Every January, Sydney Festival enlivens and transforms Sydney with a bold cultural celebration based on the highest quality art and big ideas. The program is kaleidoscopic in its diversity, from burlesque circus to country folk to Greek theatre; from contemporary dance to family programs to traditional Indigenous arts practice. In all, the program comprises around 150 events, in 46 venues across 23 days. 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.
Sydney Festival 2017 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.
Sat 7 Jan 8pm
It’s all about the voice: crystal clear, powerful, breathtaking. She’s breathed new life into songs like Beyonce’s ‘Halo’ and duetted with Peter Gabriel on a revitalised ‘Don’t Give Up’. Performing solo amidst a transforming visual backdrop, Brun reveals dynamics that span from melancholy and jazzy right through to playful, sunny pop.
Wed 11 Jan 7pm
A tribute to one of the best-loved modern composers, Einojuhani Rautavaara – transporting listeners to strange and incredible dreamscapes. The Sydney Symphony Orchestra and conductor Benjamin Northey perform his most popular and enduring work, the majestic Cantus arcticus, along with Isle of Bliss and his seventh symphony Angel of Light.
Thu 19 Jan 8pm
Nicole Lizée is a celebrated composer from Montreal who brings pop, rave culture, cult cinema and psychedelia into the realm of classical music. Performing with the acclaimed Australian Art Orchestra, the show features a diverse repertoire that includes turntablism, the Australian premiere of Lizée’s David Lynch Études, an homage to 1980s video games and a glitched up karaoke performance.
Sat 21 Jan 8pm
Alim Qasimov is the world’s most accomplished practitioner of the sublime Azerbaijani classical style, mugham. With a six-piece ensemble that includes his equally prolific daughter Fargana and traditional instruments from their homeland, they weave improvised passages through intricate folk songs to create an ecstatic night for the soul.
Sun 22 Jan 4pm
Medieval sacred choral music from the banks of the Adriatic, full of haunting chants and intricate harmonic layers. Dalamtica pairs the award-winning early music ensemble, Dialogos with Kantaduri, a group of six Croatian cantors to bring to life a rich and rarely heard choral tradition.
Sat 28 Jan 8pm
Lauded for his ability to create a symphony of sound with a single instrument, enigmatic Ukrainian composer Lubomyr Melnyk has spent the past 40 years developing his unique piano technique. Describing it as “continuous music”, he combines the soaring density of post-rock and the virtuosic delicacy of minimal-classical. The results are dizzying, transcendental and lush.