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Our Sydney Festival highlights

With opera, dance, performance art and music, plan your festival from 5 to 29 January.

Sydney Festival returns in January with a fresh program of events to take over Sydney.

Inject arts and culture into your summer with memorable experiences in our city. With more than 100 events over 25 days, we’re making it easier to plan your festival.

Sun & Sea

Sun & Sea is an award-winning opera-performance in the sand. Staged in Sydney Town Hall, this playful contemporary English-language opera explores themes of climate emergency with humour and power.

6 – 8 January Sydney Town Hall More information and tickets

Sydney Festival 2023: Tracker


Wiradjuri director-choreographer Daniel Riley evokes a powerful and personal story of his Great-Great Uncle, Alec “‘Tracker’” Riley. Culturally rich and ambitiously original, this multidisciplinary work rethinks how we engage with and experience First Nations storytelling, with an all-First Nations cast.

10 – 14 January Carriageworks – Bay 20 More information and tickets

Sydney Festival 2023: The Air Between Us

The Air Between Us

Head to the front lawns of the Museum of Contemporary and look up to see this incredible work. This aerial work is an awe-inspiring collaboration where the performers soar through the sky, connected and entwined in a unique and breathtaking physical theatre.

20 – 22 January Tallawoladah Lawn (opposite MCA) Free More information

Sydney Festival 2023: Emma Donovan and Paul Grabowsky

Emma Donovan & Paul Grabowsky: The Old Rugged Cross

City Recital Hall will host a beautiful country music performance featuring classic country songs, gospels, and hymns. Singer Emma Donovan will be joined by pianist, composer, arranger and conductor Paul Grabowsky and a collection of Sydney’s finest jazz musicians for what promises to be a memorable evening.

19 January City Recital Hall More information and tickets

Explore the full Sydney Festival program.