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Phoenix Central Park

You'll have to be lucky to score tickets to this hidden Chippendale concert venue.
By Ben Hansen
December 13, 2021
By Ben Hansen
December 13, 2021

Phoenix Central Park is Sydney's most stunning secret. Hidden in Chippendale, the arts and music listening space only opens to the public for select performances. Spaces at these public shows are almost always allocated via a ballot, so it takes a little luck to get inside.

The intricate space is the vision of philanthropist Judith Neilson AM, founder of the White Rabbit Gallery. The angular walls are reminiscent of New York's Guggenheim, while the central music space is a multi-level amphitheatre. When the artist arrives, the muted beige walls are often illuminated by colourful lighting displays, transforming the venue.

If you haven't been lucky enough to find a way in, you can watch Phoenix's series of online performances, Halo. Featuring local favourites like A.Girl, Shady Nasty, Jitwam and Annie Hamilton, the stripped-back live shows illustrate the beauty of the space as well as the musicianship on offer.

The venue is set to host three upcoming performances as part of Sydney Festival, all of which are open to the public via a ticket ballot.

Top images: Jordan Munns and Gavin Green

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