Home and Away: What's Happening in Sydney During FIFA Women's World Cup 2023™

A round-up of Sydney's most exciting events happening this World Cup season.
Reema Hindi
Published on July 18, 2023

Home and Away: What's Happening in Sydney During FIFA Women's World Cup 2023™

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A round-up of Sydney's most exciting events happening this World Cup season.

The anticipation is building for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023™. Seeing as we are hosting the iconic occasion Down Under, Sydney is set to witness some exhilarating matches. Meaning the city will be bursting with football fever and a plethora of vibrant events and experiences to enjoy. So, if you're planning a trip to the city, be sure to witness the best of what Sydney has to offer.

From art and culture to music and culinary delights, Sydney is poised to showcase its dynamic spirit during the month-long World Cup celebration. Luckily for you, we've rounded up some top picks that you should not miss during your stay.

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    Get ready to immerse yourself in a month-long celebration of football, food, music and entertainment. The highly anticipated FIFA Fan Festival™ Sydney will be held in the heart of the iconic Darling Harbour at Tumbalong Park, from July 20 to August 20. Bonus: it’s free to get in. Watch each match live on the giant screens and show off your own skills with your mates at the FIFA Fan Festival™ playground. Just steps away you’ll find the FIFA Store with a treasure-trove of jerseys and official merch. Delve into the rich heritage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ at the on-site FIFA Museum.

    But, it isn’t just celebrating football excellence here. There will be a whole host of musicians, singers and DJs performing throughout the month. Stay fuelled with an excellent culinary lineup, including acclaimed chef Josh Niland slinging his signature tuna cheeseburger. Beyond that, expect an array of street eats, like dumplings, pizza, gozleme and even classic Aussie barbecue. A range of Aussie wines and beers will be served from the two festival bars, as will mulled wine.

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    Every year for the past 102 years, the Archibald Prize has recognised exceptional works of portraiture by Australian artists. In 2023, from a field of 57 finalists, the coveted award has gone to Julia Gutman’s Head in the sky, feet on the ground, a portrait of Montaigne, the award-winning singer, David Byrne collaborator and Australian Eurovision representative. Gutman’s win at the age of 29, scoring the $100,000 award, makes her one of the prize’s youngest-ever winners in its 102-year history. And, she’s also the 11th woman to win the acclaimed accolade — doing so for her first-ever Archibald Prize entry.

    So when you aren’t cheering on your favourite team, be sure to check out the winner plus other finalist works showing at the newly refurbished Art Gallery of NSW. While you’re there, check out the contenders for the Wynne and Sulman Prizes until Sunday, September 3.

    Image: Art Gallery of New South Wales, Jenni Carter

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    Swap your mid-week happy hour with your mates for something a little more cultural with the return of Culture Up Late. Running from March until September, Culture Up Late sees nine of Sydney’s esteemed establishments open their doors after hours for a series of world-class exhibitions, live music, film screenings, workshops and talks. In addition, there’ll be pop-up bars and dining experiences. Organisations taking part include the Art Gallery of NSW, the Australian Museum, Carriageworks, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Museums of History NSW, the National Art School, Powerhouse Museum, the State Library of NSW and the Sydney Opera House.

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    They call it Tina — The Tina Turner Musical and it’s finally here in Australia. After premiering in London in 2018, this stage ode to the music icon who’s had Aussies dancing to ‘Nutbush City Limits’ for decades has made its way Down Under, locking in its first local stint in Sydney in May 2023. No, it isn’t taking to the stage in a church house, gin house, school house or outhouse — or on highway number 19, either. But Tina — The Tina Turner Musical will have Theatre Royal Sydney enjoying Turner’s greatest hits in one massive show.

    Tina — The Tina Turner Musical is showing from now until the end of the year. So if you are planning a trip to town for the World Cup, be sure to inject some more fun into your trip and book in a night at the theatre.

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    Every Friday evening Dixon Street is awash with tourists and locals browsing the popular night markets. Explore stalls with designer wares, kooky knick-knacks and delectable street food, including battered takoyaki (octopus balls), skewers from BBQ King and the peanuty, sugary Dragon Beard Candy.

    Once you’ve shopped and eaten to your heart’s content, it’s time to check out the area’s great street art. And, since many of the works are constructed from globes and LEDs after dark is the best time to see them. It’s the perfect cultural activity to continue the excitement from the field, so be sure to make an extra stop on your trip to Sydney.

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    Aussie music sensation and multiple ARIA-award-winning artist Jessica Mauboy is set to grace the stage at the upcoming FIFA Fan Festival™ Sydney for one night only: Friday, July 21 at 8pm, at Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour. This is a free event for fans of soccer, sports and fantastic music.

    Jessica is performing as part of the FIFA Fan Festival™ Sydney. Entry to the festival is free but live music acts (especially Jessica’s) are expected to be very popular, so be sure to get in on time to catch her performance.

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If visiting Sydney for the FIFA Women’s World Cup, be sure to check out the FIFA Fan Festival™ Sydney, taking place from Thursday, July 20 till Sunday, August 20 at Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour. Check out the website for the full schedule of events.

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