Festival Stories is where we go deeper on the shows and artists appearing at Sydney Festival.

Bookmark this page for interviews with the artists, behind the scenes stories, top picks from Festival programmers and arts critics, videos, podcasts, playlists and more.

It’s your window into the world of Sydney Festival.
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Indulge in the flavours of our luxurious Baroque Banquets
Feast at a table groaning with food
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We found out famous people’s favourite karaoke songs
From Gotye and Izzi Manfredi to Anthony Albanese
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“We live with almost 15,000 nuclear weapons”
Meet the crew behind the bomb
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Here’s the moving backstory behind Gotye’s tribute to Jean-Jacques Perrey
His “spiritual grandfather”
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Dan Daw on dancing with disability, success, failure and sexual vertigo
"I essentially want to get the audience thinking and questioning"
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7 top #sydfest picks
from a 17-year-old arts lover
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24 Days of Xmas at #sydfest
Win tickets, be entertained or get hefty discounts!
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Speakers announced for UTS Big Thinking Forums
Artists and academics delve deeper
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How Australia inspired Darwin’s theory of evolution
Featuring a dead platypus
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What to get everyone in your family for Xmas
Sorted
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Insane behind-the-scenes photos from 2018’s circus shows
Courtesy of Carnival Cinema
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The evolution of Jlin in 5 tracks
Expand your mind
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5 essential tunes that will get you hooked on Maarja Nuut
The “Baltic Björk”
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Australia’s craziest acrobats will make your stomach drop
No props, no safety nets
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Why people pass out during The Acid’s live soundtrack
Plus: hear the soundtrack for the bomb
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7 things you need to know about The Wooster Group
Why they're revered
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Three ways to spend a long weekend at Sydney Festival
Action-packed itineraries, just for you
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Get to know the cast of Model Citizens
Go behind the scenes
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Watch a design specialist from UTS talk about Jurassic Plastic
Consumption and creativity
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Hear the fire playlist for Barber Shop Chronicles
Grime, rap & reggaetón
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