We welcome all visitors to Sydney Festival events and are committed to making the festival a safe and accessible space for everyone.
We would like to thank the members of the Sydney Festival Access and Inclusion Advisory Panel for their expert advice and advocacy:
Lisa Jackson Pulver
The 2024 Sydney Festival preview guide is available in the following formats:
Auslan interpreted performances are for audiences who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing 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.
Auslan interpreted performance Saturday 6 January 4pm-11pm
Big Name, No Blankets
Auslan interpreted performance Sunday 14 January 11.30am
Ode to Joy (How Gordon Got to Go to the Nasty Pig Party)
Auslan interpreted performance Sunday 21 January 6pm
Vigil: The Future
Auslan interpreted performance Thursday 25 January 8.30pm
Smashed: The Nightcap
Auslan interpreted performance Saturday 27 January 7pm
Auslan interpreted performance Monday 15 January at 6.30pm
Auslan friendly - show run by d/Deaf hosts. Wednesday 17 January - Monday 22 January
For people who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing, theatre captioning is an accurate text display of a theatre performance in its entirety, including actors’ dialogue, ad libs, song lyrics, musical descriptions and other sound effects.
Captioned performance Tuesday 9 January 7.30pm
Surtitles available on performances at Tuesday 9 January 8.30pm, Wednesday 10 January 8.30pm, Friday 11 January 8.30pm and Saturday 12 January 8.30pm.
Orpheus & Eurydice
Surtitles available on performances Friday 5 January 7.30pm, Tuesday 16 January 7.30pm, Thursday 18 January 7.30pm, Saturday 20 January 7.30pm, Tuesday 23 January 7.30pm, Thursday 25 January 7.30pm and Saturday 27 January 7.30pm.
The Assistive Listening Systems symbol indicates which venues provide hearing augmentation and amplification. Ensure you inform us when booking so you can be seated in the relevant area of the theatre.
Assistive listening systems / hearing loops available at:
A guide for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing.
100% visual content. Contains no music or dialogue.
75% visual content. Fully captioned or has minimal dialogue, some background music and/or sounds.
Designed for patrons with disability and their families or anyone who may benefit from a more relaxed environment (this may include people with a learning or physical disability, autistic spectrum condition or sensory sensitivities). Relaxed performances usually have slight modifications to sound and lighting, support aids and an open-door policy with a dedicated quiet area.
Relaxed sessions every day from Friday 5 January to Sunday 28 January from 3pm-4pm daily
The Listies: Make Some Noise!
Relaxed performance on Wednesday 10 January 10.30am
A Bucket of Beetles
Relaxed performance on Thursday 11 January 2.30pm
Relaxed matinee performance on Saturday 13 January 2pm
Relaxed performance on Saturday 13 January 12.30pm
The King of Taking
Relaxed performance on Sunday 14 January 12pm
Relaxed performance on Thursday 18 January 1pm and Saturday 20 January 1pm
GURR ERA OP
Relaxed performance on Thursday 18 January 7pm
Relaxed performance on Friday 19 January 6pm
Sydney Festival ensures that its venues are as physically accessible as possible.
The wheelchair symbol indicates the venue/location is wheelchair accessible or has been made accessible for Sydney Festival. Designated wheelchair spaces (where available) will be sold at the lowest full price in the house for that performance. For access information on specific venues visit sydneyfestival.org.au/venues.
Bookings are essential for all accessible services.
Bookings for Auslan-interpreted and captioned performances can be made online by selecting seats marked ‘Auslan-interpeted’ or ‘captioned’. Bookings for tactile tours & headsets for audio described performances can be made via contacting our customer service team.
We encourage booking tickets prior to Friday 16 December. Seats cannot be guaranteed after this date although we will always do your best to accommodate our request.
To discuss your access requirements, make bookings or give us feedback call 02 8248 6500 or email email@example.com
Sydney Festival supports the Companion Card program.
Companion Card holders qualify for a second ticket at no cost for their companion. Please contact Sydney Festival directly on 02 8248 6500 to assist with your booking.
Your feedback helps us continue to improve our access program and services.
Please get in touch with us on 02 8248 6500 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries or suggestions regarding accessibility at Sydney Festival.