The Festival program can be overwhelming. Here’s a few tips for making the most of our opening weekend. Get out there and make the most of it!



Kick off your Friday afternoon by checking out Maser’s interactive art installation in Hyde Park. Don’t forget your camera, his big colours and patterns are a photographer’s paradise.

Next stop on your Festival adventure, jump a train to our Parra Opening Party. We’ve closed the streets, booked the bands (Paul Kelly’s Merri Soul Sessions to name just one) and have planned all kinds of fun. It’s all free and a true #sydfest experience.

When the party wraps, head back to The Aurora in the Festival Village for late night dancing with Brazilian MC Karol Conka at 11.45pm.


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Start your morning with a coffee at Carriageworks’ Eveleigh Markets before heading inside for a peek at Sydney Buddha, an installation erected from twenty tonnes of incense and ash. Make your way even deeper into Carriageworks for Inside There Falls, a labyrinth of music voice and dance.

Join us at Sydney Opera for a matinee performance of Kate Mulvany’s Masquerade and enjoy a late sushi lunch at Sokyo at The Star before wandering round to Darling Harbour where you can jump on Waterfall Swing and release your inner child as you fly. Spend the evening with the iconic Archie Roach in The Aurora before swinging by the free Summer Sounds in The Domain with Seu Jorge.


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Sleep in a little, you deserve it. Grab a Fast Festival Feast lunch of delicious Lebanese fare from Parramatta’s El-Phoenician before matinee fun with the dare-devil wood-chopping acrobatics of Timber! by family circus Cirque Alfonse.

Swing by The Famous Spiegeltent in the Festival Village for an intimate early evening performance by English singer-songwriter Olivia Chaney before heading to Sydney Town Hall, where Sweden’s Anna Von Hausswolf performs on the Hall’s grand organ. And if you still haven’t had enough Festival fun, the party’s always going in the Festival Village until late.