Faces of Sydfest

Since 2017, Sydney Festival’s brochure covers have focused on the faces of the Festival: the fans, the artists, the people behind the scenes and the people in the seats at the shows.

For the 2017 brochure we invited Festival fans to send in a self-portrait for the chance to be on the cover; for 2018 we asked Festival fans to get creative with a cover photo that used the Festival’s colours in an unusual, interesting, crafty and creative way.

The 2019 brochure also features a mix of avid Festival fans, volunteers, artists and creators, all shot by photographer Richard Hedger. Meet the Faces of Sydney Festival 2019 below.

Cover faces

Ursula Yovich
One of Australia’s most respected and beloved writers and performers on stage and screen, Ursula wrote and also performs in 2019 Sydney Festival show Man With The Iron Neck.

Our youngest cover face, Festival-fan Bowie has been attending Sydney Festival shows since he was a mere four years old. We can't wait to see his picks for 2019! 

Coral Arnold
Coral is a valued member of Sydney Festival’s Access and Inclusion Advisory Panel. She has been a keen attendee at our events for many years, particularly those with audio description and tactile tours which provide equal access for audience members who are blind or have low vision.

Steph Wong
A close Festival-friend, Steph has worked with the Festival for a number of years, distributing our brochures and other flyers throughout Sydney and beyond.

Jem Burton
Jem’s been a huge Sydney Festival fan for two decades and manages to see between 10 and 15 shows every Festival. We're looking forward to seeing him everywhere we go in January!

Calligrapher Lauren is another keen Festival fan, and has been joining us in January for many years.

Shawn Moriere
We love welcoming new and old friends alike to start their year with us! After recently making the move to Sydney from France, Shawn is super excited about experiencing his first Sydney Festival.

Richard Hedger
He's the man behind the lens and in front of it – Richard has been an avid Festivalgoer and Sydney arts fan for years; he’s also the creator of the book Telling Tales, which celebrates 40 years of gay liberation in Australia by capturing some of the LGBTI community's most intriguing and colourful members.

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