Sydney Festival Is Back In 2020 And Bigger Than Ever

By Isabella Bull January 9, 2020

And they’re hosting a bushfire appeal concert.

If there’s one event you go to this summer, make it Sydney Festival.

The three week-long celebration of culture and country will encompass art installations, a gravity-defying circus, and performances across theatre, music, and dance - with a focus on coming together.

The spectacular will take over Sydney from the 8th until the 26th of January, with tons of incredible installations to delight all ages.

Among the highlights is Proclamation, a breathtaking flag installation by Aboriginal artist Jacob Nash, Dodecalis Luminarium, an immense labyrinth of winding paths and electric domes, and Laser Beak Man, a rollicking puppet show voiced by ABC presenter Leigh Sales.

Festival Director, Wesley Enoch, says gathering as a community is especially significant in the midst of the bushfire crisis.

“Our hearts go out to our fellow Australians. We are acutely aware of the situation confronting many of us right now,” he said.

“We are seeing unprecedented fires and loss. This is a terrible time in the history of our Land.

“At times like this, the importance of gathering as a community is self-evident, and I firmly believe that artists, and the arts, play a vital role in giving us strength and supporting resilience  – stepping up to help tell our stories, to make sense of our collective experiences, and to lift our spirits when we so desperately need it.”

A special bushfire appeal concert, featuring a mix of Sydney Festival 2020 artists and their friends – including Regurgitator, Custard, Dan Sultan, Polish Club and Art vs. Science – will take place on Saturday 11 January at the Metro Theatre.

All proceeds will go to the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Appeal, and WIRES – Australia's largest wildlife rescue organisation.

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