Festival Info
Access & Inclusion

We welcome all visitors to Sydney Festival events and make every effort to ensure the program is accessible to our whole audience.

Download the Accessible Performance Guide and Accessible Performance Calendar

Special thanks to our Access and Inclusion Advisory Panel:

Coral Arnold
Morwenna Collett
Diana Eilert
Sofya Gollan
Riana Head-Toussaint
Julie Jones
Greg Killeen
Vanessa Lucas
Paul Nunnari

Accessible Festival Brochure

The 2019 Sydney Festival brochure is available in the following alternative formats:



Audio description is a service provided for patrons who are blind or have low vision. Audio describers give live, verbal descriptions of actions, costumes, scenery, and other visual elements of a performance. This is done during gaps in the dialogue via a small earpiece, provided to patrons pre-show. The audio description begins 10 minutes prior to the performance and provides program details together with descriptions of costumes and stage settings. Patrons must book the service in advance and pick up a free FM headset on arrival.


Tactile tours allow patrons who are blind or have low vision to have a hands-on experience. Depending on the production/installation, patrons are given access to costumes, props and stage set in order to capture the atmosphere of the work. Tactile tours occur before the performance. Patrons must book in advance.

Rock Bang
A hilarious and hard-rocking adult circus extravaganza from Circus Oz with Otto & Astrid.
Lennox Theatre, Riverside Theatres
12 January, 7.30pm. Tactile tour will begin at 6.30pm.

Audio description provided by Vision Australia.

A Ghost In My Suitcase
A magical adventure about family, secrets and ghosts, adapted from Gabrielle Wang’s award-winning book.
Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House
16 January, 1.30pm. Tactile tour will begin at 12.30pm. 

Audio description provided by Vision Australia.

The Nutcracker and I
Tchaikovsky's classic tale is reimagined by a pianist, a ballerina and interactive digital animations.
City Recital Hall
19 January, 7pm. Tactile Tour will begin at 6pm.  

Audio description provided by Vision Australia.


Pre-show notes are available upon request for any production. Please email access@sydneyfestival.org.au


Assistance animals are welcome at all Festival events and venues, bookings are essential. If you are blind or have low vision and want to attend an event at Sydney Festival, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT can provide you with free training on how to travel safely from any location to your event at the Festival. Call 1800 804 805 to discuss your travel needs.

Many venues have an induction hearing loop system or FM radio system available. Visit sydneyfestival.org.au/venues for venue information.

Auslan interpreted performances are for audiences who are Deaf and use Australian Sign Language (Auslan). Experienced Auslan theatre interpreters stand to the side of the stage and interpret dialogue and any text into Auslan, signing live. Audiences requiring this service are seated in the section closest to the interpreter to ensure good sightlines.

Rock Bang
A hilarious and hard-rocking adult circus extravaganza from Circus Oz with Otto & Astrid.
Lennox Theatre, Riverside Theatres
12 January, 7.30pm 

A Ghost In My Suitcase
A magical adventure about family, secrets and ghosts, adapted from Gabrielle Wang’s award-winning book.
Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House
16 January, 1.30pm

A dark, sexy and tenderly intimate solo work by dancer Joel Bray, performed up-close in a hotel room.
QT Sydney
17 January, 8pm

Blak Box
First Nations artists share stories of Country in a surround-sound listening pavilion.
Blacktown Showground Precinct
19 January, 6pm

UTS Big Thinking Forum: Imagination and Endeavour: Fly Me To the Moon
This talk explores how imagination shapes success and innovation. Imagining ourselves all the way to the moon, what new perspectives can we gain about what is possible on Earth?
The Great Hall, UTS
22 January, 6pm

The Weekend
​One woman’s rollercoaster ride through a sometimes devasting, often hilarious world, in search of a new life for her family.​
23 January, 7pm

Le Gateau Chocolat: ICONS
Cabaret sensation Le Gateau Chocolat celebrates the musical icons that shaped his life.
Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent, Festival Garden
24 January, 8.30pm

Man With The Iron Neck
A powerful new physical theatre work that delicately explores a family dealing with trauma.
Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent, Festival Garden
25 January, 7.30pm (post-show Q&A also Auslan interpreted)

UTS Big Thinking Forum: Indigenous Australia and Captain Cook: Setting The Agenda for 2020
2020 will mark the 250th anniversary of when Cook first landed, irrevocably changing the lives of Indigenous Australians
The Great Hall, UTS
25 January, 6pm


Theatre captioning is an accurate live text display of a theatre performance in its entirety, including actors’ dialogue, ad libs, asides, song lyrics, musical descriptions and other sound effects, displayed on large screens at the side of the stage, and via GoTheatrical! mobile app.

A Ghost In My Suitcase
A magical adventure about family, secrets and ghosts, adapted from Gabrielle Wang’s award-winning book.
Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House
19 January, 1.30pm.


Foreign language performances are surtitled, with the translation of dialogue displayed on a screen above the stage.

Beware of Pity
La Passion de Simone



A guide for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing.

100% visual content. Contains no music or dialogue.

52 Artists 52 Actions
Apollo 11
Blood Money Currency Exchange
Nick Cave: Until
Article 14.1
Xiao Lu: Impossible Dialogue

Fully surtitled or has minimal dialogue, some background music and/or sounds.

A Ghost in My Suitcase
Beware of Pity
La Passion de Simone
One Infinity

Accessible and Inclusive

Events that are accessible to people of all abilities. Bookings are essential. To ensure we are fully inclusive, please let us know of any specific access requirements before attending the event.

Discover your inner acrobat in a series of active and immersive workshops with Sydney’s leading circus training centre. Aerialize workshops include Thisability, a fully accessible workshop for kids aged 4+ with disability.

Riverside Theatres Courtyard.
11–20 January


Sydney Festival ensures that its venues are as physically accessible as possible.


For access information on specific venues visit sydneyfestival.org.au/venues

Please note all wheelchair accessible performances of Since Ali Died will be held at Riverside Theatres.

Access in Parramatta Park

At Sydney Symphony Under the Stars, a viewing area for patrons with accessibility needs is located at the front on the right side as you look at the stage. Friends and family are also welcome in the designated viewing area. The precinct is relatively flat with a mix of grass and paved surfaces. Accessible amenities are available.

Access in the Festival Garden

The Festival Garden is wheelchair accessible.

The Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent offers priority entry for people with specific access needs. Head for the meeting point sign with access symbols.


Bookings are essential for all accessible services. 

To discuss your access requirements and to book any access services or performances, please call Sydney Festival on 1300 856 876 or email access@sydneyfestival.org.au

Please note our Box Office opening hours:

25 October–7 January: Monday–Friday 9am–5pm

8–27 January: Monday-Friday 8am–8pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am–2pm

We encourage booking tickets prior to Friday 14 December 2018. Seats cannot be guaranteed after this date although we will always do our best to accommodate your request. 

Sydney Festival is happy to receive phone calls via the National Relay Service. TTY users, phone 133 677, then ask for 02 8248 6500. Speak and Listen users, phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 02 8248 6500. Internet relay users, visit relayservice.gov.au, then ask for 02 8248 6500.

All access performance tickets and designated full wheelchair spaces will be sold at the lowest price in the house for that performance (excluding Wozzeck and In The Heights). 

Bookings for Auslan interpreted and captioned performances can be made online by entering the promotional code ACCESS2019 during purchase.

Companion Card

Sydney Festival supports the Companion Card program. For patrons who require assistance of a companion or carer, a second ticket is issued at no cost to the Companion Card holder. Please contact Sydney Festival directly on 1300 856 876 to assist with your booking.

Get In Touch!

Your feedback helps us continue to improve our access program and services. Please get in touch with us on 1300 856 876 or access@sydneyfestival.org.au if you have any queries or suggestions regarding accessibility at Sydney Festival.


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