Must-see Festival events still kicking this month

Whether it’s on the stage, in the gallery or on your couch, there’s still lots of Festival fun to have

31 Jan, 2024    Sydney Festival


This January we quenched our thirst for mind-expanding art, dance, theatre and music. We were charmed by a majestic octopus, a nasty pig party and some very pesky seagulls. 

But the fun doesn’t stop there. 

There’s still a bunch of incredible shows and exhibitions to explore – whether it’s on the stage, in the gallery or on your couch. 

Sink your teeth into these five Festival experiences still kicking on in February: 


Praised by the Sydney Morning Herald for its “ingenuity and resilience” and “quick fire backchat and physicality,” Saplings at Australian Theatre For Young People is a must-see. Yuwaalaraay playwright Hannah Belanszky and Kalkadoon director Abbie-lee Lewis share deeply funny and heartbreaking stories born from workshops with young people in conflict the youth justice system. 

Where: ATYP, The Rebel Theatre, (The Thirsty Mile), Walsh Bay Arts Precinct 
When: Until 4 February 


Blockbuster art exhibitions 

The summer of art continues with three smash exhibitions in the city. The largest ever spider crafted by Louise Bourgeois will greet you at the Art Gallery of New South Wales before you venture into the darkness and light of this strangely beautiful exhibition. Also at the AGNSW, marvel at the work of one of the great innovators of European abstraction with Kandinsky. Or, over at the Museum of Contemporary Art, experience the monumental works of Tacita Dean – spanning chalkboard drawings, a sensuous photographic and print series, and immersive film installations.

Relive the Festival magic at home

In need of a little R&A after a big month of Festival fun? Us too. Catch up on (or relive) some of our most talked-about shows, available to stream for free on our AT HOME platform. Jump aboard The Carpentaria lightship on Cockle Bay for the nautical noir opera Il Tabarro, or be transported to Bondi Beach for the phenomenal acrobatics and storytelling of Living Sculptures: How the Birds got their Colours. Plus, hear from the incredible Marliya Choir as this next generation of First Nations young people sing of their dreams and hopes in Vigil: The Future

Visual art in the West 

Art fiends have until April to visit three incredible art exhibitions at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. Meet an AI Celtic spirit in Katy B Plummer: Margaret and the Grey Mare, explore the Cabragal Dharug connection between water and country in Leanne Tobin: Memories of Water (Badu) and interrogate the gaze and image making in Eddie Abd: The unbearable right to see and be seen

Festival documentaries at home 

Sneak behind the scenes of some of your fave Syd Fest shows with an epic collection of documentaries streaming AT HOME. Visit Papunya and meet Sammy Butcher, the cast and key creatives behind the Big Name, No Blankets rock 'n' roll theatre show in Kulintjaku, Wankantjaku (Listen, Talk). In the short doco What happens if our island sinks? award-winning Torres Strait Island choreographer and performer Ghenoa Gela takes you to her father’s home island of Erub (Darnley) and shares the inspiration behind her latest dance work Gurr Era Op. Plus, learn why saving the planet has never been so much fun (or stylish) in Fast Fashun – Behind the Runway. 

That's plenty to keep you entertained and inspired, right?




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