Every January, Sydney Festival enlivens and transforms Sydney with a bold cultural celebration based on the highest quality art and big ideas. The program is kaleidoscopic in its diversity, from burlesque circus to Chicago rap to Dutch theatre; from contemporary dance to family programs to traditional Indigenous arts practice. Each year, the Festival is comprised of around 400 performances of 140 events performed by more than 1000 artists in more than 30 venues. Inclusive programming, a broad range of free events and accessible pricing policies for the ticketed shows means that Sydney Festival is open to all, welcoming Sydneysiders and visitors from wherever they live.

More than any other cultural event, Sydney Festival defines Sydney's personality. For almost four decades it has presented international artists who guarantee headlines, and whose presence in Sydney adds to the Festival's buzz and prestige. Names like Chaka Khan, Björk, Brian Wilson, Grace Jones, Manu Chao, Elvis Costello, AR Rahman, Cate Blanchett, Ralph Fiennes, Robert Lepage, Peter Sellars, David Byrne & St. Vincent and Mike Patton alongside some of the world's great companies - Wayne McGregor's Random Dance, Cheek by Jowl, the Schaubühne Berlin and Sasha Waltz & Guests to name only a few - share the Festival with the most exciting artists and companies in Australia. Sydney Festival's audacious contemporary programming positions it at the forefront of arts practice in Australia and up there as one of the most wonderful festivals in the world.