Sydney Festival 2020 | A program of cultural celebration

Sydneysiders will be delighted with another spectacular program of cultural celebration for the 2020 ‘Sydney Festival’ from 8 to 26 January 2020. The calendar includes both free and ticketed events across the arts from the city to the west showcasing national and international artists working in a variety of artistic disciplines. From exhibitions to talks and workshops, installation to performance, dance, theatre, circus and opera, in both indoor and outdoor venues, there is something for everyone, adults and children alike.

Highlights from the visual and performing arts line-up include ‘Dodecalis Luminarium’, a radiantly lit inflated labyrinth of winding paths and soaring domes, presented by Architects of Air UK in Darling Harbour’s Tumbalong Park, and at Bangaroo Reserve is ‘Proclamation’ a large-scale installation of 250 flags exploring diverse expressions of land and country, belonging and possession.

Fiona Foley, The Oyster Fisherman # 1, 2011, Ultrachrome print on paper, edition of 15, 60 x 80cm. © the artist. Courtesy the artist, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne and National Art School, Sydney

We find a 30-year survey of Badtjala artist Fiona Foley’s work at National Art School in Darlinghurst titled ‘Who Are These Strangers And Where Are They Going?’ While the Art Gallery of New South Wales presents ‘Night Parade of One Hundred Goblins’ an experience of the supernatural in Japanese Folklore by Clockfire Theatre Company.

Travelling west to Campbelltown Arts Centre, Justene Williams creates a magical adventure of the senses with ‘She Conjured the Clouds’, alongside Vernon Ah Kee’s exhibition ‘The Island’ – a critique of Australian culture from a contemporary Aboriginal perspective with video, drawing, vinyl and installation.