The Sydney Festival

One of the most anticipated music and art events of the year, the Sydney Festival is a month-long visual and auditory extravaganza.

By Benjamen Judd

Kicking off on January 7 and running until January 29, the Sydney Festival is one of the biggest city-based festivals in Australia. 

Cramming music, art and performance into a month-long schedule, the Sydney Festival offers an enormous array of events that cater to all the senses. 

This year, headlining the festival are some of music’s greatest characters: PJ Harvey along with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds lead the musical experiences.

The theatrical line-up is as equally exceptional: Canadian spoken-word artist Ivan Coyote, Indigenous comic tale of country and identity The Season, and the fabulous drag cabaret starring Dallas Dellaforce Briefs: The Second Coming

Now in its 41st year, The Sydney Festival has become a landmark of social calendar drawing in thousands of local and international attendees. From Circular Quay and the CBD to the Inner West, there is nary a night where you won’t find something happening that will either have your dancing, singing or eating something that will make your heart soar. 

For the full events list, times and booking schedule, head to the official Sydney Festival website or chat to our front desk team who can help you organise your events. 

We’ll be highlighting particularly awesome events closer to the date so watch this space! 

The Sydney Festival runs across various venues in Sydney, starting on January 7 until January 29.


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