Sydney Festival takes to theatres, beaches, pools and skies for its 2022 programme

Sydney Festival Takes To Theatres, Beaches, Pools And Skies For Its 2022 Programme

Sydney Festival is back and the 2022 program of theatre, dance, immersive art, music and parties has just been announced. The 2022 festival – with 133 events spread over 25 days – will be the new artistic director Olivia Ansellis the first in the role. With performances in unexpected places – including swimming pools and a ferry – well-known local and international artists, established and unsung artists and a load of creativity, this Sydney Festival will add some spice to our highly anticipated post-lockdown summer. . Live music is also a big focus, with performances by top artists, cult punk bands and more.

In what will become one of the most notable installations and images of the year, a 2.7-ton block of sculpted ice will be suspended 20 meters above Sydney Harbor at the base of the Opera House, featuring a solo artist as it melts slowly. Thaw will be a deeply rooted and raw meditation on the impact of humanity on the planet.

Water is also at the heart of two other unmissable events: public on Floors of Heaven: Submersive Study can take a dip in the beautiful Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool as British producer Leon Vynehall’s beats whistle through the facility. And a ferry will sail the waterways west of the Harbor Bridge for Acoustic life of boat sheds by art organization Big Hart. The ship will be the setting for a series of performances inspired by the waterways it traverses, and the boat sheds and workshops it passes through on its journey.

Sydney Festival audiences love a compelling installation – and the 2022 program delivers. Airship Orchestra, by Melbourne multimedia design studio Eness, includes 16 inflatable sculptures that tower up to six meters high, pulsating with music and glowing with light.

The Speakers Corner, a 1000 seat pop-up space in the heart of Sydney, brings together the likes of Amyl and the Sniffers, Gordic, Jaguar Jonze, Tropical Fuck Storm, Washington, Radiohead for solo piano by Josh Cohen and more to perform over the course of 22 nights. Comedians – including Tom Balard, Judith Lucy, Nazeem Hussein – will also be in attendance. And Soapbox in Speaker’s Corner will see impressive thinkers and speakers take the stage to rave about The Domain’s history, myths and misconceptions confronting First Australians, Australia’s biggest misogynists and ‘blasphemers’ in parliament.

Four part talk series the check will see big brains – like former MP Julia Banks, journalist and author Stan Grant, comedians Mark Humphries and Dan Ilic, author Benjamin Law and journalists George Megalogenis, Louise Milligan and Laura Tingle – discuss major issues, from fires and floods to political decline and of course Covid-19.

And, in what is become a staple event for the festival, on January 25 The wake: songs for tomorrow will continue talks about what January 26 pre-settlement meant and what it could mean in the future. It is led by a new generation of Aboriginal artists, from dusk to dawn.

Other highlights include: The Cat Kingdom‘s final performance, featuring the band’s original lineup, in front of 12,000 punters at Parramatta Park; Melbourne’s international success story the Teskey Brothers, who will reinvent their music with Orchestra Victoria; rave-theatre hybrid Qween Lear, celebrating the history of Sydney’s queer nightlife; Small metal objects, a theatrical experience that unfolds among the bustle of Circular Quay; and Chewing gum and I can destroy you writer and creator Michaela Coel’s play Bubble gum dreams.

Throw into the mix a jumble of skaters, freerunners, BMX riders and paint powder in a halfpipe, underground Vogue-ing dance floors and an acrobatic performance with terrifying sound-tracking by the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, and it’s going to be one big, chaotic and fun January.

Sydney Festival 2022 runs from January 6 to 30. Tickets on sale November 17.

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