Sydney Festival 2019

Wed 9th January, 2019 – Sun 27th January, 2019
Various venues
Price: Various
Director Wesley Enoch has closely tapped the zeitgeist to create a thought-provoking and fun program.

Sydney Festival returns in 2019 for another blockbuster instalment of game-changing ideas, art and performances.

There are the big-ticket items like Sydney Symphony Under The Stars, which is free and at Parramatta Park, and the Festival Garden and Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent in Hyde Park once again.

There you can see, along with many other acts, the exciting circus-cabaret show Shanghai Mimi directed by burlesque icon Maura Finucane. It’s set in 1930s Shanghai, dubbed the “Paris of the East”, and features Chinese and Chinese-Australian acrobats and artists. There's also festival commission Pigalle starring Marcia Hines and iOTA in a celebration of 1970s Paris.

To coincide with the international celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, there will be three free, interactive, family-friendly precincts: World Square, Barangaroo and Darling Harbour.

At Fly Me to the Moon Sydneysiders are asked to collectively cycle the 384,000 kilometres it takes to travel from earth to the moon, whether it’s through a spin class, pushing a pram or riding 16 stationary bikes at World Square. There are giant waterbeds that allow you to feel weightlessness at Moon Drops, and three-metre-high astronaut models at Barangaroo.

American absurdist Geoff Sobelle’s magical interactive show Home is a life-affirming house party to which the whole audience is invited to help build a two-storey house on the empty stage. Los Angeles harpist Mary Lattimore will play her signature musical loops as an audience floats in the Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre pool. You’ll experience both open-air and sub-aquatic sound design.

Swedish pop rebel Neneh Cherry will perform her new album at Carriageworks, and in the foyer of the Eveleigh venue, American visual artist Nick Cave will create his large-scale installation of shimmering crystals.