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posted 31/10/2019

SydFest 2020: Plan Your Summer Experience

Tickets On Sale And Program Live For SydFest 2020

From 8–26 January, Sydney Festival will take over the city. From exclusive international theatre shows with world-class performers to an unrivalled program of First Nations work, free programs and family fun.

We are Australia’s largest commissioner of new work, bringing boundary-pushing theatre that speaks the neglected story to mind-blowing art installations, new cabaret, music, magic and circus.

We are unashamedly diverse. We are proudly Sydney. Come and enjoy our great city.

EXPLORE THE PROGRAM


World Premieres

MAGIC MIRRORS SPIEGELTENT
7–26 JAN

BETTY BLOKK-BUSTER REIMAGINED

A risqué reboot of the revolutionary 1970s cabaret that changed Australian theatre.

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SYDNEY TOWN HALL
10–18 JAN

BLACK TIES

Hera and Kane are getting married and you’re invited to the party – but so are their chaotic relatives. Don your deadliest outfit for this hilarious and heartwarming First Nations wedding rom-com.

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From Around the World

ROSLYN PACKER THEATRE
8–12 JAN

JOAN DIDION’S THE WHITE ALBUM

From The Doors to Charles Manson, the great Joan Didion chronicled the end of the California Dream. Obie-winning actor Mia Barron delivers Didion’s highly theatrical text in full.

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CITY RECITAL HALL
22 JAN

TENEBRAE – MUSIC OF THE SPHERES

Exquisite, transcendent choral music by a world-leading vocal ensemble, renowned for its passion and precision.

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I’m a Phoenix, Bitch Production Photos©The Other Richard

SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
14–17 JAN

I’M A PHOENIX, BITCH

Bryony Kimmings’ offbeat, deeply funny and sharply heartbreaking feminist musical about the worst year of her life.

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CARRIAGEWORKS
8–12 JAN

FRONTERA

Avant-garde Canadian choreographer Dana Gingras and her dancers push against a world of walls and borders. Set in a field of light and projections with live music, ten dancers explore ideas of inclusion and exclusion.

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Free Experiences

DARLING HARBOUR
8–26 JAN

DODECALIS LUMINARIUM

Explore an immense, radiantly lit, inflated labyrinth of winding paths and soaring domes in Darling Harbour’s Tumbalong Park.

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SYDNEY HARBOUR
26 JAN

WATCH FERRYTHON

Enjoy this much-loved annual ocean extravaganza for free by watching from a Sydney Harbour vantage point. You can also join the action by purchasing a ticket aboard a Festival ferry.

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PARRAMATTA PARK
18 JAN

SYMPHONY UNDER THE STARS

One of the best-loved Sydney Festival events returns to Parramatta.

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ART EXHIBITIONS

CARRIAGEWORKS

Explore four large-scale installations by leading Australian artists Rebecca Baumann, Daniel Boyd, Kate Mitchell and Reko Rennie. All exhibitions are free.

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Family Fun

SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
8–12 JAN

LASER BEAK MAN

Artist Tim Sharp’s cult-classic comes to life with eye-popping staging and offbeat humour.

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ROSLYN PACKER THEATRE
21–25 JAN

AIR PLAY

A buoyant, visually dazzling family circus adventure that makes playthings of air and gravity.

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Australian Stories

CITY RECITAL HALL
24 JAN

ARCHIE ROACH: TELL ME WHY

Legendary songwriter and ‘voice of the Stolen Generations’ Archie Roach brings his life story to the stage in Tell Me Why, a spectacular live concert celebrating his eponymous memoir and latest album.

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SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
25 JAN

BUNGUL
Gurrumul’s Mother’s Buŋgul
Gurrumul’s Grandmother’s Buŋgul
Gurrumul’s Manikay

An exquisite tribute to the musical legacy of Gurrumul Yunupiŋu with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Created on country in North East Arnhem Land with the Yunupiŋu family, Buŋgul is a ceremonial celebration of Dr G’s final, posthumously released album Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow).

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Immersive Art

ART GALLERY OF NSW
16–25 JAN

NIGHT PARADE OF ONE HUNDRED GOBLINS

AGNSW’s blockbuster exhibition ‘Japan Supernatural’ comes alive with a fantastical procession.

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CAMPBELLTOWN ARTS CENTRE
16–18 JAN

SHE CONJURED THE CLOUDS

A magical adventure of the senses for both kids and adults by acclaimed artist Justene Williams, accessible to all audiences.

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Where to Stay

QT HOTEL

Set in the very heart of the city’s bustling CBD, the hotel is built on the city’s fabric, embracing Sydney’s cool set in its showcase of exuberant design, world class dining and late night party scene.

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MANTRA 2 BOND STREET

With its executive apartments and penthouses, this hotel gives you great access to tourist attractions and Sydney Festival venues including Sydney Opera House, City Recital Hall, Hyde Park, Sydney Harbour, Circular Quay and Darling Harbour right on your doorstep.

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