With the arrival of New Year, Sydney – the biggest city of Australia slows down a bit and comes alive with balmy nights and festival atmosphere. The month of January is the most cheerful time in the city celebrating the world famous Sydney Festival that draws both Sydneysiders as well visitors with a gamut of music, dance, art and drama performances and events. No matter where you choose to stay, you are certain to be amongst all the action as the festival is celebrated all throughout the city.

Here’s the list of five topmost events you can attend during Sydney Festival, 2020:


Life – The Show (8-26 January)

Coming from Strut and Fret Production House, Life – The Show is a cabaret spectacular cocktail of music, dance, clowning and circus celebrating life in all its messiness. It is a cheerful celebration of what it is meant to be alive, from first meeting to first mating, from birth-control to breastfeeding, and beyond. Visitors will have a great time here having a glass of their favourite cocktail and following cast of international prodigies and deviants on an adventure into hedonistic theatrical anarchy. It is advised to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the performance so as to get an early access.

Dodecalis Luminarium (8-26 January)

Architecture and art lovers holidaying in Sydney in the month of January cannot afford to miss being a part of Dodecalis Luminarium, the city’s one great event held in Darling Harbour’s Tumbalong Park. There is a huge, intensely lit, inflated labyrinth of winding paths and soaring domes to explore here. You would love to meander through the incredible interior immersed in the beaming colours of daylight shining through its translucent fabric. This sensory wonderland can be discovered for free or if you wish to skip the queue, you can opt for a scheduled ticketed session.

Black Cockatoo (4 January-8 February)

This Sydney Festival show presents the rarely-told story of the first Indigenous sporting hero Unaarrimin, AKA Johnny Mullagh, and the first ever international sporting team of Australia. Black Cockatoo is written by iconic screenwriter Geoffrey Atherden with award-winning director Wesley Enoch. The story begins in the present day with a group of young activists that break down into a museum revealing the truth of what happened to Johnny and his mates. Visitors will have a great time attending this funny and moving play that is about more than sport – it’s a story of strength, hope, resistance and possibility.

At the Illusionist’s Table (8-26 January)

A sell-out hit in Europe, the UK and North America, Scott Silven’s At The Illusionist’s Table is an immersive show offering an experience like no other. This magic show is where an illusionist table delivers smooth patter and clever conjuring from the distance of a stage. Visitors are certain to experience thrill having an intimate, candle-lit dinner with one of the world’s leading mentalists and getting their mind blown. The dinner is organised at the QT Sydney and comprises multiple courses with matching drinks.

Betty Blokk-Buster Reimagined (7-26 January)

Betty Blokk-Buster Reimagined is a new show capturing the spirit of Reg Livermore’s seminal 1975 solo show, which expertly combines old and new material to appeal to today’s audiences. It is a one-man show that was hailed by The National Times as “the greatest thing since Rice Bubbles” and its creator, Reg Livermore, became a star. The raunchy cabarets with a parade of outrageous, unconventional characters, many of them struggling battlers, present challenging aspects of Australian society, which is certain to thrill the senses of audiences.

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