{{page + 1}} / {{pages}}

Festival Director: Stephen Hall

The 10th anniversary of the Festival of Sydney saw the expansion of already successful program elements. An exciting array of activities took over Hyde Park, including exhibitions, food stalls, craft workshops, music, street theatre, clowns and buskers. The Martin Place Amphitheatre hosted live music, dance, mime and magic throughout the Festival period, and the Domain was again home to free jazz, opera and classical music concerts.

Local audiences got a taste of British theatre with the Footsbarn Theatre, and Gertrude Stein And A Companion performed by Miriam Margolyes and Natasha Morgan. One-man shows abounded with American performer Spalding Gray in Swimming To Cambodia and Malcolm Robertson in his bold interpretation of St Mark’s Gospel.

Celebrating the Festival’s 10th anniversary, a series of recitals were performed at the Pitt Street Congregational Church, a new and exciting music venue for Sydney.


Chinese Puzzle
Footsbarn Theatre

King Lear
Footsbarn Theatre

Gertrude Stein And A Companion
By Win Wells
Miriam Margolyes & Natasha Morgan

Swimming to Cambodia
Spalding Gray

Fascinating Aïda

St Mark's Gospel
Performed by Malcolm Robertson

Tom Foolery
The words, music and lyrics of Tom Lehrer

Multiple Choice
Australian Theatre For Young People


Australian Chamber Orchestra

Janacek's Intimate Voice
Leos Janacek

John Bingham & The Medici String Quartet

Operation Young Composers

The Verdi Requiem
The Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Sydney Philharmonia Choir
Director: Peter Seymour OBE
Conductor: Vladimir Kamirski
Soprano: Rita Hunter
Mezzo: Margreta Elkins
Tenor: Kenneth Collins
Bass: Noel Mangin

Toast To Vienna
The Festival of Sydney Chamber Orchestra
Conductor: William Reid
Soprano: Christo Lehmann
Tenor: Robert Gard

Wood Magic
Associate Artists of the Royal Shakespeare Company
Barbara Leigh-Hunt and Peter Barkworth
Music by the Quartet and John Bingham

Battlefield Band

Budapest Trio

Fairport Convention

Midsummer Jazz
Margaret Roadknight, Tom Bakers OSF Jazz Band, Espirito, Supermarket, Morrison Bros Big Band, Geoff Bull's New Orleans Band.

Compered by Ricky May and Su Cruikshank.

Music On The Move

Opera In The Park - Rigoletto
The Australian Opera, Dame Joan Sutherland
Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra and the Australian Opera Chorus
Conductor: Richard Bonynge


Rhondda Gillespie & Robert Weatherburn In Concert

Rhondda Gillespie In Recital
Associate Artist Robert Weatherburn

State Of The Arts '86
Dewey Redman, the Bernie McGann Trio, Sketches, the Sandy Evans Trio, Odwala, Colin Offord's Theatre Of Sound, Mike Bukovsky Ensemble, Paul McNamara/Eddie Bronson Quartet, The Benders, Roger Frampton and The Relative Band

Symphony In The Park
Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Vladimir Kamirski
Piano: Rhondda Gillespie

The Boys Of The Lough


Footsteps II
Sir Robert Cotton


Australia Day

New Year's Eve

Wine And Diners Club Picnic

Writers’ Week


150th Royal Sydney Anniversary Regatta

2DayFM Festival Of Sydney Triathlon

Caltex Schooner Race

Canon Ocean Marathon


Sydney Harbour Ferrython

The Canon Festival Showjumping Championships

The Nile-Daily Telegraph Raft Race

1986 program

Create an account

Plan your festival! save your favourite events and share with friends.

Forgot Password

Forgotten your password?

Enter your email below to have your password sent to the address




Register Interest