• Manly Arts Festival

The Manly Arts Festival ignites the region, with performances and exhibitions by visual artists, musicians and dance groups, across several venues.

Each year, since 1994, arts and cultural organisations, our council, and local businesses, have joined forces to develop a creative and entertaining program of events for locals and visitors.

Exhibitions and events  

Fantastic photographs, incredible installations and 40 artists’ creative take on one superhero. There are 32 unforgettable events and exhibitions.  

This year Manly Art Gallery and Museum will contribute to the Arts Festival with a number of exciting feature exhibitions. The Phantom Show, features 40 artists celebrating the comic book hero. 3 Boats, a rare and original installation will showcase in the museum. 

Music, talks and tours

Listen to live music, discuss residency programs, technique and more with the artists who know.  

Join Manly Arts Festival for 13 memorable concerts as well as fabulous talks, films and tours. Chat with a panel of diverse creatives and find out why residencies are so amazing and how to score one. This extensive lineup, is about celebrating and sharing creativity. And its diversity offers something for everyone.



From weaving trash and blowing glass bubbles, to writing and making books, here’s a collection of workshops as diverse as they are fun.

Time to stretch your creative muscles and join in with these 19 Play Workshops. Collaborative installations, let everyone join together to create amazing murals.  Kids’ activities include, comic workshops with exhibiting artists and musical jam sessions. Adults can sculpt, weave, glass-blow, sketch, paint, even line-dance but there’s so much more.

OPEN studios

Get in amongst the brushes, clay and pallets to see how artworks come together in working artist studios.

Explore behind the scenes when Northern Beaches’ artists open their studios and art spaces to the public. Learn about the creative process and techniques they use. Buy an artwork of your own directly from the artist after learning the story and inspiration behind the work.

Artist Market

Visit the artist market and pick up something beautiful and unique - a real one of a one of a kind. 

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