Sydney Festival returns to Barangaroo

Redreaming, reimagining, and exploring our continuing relationship to place, ancestors, and nature

Sydney Festival returns to Barangaroo from 6-30 January 2022 with a large-scale artwork delivering a powerful message by First Nations artist and Head Designer at Bangarra Dance Theatre, Jacob Nash; a unique concert featuring the sonics of Sydney Philharmonia Choirs’ Chamber Singers; and the fourth incarnation of The Vigil - an intimate night of contemporary ceremony, song and fire led by the new generation of First Nations artists.

Future Dreaming: 6-30 Jan 2022


A large-scale artwork transforms Stargazer Lawn at Barangaroo into a place to gather, look to the past and demand the future.

A powerful message delivered from the inspiring vantage point of the headland, this installation is conceived and created by First Nation artist Jacob Nash, Head Designer at Bangarra Dance Theatre and Sydney Festival’s Creative Artist in Residence.

From this time of uncertainty, an urgency has grown for social, political and cultural change we know needs to happen – in our lifetime, this is the moment to seize. The future should be dreamed by First Nations People.

More Details:
Free event
Location: Stargazer Lawn Hickson Road, Barangaroo 
Time: 6pm 

Night of the Soul: 20-22 Jan 2022


Lie amongst the raw sandstone and towering columns of The Cutaway and let the lush acoustics of this vast, cathedral-esque space surround you. This is an altogether different way to experience the sonics of Sydney Philharmonia Choirs’ Chamber Singers.

With no chairs in sight, you’ll relax into the comfort of your cushion, yoga mat or blanket and settle into the sweet spot between meditation and active listening. Musically, the journey travels from darkness to light, book-ended by some of the oldest music in Western culture, the medieval Gregorian chant. As day fades to dusk and the soundwaves wash over you, you’ll enter that magical world of twilight and leave with a sense of collective connection to the power of music and the human voice.

This magical program includes Norwegian Ola Gjeilo’s Dark Night of the Soul and Luminous Night of the Soul alternating between moments of peaceful stillness and rhythmic brightness, American Eric Whitacre’s translucent Nox Arumque and Lux Arumque, Arvo Pärt’s mesmerising Spiegel im Spiegel, all centred around Samuel Barber’s immortal Agnus Dei.

More Details:
Paid event
Location: The Cutaway at Barangaroo
Time: 8:30pm


The Vigil - 25 Jan 2022


The Vigil: Songs for Tomorrow is a moment for unity and reflection on the eve of January 26. As the conversation around this date and the future grows louder, the need for change is as urgent as ever.

Now in its fourth incarnation at Sydney Festival, The Vigil will be an intimate night of contemporary ceremony, song and fire led by the new generation of First Nations artists. In an intergenerational exchange of knowledge and music we will unite by the fire, acknowledge the past, and sing to the future. Please register your interest to attend.

The Vigil is a free event, however to aid COVID safety it is now ticketed and all attendees will be required to book a ticket in advance. Register your interest to be notified when tickets are released in January.

More Details:
Free ticketed event
Location: Hickson Road Barangaroo Reserve
Time: 7:45pm-10:30pm


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