The 2003 Sydney Festival opened with Improbable Theatre in collaboration with The World Famous and their installation Sticky. Hundreds of sparklers, thousands of feet of sticky tape, a crane, fire, machinery, smoke and a full musical score took over the Sydney Opera House forecourt.

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Festival Director: Brett Sheehy

The 2003 Sydney Festival opened with Improbable Theatre in collaboration with The World Famous and their installation Sticky. Hundreds of sparklers, thousands of feet of sticky tape, a crane, fire, machinery, smoke and a full musical score took over the Sydney Opera House forecourt.

For the first time in the Festival’s history, a full program of works was presented in Parramatta, with Riverside Theatres housing the majority of performances, appealing to adults and children alike. The Festival also moved into new grounds with its Music House To House program, a music series performed in intimate venues from the Arthouse to Government House.

The Samuel Beckett Symposium, the largest international humanities conference to be held in Australia, had over 100 international leading Beckett scholars come together. In honour of this event, a series of Beckett themed performances took place during the Festival period.


Chronicle Of A Death Foretold
A production of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Cronica De Una Muerte Anunciada
Fundacion Teatro Nacional (National Theatre of Colombia)

Black Chicks Talking
By Leah Purcell and Sean Mee
Produced by La Boite Theatre and Queensland Performing Arts Centre in association with Bungabura Productions

The Junebug Symphony
James Thierrée

Waiting For Godot
By Samuel Beckett
Directed by Neil Armfield
Company B Belvoir

By Samuel Beckett
Directed by Benedict Andrews
Sydney Theatre Company

Designed and devised by ERTH Visual and Physical Inc contributing artist: Reg Mombassa

Close Your Little Eyes
By Max Lyandvert
Fourplay, Sydney Children's Choir, Melissa Madden Gray

Improbable Theatre in collaboration with The World Famous

Twinkle Twinkle Little Fish
Inspired by the work of Eric Carle
Windmill Performing Arts

Two-Up!: Blind City
Director: Kym Weatherly
Written by Alex Broun
New Mercury Theatre

Two-Up!: Five Stories High
Director: Julian Louis
Dramaturg: Nick Enright
State Of Play, devised by The Company

Conceived by Rachael Swain
Co-directed by Rachael Swain and Koen Augstijnen
Stalker Theatre Company


Mark Morris Dance Group


Birth Of The Cool
Performed by John Turnbull


Music House To House: East Meets West
Australian Chamber Orchestra
Conductor: Roland Peelman
Shakuhachi: Riley Lee
Kotos: Satsuki Odamura, Shoko Ono
Oboe: Antony Chesterman

Music House To House: Viola Viola!
Viola: Paul Silverthorne, Brett Dean

Music House To House: Waltz With Me
Piano: Ian Munro, Piers Lane

Symphony In The Domain
The Sydney Symphony
Conductor: Rumon Gamba
Violin: Susie Park

Voices Of Light: The Passion Of Joan Of Arc
Australian Chamber Orchestra, ACO Voices
Conductor: Rumon Gamba
Soprano: Jane Edwards
Mezzo-soprano: Sally-Anne Edwards
Tenor: Adrian McEnriery
Baritone: Michael Leighton Jones

Chuco Valdes Quartet

Dreaming Transportation
Composer: Andrée Greenwell
Singers: Deborah Conway, Justine Clarke, Christine Douglas, Miriam Allan, Hope Csuturos, Jim Nightingale, Jane Williams, Denise Papaluca, Kim Poole

Special guest Jon Lord, with the Sydney Symphony

Jazz In The Domain
Bob Florence, Sydney Festival Jazz Orchestra

London Sinfonietta
Conductor: Pierre-André Valade
Piano: Michael Kieran Harvey

Music House To House: Blues For Pablo
Bernie McGann Quartet

Bacardi Latino Festival
Plena Libre, Yerba Buena

Hahn Premium Festival Bar
Afro Celt Sound System, Resin Dogs, Machine Gun Fellatio, Wicked Beat Sound System, e.o.n, DJ Rupture, RJD2


La Pasion Según San Marcos
Osvaldo Golijov, Schola Cantorum De Caracas
Principal Conductor: Maria Guinand

Love In The Age of Therapy
An opera by Paul Grabowsky and Joanna Murray-Smith


Australia Day Parade

Australia Day Spectacular

Darling Harbour Celebrations

Hyde Park and Sample Sydney Celebrations

Jazz On The Water


Beckett On Film

OpenAir Cinema


Samuel Beckett Symposium: After Beckett
Keynote speakers: Peggy Phelan, H. Porter Abbott, Mary Bryden, Bruno Clement, Steven Connor, Ruby Cohn, Stan Gontarski, Gerry Dukes, Antony Uhlmann

Beckett Public Lecture
J.M. Coetzee, Herbert Blau, Luce Irigaray

Talking Culture: Behind The Scenes Of Beckett On Film
Michael Colgan, Alan Moloney

Talking Culture: In The Steps Of Dinosaur Designs
Louise Olsen, Stephen Ormandy, Liane Rossler

Talking Culture: Introducing the London Sinfonietta
Michael Berkeley

Talking Culture: Jon Lord

Talking Culture: Leah Purcell

Talking Culture: Mark Morris Talks Dance

Talking Culture: Richard Einhorn on Scoring For Film

Talking Culture: The Artist and Urban Space
Michael Riley, Craig Walsh


Michael Riley

Dancing Up The Country
Dorothy Napangardi

Dinosaur Designs


FRUiTS: Tokyo Street Style
Shoichi Aoki

Artists: Aleks Danko, John Dunkley-Smith, Farrell & Parkin, Fiona Foley, Antony Hamilton, Robert Hunter, Kitty Kantilla, Peter Kennedy, Bea Maddock, Max Pam, George Popperwell, William Seeto, George Tjungurrayi, John Wolseley, Judith Wright, Jurek Wybraniec

Picasso: The Last Decades

Ron Mueck

Spaced Out

True Stories: Art Of The East Kimberley

William Robinson: The Revelation Of Landscape

Urban Tide
Craig Walsh


NRMA Motorfest

Streets Ferrython

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