25 JANUARY Sydney Town Hall $25 + BF
To cook Cook or Not
To cook Cook or Not
25 JANUARY Sydney Town Hall $25 + BF
To cook Cook or Not
$25 + BF

Captain Cook: overrated or undercooked? Is the arrival of a British sailor on Australian shores two and a half centuries ago more impressive than 60,000 continuous years of Indigenous history?

A great debate with a twist, First Nations artists come together inside Sydney Town Hall to thrash out a series of fundamental questions about our past.

Hosted by Miss Ellaneous, this one-off event takes place in partnership with the Biennale of Sydney

To cook Cook or Not has been designed to challenge the significance of Captain James Cook’s voyage to Australia 250 years ago and stimulate discussion about the narratives that define the story of Australia.

Hosted by:
Miss Elaneous and TV Presenter Matty Webb

Panel members:
Wesley Enoch, Sydney Festival
Dane Simpson, Comedian
Anthony Taufa, Actor
Megan Wilding, Actor
Ngaiire, Singer-songwriter
Shari Sebbens

Adjudicator / Fact Checker:
Dr Leah Lui-Chivizhe, Academic / Historian, University of Sydney

Special Guest
DJ Nino Brown

Runtime: 90 mins

Performance Times

Mon 25 Jan at 6pm

Ticketing and Pricing
  • General Admission Full Price – $25
    General Admission Concession – $22
    + booking fee

    Please note that paired seats cannot be split, therefore if you are after a single seat please select a seat that is on its own.
    If you are after other configurations, please contact the Sydney Festival office during business hours.


Hearing loops are located in the Centennial Hall (both Ground Floor and Gallery level) and the Lower Town Hall.  

Important Info

Face masks are mandatory at all Sydney Festival events for all patrons 13 years and older, in line with NSW Government regulations. A face mask is required at all times while inside foyers, theatres and outdoor venues, including during performances. Children 12 and under are exempt but are encouraged to wear masks where practicable.

Recommended for ages 16+

A strict lockout period applies. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment. 

Cast and Credits

Writer / Director Ben Graetz

Photo: Yaya Stempler

Event Partner
The Balnaves Foundation

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