Various Locations


Sydney Festival


Shànghǎi MIMI

Shanghai Mimi Pty Ltd, Finucane & Smith | World Premiere and Exclusive

Dress up to the nines and immerse yourself in the intoxicating world of Shànghǎi MIMI, a sumptuous cabaret of delights, inspired by 1930s Shanghai, the ‘Paris of the East’ and a city famous for its flamboyant clubs and heady nights. Shànghǎi MIMI is directed by Australia’s ground-breaking and multi-award-winning performer and director Moira Finucane. A hotshot live band plays vintage Chinese jazz and blues, while dancers, acrobats, aerialists and singers from China, Africa, Australia and France give thrilling performances: flying overhead, dazzling your eyes and winning your hearts.

When: 10-13 & 15-20 January 2019
Where: Riverside Theatres 
$36 - $66 + Booking fee. Book now

Sydney Symphony Under the Stars

Sydney Symphony Orchestra | Australia

One of the most well-loved Sydney Festival events returns to Parramatta Park. It’s the perfect evening for families and friends to pack a hamper, grab a blanket, and settle back in a Sydney summer dusk to enjoy beautiful music. Conducted by Ben Northey, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra performs much-loved classical and contemporary compositions by Giacchino, Rossini, Strauss, Tchaikovsky and more.

Presented by Parramatta Park, Sydney Festival and Sydney Symphony Orchestra, this event is one of the Crescent Summer Series five free events for people of all ages. For more information visit the Crescent Summer Series website

When: 19 January 2019
Where: The Crescent, Parramatta Park 
Price: Free

Sydney Symphony Under the Stars

Sydney Symphony Under the Stars. Image: Jamie Williams

Rock Bang

Circus Oz in Collaboration with Otto & Astrid | Australia

A hilarious and hard-rocking circus extravaganza from Circus Oz with art-rock-comedy duo Otto & Astrid. The country’s flagship circus troupe fully embraces its rock’n’roll identity in an electric new show packed with their signature irreverent comedy. Rock Bang combines heart-thumping acrobatics, face-melting funnies and head-banging live music, before descending into full punk anarchy. Recommended for ages 13+

When: 10-13 January 2019
Where: Lennox Theatre - Riverside Theatres 
$36 + Booking fee. Book now

Splash Test Dummies

Dummies Corp. | Australia

Dive into a swimming pool of slapstick stunts and comedy with an award-winning family circus trio. Splash Test Dummies’ hour-long aquatic adventure brings together synchronised swimming on unicycles, ‘Muscle Beach’ human balancing acts and water skiing through the theatre, in a unique and whimsical show for all ages.

When: 11-13 January 2019
Where: Lennox Theatre - Riverside Theatres 
$26 + Booking fee. Book now



An ancient Indian sport is given new life, as five of India’s best Mallakhamb artists perform breathtaking stunts on large vertical poles. Combining gymnastics, wrestling and aerial yoga, these extraordinary artists eloquently perform feats of strength, poise and dexterity in a physical spectacle that borders on the impossible.

When: 11-13 January 2019
Where: Prince Alfred Square 
Price: Free

Flying Trapeze Workshops

Swoop through the sky on a 10-metre high trapeze rig with Sydney Trapeze School. Perfect for beginner or intermediate acrobats, these hands-on, two-hour workshops introduce you to the art and guide you through a low-level practice, before you harness up to learn high flying trapeze tricks.

When: 11-13 January 2019
Where: Prince Alfred Square 
Price: $50 + Booking fee. Book now


The Dream Engine | UK

The Heliosphere brings the shared human dream of flying to life in a spectacular way. A giant, moon-like, glowing helium sphere suspends a talented aerialist 20 metres above the crowd, creating the illusion of weightless levitation. The aerialist swoops down to shake hands with the audience one minute, soaring back up into the skyline the next.

When: 11-13 January 2019
Where: Prince Alfred Square 
Price: Free

Aerialize Workshops

Discover your inner acrobat with Sydney’s leading circus training centre. Aerialize hosts a series of fun workshops for all ages and abilities, covering everything from aerial skills to handstands, mini-tramp, hula hoops and juggling for ages 2+.

When: 11- 20 January 2019
Where: Courtyard, Riverside Theatres
Price: $10 + Booking fee. Book now

Brett & Wendy A Love Story Bound by Art

Kim Carpenter’s Theatre of Image in association with Riverside Theatres Parramatta | Australia | World Premiere

Take a deep dive into the extraordinary, turbulent artistic partnership of Brett and Wendy Whiteley. This visually ravishing production conjures the joys, passions and struggles of Brett and Wendy’s relationship, with actors, dancers and live music.

When: 18-27 January 2019
Where: Lennox Theatre - Riverside Theatres 
$60 + Booking fee. Book now

Since Ali Died

Griffin Theatre Company | Australia

Australia’s powerhouse spoken word poet Omar Musa unleashes a triumphant, riveting suite of politically-charged and deeply personal storytelling, rap and song, inspired by the passing of his personal hero, boxing legend Muhammad Ali.
Since Ali Died was first produced by Griffin Theatre Company, 11–14 April 2018 at the SBW Stables Thetre as part of Batch Festival.

When: 22-25 January 2019
Where: Rafferty's Theatre, Riverside Theatres
Price: $35 + Booking fee. Book now

MAAS and the Moon

Musem of Applied Arts and Sciences | Australia

Discover more about the moon, and how it inspires us, in this small display curated by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS). See scientific instruments and models, astrophotographs, moon-inspired ceramics, textiles and more from the Museum’s rich and diverse collection of astronomical history, design and decorative arts.

When: 9-27 January 2019
Where: Riverside Theatres
Price: Free