Arts precinct to hold Open Day

Next month, Sydney’s arts precinct throws open all its doors, inviting visitors to explore the many arts companies located at Pier 4/5 (The Wharf) in Walsh Bay.

Next month, Sydney’s arts precinct throws open all its doors, inviting visitors to explore the many arts companies located at Pier 4/5 (The Wharf) in Walsh Bay.

Resident companies Sydney Theatre Company, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Sydney Dance Company, Australian Theatre for Young People, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Regional Arts NSW, Accessible Arts, The Song Company, Gondwana Choirs and Sydney Children’s Choir are all taking part. 

In addition Sydney Writers’ Festival and Biennale of Sydney, who regularly present work in the area, will participate and neighbouring resident, Bell Shakespeare, will also play a part. On offer will be opportunities to explore the work of each Company, to visit rarely seen behind-the-scenes spaces, participate in workshops, attend forums, take special tours and enjoy diverse performances of drama, music and dance.

The dizzying array of free activities includes workshops in acting, singing, performance, stage fighting, writing, designing, directing, circus skills, stage make-up, lantern making and puppetry, all run by leading practitioners; ‘Meet the Artist’ events including sessions with some of Sydney’s leading actors, directors and playwrights; dance workshops including jazz, ballet and hip-hop; live performances by Bangarra Dance Theatre, Sydney Dance Company, atyp, STC’s The Residents, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and from visiting bands; and numerous activities and events for children.

Free discussions and forums are on offer throughout the whole day, with just one of the highlights being all of the artistic heads of Sydney’s leading arts companies sharing one platform. Participants include Andrew Upton and Cate Blanchett (STC), Stephen Page (Bangarra), Rafael Bonachela (SDC), Fraser Corfield (atyp), Roland Peelman (The Song Company), Brett Weymark (Sydney Philharmonia Choirs), Chip Rolley (Sydney Writers’ Festival), Catherine de Zegher and Gerald McMaster (Biennale), Lyn Williams (Gondwana) and John Bell (Bell Shakespeare), to name a few.

Visitors to Open Day can explore backstage areas that are rarely open to the public, including scenic art, set construction, props and costume departments, archives and rehearsal rooms, as well as the many performance spaces.

There’ll also be plenty of food and drink options available on the day. Visitors can enjoy special menus from The Wharf Restaurant, Sydney Dance Café, Hickson Road Bistro, Simmer on the Bay, Fratelli Fresh, Ventuno, Fire Fly, Ottoman and others. Food and drink stalls will also be positioned all around The Wharf.

Entry and participation in all events, workshops, tours etc is free. Those wishing to join workshops and / or to guarantee their places on special guided tours, are encouraged to register for these in advance by phoning STC’s Box Office on (02) 9250 1777 or visiting The website will be live from Monday, November 8. Registrations will be available from Monday, November 22 at

The open day will be held on December 5.

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