What not to miss in Sydney this April

The sails of the Sydney Opera House

April. Daylight savings have kicked in, the days are getting cooler, nights even more so but Sydney isn’t done yet. Keep your slippers and blanket in the cupboard for a bit longer as there are so many exciting things to do in Sydney this month. Here are the ones that we don’t think you should miss:

 

Terrance McNally’s Master Class – Final weekend

Vicki Laing absolutely loved this and thoroughly recommends to go and see it before it ends. This is Terrance McNally’s extraordinary theatrical tribute to Maria Callas, the greatest dramatic soprano of her generation.

 

Where: Sydney Opera House

When: Finish 8 April

How much: From $79 + booking fee

 

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Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour – La Bohème

 

The thing we love most about opera, is its ability to dig down deep into your soul, wrenching out every emotion as the music carries you through. La Bohème is certainly an emotional one, love, ecstasy, jealousy, and heartache – a real rollercoaster of passion. Now put that against the backdrop of Sydney Harbour and you’re in for one hell of a sensory explosion.

 

Where: Fleet steps, Mrs Macquarie’s Point

When: Until 22 April

How much?: From $99 plus booking fee

 

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The jungle collective, huge indoor plant sale – THIS WEEKEND

 

It’s Jungle Vine Time – a huge indoor plant sale with a strong focus. There’s also your usual favourites and some rare plants too. To help manage the event there is a ticketing system in place.

 

Where: Unit 2E-1-7 Unwins Bridge Rd, St Peters

When: Sat 7 and Sun 8 April 8am-2pm

How much: Free but you have to register for a ticketed time slot:

Saturday

8-10am – VIP early birds

10-12noon – Morning birds

12-2pm – Lunchtime shoppers

2-4pm – Afternoon chillers

 

Sunday

10-12noon – VIP Early Birds

12-2pm – All walk-ins accepted

 

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Murphys ballet

Murphy – The Australian Ballet

 

A tribute to Graeme Murphy – Australia’s premier choreographer. This is a celebration of his 50 years with The Australian Ballet and includes revivals of Firebird, The Silver Rose, Air and Other Invisible Forces. Don’t miss this showcase of some of his greatest moments.

 

Where: Sydney Opera House

When: 6 – 23 April

How much: From $35 – $236

 

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Wildlife photographer of the year – Intimate portraits to wild landscapes

 

This world-renowned exhibition is on loan from the Natural History Museum in London. 100 extraordinary images that celebrate the diversity of the natural world, from intimate animal portraits to astonishing wild landscapes.

 

When: 13 April – 14 October

Where: Australian National Maritime Museum

How much: $0 – $79 (pre-purchase by 13 April and get 20% off)

 

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The Resistible Rise of Arturo UI – With Hugo Weaving

 

Sydney Theatre Company and UBS present Bertolt Brecht’s darkly humorous play. Written in 1941 as a cautionary satire on the rise of Hitler, the play is both thrillingly sharp and riotously funny. It’s got the wit, murder, and musicality of a gangster movie while asking a very political question – how do we let a man like that come to power?

 

When: Until 28 Apr

Where: Roslyn Packer Theatre

How much: $83-120

 

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Real bodies exhibition

 

If you’re fascinated by the human body then this is for you. Using bodies that have been respectfully preserved, Real Bodies use real specimens to explore and demonstrate just how complex our inner workings are.

 

When: 14 April – 1 October

Where: The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park

How much: Junior (4-16) from $19

Adult (17+) from $28

Student/Senior from $28

Family 4 pack (2 adults/2 juniors, or 1 adult/3 juniors) from $71

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Sydney writers’ festival

 

This is Sydney’s biggest celebration of writing and ideas. There are more than 400 events during this week-long conversation of books and ideas.

 

When 30 April – 6 May

Where Carriageworks, Eveleigh

How much Individual event ticketed

 

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Sabores Spanish Festival sponsored by Moro Olive Oil

 

It’s the perfect Sunday day out. Spanish culture, cuisine, beverages, arts, and fashion. You need to register for your wristband in order to enter the event.

 

When: Sat 8 April

Where: Cleveland St, Surry Hills

How much: Free

 

Batch Festival

 

A three-week fiesta of the freshest, edgiest, and most inventive new shows in Sydney. Storytellers, poets, comedy artists, and non-traditional performance makers have been pulled together for your entertainment.

 

When: 11-28 April

Where: Griffin Theatre, Darlinghurst

How much: From $35

 

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