Okay, we’re nearly there! It’s the third weekend of Sydney Festival and there is still so much to do. So. Much. To. Do. Whether you have been going hard since the festival kicked off or are yet to get involved, this weekend is the time to get in on the action and have a ball. There are lots of ways to do this, so we’ve broken the weekend schedule down with a few handy suggestions…


FRIDAY 20 JANUARY

5.30pm – Felicity Ward at Meriton Festival Village

Dinner at Kindred near Seymour Centre

8pm – SHIT at the Seymour Centre

9.30pm – Jessy Lanza at Meriton Festival Village

SATURDAY 21 JANUARY

1.30 – Hakawati at El Phoenician, Parramatta

4pm – Free circus short films at Riverside Theatres

6pm – Tipping Point at Spaghetti Circus Big Tip in Prince Alfred Square

7.30pm onwards – The Hair Salon at Meriton Festival Village

9.30pm – Mdou Moctar at Meriton Festival Village

11.30pm – Club Briefs at Meriton Festival Village

SUNDAY 22 JANUARY

2pm – Champions at Carriageworks

5.15pm – Which Way Home at Belvoir Theatre

7.30pm – PJ Harvey at ICC Sydney Theatre

9.30pm – Briefs: The Second Coming at Meriton Festival Village

Say goodbye to the working week and hello to the weekend by heading down to Meriton Festival Village for a post-work drink, before giggling along with Felicity Ward in her latest stand-up show, 50% More Likely To Die. Follow it up with a quick but delicious bowl of pasta at Kindred on Cleveland St before seeing SHIT, a raw and compelling play by Patricia Cornelius about class and misogyny featuring three women who are everything girls “shouldn’t” be. After the show, the night is still young so wrap up the evening by heading to Hyde Park and dancing along to some soulful vocals and house-inflected 90s R&B with Canadian musician Jessy Lanza back at the Meriton Festival Village.

On Saturday, hop on the ferry, catch a bus or the train, and head to Parramatta for a lunchtime escape into Arabic tales and food with the dining/theatre experience of Hakawati. Feast on folklore and fine food, before heading to Riverside Theatres to catch some wonderful free circus short films. Then stick around to see the extraordinary Tipping Point by UK circus-masters Ockham’s Razor before heading back to the Meriton Festival Village in Hyde Park for a go in House of Mirrors. While there, grab a drink, relax, and maybe check out The Hair Salon for some free and fun entertainment, presented by the inimitable Bob Downe. Then keep the energy up with hypnotic Saharan electro-blues, as Mdou Moctar brings his incredible Tuareg guitar skills to a late night show in the Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent. Finally, finish off the night with Club Briefs, a very special one-off late night show that will be raucous, full of surprises and lots of fun.

You better not be feeling too tired at this point, because Sunday still has a suite of shows waiting for you. Have a lie in (if you must, we get it!) before heading to Champions at Carriageworks, where soccer and contemporary dance collide as a dream team of 11 female dancers turn training drills into victory dances. Follow this up with Which Way Home, a touching father-daughter road trip comedy from Australia’s longest-running Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander theatre company, Ilbijerri. Then continue the journey with us at PJ Harvey’s gig, where you can hear her latest album along with all her classics, as she performs with a 10-piece band.

Finally, escape from that immersive world and into the boylesque wonder of Briefs: The Second Coming, as they bring a late night session of their sharp-shooting cabaret, featuring eye-popping acrobatics, extreme costume changes and riotous comedy. The perfect nightcap to a stupendous weekend of non-stop entertainment. Phew…

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