Andrew Weatherall is a man who knows music. The legendary British DJ, producer and remixer is always on the cutting edge as a true pioneer of the underground. Weatherall runs the gamut of modern electronic music in his sets, tapping hypnotic house, dark electro and even post punk.
Black Diggers is a play that is long overdue. Wesley Enoch returns to Sydney Festival with the world premiere of Black Diggers, uncovering the contribution of First World War Aboriginal Diggers from their homelands to the battlefields of Gallipoli, Palestine and Flanders. Written by Tom Wright.
Christian Boltanski is one of the most influential artists of his generation. He is known for his work exploring memory, loss, birth and death. Chance is his first major installation to be presented in Australia. This immense installation follows the rhythm of births and deaths across the globe.
Don't miss the City of Sydney's Lawn Library, nestled among the trees in Hyde Park all festival long. Grab a coffee and beat the heat among shelves full of hundreds of books, all free for you to take home.
The kids can also enjoy a full calendar of children's rhymetime, twilight storytime and late night readings, and there'll also be fun, creative workshops.
Visionary saxophonist Colin Stetson straddles the worlds of avant jazz and experimental noise. He has worked with the likes of Tom Waits, Arcade Fire, Lou Reed, Bon Iver and Laurie Anderson. His polyphonic sound really pushes boundaries, his saxophone becoming multiple instruments in one.
If you think Sydney Harbour is spectacular on a quiet day, wait until you see theFerrython. The annual Australia Day celebration sees our ferries go racing from Circular Quay to Shark Island and back under Sydney Harbour Bridge. Pack a picnic and cheer on our ferries as they get fast and furious.
Elegant, brazen and kooky cabaret. Lady Rizo's Grammy Award winning stylings will tantalise you. Comeing to Sydney for the first time after sellout seasons in Edinburgh and London, Lady Rizo combines vintage arrangements and theatrical pop songs from every decade with her own stirring anthems.
"An irresistible cocktail of circus skills, live music and sexy humour" Time Out (UK) LIMBO is circus as you've never seen it: wild, wicked and out of this world. Hot on the heels of a sellout London season, this otherworldly party, staged somewhere between heaven and hell hits Sydney.
Ockham’s Razor, known for daring yet refined aerial acrobatics, brings three vividly theatrical works to Sydney Festival. Using tailor-made aerial equipment, the agile physical performers investigate themes of isolation, reliance and the way our actions impact on those around us.
Imagine every death scene in the most celebrated plays of all time united in one show. Oedipus Schmoedipus is a mad medley of the greatest deaths ever brought to life on stage: by poison, dagger, asp or broken heart. It promises big laughs, great insight and an outrageous body count.
Chicago hip-hop sensation Q Brothers take their inspiration from the original genius lyricist: Shakespeare. Together, the brothers have created a fiery, feisty musical ad-rap-tation of Othello. Innovative, intelligent and street smart, Othello: The Remix is suitable for ages 10+.
A timeless monument treated to an irreverent modern makeover. Baffling historians for centuries, Stonehenge is reimagined as a life-size inflatable castle– with everyone invited to have a bounce. This new work by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller has become a contemporary art feel-good hit.
Some of Australia’s finest acrobats and music-makers butt heads to create Scotch and Soda, a whiskey-soaked evening of raucous dance and dexterous feats – where the band holds centre stage. Channelling the vibe of a rowdy whiskey joint, Scotch and Soda will rollick along late into the evening –naturally – in the Circus Ronaldo Tent.
Forward-looking four-piece Sinkane tap jazz, disco and rock to create space-age summer jams. Sinkane’s breezy sounds reflect Gallab’s diverse musical experience. Mining 70s funk, Sudanese pop and New York indie, this is global music with real soul.
Join us at Sky Terrace this January for an exciting free program of live music, DJs and quirky performances on the roof terrace at The Star. Add some delicious alfresco food into the mix and you've got all the key ingredients for a great summer night out.
Sydney Symphony Orchestra performs Gustav Holst's orchestral suite The Planets under the stars. The interstellar music will be interspersed with readings by Bell Shakespeare's John Bell and finished with one of the finest fireworks displays in the galaxy. Best of all, Symphony in The Domain is free.
Combining storytelling, installation and great food, 5 remarkable Asian-Australians share dishes of special significance to them, and reveal the moving, humorous and provocative stories behind them. Featuring Pauline Nguyen (Secrets of the Red Lantern) & Indira Naidoo (Author, Journalist and TV Presenter)
The greatest of all epics about nation, is finally an epic about our nation. Bringing together the country's finest creative talents including performers Tom E. Lewis and Jimi Bani, this reworking of Shakespeare's King Lear speaks to the history and current circumstances of Indigenous Australia.
A sonic journey for the whole family. Beatbox addictTom Thummakes musical magic using only his mouth and a microphone. Packing an entire sound system into his throat, he creates mind-blowing soundscapes of impossible beats, phenomenal notes and a whole band's worth of instruments.
Join us at the Village Bandstand in the Sydney Festival Village for an exciting free program of live music, DJs, and quirky performances. It's a great place to see a little something extra between shows, while you enjoy a drink with friends or as you grab some delicious eats.