It really is an unprecedented time. Sydney has sadly seen many of its beloved events cancelled or postponed since the government-imposed lockdown. Major art institutions have temporarily shut their doors, festivals have been cancelled and we’ve found ourselves filling our time with anything virtual. There’s no doubt that Sydneysiders are eager to know when events will start up again.
Although precautions are still in place, the government have been drip-feeding us closer to full-scale normally for the past few weeks. To keep you up to date, we’ve found the most recent information available on when events in Sydney will start again.
What’s Been Cancelled So Far?
Sadly, many events around the city have had to be scrapped due to the government rules on mass gatherings. The most shocking of these was the cancellation of Vivid Sydney, which attracts over two million visitors each winter and contributes millions of dollars to Sydney’s economy. Other events cancelled include the Sydney Comedy Festival, the Australian Ballet performance of Anna Karenina and Art Month Sydney.
So, What’s The Deal?
Thanks to Australia’s overall low transmission rate, restrictions surrounding the number of people who are allowed to congregate are now expected to be relaxed. Scott Morrison has announced that some states are working toward loosening rules in the next few weeks.
Most notably, stadiums able to seat over 40,000 will be able to host crowds of up to 10,000. This means these stadiums will be able to house events at 25% capacity to keep inline with physical distancing measures. Additionally, Outdoor festivals will soon be allowed, but they will need to offer seating. The national cabinet meeting has also confirmed that all states and territories are on track to reduce restrictions and move to stage three next month (July). A step in the right direction for those who are eager for sport and concerts to resume.
Museums and galleries were also given the go-ahead to open again at the start of the month, as long as they had an actionable Covid-19 safety plan. Meaning people must be able to stay four metres apart. However, groups and tours aren’t permitted to run.
What Events In Sydney Will Be Starting Again Soon?
It’s been 100 days since Australian Grand Prix was abandoned completely. But, the good news is, Supercars Season is due to resume this weekend. However, Crowds will not be allowed in the stands just yet and crew will be minimised down to skeleton level. Drivers, who have been competing in an e-series since March, will battle it out in 32-lap races across the weekend.
The Veronica’s are set to headline a drive-in Sydney concert on July 17th. This is one in a series of over 600 COVID-safe events expected to take place across the country this winter. Drive-In Entertainment Australia has announced the entire day festival will remain contact-free, with patrons enjoying the atmosphere from the safety of their car. The festival will be held at Raging Waters, Blacktown.
Read more about Raging Waters here.
Speaking of Drive-Ins, Skyline Drive-In Blacktown is open for business with tickets selling out fast. Palace cinemas have also announced a July 2nd reopening, working at a reduced capacity with physical distancing.
22nd Biennale of Sydney
Citywide arts festival the 22nd Biennale of Sydney allows entry to their free exhibition at Casula Powerhouse. Physical distancing measures will be in place and capacity limited so booking ahead is essential. The festival takes part from June-September and it gives you a chance to immerse yourself in cultural gems from the last year.
Sydney International Wine Competition
One of Australia’s longest-running wine events. Although the competition has been pushed back a month, they will start taking wine entries from mid-July with a view to judge in mid-November.
There is an optimistic view that normality will be restored very soon with the commencement of these events in the coming months. However, Scott Morrison has warned Australians to expect restrictions to remain in place for a minimum of six months. Also, if we see a second-wave, expect lockdown measures to be re-implemented with the cancellation of many more events. The more we adhere to these restrictions, though, the quicker events will start back up.