Sydney Festival

FESTIVAL DIRECTOR: WESLEY ENOCH

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. Inclusive programming, a broad range of free events and accessible pricing policies for the ticketed shows means that Sydney Festival is open to all, welcoming Sydneysiders and visitors from wherever they live.

2018 FESTIVAL

Sydney Festival 2018 multipacks and single tickets are on sale via Sydney Festival's website. Click here to view all Sydney Festival events on sale via City Recital Hall’s website and Box Office.

EMEL MATHLOUTHI WITH RAHIM ALHAJ AND KARIM WASFI

Fri 18 Jan 8pm

Celebrated for her songs that became anthems of the Arab Spring, Tunisia’s Emel Mathlouthi combines North African sounds with electronic production. Iraqi composer and oud player Rahim AlHaj is joined by cellist Karim Wasfi – best known for playing inside Baghdad's bomb craters. A unique double-bill featuring three acclaimed artists.

MOUNT EERIE AND JULIE BYRNE

Tue 23 Jan 7pm 

When singer/songwriter Phil Elverum (Mount Eerie) lost his wife, artist Geneviève Castrée, to cancer, he poured his grief into the beautiful and devastating A Crow Looked At Me. Elverum is joined by NYC’s Julie Byrne, a purveyor of sublime, lyrical dark-folk, for a double-bill of minimalist, melancholic beauty.

SHABAKA AND THE ANCESTORS

Wed 24 Jan 8pm

Shabaka Hutchings is pushing Afrofuturism forward with his jaw-dropping jazz ensemble fronted by singer Siyabonga Mthembu. Londoner and bandleader Hutchings—a saxophone savant who’s played with the Sun Ra Arkestra—explores the indefinable gaps within modern jazz, as he hits Sydney with this explosive six-piece collective from South Africa.

BAMBULA - PAUL GRABOWSKY AND THE WILFRED BROTHERS

Thur 25 Jan 8pm

Australian musical cultures entwine in this unique collaborative partnership, where the ancient Indigenous music of South Arnhem Land’s Wilfred Brothers meets the award-winning compositional and improvisational artistry of Paul Grabowsky.

VOX CLAMANTIS

Sat 27 Jan 8pm

This Grammy-winning Estonian vocal ensemble celebrates the music of its homeland’s most beloved composer, Arvo Pärt, combining his contemporary compositions with Gregorian chant and devotional music. Under the guidance of founder Jaan-Eik Tulve, the Vox Clamantis repertoire spans entire centuries.