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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How to tackle Sydney Festival’s opening weekend
We made you an easy itinerary
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Watch Barber Shop Chronicles writer Inua Ellams read a poem in a Sydney barber shop
About meat, masculinity and getting older
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Didn't get what you wanted for Christmas?
Treat yourself
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The 11 best free things to do at Sydney Festival
Stacked with interactive art, free music and free classes
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Go behind-the scenes with Force Majeure’s primal new dance theatre work
You Animal, You gets intimate
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Watch UTS Lecturer Jenna Price on The Town Hall Affair and feminism
A free mini-lecture
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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 Clover Moore
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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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