The annual cultural celebration Sydney Festival returns to transform the city from 9–27 January 2019, delivering the highest quality art and big ideas.
January’s blockbuster program features 18 world premieres, five Australian premieres and eight Australian exclusives alongside a variety of new Australian co-commissions.
For his 2019 Sydney Festival program, director Wesley Enoch has closely tapped the zeitgeist.
It examines the #MeToo movement, celebrates the moon landing, calls for us to actively address climate change, embraces our rich, multicultural society and wants us to party like it’s 1999. The January line-up is Enoch’s most diverse yet.
Sydney Festival knows how to throw a party, start important conversations and welcome the world to our shores. We are just like the people of Sydney. We are risk takers and adventurers, leaders and influencers. We are the site of the first British colony and home to cultures going back over 40000 years, we are pioneers and creators, the storytellers, visionaries and innovators.
We are diverse, coming from all corners of the globe with all abilities and reflecting the myriad facets of being human. We are born here, live here and visiting. Sydney Festival 2019 brings together a vibrant collection of dance, theatre, music and visual arts over 19 days that will set your soul alight and give you memories that will last a lifetime. – Sydney Festival Director Wesley Enoch
At the heart of the event is Blak Out, its Indigenous programme run to recognise and celebrate First Nations stories from Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. The Sydney Opera House will play host to Marliya, a choir of young Indigenous women from Cairns.
Also at the Sydney Opera House will be a stage performance of Gabrielle Wang’s award-winning novel ‘A Ghost in My Suitcase,’ which tells the family story of a young girl’s trip to her ancestral home in China and how she entered into a world of ghost-hunting. Other theatre delights on offer include ‘The Iliad – Out Loud,’ a nine-hour (yes, nine) dramatic reading of Homer’s ‘The Iliad,’ and ‘Home,’ a reflection on safety and shelter by Geoff Sobelle.
There are the fun, big-ticket items, of course: Sydney Symphony Under The Stars is free and at Parramatta Park, and the Festival Garden and Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent takes over Hyde Park once again.
There you can catch Shanghai Mimi, an exciting circus-cabaret show directed by burlesque icon Maura Finucane.
On the music front, the festival has announced a lineup of forward-thinking musical acts, including the likes of Swedish singer-songwriter Neneh Cherry, Australian producer Ben Frost and American artist Julia Holter, the musical stylings of Ethio-jazz legend Mulatu Astatke, 13-piece Cuban band Orquesta Akokán, South African neo-soul singer Nakhane and more.
Sydney Festival is giving its own nod to the 2019 international celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with three free, interactive, family-friendly precincts: World Square, Barangaroo and Darling Harbour.
Check out the entire festival program now: sydneyfestival.org.au !
Sydney Festival is on from January 9 to January 27 in various locations across the city. Tickets are on sale at 9am on Thursday, October 25.