Vivid Sydney 2017!

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Sunday, April 30, 2017

From Friday the 26th of May to Saturday the 17th of June once again Vivid Sydney is back, now as the biggest event of its kind worldwide! 

Better and bigger than ever, the 3D light projections will light up our beautiful city converting it into a magnificent exhibition of creativity. The lights will be on every night from 6pm to 11pm, giving the city an amazing display of colors, as well as holding a festival of local and international music, sculptures, public talks, and debates from leading creative thinkers from around the world.The Royal Botanic Gardens has become a very popular venue hosting large scale displays last year, and you won't be disappointed. The event achieved a new bench mark last year with an attendance of 2.31 million people (up by 35.4% from 1.7 million in 2015). Experience a fabulous winter with lights & colours in Sydney.

To see photos from previous years please visit our Photo Gallery.

For further information, please visit the official site.

Sculpture by the Sea Bondi 2016

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Saturday, October 01, 2016

Sculpture by the sea returns to Bondi. It is exhibited along the coastal walk between Bondi & Tamarama, which besides having spectacular views the sculptures make it a very interesting one as well. The walk is about 2 km long, exhibiting over 100 sculptures by Australian as well as international artists. This is one of the world’s largest free events for the public to enjoy.

Dates: From Thursday the 20th of October to Sunday the 6th of November 2016.

For further information please visit the official website.

Copyrights of each sculpture belongs to the artist.

Sydney Art & About 2016

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Wednesday, September 07, 2016

The city of Sydney becomes a giant art gallery for public!

A great scale public art event organized by the City of Sydney called "Art & About" is coming back to town. There will be lots of interesting outdoor installations in and around the City, various exhibitionis and workshops will be held in numerous locations for three weeks.

Enjoy a day out spotting something different that appear in street corners and on building or trees, or walk through lines of photos showcasing Australian everyday life hung among spring blossoms! It is an exhibition for everybody. Have a walk around town and see how many you can spot.

The free program is available in some locations.

DATES: From Thursday 15-September to Sunday 9-October 2016.

VENUES: Various places in Hyde Park & Sydney CBD.

FEE: Free event (It may vary for certain events and workshops.)



(Left to right) "Snailovation" by The Cracking Art Group from 2012 event. Copyrights of the artwork belong to the artist/s.

Sydney Festival 2015

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Friday, January 02, 2015

The popular Sydney Festival is back in town. It runs from the 8th to the 26th of January, and as always it will be packed with exciting events with around 300 performances,100 events & over 1000 artists.

Theatre, live concerts, dance, exhibitions, opera, installations, etc,etc... All kinds of arts from all over the world get together in Sydney. Some of Sydney's popular restaurants will serve special lunch & dinner packages during the festival.

For ticketing and further information please visit the official site.

Dates: 8 - 26 January 2015

Location: Various venues.  (e.g. Hyde Park, Sydney Town Hall, Opera House, Parramatta, etc.)

Have you seen the gigantic Rubber Duck at Parramatta river? (Artwork by Florentijn Hofman, The Netherlands) This yellow ducky is five storeys tall and five storeys wide! It will stay until the end of the festival.

*Copyrights of the original artwork belongs to the artist.

19th Biennale of Sydney

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Friday, March 07, 2014


Countless artists and their work will gather in Sydney for the 19th Biennnale, which is one of the largest contemporary and visual art festivals recording around 500,000 visitors in 2012.

The works include several performative projects which will be presented in & around Sydney CBD. The venues include the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), etc, as well as two heritage-listed sights: Cockatoo Island, a former prison and shipyard, and a former rail yard Carriageworks famous for large scale installations.  

The Biennale goes for three months, not only the exhibitions but with an accompanying program of artist talks, forums, guided tours and family days.

Dates: Friday 21-March to Monday 6-June 2014


Inquiries: Phone (02) 8484-8700



 "Lord Mayor's Inclusion Program" - Access programs for the 19th Biennnale

There will be special presentations for visitors with wheelchairs, blind or visual impaired, hearing impaired in some locations during the Biennale. The venue provides audio-description tours, Auslan-interpreted tours, or a tour in easy-to understand English. 

Dates & Times depends on the venue and booking required. Please refer to the event’s website, go to “TOURS” and look for tours with "Lord Mayor's Inclusion Program".

Hylozic Series: Sibyl Project 2012 by Philip Beesley. Courtery of the artist.

La Boheme @ Sydney Opera House

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Puccini's La boheme, the world's favourite opera now coming to Sydney following its run in Melbourne where it was a huge hit.

La boheme is a young person's opera about falling in love, and losing the love of your life. Puccini's glorious classic is transported to the glittering Spiegeltent of 1930's Berlin. The fairy lights are twinkling and the music is playing, but in reality the bohemians are still hungry and cold. When Rodolfo meets Mimi the hardship melts in a blaze of passion. But love won't pay the rent.

This new production showcases some of the finest young singers from Australia and beyond with Takesha Meshe Kizart sharing the role of Mimi with Antoinette Halloran and Hye Seoung Kwon, while Korean-born Ji-Min Park plays Rodolfo, followed by Diego Torre and James Egglestone
Martin Buckingham.

Artists Background⇒

La boheme - Puccini
Sydney Opera House Bennelong Point
Sydney, NSW 2000



12/07/11 - 24/10/11