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What’s on? Something for everyone

The University’s free series of events showcases our thinkers and their work, often regularly partnering with other key organisations including Vivid Sydney and the Sydney Writer’s Festival to deliver talks and debates that challenge our thinking and look for solutions to the big issues facing society. We also host visiting influencers from around the world including politicians, writers, historians and educators. At least two free events a week open to all in our community. Sign-up here for updates and to listen to our dazzling array of past events on SoundCloud: sydney/ 

Ready to write a memoir, learn a language, discover cinema, or become an armchair philosopher? The University’s Centre for Continuing Education has been educating our community since 1886 with an impressive slew of evening and weekend courses run by our very own academics and associated experts. Extend yourself and feed your mind with a 10 per-cent discount for University alumni.

From an Egyptian mummy of the Boy Horos to a sarcophagus of Padiashaikhet and the largest Lego historical model ever built (of Pompeii), the Nicholson Museum is home to the largest collection of antiquities in the Southern Hemisphere. In the historical Quadrangle, its collection is open to the community and presents free lectures at 2pm on the first Sunday of the month.

At the centre of an art movement in the 60s and 70s, Tin Sheds Gallery may be new and upgraded but its heart is reborn as a platform for public debate about the role of architecture, design and planning in contemporary society with regular exhibitions and talks.

Our guided tours offer a great introduction and insight into our wonderful micro-city within your city, discovering all the nooks and crannies you may miss on your own. Get your friends, family or history group together to explore.

Whether it’s just walking or jogging around the beautiful 72-hectare campus of Camperdown or Darlington or rock climbing, lifting weights, swimming or playing tennis with Sydney Uni Sport and Fitness, there are ample opportunities to look after your physical wellbeing as part of our community. There are also excellent school holiday programs for active kids of all ages.

Centrally located near the Botanic Gardens and public transport, the Conservatorium of Music – or Con – is open for free lunchtime concerts at 12.30pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays. On Saturdays during semester, Rising Stars is a series of free concerts at 11am and 2pm showcasing our stellar new talent. There’s also a range of professional and student live-music, concerts and opera throughout the year, as well as the Jazz Festival. Start here for listings and to register for updates:

The University’s Carillon, housed within the distinctive clock tower, has been a part of the aural landscape of the university since 1928. Dedicated on Anzac Day, it commemorates the 197 undergraduates, graduates and staff who died in World War I. Our Carillonist, Amy Johansen leads a team of 10 honorary carillonists who play at graduations, special events and recitals throughout the year. Recitals in the Quadrangle are every Sunday 2-2.45pm and Tuesday 1-1.45pm with a tour to the Clock Tower afterwards.

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