May 17, 2021 | By Bronwen Largier

From dance performances in Chinatown’s laneways to a street party featuring Kylie Kwong in South Everleigh, country music in Newtown and an ice rink in Darling Harbour, Sydney is getting a new winter event hosted across restaurants, pubs, galleries, museums and other venues, kicking off in less than a month on June 8.

With Destination NSW’s signature festival of light, music and ideas, Vivid Sydney, shifting to August this year, the state government’s tourism and major events agency has added Sydney Solstice to the city’s major events calendar to help revive Sydney’s night life, boost trading for local businesses during the quieter winter months and aid economic recovery from the pandemic.

“The NSW Government remains committed to the revitalisation of Sydney CBD and surrounds and we are thrilled at the response and interest from local Sydney businesses with more than 150 venues and hundreds of artists, chefs and performers participating in Sydney Solstice,” said Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres.

“We anticipate Sydney Solstice will attract many locals and visitors to Sydney, and particularly, the four key precincts activated as part of the program.

“This is incredibly positive for so many businesses that were affected by COVID-19 restrictions to help support their recovery, as well as the community, who are looking for new ways to rediscover the Harbour City and restore their social calendar to its pre-COVID heights.”

The four major precincts cover the CBD, Oxford Street, Darling Harbour and Newtown and their surrounding areas. The event will run June 8-20, 2021.