Sydney, NSW: Travel guide and things to do: Nine cultural highlights

THE ONE MUSICAL

Yes, you can be in the room where it happens. Playing at the Lyric Theatre, the phenomenon that is Hamilton is just as roaring, rousing a night out as you hoped for, performed by an all-local cast which includes more than one star-making turn. Running until the end of November. See hamiltonmusical.com.au star.com.au

THE ONE EXHIBITION

Every two years, three heavyweight institutions team up to present The National, a round-up of Australian contemporary art. On display across the Art Gallery of NSW, the Museum of Contemporary Art and Carriageworks are 39 commissioned works from artists both emerging and established. Highlights include Deborah Kelly's installation CREATION at the MCA and Alick Tipoti's linocuts and floating sculptures at the AGNSW. AGNSW runs until September 5; MCA August 22, Carriageworks June 20. See the-national.com.au

THE ONE MUSEUM

When it reopened late last year after a $57.5 million upgrade, the Australian Museum had plenty to show off, including a grand hall the size of three tennis courts and more than 3000 square metres of new public space. Head to the Westpac Long Gallery at 11am and 2pm for Treasures Illuminated, a digital animation telling the stories behind the museum's 200 treasures. Museum entry is currently free. See australian.museum

THE ONE OPERA

In its brief season last year, Opera Australia's presentation of Verdi's Attila – co-produced with Milan's La Scala – scored with audiences and critics alike. Featuring video projections and massive set pieces, this revenge opera delivers big doses of high drama and a sweeping score. Until July 10. See opera.org.au

THE ONE FESTIVAL

The program is still under wraps but excitement is already building about Sydney's new mid-winter festival. Running from June 8 to 20, leading up to the longest night of the year, Solstice will spread out across the city, bringing live music and performance, culinary experiences, art, comedy and workshops to a range of locations from hidden-away bars to glittering harbourside locations. See sydneysolstice.com

THE ONE GALLERY

Judith Neilson's White Rabbit Gallery has built a reputation as one of the world's foremost galleries focused on Chinese contemporary art. Lumen – running until August 1 – is focused on artists who use light, with 40 works over four levels featuring everything from LED light installations to kinetic sculptures and a machine that sparks crackles of lightning. Entry is free. See whiterabbitcollection.org

THE ONE NIGHT OUT

Discover a different side to the World Heritage-listed Hyde Park Barracks with its monthly After Dark series, taking place on the last Thursday of the month. The evenings combine musical performances and talks, with food and drinks also available. Entry is free. See sydneylivingmuseums.com.au

THE ONE ART FAIR

National Indigenous Art Fair
NIAF Rosie Ngwarraye Ross. Photo courtesy Artists of Ampilatwatja

Meet Indigenous artists from around Australia and take home a piece of art from the National Indigenous Art Fair, held at the Overseas Passenger Terminal on July 3 and 4. The program also includes dance and music performances, an Indigenous sculpture walk and stalls selling jewellery, homewares and Indigenous bush food. See niaf.com.au

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THE ONE ILLUMINATION

The Vivid Festival may have been postponed until August but you can still see the Opera House sails lit up every night until May 31. Badu Gili: Wonder Women features digital animations of the work of six female First Nations artists. The six-minute animations screen hourly from sunset, and mark the 150th anniversary of the Art Gallery of NSW. See sydneyoperahouse.com

ONE MORE THING

Little National Hotel Sydney is the latest boutique hotel to open in Sydney's CBD. With an inviting rooftop, a fitness centre and a central location right by Wynyard Station, if offers easy access to Barangaroo, Circular Quay and beyond. Other well-located options include QT Sydney, with its signature Gowings restaurant, and SKYE Suites Sydney, with an indoor pool and a fitness centre. See sydney.com

The writer was a guest of Destination NSW.

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