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Sydney Festival 2018

Every January, Sydney Festival enlivens and transforms Sydney with a bold cultural celebration based on big ideas and cutting-edge art and performance.

The program is kaleidoscopic in its diversity, from jaw-dropping contemporary ballet to epic art installations, international theatre hits, primal circus, immersive virtual reality, modern Indigenous art and theatre, punk protest music and more.

Sydney Opera House will again host a variety of Festival show – see the full line-up below!

“Sydney Festival is the country’s new year’s resolution – making a change, making a difference”

Wesley Enoch, Festival Director

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The Town Hall Affair

07 Jan 2018 - 13 Jan 2018

An artful theatrical reimagining of the raucous 1971 feminist debate.
Bold Memorable Political

The Wider Earth

17 Jan 2018 - 27 Jan 2018

A magical portrayal of Charles Darwin’s voyage through nature, faith and science.
Compelling Playful Delightful
Kids and Families

Join the Dots

16 Jan 2018 - 21 Jan 2018

Kids in Sydney and Japan make digital art together in this real-time inter-cultural project.
Playful Sensory Exhilarating
Contemporary Music

Meow Meow's Pandemonium

22 Jan 2018 - 23 Jan 2018

International siren and comedienne extraordinaire Meow Meow joins forces with the entire Sydney Symphony Orchestra for a glorious performance of subversive and sublime entertainment, fresh from an acclaimed season with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conducted by Iain Grandage.
Bold Playful Sublime