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Don't miss out on these activities, shows and performers
The Sydney Festival is an iconic event which will be held in 2019 from 9th to 27th January. This festival is said to transform Sydney with a "bold cultural celebration."
This year's program is going to be packed with huge events and the highest quality art from all around the world. There will be no less than 18 world premieres, with city-wide free events and art in some very unusual places.
The following is a list of artists and shows which will be appearing for this festival.
THE BEEHIVE Date - 5th January 2019 Venue - UNSW Galleries, Corner of Oxford Street and Greens Road, Paddington - FREE
Artist Zanny Begg's video art installation addresses one of Sydney's enduring murder mysteries.
BLAK BOX - FOUR WINDS - BLACKTOWN Date - 9th January to 2nd February Venue - Blacktown Showground - $35
Blak Box will be set up on Blacktown Showgrounds and the pavilion will be filled with a newly commissioned sound works entitled Four Winds. It is curated by Daniel Browning and produced by Andrea James.
Four Winds is a storytelling project about the future of Blacktown and Greater Western Sydney in a dialogue style between four key artists.
A GHOST IN MY SUITCASE Date - 9th to 19th January Venue - Sydney Opera House - $56 to $71
A world premiere magical adventure about grief, looking for ghosts and a secret family gift, this story is taken from Gabrielle Wang's thrilling novel and winner of the 2009 Aurealis Award for Best Children's Novel. Suitable for ages 8 and up.
SPINIFEX GUM Date - Friday 25th January Venue - Opera House - $50 to $80
Featuring the voices of Marliya from Gondwana Choirs, singing in English and Yindjibarndi, this is a musical snapshot of life in the Pilbara. Joining the choir are Felix Riebl and Ollie McGill (of The Cat Empire), who wrote and produced the music, and special guests Briggs, Emma Donovan and Peter Garrett.
MAN WITH THE IRON NECK Date - 23rd to 26th January Venue - Sydney Opera House - $46 to $56
A powerful new work about an Australian family living in a small town. They find hope and face life after a trauma. This is about suicide amongst young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and is a tender story.
JULIA HOLTER Date - Sunday 20th January Venue - Hyde Park North, Elizabeth Street - $49
Composer Julia Holter will play her distinct art-pop in Sydney. Her music mixes classical music, baroque, post-rock, 70's pop, folk and found sound. With her delicate voice, she also plays the electronic harpsichord.
ONE INFINITY Date - 23rd to 27th January Venue - Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh - $49 to $59
A cross-cultural music and dance show where the audience is also the performers.
Recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey, Chinese guqin master Wang Peng, director-choreographer Gideon Obarzanek and composer Max de Wardener make this traditional Chinese music and movement, in an intricate, and echoing dance.
LES FILLES DE ILLIGHADAD Date - Saturday 19th January Venue - Hyde Park North, Elizabeth Street - $39
This group comes from a remote rural village near the edge of the Sahara.
Les Filles de Illighadad play the women's music of the region, tende, which is characterised by vocal harmonies and using goatskin drum percussion. They then play it as Tuareg guitar folk, which is haunting, "minimalist desert blues traditionally played by men."
THE WEEKEND: HENRIETTA BAIRD Date - 18th to 23rd January Venue - Carriageworks - $36 to $41
Lara is a Sydney mother working interstate as a dancer when she receives a call for help from her youngest son. His father hasn't been seen for days and they have no food left. Lara has the weekend to track him down.