Sydney Festival, a key event during the city’s summer, returns this January with a diverse lineup of premieres, immersive experiences, public art, exclusive Australian shows, free events, and pioneering First Nations programming, along with an extensive live music program. 

From January 5 to 28, Sydneysiders and visitors can explore the city in unique ways, from parks to beaches and harbours to retro fun parlours, making Sydney the ultimate destination for an exciting summer of art. The festival will feature 26 world premieres, 29 Australian exclusives, 15 co-commissioned works, and 43 free events, showcasing over 1,000 artists and presenting more than 150 events across Greater Sydney.

Sydney Festival 2024 Arka Kinari

Sydney’s iconic harbour will be the focal point, featuring events that celebrate ‘water’ throughout January. These include Puccini’s one-act opera, Il Tabarro, performed on the Carpentaria lightship, and live music by Arka Kinari, who use their customised sailing vessel as both a touring van and a stage.

In 2024, the festival will commence with Summerground, a vibrant music festival in Tumbalong Park, where international headliners, local favourites, and undiscovered world music talents will create an energetic atmosphere across three nights of diverse music genres. Additionally, the historic Hungry Mile at Walsh Bay will transform into The Thirsty Mile, a lively festival space featuring theatres, bars, exhibition areas, cabaret spots, and a dedicated late-night club. For the first time, all eight venues in the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct will be bustling with dance, art, and performances, both on stage and throughout the theatres.

The Sydney Festival 2024 program is exciting and extensive, so take a look here for full details.