open to all levels with trained instructors. Perfect way to enjoy summer nights!
MOPOKE CINEMA – TOM GLEESON’S SECRETS OF THE AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM SAT 4THMacquarie Street
For the first time, cameras go behind the scenes at the Australian Museum. Join Gold Logie winner Tom Gleeson as he discovers the labs, treasures and action leading up to their biggest exhibition ever.
Play With Art – Playdough GardenMacquarie Street
Playdough is surely everyone’s favourite pastime. Who else can remember making some fun shapes with playdough when they were younger? Fun for all ages, the garden is for visitors to create to their heart’s content. And for an added surprise, our playdough glows in the dark.
Late night at the Library barThe Library Bar
The library bar will stay open until 2am on Saturday night. Don't miss out on this exceptional opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking views at night. See you there.
Opera Performance – FREEThe Mint
The Mint will host a unique event where you will hear an opera singer from the very balcony of the Mint. It will be a magical moment as witness the theatrical sounds of a classical Opera Singer. Come enjoy the talent, the magic, and the transformation of the Mint.
Sculpture Workshop: Build a Human TorsoThe Mint
This is a genuine fine art experience where you will learn basis of how to sculpt a human torso.One of the major differences between applied (such as pottery making) and fine arts is that in fine arts there are no strict rules that could make our project unsuccessful or "failed" to serve its function. This means, that with the right guidance, everyone will be able to create a little sculpture that will undoubtedly have its beauty and artistic features.*No life model. References to sculpt after will be sculptures and photographs and your teacher sculpting.
Slow-looking tour: The End of Imagination – FREEThe Art Gallery of NSW
LOCATION: ART GALLERY OF NSW PRICE: FREE DATE & TIME: Saturday 4th, 6:30pm to 7:15pm / 7:30pm to 8:15pm / 8:30pm to 9:15pm In this slow-looking tour guided by Art Gallery of New South Wales educators, discover the immense detail of Rojas’ time-travelling sculptural forms, the journeys they’ve been on and the extreme forces that shaped them. What hidden symbols, textures and shapes can you find? What stories can you decipher?.
Sydney Youth OrchestraThe Mint
The Sydney Youth Orchestra was founded as a single orchestra in 1973 by the visionary music educator and conductor, Peter Seymour. Since then it has grown to become a community of over 400 young musicians, aged 7-25, from all over Sydney and beyond. We gather weekly for rehearsal in the city, in eleven different ensembles carefully constructed to match skill, age and experience. Together we inspire excellence, presenting public concerts and performing in major community events.
Fire Twirlers Shows – FREEThe Domain
Experience the mesmerizing dance of fire with our amazing fire twirlers! Watch as they skillfully manipulate flames and create a mesmerizing performance that will leave you in awe. Don't miss out on this unforgettable show.
MOPOKE SHORT FILM FESTIVALMacquarie Street
Get excited for the premier of the MOPOKE Short Film Festival, where the best in short film will be showcased! With a carefully curated selection of award-winning filmmakers, this festival is not to be missed. From drama to comedy, animation to documentary, our program has something for every film lover. See the latest works from some of the most talented directors in the industry, and discover new voices in the world of filmmaking. With Q&A sessions this festival offers a unique opportunity to connect with filmmakers and film enthusiasts alike. Don't miss your chance to be a part of this one-of-a-kind event - book your free tickets now!
Glow In The Dark Piano Show – FREEThe Domain
Unleash your senses with an amazing glowing in the dark piano show! See the piano light up under the blacklight as the enchanting melodies fill the domain. It's a truly mesmerizing experience that you won't want to miss.
La FayaMacquarie Street
Group La Faya is Sydney’s Mauritian Sega group. The group t is bringing the vibrant culture of Mauritius to Australia. Catch their dancing and music at Mopoke festival this Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th.
Visit of the Crypt – FREESt Mary’s Cathedral
St Mary’s Cathedral stands on the site of the first Catholic Chapel in Australia. Constructed in local sandstone, the Gothic Revival style of its architecture is reminiscent of the great medieval cathedrals of Europe. Enjoy a journey throughout the main cathedral and the beautiful Crypt.
Billsbry is the musical alias of Eora / Sydney based solo artist, Charlie Billsberry- Fisher. Exposed to a lot of rhythm-based music at an early age, Billsbry naturally gravitated towards drums / percussion as his first instrument of choice, followed by guitar, bass, and vocals. The rhythmic dominance in Billsbry’s instrumentation and playing style is a direct result of his innate connection with all things rhythm.
Black Lights and Glow NightsThe Hyde Park Barracks
Prepare to experience painting as never experienced before: Paint and Mingle offers a fun and unique glowing painting experience under black lights while listening to electro beats, sipping on your favourite beverage and mingling with your crew. This glow in the dark paint session is an experience you need to see.
Magician Show – FREEMacquarie Street
Experience real magic as magicians performs their wonderful illusions and magic acts to passersby.
Trained magicians will have you questioning what is possible when they perform their tricks on the street for visitors to be amazed.
Be prepared to have your mind blown!
FLAVOURS FROM THE FIRE by HIGHLAND PARK – DINNERThe Domain
HIGHLAND PARK invites you to experience BBQ redefined with an extraordinary fire-inspired dining experience – “Flavours from the Fire.” Highland Park brings to life trends in the world of BBQ cuisine with a bespoke 3-course tasting menu and experience. Indulge in this chef-curated DINNER paired with Highland Park’s single malt whiskies.
Sip & Stargaze – FREEThe Library Bar
Explore the incredible world of astronomy with conversations under the stars at the rooftop Library Bar. Conversation about Aboriginal knowledge of the night skies and its connection to Country features Kamilaroi educator and astrophysicist Krystal de Napoli (co-author of Astronomy: Sky Country) and Muruwari astronomer at Sydney Observatory William Stevens.
Philosophy debate: Are humans obsolete now that AI is here? – FREEThe Mint
Philosophers James Franklin and Peter Slezak will debate whether humans are really different from high-performing Artificial Intelligence. Will new “intelligent” conversation programs like ChatGPT render humans obsolete and recommend they be deleted as surplus to requirements? Or is the human mind something essentially different from a computer, maybe non-physical? What are the lessons of seventy years of AI – that humans are just computers implemented in biology, or that they aren’t? Listen to two philosophers raise the issues, then join in the debate.
MOPOKE CINEMA – WHITELEYMacquarie Street
A visual journey into the life and legacy of one of Australia's most celebrated artists, Brett Whiteley.
CABARET – LES FEMMES DIAMANTSMacquarie Street
Les Femmes Diamant are proud to be a part of the Mopoke Festival this year. We are looking forward to perform and meet you all this Saturday evening. We will bring that French Cabaret Touch, this little “Je ne sais quoi” to your night, See you all there. Bisous
UV Fluid ArtThe Hyde Park Barracks
Indulge and uncover your psychedelic artsy side and come release all that creative energy and channel it into something truly special in this super unique art workshop in Sydney!
Zaki DuoThe Mint
MOPOKE CINEMA – LOST IN TRANSLATIONMacquarie Street
An American actor Bob, lands in Tokyo for an ad film and ends up meeting Charlotte, who's left behind by her photographer husband. Gradually, the two discover a friend within each other.
MOPOKE CINEMA – SHOW PEOPLEMacquarie Street
In this silent film, a small-town girl tries to make it in Hollywood.
MOPOKE CINEMA – THE ARTISTMacquarie Street
Peppy Miller falls in love with the silent film star George Valentin. Things change when Peppy becomes a famous actor while George's career goes downhill with the introduction of talkies.
MOPOKE CINEMA – SPIRITED AWAYMacquarie Street
Ten-year-old Chihiro and her parents end up at an abandoned amusement park inhabited by supernatural beings. Soon, she learns that she must work to free her parents who have been turned into pigs.
Jazz Concert – FREEState Library
LOCATION: MACQUARIE STREET/STATE LIBRARY OF NSW PRICE: FREE DATE & TIME: Saturday 4th, 6pm to 11pm, Sunday 5th, 11am to 5pm
The NSW State Library will open its surroundings to host some enchanting jazz concerts. You can sit and relax, or even get up and dance, as you are serenaded by the sounds of Jazz. The concerts will feature different instruments and sounds and offer the very best of jazz.
MOPOKE CINEMA – THE FRENCH DISPATCHMacquarie Street
A love letter to journalists set in an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional 20th-century French city that brings to life a collection of stories published in "The French Dispatch."
Fragrance design with Lucian CandleThe Hyde Park Barracks
During the fragrance design lesson, you'll learn the basics of the olfactory pyramid, optimum ratios, temperatures and pouring techniques.You’ll come away with five candles you’ve created and the knowledge to make as many candles as you like.
Fresh Native Flower ArrangingThe Mint
Join us for a hands-on experience creating beautiful floral arrangements using fresh, seasonal Australian native flowers. Participants will learn about the unique characteristics and best practices for working with these stunning blooms, and will have the opportunity to create their own arrangements to take home.
Nurses Museum (Lucy Osburn – Nightingale Museum)Sydney Eye Hospital
In 1868 what is now called the Nightingale Wing was completed, and the Lucy Osburn-Nightingale Museum is located on the first floor. The museum is home to a collection of medical equipment, records, implements and pathology that portrays the history of nursing and medicine in Australia from the arrival of the first fleet in 1788.
Fun and Games at the Library – FREEJohn B. Fairfax Learning Centre, State Library of NSW
The Learning Centre will be filled with activities for the whole family to enjoy. You can drop in and stay as long as you like! There will be a range of art activities, puzzles to solve, toys and games to share and so much more.
BOOK BRUNCHThe Library Bar
Join us for a bookish brunch at The Library Bar, hosted by Laura Brading from WellRead. Find your next favourite read whilst enjoying a mimosa on the new observation deck. Laura appears in conversation with Laura McPhee-Browne about her new novel Little Plum – the bold, dark and sensuous follow-up to her award-winning debut Cherry Beach. A delicious assortment of continental brunch options and drinks are included in ticket prices.
MOPOKE CINEMA – TOM GLEESON’S SECRETS OF THE AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM SUN 5THMacquarie Street
For the first time, cameras go behind the scenes at the Australian Museum. Join Gold Logie winner Tom Gleeson as he discovers the labs, treasures and action leading up to their biggest exhibition ever.
Behind the Scenes: Guided tour of the LibraryState Library of NSW
Come behind the scenes at the State Library and discover hidden gems from the collection in the stacks, and see our newly refurbished Conservation Laboratory. Each tour will be run by an experienced member of the Library staff. Please note: tours involve walking and are only suitable for ages 12 and up. Meet near the bookshop in the Macquarie Building.
Bush tucker Plants and Your Garden WorkshopThe Mint
Join our team of experienced Aboriginal staff for an introduction to Bushtucker. Participants will learn about traditional knowledge through hands-on experiences, including touching, smelling, and tasting a variety of plants found across Australia. Gain a deeper understanding of the cultural significance and uses of these plants in traditional Aboriginal culture.
Leathercraft Fundamentals WorkshopThe Hyde Park Barracks
Join us for an exciting leathercraft workshop where you will have the chance to learn and improve your skills. You will be guided by experienced leatherworkers Mario Sanchez and Sonja Habenicht of "The Leather Shop -Kyogle".
MOPOKE CINEMA – MY NEIGHBOUR TOTOROMacquarie Street
Mei and Satsuki shift to a new house to be closer to their mother who is in the hospital. They soon become friends with Totoro, a giant rabbit-like creature who is a spirit.
Zaki DuoMacquarie Street
In forming the Zāki Duo, Isabel and Ariel wanted to explore their mutual love of music from different places and cultures, and to bring to the "gigging space" something a bit different to your standard band or string group. They set out arranging pieces from around the world for guitar and violin, as well as timeless pop songs and classical pieces, resulting in a cool and quirky repertoire.
Bush tucker Knowledge and Food Demonstration WorkshopThe Mint
Our experienced and knowledgeable Aboriginal team will teach participants about a range of traditional plant-based bushfoods. Participants will learn about the plants through hands-on experience and observing a cooking demonstration. They will gain a taste of how traditional herbs, spices, and legumes can be used in both savory and sweet dishes in two simple dishes.
FLAVOURS FROM THE FIRE by HIGHLAND PARK – LUNCHThe Domain
HIGHLAND PARK invites you to experience BBQ redefined with an extraordinary fire-inspired dining experience – “Flavours from the Fire.” Highland Park brings to life trends in the world of BBQ cuisine with a bespoke 3-course tasting menu and experience. Indulge in this chef-curated LUNCH paired with Highland Park’s single malt whiskies.
Swing Lesson – BLUE RHYTHM BANDMacquarie Street
MOPOKE CINEMA – MIDNIGHT IN PARISMacquarie Street
Gil arrives with his fiancee and her family in Paris for a vacation, even as he tries to finish his debut novel. He is beguiled by the city, which takes him to a time past, away from his fiancee.
Dry Native Flower ArrangingThe Mint
A remarkable feature of many Australian native flowers is that they dry beautifully, too. This workshop will allow participants to engage with a truly special feature of these flowers—the longevity of their beauty long after harvest.
From the ArchivesState Library of NSW
A deep dive into a selection of items from the Library’s collection, hosted by the Library’s curatorial team and featuring incredible examples of Australian bird illustrations, architectural materials and rare books.
Unleash your creativity with blue flowersThe Mint
Join Blue Flowers to elevate your festival experience! Surround yourself with beautiful flowers and make your own floral crown with guidance from floral master Cecile Keogh. Bring your friends along and get creative! Make a crown fit for a goddess.
MOPOKE CINEMA – AT ETERNITY’S GATEMacquarie Street
Famed but tormented artist Vincent van Gogh spends his final years in Arles, France, painting masterworks of the natural world that surrounds him.
Perfume-making Class: Make your own Signature ScentThe Hyde Park Barracks
Fancy making your own perfume? In this hands-on class, we’ll travel through time to discover the fascinating history of perfume-making. Then, our instructor Louella will guide you through the art and science of formulating your very own, unique Signature Scent perfume.