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Arts & Entertainment

Creative Cacophony

Photo: Savannah van der Niet

Sydney Festival 2020 is set to bring the city to life with shows, exhibitions, concerts, etc at venues scattered around town.


  • Regurgitator’s Pogogo Show

One of Australia’s favourite alt-rock bands of the 90s is making a comeback, especially for the Sydney Festival.

The upcoming Pogogo Show by Regurgitator will see the group performing a number of their hits in a wacky, fun and silly musical concert for kids.

Join Ben, Quan and Pete – and the irrepressible Koko Wallace from Planet Rainbow – for a sugar-coated playground of hits such as Farting Is A Part Of Life and Games On My Computer.

Jan 10-12. $29+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.sydneyfestival.org.au

  • Life – The Show

From Strut & Fret, the mad-genius creatives behind past Sydney Festival favourites, LIMBO and Cantina, comes a joyful celebration of what it means to be alive.

With a cast of international stars and deviants, Life -The Show will take audiences on a hedonistic theatrical anarchy imbued journey.

Be warned: this show contains drug references, full-frontal nudity, attempted pyrokinesis and adult concepts (so basically, exactly what you’re expecting).

Until Jan 26. $70-$89+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.sydneyfestival.org.au

  • Betty Blokk-Buster Reimagined

Inspired by the original 1975 staging of Betty Blokk-Buster Follies and created with Reg Livermore’s blessing comes the newest iteration of Betty Blokk-Buster.

This modern-day incarnation of Betty will see audiences captivated and wowed by a live band, along with Betty’s pack of reinvented has-beens, battlers, freaks and survivors.

Until Jan 26. $70-89+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.sydneyfestival.org.au


  • Jeremy Dutcher

Traditional Canadian First Nation music has never been more beautiful. And it’s all thanks to Jeremy Dutcher, who has been reworking the music into soaring contemporary arias and pop-operatic ballads.

Wolastoqiyik member of the Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick Dutcher has dedicated his life to learning his history, understanding the traditional music of his people and bringing it into the modern world.

Sydney Festival is incredibly excited to welcome this prodigious young artist and showcase his stunning music to Sydney in 2020.

Jan 17. $50-$60+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.sydneyfestival.org.au

  • Iron In The Blood

During the final days of the festival, Sydneysiders can experience a stunning musical production inspired by the famous Robert Hughes book The Fatal Shore.

Incorporating elements of jazz orchestra with visual projections and narration from acclaimed actors William Zappa and Patrick Dickson this show is going to be one that lingers in your memory.

Jan 23. $45-55+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.cityrecitalhall.com

  • Archie Roach: Tell Me Why 

Legendary songwriter and ‘voice of the Stolen Generations’ Archie Roach is set to bring his life story to the stage as part of the Sydney Festival.

Tell Me Why is a spectacular live concert celebrating Roach’s eponymous memoir and latest album.

Hear seminal songs from Roach’s back catalogue alongside influential music from his youth and three new autobiographical songs written since completing his memoir.

Jan 24. $60-$80+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.sydneyfestival.org.au


  • Six

Talk about revisionist history, Six takes the story of Henry VIII’s six wives and turns it on its head (okay, poor choice of words).

“Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived” is how Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anna of Cleves, Katherine Howard and Catherine Parr respectively introduce themselves.

This edgy, power-packed girl group show might not please hardcore historians but it should be a treat for audiences who really, really, really wanna zigazig-ah!

Until Mar 5. $59-134+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.sydneyoperahouse.com

  • Cirque Stratosphere

The visionary minds that produced Circus 1903 and The Illusionists are bringing a new spectacular show to the Sydney Opera House. Cirque Stratosphere represents an evolution of traditional circus, catapulting it into the future. In an immersive, cosmic universe, a selection of the world’s greatest acrobats and gymnasts will defy gravity and challenge notions of physics and possibility.

Jan 14-19. $39-$119+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.sydneyoperahouse.com

  • I’m A Phoenix, Bitch

Bryony Kimmings’ offbeat, deeply funny and sharply heartbreaking feminist musical about the worst year of her life, when she lost her mind, her partner, her house and nearly lost her child.

I’m A Phoenix, Bitch asks how we turn trauma into power; how we learn to fly from tragedy, not drown.

Jan 14-17. $49-$59+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.sydneyfestival.org.au


  • Black Cockatoo

Inspired by the true story of legendary First Nations cricketer Johnny Mullagh and Australia’s first-ever international sporting team, this is not just about cricket. This is a story of strength, resilience, hope and possibility.

A collaboration between iconic Australian writer Geoffrey Atherden and Sydney Festival Artistic Director Wesley Enoch Black Cockatoo could easily be the standout show of the entire festival program.

Until Feb 8. $28-$79+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.ensemble.com.au


  • Two Crews

Contemporary dance innovator Nick Power’s brand-new collaboration brings together two leading dance crews for an exhilarating immersion into global hip hop dance culture.

In one corner you have the all-female Parisian crew, Lady Rocks, who specialise in intricately choreographed and combative battle sets. In the other, will be Sydney group, Riddim Nation, who blend Pacifika, African and Asian influences into their eclectic and cheeky style.

Until Jan 12. $39-$45+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.sydneyfestival.org.au

  • Rebecca Baumann: Radiant Flux

Radiant Flux is artist Rebecca Baumann’s site-specific response to the unique light, space and architecture of the Carriageworks building.

This exhibition/installation will immerse Carriageworks into a  kaleidoscopic world of colour and light that responds continuously to the environmental conditions around it.

No two encounters with Radiant Flux will never be the same, so you’ll have to come back again and again.

Until Jun 14. FREE