Bid goodbye to the romance and Lunar New Year festivities of February and welcome an entire month of community events. Celebrate Sydney's multicultural heritage, seniors and children; enjoy the culture of Turkey, Armenia and India; meet artists and their works in galleries across the city; visit the NSW Parliament; and take a quick trip to the Northern Territory. Whatever event or activity suits your fancy, you'll find something for FREE this month in Australia's most cosmopolitan city.
Produced by the City of Sydney, the Living in Harmony Festival celebrates the city's cultural diversity. It coincides with Harmony Day, the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Throughout the month of March, you and your family can discover and experience Sydney's multicultural heritage in different venues around the city. This year's FREE program includes exhibitions, tours, talks and workshops. Phone 02 9265 9333 or visit the website for more details.
If you're considering to visit Uluru, Kakadu or Katherine Gorge then check out the FREE 'Do the NT' experience in Martin Place organised by Tourism Northern Territory. You and your family can get a sample of what's in store in the Territory. Highlights include close encounters with baby camels and crocodiles and tasting local cuisine and beer. With plenty of accommodation, dining and wildlife tour options, you can stop putting your NT dream on hold. Phone 02 9640 8010 or visit the website for more information.
When: 7am – 6pm on both days Where: Martin Place, Martin Place Sydney 2000
Turkey in Music Gala Concert - 4 Mar
Photo courtesy of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Turkey
The Turkish Ministry of Culture & Tourism is hosting a FREE concert in Sydney as the opening event of a series of cross-cultural exchanges between Turkey and Australia this year. Entitled 'Turkey in Music', this one-night only concert will bring together an ensemble of Turkish and Australian musicians, singers and visual artists. They include a 30-piece orchestra comprising of classical and contemporary instrumentalists from Turkey's Samsun and Ankara State Opera and Ballet Orchestras.
You and your family can enjoy a musical journey through Turkey's history, from the cradle of civilisation and the land of Noah's Ark to the Ottoman Empire and onwards into contemporary Turkey. To secure your tickets, phone 93024610 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets must be collected from the box office of the theatre no later than 7.00 pm on the day of the concert.
When: 7.30pm to 10pm Where: Capitol Theatre, 13 Campbell Street (between George and Pitt Streets) Haymarket 2000
If you're into art, then you'll love Art Month Sydney taking place in March. This annual festival curated by Artistic Director Glenn Barkley brings the public, collectors and contemporary artists together. You and your family can enjoy FREE access to over 100 galleries in Sydney. There will also be artist-led tours where you can explore the artists' studios and hear directly from the producers about their works. Check out the website for detailed information on the galleries and visitation schedules.
Seniors Week - 14 to 22 Mar
Photo courtesy of Department of Family and Community ServicesDepartment of NSW Family and Community Services
The City of Sydney will be hosting a range of FREE events and activities in support of Seniors Week this year. The objective to encourage residents over 60 years to get about, engage with the community and try new things. Highlights include a table tennis tournament, after-dinner tour of Kings Cross, swimming at the City of Sydney Aquatic Centres, learning basic first aid and many more. Phone 02 9265 9333 or visit the website for detailed event listings.
Children's Festival - 15 Mar
Photo courtesy of Children's Festival Organisation Inc
The annual Children's Festival returns to Sydney in March. Originating in the City of Bankstown in 1999, the festival has grown in popularity over years, attracting more than 15,000 participants and the support of cultural and community groups, including Aboriginal, African, Arabic, Australian, Chinese, Cook Islander, Greek, Indian, Irish, Lebanese, Macedonian, Nepalese, Polish, Sikh, Spanish, Vietnamese, Guides and Scouts. This year's FREE program includes a Children's Parade, a National Costume Display, a Poster Competition with the theme "I am a proud Australian" and over 20 activities and games for kids. Visit the website for more details.
When: 11am to 5pm
Where: The Rock , cnr George & Argyle Streets, The Rocks 2000
Parliament of NSW Tour - 17 Mar
Photo courtesy of State of New South Wales (NSW Parliament)
The NSW State Election will take place on 28 March and voters are welcomed to learn more about the Parliament of NSW before they vote. To help educate the public on the workings of the Parliament and how votes can influence what happens in the Upper and Lower Houses, the Parliament is organising a FREE tour.
You and your family can take a guided walk through the Chambers and find out how it all works behind the scenes. Bookings are essential. Phone 02 9230 2047 or visit the website for more details and reservations.
When: 5pm - 6pm
Where: Parliament NSW, 6 Macquarie Street Sydney 2000
After 100 years, the Armenian people continue to show their resilience and this year's Armenian Festival is dedicated to the Centenary of the Armenian Genocide of 1915. Held at Tumbalong Park in Darling Harbour, you and your family can enjoy an afternoon of traditional Armenian food and drink, dance, music and entertainment. Visit the website for more updates.
When: 12pm – 7pm
Where: Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour, Sydney 2000
Holi Mahotsav - 28 & 29 Mar
Photo courtesy of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Australia
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Australia (or Bhavan Australia) has been hosting many activities related to Indian culture and promoting multiculturalism in Australia since 2003. It is considered an ambassador of the Indian culture in Australia by many local government bodies and councils. One of its major annual events is the Holi Mahotsav in Darling Harbour.
This FREE multicultural festival showcases the Indian culture alongside performers from other parts of the world. You and your family can enjoy a weekend of traditional dance and music, colour throwing sessions, vegetarian food and merchandise and exhibitions. This year's highlight includes the Interfaith festival symposium and concert. Phone 1300 242 826 or visit the website for more information.
When: 11am – 7pm
Where: Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour, Sydney 2000