WELCOME TO SYDNEY
Welcome to Sydney in February! The City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year celebrations kick off on 16 February. Herald in the Year of the Dog with giant lanterns, dragon boat races and performances in Chinatown (page 8). The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras turns 40 this year. The program focuses on the theme “40 Years of Evolution” and includes the world-famous parade, Fair Day, exhibitions, a film festival, talks and more (page 16). Siân Edwards heads south of Sydney to the Sutherland Shire to discover beautiful beaches and splendid food, with plenty to do in this magnificent region (page 46). The smash-hit musical “Mamma Mia!” opens in Sydney this month at the Capitol Theatre. Based on the movie of the same name it features the timeless songs of ABBA. I can’t wait to see it for myself! (page 18). Turn to our Where Now feature (page 10) for February’s must-see shows, exhibitions and performances including “Future Park” at the Powerhouse Museum, the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney’s Tomato Festival and Opera Australia’s production of the classic “Carmen”. However you choose to spend your time here, we hope you enjoy your stay in superb Sydney! Roshan Sukhla
The Sydney Opera House. Photo: Paul Carmona/unsplash.