Get ready for an unforgettable summer as the Sydney Festival lights up the city from January 5 to 28, 2024.

Kicking off with a mesmerising performance by the Te Aranganui choir and a Welcome to Country by Matt Doyle, the festival introduces Te Wheke-a-Muturangi: The Adversary, an inflatable masterpiece by artist Lisa Reihana. Join a unique kayak tour for a close encounter with this vibrant installation in Watermans Cove.

For a chance to shine on stage, sign up for Soliloquy (a paid ticketed event) at the City Recital Hall, where volunteers will join Genevieve Lacey and Stephanie Lake in a captivating dance performance. Meanwhile, the Seymour Centre’s Banyan Nights program promises a cultural feast, featuring dance, circus acts, puppetry, and a Southeast Asian market square with delicious food, crafts, and live entertainment.

Sydney Festival

Sydney Festival’s free program is not to be missed, offering everything from world-class opera on the harbour to the larger-than-life Moonshine Bar at The Thirsty Mile. 

Experience Il Tabarro, a free harborside production aboard the Carpentaria Lightship, transporting Puccini’s opera to 1930s Depression-era Sydney. The Marliya Choir joins the Vigil event at Barangaroo Headland, presenting existing songs and a new commission that envisions the future Australia they want to live in.

Arka Kinari brings a multimedia performance to Campbell’s Cove, exploring a future after the carbon economy. Keep an eye out for the cheeky Snuff Puppets Seagulls causing chaos across the city and enjoy the acrobatic storytelling of Living Sculptures at various iconic locations.

Sydney Festival seagulls

The festival’s free events continue throughout January, including the beloved Sydney Symphony Under the Stars concert at Parramatta Park, the fashionable House of Fast Fashun takeover at Tumbalong Park, and a lecture by DJ Mo Laudi at Artspace. With so much to offer, Sydney Festival invites you to see the city differently and be part of the summer celebration!

When: Sydney Festival runs 5-28 January 2024. View the festival’s full free program here