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Festival UnWrapped

Short. Smart. Surprising.


3 - 19 May

Introducing Festival UnWrapped. A new bi-annual series of Australian performance works which are inherently original and extraordinary. Festival UnWrapped is a platform which champions the artist. From cabaret to dance, theatre and more... prepare for the unexpected. This is your chance to dive into the very best independent Australian performance. 

Musical Theatre

Yma Sumac: The Peruvian Songbird

3 & 4 May

Prepare for your jaw to drop in wonder as opera star Ali McGregor's extraordinary voice brings a lost musical icon back to life. From the highest of highs, to the lowest of lows, you do not want to miss this captivating cabaret.
Bold Inspiring Electric

My Urrwai

9 - 12 May

Dance. Comedy. Storytelling and more. If you don't know Ghenoa Gela, it's time to get in the know. This incredible Australian artist is sharing her story in the humorous, irreverent and moving, My Urrwai.
Eye opening Bold Political

PARTY (verb)

10 & 11 May

Legendary photographer. Sydney chronicler. Writer. William Yang presents imagery from his vast archive to deliver an emotive, educational photographic lecture, set to throbbing beats.
Eye opening Bold Inspiring


16 May 2019 - 19 May 2019

Dance breaks. Killer vocals. Seriously powerful women. Join five kick-ass millennials in this captivating call to action about the critical issues of our times. An unmissable theatrical experience.
Compelling Bold Inspiring

The Director

15 May 2019 - 19 May 2019

Are you ready to die? Death, cremation, contracts and coffins. Nothing is off limits in this bold new performance by Australian artist Lara Thoms and ex-funeral director Scott Turnbull.
Eye opening Insightful Bold
Join the artists of Festival UnWrapped in a panel discussion on how they shape their own lived experience into performance.
Intimate Engaging Revealing

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Sydney Opera House Western Foyers
3 - 19 May

Artist and Sector Development

What is Artist and Sector Development?

The Sydney Opera House's Artist & Sector Development program aims to support local Australian artists, small companies and producers through presentation platforms and unique professional development opportunities.

The program also offers opportunities and capacity building through mentorships, internships and training.

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