Sydney’s night owls finally have something tailored exclusively for them. Get ready to shake, sway and dance at Mopoke, a nifty 24-hour arts and culture festival that’s taking over Macquarie Street this summer. The one-of-a-kind festival kicks off at dusk, goes on through the night and wraps up the following evening. Live theatre, live music, street art and a giant glow-in-the-dark playdough garden are part of the luminous program. To boot, there’s also food, drinks and an exclusive dance party at The State Library of NSW.
Macquarie Street is set to become pedestrian from the Hyde Park Barracks to the State Library of NSW. The entire street will transform into a hive of activity with art, music and theatre taking over the area. Visitors are encouraged to participate, create art, play along and enjoy the late-night celebration.
Food trucks will also be on-site with a focus on Sydney’s diverse street food offerings. Expect everything from Mexican to Vietnamese, Italian to Spanish and more. The glow-in-the-dark theme will be reflected in the food and drink as well and guests can look forward to wine, bubble bars & Espresso martinis to keep their energy up all day and all night.
Program highlights include an art and design market featuring 20 pop-up artist studios from pottery makers, hair stylists to painters and more. The dedicated space will allow eager visitors to shop, take part in activities and meet the artists in an intimate setting.
As the night draws closer, take a detour and head down to The Mint where you’ll find a glowing, immersive garden that glimmers at night. The Domain will host a fire art show to the sound of the piano and dish out “flambé” desserts and smoky drinks.
The Sydney Eye Hospital, the State Library and surrounding institutions will also have something whimsical and fun on with magicians, street performers and more keeping the party going all night. Keep the newly renovated Library Bar on your radar which will be lit up with spoken word poetry and readings under the moonlight, cocktails, food and an astronomy panel.
If you’re looking for a night jaunt in the city, you won’t need to look any further. Mopoke comes to town on Saturday, February 4 and Sunday, February 5 for a 6pm start. There’s a lot more on the horizon, check out the full program details on the Mopoke website and start clearing out your first February weekend.