Oxford Street is one of Australia’s most-loved and historic high streets. A destination for shopping, nightlife and our LGBTIQA+ communities.
Oxford Street is the home of the annual Mardi Gras Festival and parade, and in 2023, will be the heart of Sydney WorldPride.
It’s also a creative and cultural precinct, with major institutions including the National Art School and the UNSW School of Art and Design, and includes clusters of creative businesses.
Once affectionally known as the Golden Mile, Oxford Street has a long history as a precinct associated with Sydney's counter-culture movements.
We're committed to building on Oxford Street’s reputation as an iconic LGBTIQA+ precinct and a centre of buzzing activity both day and night, with space for thriving businesses, creatives and culture.
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City of Sydney News
NewsThe City of Sydney increases support for Sydney WorldPrideThe global event will also be a launchpad to revamp Oxford Street.1 November 2022
NewsHello WorldPride: Sydney prepares for global LGBTIQA+ celebrationMore than 500,000 people will enjoy arts, sport, parties and First Nations programming from 17 February to 5 March 2023.27 June 2022
NewsOn show now: TIDAL by Mike Daly The artist uses 43 horizontal light tubes arranged 8cm apart to represent rising and falling water levels around the world.6 May 2022
NewsLGBTIQA+ communities take pride of place in proposed Oxford Street revampWe’re inviting people to have their say on our draft LGBTIQA+ social and cultural place strategy.2 May 2022
NewsMore space for creativity and culture in SydneyOur bold new plan to salvage the city’s under-threat arts scene.6 April 2022
NewsA new cycleway for Oxford and Liverpool streetsA 1.7km separated cycleway on one of our busiest bike routes will make it safer and easier to cross the city3 November 2021
NewsHow you can help Oxford Street keep its vibeWe’re asking for input on the future of the beloved strip. Here’s how to give feedback and why your say matters.20 September 2021
NewsTransforming Oxford Street’s cultural and creative precinctOur plans to revitalise the historic strip.21 May 2021
NewsOxford Street: A history from track to high streetFrom bush track to a high street with a heart, the strip beats with special resonance for Sydneysiders.26 October 2020
NewsHelp us shape the future of Oxford StreetWe're reviewing planning rules for Oxford Street and surrounds.7 October 2020
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What’s OnAlchemical Worlds: ReflectionsAn installation on display on Object Space ADC’s window galleryAustralian Design Centre
What’s OnBeyond design as usual As our world becomes increasingly complex, designers are orientating their practices towards systems-level changeAustralian Design Centre
What’s OnDigital Destiny: Gallery Opening Celebrated photographer Michael Woods, is bringing his Venice Biennale Gallery Exhibition, 'Digital Destiny' to SydneyDarlinghurst
What’s OnLoss of HorizonThis is an intimate show investigating sensations of disequilibrium, both emotional and sensory.Stanley Street Gallery
What’s OnChampainting Paint and Sip SessionsA creative 2 or 3 hour paint and sip sessionDarlinghurst
What’s OnThe Dazzle by Richard GreenbergAn Australian premiere production of an extraordinary real-life American gothicDarlinghurst
What’s OnUni-GodsEverybody wants to rule the world...Darlinghurst
What’s OnQueen of the nightShe's got the stuff that you want, the thing that you needDarlinghurst
What’s OnSurry Hills and Darlinghurst secret bar crawlDrink, dine and discover on a bar crawl like no other! Perfect for locals, this is a fun and unique night outDarlinghurst
What’s OnSunday shenanigansAn open drag nightDarlinghurst
What’s OnHospo MondayHere's to youDarlinghurst
What’s OnM'ap BouléMusic, revolution and self-reckoning collide to create M’ap BouléEternity Playhouse
What’s OnQuiz Queen TriviaLets get Quiz-ical!Darlinghurst
What’s OnCAKE at Meraki Arts BarAward-nominated comedy show from Robyn Reynolds (UK)Darlinghurst
What’s OnTwilight bites: Sharks, protection and detectionDr Paul Butcher dives into the science behind tagging and tracking the ocean’s fiercest sharksDarlinghurst
What’s OnSlay 4 PaySee an array of performers at this drag competitionDarlinghurst
What’s OnThirsty Thursdays at Darlinghurst Theatre CompanyOur legendary loose and lyrical musical theatre nights hosted by Andrew BukenyaDarlinghurst Theatre Company
What’s OnThe Grad Show 2022 Opening NightThe official opening of the NAS Gradshow 2022, celebrating our Bachelor of Fine Art students.Darlinghurst
What’s OnI'm Queer... Get Me Out Of Here!CAMP in all sense of the wordDarlinghurst
What’s OnDarlinghurst dining tourGo where the locals goDarlinghurst
What’s OnTwisted ChristmasA variety show with all the trimmings.Darlinghurst
What’s OnMagic at the MerakiFestive Fun! Gather your tinsel, bring a cracker and join Jack for a night of Magic at the Meraki.Darlinghurst
What’s OnChristmas Special: Dining in the darkWe are back for a jolly festive edition of Dining in the Dark - with a brand-spanking new menu with a Christmas twistPotts Point Hotel
What’s OnThe Reckoning All that came before has to be burnt to the ground.Darlinghurst
What’s OnSaturday Night Gay Men Matched Speed Dating, Ages 25-49Saturday Night Speed dating for gay men at the Colombian!Darlinghurst
What’s OnGroup exhibition: Folk Tales“Folk Tales” is a group exhibition that celebrates Polish Visual Arts in Australia and New ZealandStanley Street Gallery
What’s OnGroup exhibition: A Thread Through TimeGroup exhibition that celebrates Polish Visual Arts in Australia and New ZealandDarlinghurst
What’s OnHow to Search for My Polish HeritageLearn skills to start their journey on finding out about one’s Polish heritage focusing on the period of time post-WWII.Darlinghurst
What’s OnGondwanan plants in biochrome – Renata Buziak artist talkJoin us in conversation with Renata about her art featuring a selection of Gondwanan lineage plantsDarlinghurst
What’s OnPisanki Workshop with Agata RadnaCome and learn to decorate an Easter egg using the ancient Polish technique of Pisanki.Darlinghurst
What’s OnUnited We Dancefeaturing TSHA, Barry Can't Swim, dameeeela and Club AngelOxford Art Factory
What’s OnNational Art School Summer School Holiday WorkshopsFill You Summer School Holidays with art making!National Art School
What’s OnPalette Knife Painting WorkshopCreate an abstract painting an experimental approach.Darlinghurst
What’s OnCollage and stitching workshop with Ema ShinCreate unique textile pieces with the slow, calm and personalised stitching methods used in her own practiceAustralian Design Centre
What’s OnHealing childhood trauma workshopFind Clarity, Calmness And Closure From Within.Darlinghurst
What’s OnDarlo Supper Club at Sydney FestivalAn evening of delicious delight hosted by Andrew BukenyaDarlinghurst Theatre Company
What’s On(Up)holdingAn exhilarating dance work questioning the morality endurance in this endless marathon of existence… and performance.East Sydney Community and Arts Centre
What’s OnFuture Science Talks SydneyHear how today's science might impact your life tomorrow!Darlinghurst
What’s OnAuto Tune An auto-tuned operatic monologue by a man in a wolf mask with strange superpowersDarlinghurst
What’s OnBook Launch: “Tragedy & Triumph”The launch of Michael Meyerson’s book, Tragedy & Triumph.Sydney Jewish Museum
What’s OnPlenty of fish in the sea A contemporary fable about hooking up, courtship and finding the perfect catch.East Sydney Community and Arts Centre
What’s OnGround ZeroTime. Our time is now.East Sydney Community and Arts Centre
What’s OnThe Rainbow Tree at Sydney WorldPrideA musical storytelling show created with Rainbow families for Rainbow families and their alliesDarlinghurst Theatre Company
What’s OnAll The Sex I've Ever Had at Sydney WorldPrideA group of Sydney’s over-65s draw on all their wisdom and experience to share true stories of their romantic & sex livesDarlinghurst Theatre Company
What’s OnAncestral trauma alchemy workshopA day of cosmic JourneyDarlinghurst
What’s OnDirty Disco: Mardi Gras 2023Four levels of high energy entertainment with Sydney's best DJs at The BurdekinDarlinghurst
What’s OnGender Euphoria: Mighty Real at Sydney WorldPrideA rich mosaic of trans lives platforming trans joy, beauty, love, power and euphoriaDarlinghurst Theatre Company
What’s OnRainbow History Class: Live Show at Sydney WorldPrideIt’s time to brush up on the LGBTQIA+ history not taught in school with Tik Tok sensation Rainbow History ClassDarlinghurst Theatre Company
What’s OnMadonna bar - Sydney World Pride 2023Dance to Madonna music all night long with drag shows and giveawaysOxford Art Factory
What’s OnDialogues with my buttA wacky and wonderful physical theatre show featuring atrocious amounts of assEast Sydney Community and Arts Centre
What’s OnSydney Streets on Stanley StreetCelebrate Darlinghurst with a day of fun on Stanley StreetDarlinghurst
What’s OnFillow Talk We will never meet our Filipino parents' impossible standards, but maybe we will meet yours?East Sydney Community and Arts Centre
What’s OnI can't sleepWithin the witching hour a solo performer entwines autobiographical stories and folklore to examine sleeplessnessEast Sydney Community and Arts Centre
What’s OnVoices of Joan A feminist punk ritual summoning the spirit of iconic iconoclast Joan of Arc.East Sydney Community and Arts Centre