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Sydney Festival 2019
January 9, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - January 27, 2019 @ 11:30 pm
Every January, Sydney Festival starts the new year with a bang, transforming the city with a bold cultural celebration based on critical ideas and cutting-edge art and performance. The 2019 program, running from 9 –27 January, is adventurous and diverse, from cutting-edge international theatre such as Beware of Pity and HOME to glittering, raucous nights of music and cabaret like Shànghǎi MiMi and Pigalle.
Our Indigenous program BLAK OUT returns with powerful new theatre including Man With The Iron Neck and The Weekend, as well as art installations, music and dance-theatre by First Nations artists, and the third edition of our popular Indigenous language classes Bayala.
There’s a stacked contemporary music program featuring everything from a Cuban mambo band to feminist pop icon Neneh Cherry, glam-pop superstar Nakhane, experimental electronic composer Ben Frost and much more.
There’s also plenty to do and experience that doesn’t cost a cent, from the moon art installations at World Square, Darling Harbour and Barangaroo South to the return of the beloved Sydney Symphony Under The Stars in Parramatta Park and our Circus Comes To Town weekend in Prince Alfred Square. Plus you’ll find free art installations at Carriageworks, the Museum of Contemporary Art, UNSW Galleries and Artspace, and free talks with artists and experts at UTS, NSW State Library and more.
Our accessible pricing policies for ticketed shows (including new Under 30s pricing for certain shows and Playwave pricing for 15 to 19-year-olds) means Sydney Festival is open to all, welcoming Sydneysiders and visitors from wherever they live.
Sydney Festival returns to Hyde Park with the Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent and Festival Garden, where you can drop in for a drink and some food before or after a Spiegeltent show, plus enjoy free until-late weekend parties with Sydney’s fabulous DJing duo The Dollar Bin Darlings.
Sydney Festival’s audacious contemporary programming positions it at the forefront of arts practice in Australia and up there as one of the most wonderful festivals in the world. It’s your city and your festival.