In its 14th year, Sydney's annual public art festival ditches the theme and spreads out to a year-round program
For 13 years, City of Sydney's Art & About festival has been making art happen in unexpected places – with a broad remit that includes outdoor exhibitions, live music and performance. In 2015 they've announced that they'll be making this happen all year round – starting with the festival proper, running from September 18 to October 11, but continuing onwards and outwards, with a program of events announced for 2016.
In the meantime: Art & About festival will bring back favourites like the outdoor photography exhibitions Australian Life (previously Sydney Life) and Little Sydney Lives; but instead of the Friday-night street party in Martin Place, head to Sydney Town Hall for the Terrace – nine nights of live music, kicking off on September 18 with feelgood soul and beats by party-starting Blue Mountains duo Jones Jr (supports for Mark Ronson on his recent tour – ’nuf said).
You'll have to head waterwards for this year's major public art installation: Cave Urban's Near Kin Kin, a walk-in bamboo forest, will be popping up on the forecourt of Customs House.
If you like your art interactive, head to the city centre on Art & About's final weekend (and the following two) for the sonic-flash-mob stylings of Supercritical Mass; their new project Games + Actions (for a Quiet City) enlists around 100 volunteers, using everyday objects and instruments, to create immersive, temporary "flash mob" performances in Martin Place, Hyde Park and the Mitchell Library.