Sydney Festival Podcast

Sydney Festival's new podcast features a collection of live talks, artist chats and big ideas hosted by Festival Director Wesley Enoch.

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The Sydney Festival podcast was recorded using RØDE Microphones equipment, generously donated by Sydney Festival’s Principal Philanthropic Partner, Peter Freedman AM.

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Chris Reason: Terror on the Ground – Lindt Café Siege  


When the Lindt Cafe Siege brought the Sydney CBD to a standstill, the Seven newsroom was in the unique position of being right at the crime scene. Chris Reason was on air for hours and hours to cover the breaking story, while police snipers also used the newsroom as a tactical vantage point. Reason won the 2015 Walkley Award-winner for TV News Reporting for this work.

Reason also covered the September 11 attacks from on the ground in New York, as well as the 7 July London terror attacks and many other major news incidents over the past 30 years. Discover what it’s like to cover major breaking news from the hot seat in front of the camera and in the middle of the action.

Walkeys Live: The Journalist Gene is a series of five one-hour biographical portraits of five Walkley Award-winning or recognised journalists, exploring the national and international context in which their award-winning work took place; the influences and personal inspirations for their approach; and the professional drive, courage and values that sustain their work.

This event was presented by Sydney Festival in partnership with the Walkley Foundation.

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Kate McClymont: Digging up the Underbelly of Sydney's Upper Echelon


The Sydney Morning Herald investigative journalist Kate McClymont has seven Walkley Awards – including the 2002 Gold Walkley and 2020 Print News Walkley – and a reputation that strikes fear into the heart of politicians, criminals and anyone who’s dabbled in corruption. She’s a hilarious storyteller and has broken countless massive investigations over her career, including Eddie Obeid’s corrupt dealings, the Don Burke investigation, and the NRL Bulldogs salary cap scandal (which won her the 2002 Gold Walkley with Anne Davies).

Walkeys Live: The Journalist Gene is a series of five one-hour biographical portraits of five Walkley Award-winning or recognised journalists, exploring the national and international context in which their award-winning work took place; the influences and personal inspirations for their approach; and the professional drive, courage and values that sustain their work.

This event was presented by Sydney Festival in partnership with the Walkley Foundation.

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Patrick Abboud: 'Doing' Diversity: Out and Proud


Patrick Abboud uncovers stories you never knew existed in ways you won't forget. Broadcasting for more than a decade across SBS, the ABC and now Network 10, Pat’s speciality is ‘doing diversity’ and his award-winning storytelling is described as “Must Watch TV”.

An openly gay journalist and presenter, it wasn’t always possible to be an out and proud person of colour on screen. While taking us behind the scenes of his work, Pat unpacks how being more personal in his approach to journalism hasn’t hurt his career but rather helped it. You’ll also get a first look into Pat’s new queer true crime show The Greatest Menace, a collaboration with co-producer Simon Cunich, commissioned by Amazon, supported by The Walkley Foundation and made possible with the Jesse Cox Audio Fellowship. The eight-part investigative series unlocks the incredible hidden history of the world’s only gay prison in a tiny Australian town.

Walkeys Live: The Journalist Gene is a series of five one-hour biographical portraits of five Walkley Award-winning or recognised journalists, exploring the national and international context in which their award-winning work took place; the influences and personal inspirations for their approach; and the professional drive, courage and values that sustain their work.

This event was presented by Sydney Festival in partnership with the Walkley Foundation.


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Laura Murphy-Oates & Lorena Allam: The Killing Times


"The Killing Times" won the 2019 Walkley Award for Coverage of Indigenous Affairs, netting Guardian Australia’s Indigenous Affairs editor Lorena Allam her first of two Walkleys for Coverage of Indigenous Affairs. Descended from the Gamilaraay and Yawalaraay, Allam led the Guardian investigation tracking the state-sanctioned massacres of Indigenous people across Australia.

And hosting the podcast for the series was Laura Murphy-Oates, the 2018 Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year, an outstanding voice of the next generation of journalists and proud Ngiyampaa Weilwan woman.

Walkeys Live: The Journalist Gene is a series of five one-hour biographical portraits of five Walkley Award-winning or recognised journalists, exploring the national and international context in which their award-winning work took place; the influences and personal inspirations for their approach; and the professional drive, courage and values that sustain their work.

This event was presented by Sydney Festival in partnership with the Walkley Foundation.

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Nick Moir & Sylvia Liber: Triggered – Photojournalism in Natural Disasters


Nick Moir is Chief Photographer for The Sydney Morning Herald, and the 2020 Nikon-Walkley Feature/Photo Essay Award-winner for Firestorm, Moir’s middle-of-the-inferno coverage of the 2019/2020 summer bushfires.

Illawarra Mercury photographer Sylvia Liber is the 2020 Nikon-Walkley Prize winner for Community/Regional. Liber travelled the East Coast after the destruction of the fires, capturing the aftermath and the stories of people who had lost everything in the inferno.

Hear about being trapped in the middle of firestorms and eucalyptus explosions, conditions so extreme that camera parts started melting, chasing extreme weather around the world, watching the devastating effects of climate change unfold in person, and the stories that developed in the aftermath of the destruction of the summer bushfires. 

Walkeys Live: The Journalist Gene is a series of five one-hour biographical portraits of five Walkley Award-winning or recognised journalists, exploring the national and international context in which their award-winning work took place; the influences and personal inspirations for their approach; and the professional drive, courage and values that sustain their work.

This event was presented by Sydney Festival in partnership with the Walkley Foundation.


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Dalarinji – Ours, Yours, Everyone's

Sydney Festival Director Wesley Enoch explores the possibilities with Jennifer Ganske, National Head of Arts and Tourism for Regional Development and Engagement at nbn Australia.


Sport has done an admirable job of using the connectivity of the internet to combat the isolation imposed by COVID – how can Australia’s arts scene, in particular, First Nations artists, make the most of the nbn™ network to expand the regional and global audience for Australian art?

Enoch has spearheaded a strong First Nations presence throughout his five-year tenure as Director of Sydney Festival, and this new partnership with nbn – including a regional Sydney Festival tour – opens up limitless possibilities to come.

This event was presented by Sydney Festival in partnership with nbn.

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Darcy Grant wants to normalise five person handstands

Sydney Festival Artistic Director, Wesley Enoch was joined by Creative Lead of Gravity & Other Myths Darcy Grant to chat about his upcoming show, The Pulse. 


Darcy Grant is a classically trained acrobat, award-winning fine art photographer, physical theatre director and founding member of Circa, revered as one of the world’s most adventurous, genre-defying circuses. He has trained, taught and toured work on the cutting edge of new circus to some of the world’s most prestigious venues. Where theatre, dance, circus and visual art meet is where Darcy likes to practice. In 2017 Darcy was commissioned by Adelaide International Arts Festival to direct Backbone by Gravity & Other Myths. The show premiered to five-star reviews and standing ovations, also attracting three Helpmann Award nominations including Best Choreography and Best New Australian Work. 

Due to the current South Australian border restrictions, Gravity & Other Myths has had to cancel their world premiere season of The Pulse at Sydney Festival 2021. Adelaide Festival will be premiering The Pulse in February 2021.

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Michael Kantor wants to bring musicals to supermarkets

Sydney Festival Artistic Director, Wesley Enoch was joined by award-winning director Michael Kantor to chat about his upcoming SydFest show, RAPTURE: A song cycle of Desire and Ecstasy, Murder and Mayhem.


Michael Kantor is an opera, theatre, and film director of some 25 years, working for nearly all the major theatre and opera companies, and festivals across Australia. Michael was the Artistic Director of Malthouse Theatre from 2004 to 2010. Recently, Michael directed his first feature film The Boy Castaways for the Adelaide Film Festival, and created and directed The Shadow King for the Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and Darwin Festivals, and The Barbican London, for which he was awarded The Helpmann Award for best direction.

Michael Kantor's latest work, RAPTURE: A song cycle of Desire and Ecstasy, Murder and Mayhem is on at The Headland at Barangaroo Deserve from 16–17 January 2021.



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Kate Gaul is gender bending theatre classics

Sydney Festival Artistic Director, Wesley Enoch was joined by award-winning director Kate Gaul to chat about her upcoming SydFest show, H.M.S. Pinafore.


Kate Gaul is a theatre director, producer, and designer, with directing credits that include plays, opera, physical theatre, devised works, and classics for theatre companies and schools in Australia. She is Artistic Director of Siren Theatre Co where her passion is for text-based drama challenges artists and audiences to have bold imaginative experiences.

Kate's opera credits include Castor + Pollux (Pinchgut), Eight Songs for a Mad King (Verbruggen Ensemble), The Cunning Little Vixen (Sydney Chamber Opera), Hansel and Gretel (Pacific Opera), Il Matrimonio Segreto, English Eccentrics, Les Mamelles de Tiresias, Cendrillon (Sydney Conservatorium), Dialogues of the Carmelites, Die Fledermaus (WAPPA).  

Kate Gaul's latest production, H.M.S. Pinafore is on at Riverside Theatres from 13–23 January 2021. 



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Katie Noonan believes the best musicians are from Brisbane

Sydney Festival Artistic Director, Wesley Enoch was joined by five-time ARIA award-winning artist Katie Noonan to chat about her upcoming SydFest performance, Songs of Don.


Over the past 20 years, Katie Noonan has proven herself one of Australia’s most hardworking, versatile, and prolific artists. Named one of the greatest Australian singers of all time by the Herald Sun, Katie has produced 20 studio albums throughout her career, with seven times platinum record sales under her belt and 26 ARIA award nominations that span diverse genres. 

In the midst of owning her record company and working as the artistic director of Queensland Music Festival, Katie remains committed to what sets her artistry apart from the pack: her ability to evolve. “There’s always going to be something to learn or someone who can teach you something,” she explains. Music, for Katie, is a lifelong lesson, a generous act of giving, and a means to change the world.  

Katie Noonan's latest performance Songs of Don is on at The Headland at Barangaroo Reserve on 14 January 2021.



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Scott Wright creates puppets to save pygmy possums

Sydney Festival Artistic Director, Wesley Enoch was joined by award-winning artistic director Scott Wright to chat about his upcoming SydFest show, Duba.



Scott Wright is the Artistic Director and co-founder of Erth – Visual & Physical Inc., a company recognised internationally as an innovator of physical and visual theatre, and a creator of brave, unbridled work for children.

With 30 years at the helm, Scott has directed many of Erth’s shows and led the company into becoming far greater than any expectations from humble beginnings in regional Victoria. Some of Scott's personal passions include the survival of indigenous stories, exploring how ancient stories can be retrieved and presented to new audiences, and leading the company into the future with a fresh emphasis on practice-based, non-outcome driven experimental theatre for a range of audiences and age groups.

Scott's latest work Duba is on at Carriageworks from 8–24 January. 



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Our program this year is all Australian Made, and this new podcast is a collection of live talks, artist chats and big ideas from the Festival hosted by Wesley Enoch. 

With this series, we take a minute to recover after the year we’ve had... to reconnect with our community, reinvigorate our local artist scene and to remind ourselves how resilient we truly are. 

Because no matter where you are in the world, everyone could do with a little piece of Sydney summer. 


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