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Sydney Festival 2024: Everything to See, Do & Experience this Festival Season

Mark your calendars! Sydney Festival 2024 has almost arrived, and these are the best things to see, do and experience.

Skid (Image Credit: Lennart Sjöberg)

Call us biased, but Sydney is one of the most amazing cities in the world – and it shines brightest in the summertime.

Every year, like clockwork, Sydney Festival reminds us of just how culturally diverse and lively this city is – and 2024’s edition is set to take it up another notch.

The three-week festival kicks off on Friday 5th January, with a steady stream of music, theatre, dance, opera, visual arts, ideas and family events. It’s going to be big. There’s a whopping 150 events across 24 days, with 43 of the events being completely free! In true Sydney Festival style, the schedule features an exceptional line-up of talent, which not only introduces new names to the world but boasts some serious star power.

To help curate your Sydney Festival itinerary, here is a round-up of the best events and things to do.

Sydney Festival 2024: Theatre



Following the story of Australia's least-loved punk rock protest band that accidentally finds themselves a kiddie-pop phenomenon, this musical comedy promises a good time. With a score by Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall, the tunes are guaranteed to be top-notch. 

Wednesday 3rd January to Sunday 14th January 

From $69 (+BF)

Riverside Theatres

Big Name, No Blankets

Big Name, No Blankets 

Presented by Ilibijerri Theatre Company, this rock 'n' roll production explores the legacy of Australian music icons Warumpi Band. Featuring the band's greatest hits and Luritja, Warlpiri and Gumatj/Yolngu Matha languages, the show has been created in collaboration with founding band member Sammy Butcher and the families of Warumpi Band members. 

Tickets from $79 (+BF) 

Wednesday 10th January to Sunday 14th January 

Roslyn Packer Theatre 

Are We Not Drawn Onward to New ErA (Image Credit: Mirjam Devrient)

Are we not drawn onward to new erA

Presented by Belgian theatre innovator Ontroerend Goed, this powerful call to action melds art, theatre, poetry and political protest. Exploring whether our actions can be undone, this production reflects a world poised on the brink. 

Tuesday 16th to Saturday 20th January

From $79 (+BF) 

Roslyn Packer Theatre

Sydney Festival 2024: Music

IL Tabaro

IL Tabaro 

Lovers of opera will adore this free event to be staged aboard The Carpentaria, a historic lightship. The nautical one-act opera by Puccini will be directed by Constantine Costi with a live orchestra and conducted by Simon Bruckard. Passion, desperation and heartbreak are the themes to expect. 

Tuesday 9th January to Friday 13th January

Free, reserve your place here 

Australian National Maritim Museum 

Sydney Symphony Under the Stars: Pictures in the Sky

Sydney Symphony Under the Stars: Pictures in the Sky

Nothing says summer quite like a concert in the park and this year's line-up is impeccable. Pack a picnic and spread out your rug before enjoying original works on the didgeridoo by Willia Barton, Aunty Delmade Barton, Véronique Serret and Iva Davies AM, as well as the mesmerising sitar playing of Anoushka Shankar.

Saturday 20th January 


The Crescent, Paramatta Park 

Sydney Festival 2024: Dance

Encantado (Image Credit: Sammi Landweer)


Encantado, choreographed by Rio de Janeiro-based Choreographer Lia Rodrigues, combines dance, art and activism with this vibrant piece. 11 dancers move endlessly to embody the Encantados - the enchanted ones (spirits in Brazil who move between heaven, earth, jungles, rocks and riverbeds) and the threat that human action is placing on these sacred spaces.

Friday 5th January to Wednesday 10th January

Tickets from $59 (+BF)

Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House 

Skid (Image Credit: Lennart Sjöberg)


Presented by GöteborgsOperans Danskompani and choreographed by Damien Jalet, this phenomenal performance aims to explore the concept of surrendering, resisting and climbing without the fear of falling. 17 dancers will defy gravity whilst attempting to perform on a 34-degree slope. 

Tuesday 23rd January to Sunday 18th January 

From $79 (+BF)

Roslyn Packer Theatre 

Sydney Festival 2024: Immersive

White Gold (Image Credit: Ranuth Yun)

White Gold 

Dance, music, live painting and Cambodian acrobatic arts all come together in this extraordinary Cambodian circus complete with a story. White Gold follows the tale of a boy banished from his village and into the world of hard labour. The group behind the production, Phare, provides free education and training in circus arts, theatre, music and dance to youth in Cambodia. 

From $49 (+BF) 

Saturday 9th January to Thursday 21st January 

York Theatre, Seymour Centre

Night Songs at Coney Island

Night Songs at Coney Island 

Head over to Coney Island for a once-in-a-lifetime choral music experience. Artists from the Sydney Philharmonic Choirs and members of the chamber orchestra will perform music by Poulenc, Stravinsky and Mahler. 

$110 (+BF) 

Monday 22nd January to Thursday 25th January 

Pier One, Walsh Bay 

Te Wheke-a-Muturangi: The Adversary

Te Wheke-a-Muturangi: The Adversary

Te Wheke is known in Māori mythology for being the giant octopus that was chased by Kupe, the Polynesian fisherman thought to discover Aotearoa New Zealand. Created by Māori artist Lisa Reihana and made from more than 1000 pieces, the floating sculpture is bound to be a sight to behold at any time of day.  


Friday 5th January to Sunday 28th January 

Watermans Cove, Barangaroo 

Sydney Festival 2021: Visual Arts

Louise Bourgeois

Louise Bourgeois: Has the Day Invaded the Night or Has the Night Invaded the Day?

This exhibition, the largest of its kind ever seen in Australia, explores Louise Bourgeois' seven-decade career and her representation of the themes of human relationships. Soak in her incredible 1940s Personage sculptures all the way through to her textile works of the 1990s and 2000s. 

Saturday 25th November to Sunday 28th April 

Tickets from $30

Art Gallery of NSW 

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