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Biennale of Sydney

The Biennale of Sydney is a visual arts festival which provides a platform for commissioned pieces of art to be displayed to the public.

Aimed at presenting thought-provoking pieces of art, the Biennale of Sydney first started in 1973 as part of the Sydney Opera House opening.

Biennale of Sydney 2020 Dates, Venues, Times, Program, Art Festival NSW

The Biennale is held every 2 years over a 12-week period. During each festival, over 70 artists from 35 countries present their works in a range of venues all around Sydney. There are a number of events that are scheduled throughout the festival including public programs and special projects. Free public events include live music at Circular Quay and large installations at the former rail yard Carriageworks.

Head over to Cockatoo Island where there will be a range of artworks and presentations. Each year presents something different with previous exhibitions including large maze installations, open-air art studios and video exhibitions. Other venues hosting events include The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Artspace, the Museum of Contemporary Art and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.

The Sydney Opera House also hosts a range of events with live performances and music. You will also find talks and performative readings at a range of venues around the Sydney CBD. Check the program schedule for a full list of performance times.

Entry to the Biennale of Sydney is free to the public. If you are coming to the Biennale of Sydney, click the link below to book accommodation in the Sydney CBD.

Event Dates

14 March 2020 to 08 June 2020

Event Times

Many installations are available 24 hours


Multiple Venues


including the Sydney Opera House, Cockatoo Island, Art Gallery of NSW, Artspace, Carriageworks and many more
Sydney, NSW

Contact Details

(02) 8484 8700


Many exhibitions are free

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