What a year, Sydney! You deserve a Festival

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November 12, 2020
Wesley Enoch
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SydFest 2021: Made For You

With so much water under the bridge, you’ve earned the right to a COVID safe festival where you can enjoy your city. In 1977, when Sydney Festival began, Stephen Hall wrote, “we have conceived the Festival from the very beginning as a people’s Festival”, and in 2021 Sydney Festival is a gift to the people of Sydney, with 21 days of free events, performances, exhibitions and talks. COVID-19 has taught us to celebrate the best that Australia has to offer – with our homegrown, internationally-acclaimed artists showing why they are considered among the best in the world.

We’re building a huge new stage at Barangaroo Reserve called The Headland, where you can watch amazingly talented dancers, singers, musicians and acrobats perform with the Sydney Harbour Bridge as their backdrop.

Bring the family to over 20 free installations and exhibitions across the city, or give the whole family a treat and buy a ticket to the all-ages entertainment we’ve organised for you.

We’re breathing some life into the live music scene with our ALLOWED AND LOCAL program, designed to get you out of the house and enjoying live music in our bars and clubs.

Grab a ticket to see H.M.S. Pinafore with a twist or Humans 2.0 by Circa – Australian companies who are flying high even when they are grounded.

In my first Festival message I reminded us about the 60,000+ years of history of this place, and in 2021 we continue to celebrate our Indigenous heritage with the Blak Out program. Don’t miss Sunshine Super Girl, where we build a tennis court in Sydney Town Hall and celebrate the achievements of Evonne Goolagong.

There are over 140 events and experiences for you to enjoy this January at Sydney Festival – so get curious and discover the full program online.

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