SydFest 2021. Australian Made.
2020 has been a challenging year. To kickstart 2021, we’re recovering, reconnecting communities, and reinvigorating Australia’s arts.
Each January, Sydney Festival presents bold and memorable experiences that ignite, unite, and excite the city of Sydney.
In January 2021, we’re building on our proud 44-year history of commissioning and presenting inspiring and ground-breaking new Australian art, with a program that celebrates the best work from our finest artists and companies.
More than any other cultural event, Sydney Festival defines Sydney’s personality. Sydney Festival’s audacious contemporary programming positions it at the forefront of arts practice in Australia and as one of the most wonderful arts festivals in the world.
For over four decades we have presented international artists, commissioned works that have become Australian classics, opened new perspectives and created a buzz like no other.
To revisit the Sydney Festival programs from 1977 to 2020, please visit our archive.
Sydney Festival was conceived by the Sydney Committee, the NSW State Government and the City of Sydney to attract Sydneysiders into the city centre during the holiday month of January.
The first Festival took place in 1977 and it has since grown to become one of Australia’s largest annual cultural celebrations with an international reputation for modern, popular and intelligent programming. Sydney Festival celebrates our city, and the Festival’s style and energy reflect the confidence, diversity and vigour of one of the world’s most beautiful cities.
The Festival has a rich history of bringing the world’s best artists and companies to Sydney stages, and showcasing and nurturing the best of Australia’s homegrown talent.