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Enjoy a getaway in the heart of the city

Feel that nip in the air? The seasons are changing and that means there’s a whole new lineup of great things to see and do in the city.

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour – La Bohéme, March 23-April 22

The famous overwater stage is back with a new production of La Bohéme for Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour. The classic Bohemian love story has been updated and is now set during the student uprisings of 1960s Paris. Designer Dan Potra has created magic and you’ll even experience snow falling on the harbour during a wintry Christmas Eve in the City of Light. There’s a grandstand set up at the water’s edge, pop up bars and restaurants on site for a pre-show glass of bubbles, and fireworks lighting up the night sky.

Alliance Francaise French Film Festival, Feb 27-March 27

La vie est belle (life is beautiful) at the 29th annual Alliance Francaise Film Festival, a little taste of French culture in Australia. More than 50 films will be shown during the month-long festival, featuring legends of French cinema like Juliette Binoche, Vincent Cassel, Vanessa Paradis, Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Depardieu. Screenings are held in cinemas across the city and there are a number of Q&A sessions held with directors after the films.

Bell Shakespeare Antony and Cleopatra, March 3-April 7

Meet the most famous couple who ever lived with Bell Shakespeare’s rendition of Antony and Cleopatra. With Artistic Director Peter Evans behind the scenes and Catherine McClements (star of television shows like Rush, Tangle and Wentworth) onstage, the performance will showcase the dramatic days of the Roman Empire alongside a complex and deeply personal love story.

Easter events in the CBD, March 30-April 2

There’s lots to do around Sydney over the Easter period, with special events on and all major attractions open. Head to the Royal Botanic Garden on Saturday March 31 and Sunday April 1 for The Great Garden Hunt. Kids can follow the trail map, complete activities and be rewarded with chocolate eggs along the way. On Monday April 2 watch the Sydney Easter Parade make its way through the city with huge balloons, a marching band and performers in vibrant costumes.

Vivid Sydney, May 25-June 16

One of the city’s most iconic events, Vivid Sydney will illuminate the harbour city for 23 days of light, music and ideas. Now in its 10th year the festival attracts more than 2.3 million people, drawn to innovative installations, interactive entertainment, outdoor art galleries and grand projections covering landmark buildings. Alongside all the colour and light is a stellar program of local and international music acts performing everywhere from the Opera House to tiny dive bars, as well as some of the world’s great minds speaking at Vivid Ideas.

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