What’s on at the Sydney Festival

What’s on at the Sydney Festival

The Sydney Festival starts on 7th January and ends on 29th January 2017

You might think that after all the Sydney New Year’s celebrations and world-famous fireworks that things might calm down a little bit in Sydney. Well you’d be right they do, but not for long. The Sydney Festival takes a hold on 7th January and doesn’t let go until the end of the Australia Day long weekend on the 29th January.

The most popular cultural festival in Australia

The festival draws in around a million people from far and wide making it the most popular cultural festival in Australia. Many top Australian and International artists will dazzle and mesmerise you with an array of world class performances in dance, theatre and music.

Nice to be Free

Of the 150 events to be staged, played or otherwise performed almost half won’t cost you a cent or penny to see.

Never seen before

The Sydney Festival is planning on 16 world premieres, 9 Australian premieres and 14 Australian exclusives. Why would you be anywhere else?

The Beach

One of the exclusives is The Beach! This sounds very ‘unAustralian’ [exclusive beach?] until we realise that the Beach is a fascinating installation containing over a million, yes a million, recyclable white balls.

P J Harvey

P J Harvey was the first big name to be announced. She is only here for a one-off concert at the Sydney Theatre on the 22nd January 2017. There were a few tickets left when I posted this so you may already be too late – sorry, she’s a tad popular. Click the link below to find out:

PJ Harvey in Sydney

The Bad Seeds are back!

Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds will be performing “Skeleton Tree” recorded soon after the sad demise of Nick’s 15-year-old son. It’ll be an emotional experience for all who see it.


Nick performs for two nights prior to PJ Harvey. Come on guys don’t miss the opportunity, you know you want to… 🙂


The Sydney Festival provides us with an opportunity to experience the iconic Velvet Underground in person.

Other Artists

Other artists include Yann Tiersen, Cash Savage & the Last Drinks, Weyes Blood, Szun Waves, Moses Sumney, Halfway and many more. Follow the link at the foot of the page for more details.

Free Music – Festival Village, Hyde Park

The festival village will include a stage hosting free performances for most of the festival.

Scent of Sydney

This city stinks? Maybe, Cat Jones puts Sydney to the smell test and comes up with a different way to experience this beautiful place.

Imagined Touch

We all love a good story but how much more could you convey through touch and tactile communication? Artists Heather Lawson and Michelle Stevens tell it with feeling.

I Love the Nightlife – The Festival Village in Hyde Park

As you might have guessed, Sydney will be alive and buzzing during the festival and it doesn’t stop till… well I’m not sure it does stop actually. Anyway, the Festival has its own bar in Hyde Park complete with all kinds of entertainment to keep you in a festival mood including “The Famous Spiegeltent”.

Spiegeltent and Meriton Festival Village

During the day, “The Famous Spiegeltent” is family friendly but after dark however it is a different story. As kids go home to bed the grown-ups come out to play. There will be a mix of comedy, circus acts, music and cabaret including male burlesque outfit, Briefs.

Symphony under the Stars and Opera in the Domain

Symphony under the Stars and Opera in the Domain are back. These iconic events take place at Sydney’s fabulous outdoor venue The Domain.

Get with the Program

The wait is over! The full festival program has been released. Follow the link below for the details:

Sydney Festival 2017

Free and Top things to do

There are a myriad of things to do in and around Sydney which are not part of the program:

Top Things to do in Sydney Where to Stay in Sydney

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