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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

A Big List of Must-See Shows, Festivals and Exhibitions to Add to Your Calendar This Year

Dazzling displays of light, hit Broadway musicals, beloved music fests — they're all popping up throughout the rest of 2021.
By Sarah Ward
April 19, 2021
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  • Arts & Entertainment

    A Huge Exhibition of European Masterpieces from New York's The Met Is Coming to GOMA in 2021

    It’ll be a Brisbane exclusive featuring everyone from Monet, van Gogh and Vermeer to Renoir, Rembrandt and Degas.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Vivid Will Bring Its Luminous Installations and Live Performances Back to Sydney in August 2021

    After cancelling its 2020 event due to COVID-19, the annual festival will return next year — in a later time slot.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    'The Wedding Singer' Musical Is Bringing Its Big 80s Hair and Toe-Tapping Tunes to Australia in 2021

    A singing, dancing stage adaptation of Adam Sandler’s classic flick is heading Down Under.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    'Friends! The Musical Parody' Will Now Be There for Australian Theatre Fans in 2021

    The comedic stage production turns the beloved 90s sitcom into a song-filled satire — and it’s touring the country.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Hit Tony Award-Winning Musical 'Come From Away' Is Touring Australia in 2021

    A smash on Broadway since 2017, it’s based on the true story of 7000 air passengers who became grounded in Canada after September 11.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    A Matisse Exhibition with Over 100 of the Artist's Works Is Coming to the Art Gallery of NSW

    As part of the gallery’s 2021 program, the Sydney exclusive will also be accompanied by a lineup of works celebrating Matisse today.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Melbourne's Multi-Sensory Digital Art Gallery The Lume Is Finally Set to Open in Autumn 2021

    The permanent gallery will launch with an immersive Van Gogh exhibition using moving images, music and smells.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Sculpture by the Sea Has Been Pushed Back Again and Will Now Go Ahead in October

    ‘Sculpture Rocks’, a smaller scale exhibition in The Rocks set to take place this January, has also been postponed till mid-2021.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    A Huge Exhibition of Korean Buddhist Statues Is Coming to Sydney's Powerhouse Museum

    They’re part of the site’s hefty 2021 lineup, alongside exhibitions dedicated to tiny automobiles, gum trees, Australian ceramics, and Persian arts and crafts.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    'Moulin Rouge! The Musical' Will Sing and Dance Its Way Down Under From August

    The Broadway hit will take over the stage at Melbourne’s newly renovated Regent Theatre.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    More Than 100 French Impressionist Masterworks by Monet, Renoir and Degas Are Coming to the NGV

    The Victorian gallery has announced a jam-packed lineup of exhibitions and programs for 2021.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Tyler, The Creator, The Strokes and Gorillaz Will Headline Splendour in the Grass This November

    After skipping 2020, the Byron Bay festival was due to take place this July, but has postponed again.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony-Winning Musical 'The Phantom of the Opera' Is Coming to Sydney

    The music of the night will croon its way into the Sydney Opera House from September.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Sydney Solstice Is the New Winter Arts and Food Festival Popping Into Vivid's Usual Mid-Year Slot

    Set to run across 13 days in June, it’ll focus on dining, drinking, entertainment, arts and culture.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Rodgers and Hammerstein's Tony-Winning 'Cinderella' Musical Is Coming to Sydney

    It’s the first time the Broadway production will hit the stage in Australia.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Melbourne's New Winter Arts and Culture Festival Rising Has Announced Its Huge 2021 Program

    Across 12 nights, more than 750 Victorian artists will help reawaken the city in a big way.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    A Huge Exhibition Dedicated to Disney Animation Is Coming to Melbourne's Newly Revamped ACMI

    ‘Disney: The Magic of Animation’ will feature more than 500 original artworks covering the Mouse House’s animated delights across the past century.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    UK Stage Hit 'Ghost Stories' Is Bringing Its Spooky Chills and Thrills to Melbourne This Year

    The popular West End show being brought to Australia for the first time by the team behind unsettling shipping container installations ‘Seance’ and ‘Flight’.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Illuminate Adelaide Is the Latest Huge New Winter Arts Festival Making Its Debut This Year

    The South Australian event will deliver 17 jam-packed days of music, art, light projections and performance, including everything from The Avalanches to Van Gogh.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Huge Multi-Sensory Exhibition 'Van Gogh Alive' Is Touring Australia This Year

    The immersive exhibition allows you to step into artworks such as ‘The Starry Night’ and ‘Sunflowers’ — and it’s now coming to Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Canberra and Newcastle.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    White Rabbit Gallery's 'Lumen' Exhibition Takes a Dazzling Journey Through Light-Based Artworks

    The Chippendale gallery is exhibiting more than 30 luminous works until August.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Broadway's 'Jagged Little Pill' Musical Is Bringing Its Alanis Morissette Soundtrack to Australia

    The 15-time Tony Award-nominee will reopen the Theatre Royal Sydney in September.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    White Night's New All-Regional Iteration Will Take Over Bendigo and Geelong This Spring

    Across two nights, the two cities will come alive with an after-dark program of illuminations, projections, music and more.

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