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2017 ANNUAL REVIEW


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Measure for Measure Briefs: The Second Coming

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A MESSAGE FROM WESLEY ENOCH ....................... 5 SNAPSHOT 2017 ............................................................ 6 ARTISTIC VISION ......................................................... 11 ACCESSIBILITY ............................................................ 24 MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS ................... 28 PARTNERSHIPS ............................................................ 40 PHILANTHROPY ............................................................ 43 COMMUNITY .................................................................. 46 A MESSAGE FROM CHRISTOPHER TOOHER ..... 51 SUPPORTERS ................................................................. 52 SPECIAL THANKS ........................................................ 54

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Smart global cities rely on creative thinkers to show new ways forward, and artists are at the centre of creative and cultural change. Artists are at the forefront of navigating diverse possibilities and creating new vocabularies with which to encounter a dynamic world. Sydney Festival prides itself on making change possible through interpreting disruption and prototyping responses. 2017 has seen many changes for Sydney Festival including a new Festival Director, updates to the Meriton Festival Village, announcing changes to The Domain offerings and bringing on a range of artists to act as change agents to the cultural landscape of our city. Inclusion and diversity were the backbone of the 2017 program which saw over 150 different activities across the greater Sydney area. These events united the city by inviting all its citizens to take part, exciting them with a range of world class arts and cultural offerings and igniting passionate discussion and debate. We expanded our free offerings through the city including the incredibly popular The Beach at the Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve, introducing a free stage at the Meriton Festival Village, which pumped with 21 days of free live performance, and an expanded broad-ranging workshops and talks program that explored Aboriginal language, circus skills and the scents of Sydney.

The Indigenous program returned to Sydney Festival with a focus on telling stories of First Peoples. Circus City in Parramatta concentrated on circus skills and audiences that invited a broad range of participants. Sydney Festival continues to stretch throughout greater Sydney, building on relationships in Campbelltown, Parramatta and Blacktown as part of a Western Sydney strategy that will focus on accessing audiences and artists throughout the city. As time goes on there is only one irrefutable fact: change is inevitable. This being my first year at the helm, it has been wonderful to see that change rewarded and celebrated amongst the people of Sydney with fantastic ticket sales and attendances. The hardworking and talented Sydney Festival team and a huge array of artists helped make this Festival something special and distinctive. I am looking forward to consolidating new directions and introducing new changes going into 2018. Love,

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23 DAYS

154 EVENTS

FESTIVAL ATTENDANCE

TURNOVER $20.8M INCOME

FREEÂ EVENTS

35%

SPECIAL EVENTS

10,819 X 64,662 4,163

LANGUAGE CLASSES, TALKS & FORUMS

453,414 108,093 126,631

EXPENDITURE 60% 55% 50% 45%

PLUS MAJOR TICKETED CONCERTS & HOSPITALITY EVENTS

29,581

30% 25% 20% 15% 10% 5% 0

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS

43,098

CONTRA OPERATING & OTHER

35%

652,724 6

0

40%

PLUS TICKETED INSTALLATIONS

TOTAL ATTENDANCE

5%

(INCLUDING STAFF)

TOTAL TICKETED ATTENDANCE

10%

OPERATING COSTS

15%

PROGRAMMING

PARTNERSHIP ACTIVATIONS

20%

LOCAL GOVERNMENT & OTHER INVESTMENT

59,270

STATE GOVERNMENT INVESTMENT

OUTDOOR CONCERT SERIES

25%

CORPORATE PARTNERSHIPS & PHILANTHROPY

96,323

INCLUDING BOX OFFICE, CATERING, VENUE HIRE & OTHER

ART INSTALLATIONS

30%

OPERATING INCOME

218,177

MERITON FESTIVAL VILLAGE

TOTAL FREE

75

FREE EVENTS


PERFORMANCES

108 FREE

PERFORMANCES

VISITOR ORIGIN 4%

10%

5% 81%

SYDNEY

81%

REGIONAL NSW

5%

INTERSTATE

4%

OVERSEAS

AGE BRACKET

HOUSEHOLD INCOME UNDER $20,000

14.2%

15–24

$20,001–$40,000

13.5%

25–34

$40,001–$60,000

12.3%

$60,001–$80,000

30% 24%

22.0% 16.4%

$80,001–$100,000

9.5%

$120,001–$140,000 4.3% $140,000+

11%

35–44 45–54

$100,001–$120,000

10%

7.8%

55–64 65–74 75+

15% 12%

snapshot 2017

445

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WORLD PREMIERES

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AUSTRALIAN EXCLUSIVES

AUSTRALIAN PREMIERES

1,331 ARTISTS 1,096

235

AUSTRALIAN ARTISTS

INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS

FROM

17 COUNTRIES AUSTRALIA AZERBAIJAN CANADA CROATIA FRANCE GREECE INDONESIA JAPAN KOREA NEW ZEALAND NIGER NORWAY POLAND RUSSIA UK UKRAINE USA

CABARET

49 VENUES

IN

MUSIC CIRCUS

THEATRE

COMEDY

EXHIBITIONS

DANCE

OPERA

artistic vision

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CLASSICAL MUSIC SYDNEY FESTIVAL 2017 ANNUAL REVIEW

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Imagined Touch

Nude Live The Fiery Maze

Home Country

Tipping Point

Scent of Sydney Weyes Blood

12

The Season


Moses Sumney

Burrbgaja Yalirra

Ladies in Black

The Encounter

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

Inheritor Album House of Mirrors

Huff

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LAKE STREET DIVE

WHO'S AFRAID OF PATRICIA CORNELIUS?

PRIZE FIGHTER IMAGINED TOUCH

BREAKING GROUND KLUB KOORI

THE SEASON

MEASURE FOR MEASURE ROLLER JAM

NICOLE LIZÉE

OPERA IN THE DOMAIN

BIOGRAPHICA

SPECTRA

KING ROGER

CIRCUIT DES YEUX

TIPPING POINT

EXIT

MYURAN SUKUMARAN

VERNON AH KEE

BALABALA

NICK CAVE & THE

THE COMET IS COMING

MOTHER'S RUIN

TOMBOY SURVIVAL GUIDE

SCENT OF SYDNEY

YANN TIERSEN

ALIM QASIMOV

WEYES BLOOD

CASH SAVAGE AND THE LAST DRINKS

BAYALA - BARAYA: SING UP COUNTRY!

LADIES IN BLACK

DORI FREEMAN

COVERED CRY JAILOLO

ORSZACZKY BUDGET ORCHESTRA

SYMPHONY UNDER THE STARS iD REGURGITATOR

INSTITUTE

1967 MUSIC IN THE KEY OF YES

MOSES SUMNEY

CIRCUS ON SCREEN

HUMANS

HALFWAY

JESSY LANZA

MDOU MOCTAR INHERITOR ALBUM

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SOUL OF SYDNEY

FLYING TRAPEZE WORKSHOPS

ICH NIBBER DIBBER

LUBOMYR MELNYK

RAUTAVAARA

FELICITY WARD

PATRICIA CORNELIUS: LOVE & SLUT

CELIA PACQUOLA


OTTO & ASTRID OCKHAM'S RAZOR WORKSHOP

LET'S DANCE BURRBGAJA YALIRRA

SZUN WAVES

WHICH WAY HOME

YELLAMUNDIE IMAGINED TOUCH

THE BEACH

RETRO FUTURISMUS

AT THE CUTAWAY, BARANGAROO RESERVE

THE ENCOUNTER

THE FIERY MAZE

PRIZE FIGHTER

KALEIDOSCOPE THE BATS

CIRCUS CITY

CLUB BRIEFS

KALEIDOSCOPE WORKSHOP

BAD SEEDS BLOOD ON THE DANCE FLOOR

CHAMPIONS STILL LIFE

CHRISTA HUGHES

HAKAWATI

ANTHROPOLOGIES IMAGINAIRES WAFIA BRIEFS: THE SECOND COMING TOWER OF SONG NIGHT MARKET

KAITLYN AURELIA SMITH

YOU ANIMAL, YOU SHOWING

PJ HARVEY

FERRYTHON

THRESHOLDS

UTS BIG THINKING FORUMS

LONG STRING INSTRUMENT

ANE BRUN

BAYALA: LANGUAGE CLASSES HUFF YOU AND ME AND THE SPACE BETWEEN GLITTERBOX HOME COUNTRY THE CIRCUS COMES TO TOWN!

SHIT

DALMATICA

2017 program

HOUSE OF MIRRORS

SKY TERRACE

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TRANSFORMING SPACES You only had to see The Beach at the Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve by Snarkitecture to witness the value of transforming spaces. This large installation is an incredible example of how Sydney Festival can capture the collective imagination of the city and the world. Transforming Hyde Park into the Meriton Festival Village was a huge success this year with the introduction of a free stage which pumped out 21 nights of free entertainment to hundreds of thousands of festivalgoers. We continued our presentation of Symphony Under the Stars and Opera in The Domain in addition to adding a new concert at The Crescent at Parramatta Parklands to the program. Circus City helped transform Prince Alfred Square with a big top and flying trapeze, which successfully focused this new offering and attracted audiences. This year Sydney Festival also presented shows in a car park, a church and under the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. 2017 also saw the introduction of Thresholds which was a guerrilla activation of doorways which invited the city to walk through different locations each and every day.

THE BEACH AT THE CUTAWAY, BARANGAROO RESERVE

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Few things are more Australian than spending a day at the beach. So this summer Sydney Festival reimagined this experience with a giant monochromatic installation by New York artists Snarkitecture. 1.1 million balls formed a playful ocean. Vast mirrored walls extended the horizon and reflected crowds of families lounging under white umbrellas along the shoreline. Like the real beach, joyous laughter and excited shrieks from children created a raucous chorus that filled the vast interior of the Cutaway.


artistic vision

Nude Live Thresholds

MULTIPLE VENUES Sydney Festival prides itself on delivering a range of indoor and outdoor activities throughout the wider Sydney area. In 2017 we were blessed with clear skies and temperate weather that encouraged more people to enjoy our city in summer. Working with our many and varied partners, this year you could find Sydney Festival in Blacktown, Parramatta, Campbelltown, and in venues including Sydney Opera House, Carriageworks, Seymour Centre, City Recital Hall, UTS, State Library of NSW, Art Gallery of NSW, Hyde Park, Barangaroo, Sydney Town Hall, National Art School, The Domain and UNSW Galleries. Partnerships are the key to growing and delivering greater diversity and a larger range of activities, and we greatly value the continued support of our venue partners, city councils, security and emergency services.

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FREE & TICKETED EXPERIENCES Sydney Festival has always balanced free and ticketed programming to maximise the opportunity for residents and visitors to embrace our city in summer. This year we wanted to encourage the broadest possible audience, in the spirit of diversity and inclusion, from populist offerings like The Beach at the Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve and Ladies in Black to specialist offerings such as Imagined Touch, Anthropologies Imaginaires, The Encounter and Scent of Sydney. The senses was a programming theme that promoted the idea of re-tuning the human body in a digital world. Free talks, language classes, circus workshops and exhibitions helped balance ticketed events. Free performances at Meriton Festival Village and elsewhere around Sydney helped establish Sydney Festival 2017 in the minds and hearts of people.

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At the revamped Village, audiences enjoyed a new outdoor stage, a fresh venue design and 21 nights of free entertainment presented by China Southern Airlines.

artistic vision

MERITON FESTIVAL VILLAGE

Briefs: The Second Coming

In addition to the specifically commissioned The Big Hair Show, which anchored the program, there were Orszaczky Budget Orchestra funk and soul nights and a celebration of David Bowie’s Let’s Dance. Weekends started with Roller Jam at the Archibald Fountain on Saturday afternoons, Soul of Sydney had everyone dancing at their Sunday sessions and Festival alumni Nick Power (Cypher, 2016) hosted Breaking Ground, a B*Girl & B*Boy battle.

Briefs: The Second Coming lead the Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent program with eye-popping boylesque, along with cabaret hits Retro Futurismus, Mother’s Ruin: A Cabaret About Gin and Covered. The live music program offered a thrilling and diverse showcase of musical cultures and genres from soaring vocalist Stanley Gawurra to hypnotic multi-instrumentalist Moses Sumney.

Mdou Moctar

ENGAGING WITH GLOBAL ARTISTS The best of the world visits Sydney in January and this year was no exception. From musicians Ane Brun and Mdou Moctar through to Indonesian choreographer Eko Supriyanto, there was a wide range of international offerings to enjoy in 2017. Devotional and folk music from the Adriatic and Azerbaijan were showcased through the work of Dialogos, Kantaduri and Alim Qasimov Ensemble. Canada was also a focus country, honouring their 150th commemorations and opening the door to conversations on immigration, First Nations and artistic practice. We were proud to bring the work of Greek artist Dimitris Papaioannou (Still Life) to Australia for the first time, as well as the UK’s Gecko (Institute). Sydney Festival also continued relationships with Complicite (The Encounter), Cheek by Jowl and Pushkin Theatre (Measure for Measure), circus sensation Ockham’s Razor (Tipping Point) and the incomparable Nick Cave, who all returned with new works.

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AUSTRALIAN STORIES In 2017 Sydney Festival had a strong focus on local stories and artists engaged in telling diverse stories in inclusive ways that built empathy and understanding. Prize Fighter, with its tale of a young refugee African boy soldier dealing with his history in Australia, Imagined Touch, featuring Deafblind artists Heather and Michelle, and Kaleidoscope, a circus show built around the talents of Ethan Hughes who lives with Aspergers Syndrome, are all examples of this diverse Australian storytelling. Scent of Sydney by Cat Jones also built connections between memory and the smells of Sydney.

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Our increased presence in Western Sydney is a response to the growing populations and cultural demand. We worked with Campbelltown Arts Centre to help deliver Another Day in Paradise and Ich Nibber Dibber, both projects with clear connections to the area providing thought leadership around socially relevant topics. Urban Theatre Projects’ Home Country was performed in a Blacktown car park and told interlocking stories from three writers, plus Hakawati from National Theatre of Parramatta and Symphony Under the Stars in the Crescent joined Circus City as offerings in Parramatta.

artistic vision

WESTERN SYDNEY

Myuran Sukumaran – Another Day in Paradise

CIRCUS CITY The circus came to Parramatta in 2017 with the establishment of Circus City, a new Festival hub spanning Riverside Theatres and a temporary site in Prince Alfred Square (featuring a big top). The Circus City program included four productions, 22 free public workshops, 24 ticketed flying trapeze workshops, a broad program of circus films and talks, an exhibition of Australian circus artefacts and various curated events for circus professionals. The Circus Comes to Town!, a free event in Prince Alfred Square that launched the 10 day program, was attended by around 500 people who enjoyed music, circus workshops and a flying trapeze show. The headline show was Cirque Eloize’s iD, a high energy blend of circus and urban dance that came to us from Quebec, after playing to over one million people since its premiere. It was exclusive to Sydney Festival and played 13 performances at Riverside Theatres. The other productions were Tipping Point from UK-based Ockham’s Razor, the world premiere of Circa’s Humans (both of which played in the Spaghetti Circus Big Top in Prince Alfred Square) and Kaleidoscope from Company 2. Circus City reached 13,000 people in its inaugural year across free, ticketed and industry events.

Humans

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NEW WORKS/NEW VOICES Sydney Festival supported numerous high profile commissions that were staged in 2017 including: Humans by Circa, the world premiere of Champions by Martin del Amo (with FORM Dance Projects), Biographica by Mary Finsterer and Tom Wright (created with Sydney Chamber Opera), Nude Live (a collaboration between Sydney Dance Company and the Art Gallery of NSW, in conjunction with the Nude exhibition from the Tate), You and Me and The Space Between by Terrapin Puppet Theatre (an MFI commission that has been touring the country) and Balabala by Ekosdance Company (presented as part of its world premiere season). Townsville’s Dancenorth presented their show Spectra, marking the first time the company has presented in Sydney in almost 30 years and Briefs Factory, with their new show Briefs: The Second Coming, were a welcome addition to our Speigeltent program.

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Blood on the Dance Floor

Which Way Home

Baraya Sing Up Country

Bayala was a centrepiece of the Festival, which also included Let’s Speak Sydney language classes, the installation Patyegarang’s Notebooks by Charles Madden and Lille Madden with Jonathan Jones and a morning ceremony song by Nardi Simpson and Jacinta Tobin sung by a choir on 26 January. Two works from Indigenous theatre company ILBIJERRI – Blood on the Dance Floor and Which Way Home – were crowd favourites as was the world premiere of The Season by Nathan Maynard. Senior artist Vernon Ah Kee’s largest ever solo exhibition Not an Animal or a Plant showed at the National Art School whilst other performing artists engaged with the Yellamundie National First Peoples Playwriting Festival. As a special highlight to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum, 1967: Music in the Key of Yes was a sell-out success.

artistic vision

INDIGENOUS PROGRAM

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Accessibility for all audience members on all levels is vital to Sydney Festival, and in 2017 we sought to take our commitment to this further than ever before. Our original program brochure was produced in multiple formats including braille, audio CD and MP3, and our website offers a unique searchable ranking system to allow people with disability to easily determine which performances offer different forms of access. Visual content symbols were also used as a guide for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, some circus workshops were designed specifically for people with disability and we collaborated with various artists with disability across theatre, circus, installations and talks. Accessible ticket pricing is also important to Sydney Festival, and a wide range of performances were available to audiences either free of charge or through discounted tickets.

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50% OFF DAILY DEALS OFFERED ON SOCIAL MEDIA

926

DISCOUNTED TICKETS SOLD TO ARTS INDUSTRY AND COMMUNITY CONTACTS

1,301 ACCESS & INCLUSION

TICKETS SOLD THROUGH DAILY DEALS

4

CAPTIONED PERFORMANCES

4

AUSLAN INTERPRETED PERFORMANCES

4

PERFORMANCES WITH AUDIO DESCRIPTION

6

RELAXED PERFORMANCES

2

SURTITLED EVENTS

49

ACROSS 2 EVENTS

ALL VENUES WERE WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE

16

TALKS / FORUMS

14

FULLY ACCESSIBLE EVENTS

75

FREE EVENTS

453,414

ATTENDANCE AT FREE EVENTS

$26

1,146

TIX FOR NEXT TO NIX ($26) SOLD ACROSS THE FESTIVAL

$35

accessibility

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52,152 FULL PRICE TICKETS SOLD FOR $35 OR LESS

19

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES

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Glitterbox at The Star Sydney


Covering online, print, radio, tv and cinema, as well as street flags, print collateral, digital billboards, visual merchanising and bus and taxi backs, the strategy this year used the Festival’s new visual branding to promote both specific events and the Festival as a whole.

Sydney Festival information structure

Sydney Festival visual merchandise installation at Westfield Sydney 28


DIGITAL CAMPAIGNS

19

RADIO CAMPAIGNS TV CAMPAIGNS

4

CINEMA CAMPAIGNS

ADVERTISING IN

6

602

58

662,346

18

VIDEO VIEWS

PRINT PUBLICATIONS

BUS & TAXI BACKS

(SYDNEY FESTIVAL OWNED MEDIA)

1,006

74

325

IN PARRAMATTA

IN SYDNEY CBD, CIRCULAR QUAY & NEWTOWN

STREET FLAGS

OUT OF HOME PLACEMENTS

STREET FLAGS

(LARGE-FORMAT DIGITAL BILLBOARDS, STREET FURNITURE, VISUAL MERCHANDISING, RAILWAY BILLBOARDS, SCREENS)

7 MILLION PEER TO PEER FESTIVAL VENUES

SUPERMARKETS

47 2 INFORMATION STRUCTURES IN SYDNEY CBD

INFORMATION STRUCTURES IN PARRAMATTA

marketing

ADVERTISING

CUMULATIVE OUTDOOR ADVERTISING REACH* (*TOTAL REACH DATA VIA APN, ADSHEL AND OOH!)

624,410

PIECES OF COLLATERAL CREATED

SHOPS

DISTRIBUTION CHANNELS

COMMUTER HUBS

RECEPTION DESKS

RESTAURANTS

CAFES

HOTELS OFFICE BUILDINGS

115,000 91,500 118,010

100,000

200,000

WESTERN SYDNEY PROGRAMS

FESTIVAL PROGRAMS

POST CARDS

FLYERS

MINI-GUIDES & SCHEDULES

35,100 DAYBILLS

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Sydney Festival website

Website takeover Sydney Festival instagram 30

Sydney Festival blog


WEBSITE USERS WORLDWIDE

WEBSITE ACCESS

10%

1.5%

EACH UK & USA

0.5% INDIA

54%

1.5M

VISITS TO THE WEBSITE

36%

91%

1.3% TOTAL

AUSTRALIA

CANADA, INDONESIA, JAPAN, GERMANY, SINGAPORE

0.6%

VIA MOBILE

NEW ZEALAND

VIA TABLET

VIA DESKTOP

24,588

USES OF #SYDFEST HASHTAG OVER THE CAMPAIGN PERIOD

13%

132,677

increase since 2016 Festival

FACEBOOK FANS

80,000 ENGAGEMENTS

DURING JANUARY 2017

83%

37%

145,009

increase since 2016 Festival

TWITTER FOLLOWERS

35,600

increase since 2016 Festival

INSTAGRAM FOLLOWERS

11

131

(AVERAGE)

DURING JANUARY 2017

POSTS ON INSTAGRAM

RETWEETS / DAY

2.2M

575,000

36,000

DURING JANUARY 2017

DURING JANUARY 2017

DURING JANUARY 2017

TOTAL REACH

marketing

DIGITAL

TOTAL TWITTER IMPRESSIONS

ENGAGEMENTS

602 DIGITAL ADS WITH 72.8M REACH OUTBRAIN

MEDIA PARTNERS GOOGLE SEARCH / GOOGLE DISPLAY / SOCIAL MEDIA

IMPRESSIONS

ADS / BANNERS

20 ADS 20 ADS 562 ADS 39.5M APPROX. DISPLAY

2.9M EMAILS SENT TO

84,000

SUBSCRIBERS PLUS THIRD PARTY EMAILS (DURING CAMPAIGN PERIOD)

33.3M IMPRESSIONS

28

BLOG POSTS

READ 42,618 TIMES

3

GALLERIES

FEATURING USER-GENERATED CONTENT

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THE BEACH AT THE CUTAWAY, BARANGAROO RESERVE

2,154,954

96,877

BIGGEST BALL PIT YOU’VE EVER SEEN!!!

@DANTDM ON INSTAGRAM

@DANTDM ON YOUTUBE

SOCIAL SYDNEY HAS SOME OF THE BEST BEACHES IN THE WORLD LIKE THIS ONE! @DAEWHANLIM ON INSTAGRAM

LOVED IT!!

3,488

NINA WILSON ON FACEBOOK

@NICHEHOLAS ON INSTAGRAM

@DEMASRULI ON INSTAGRAM

@SYDNEY_FESTIVAL IT MAKES ME SO PROUD OF OUR CITY WHEN I SEE INITIATIVES LIKE THIS WITH NOT ONLY AN ACCOMMODATION BUT CREATIVE ENGAGEMENT OF INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES LIVING WITH DISABILITIES. WE ALL HAD A BALL (PUN INTENDED)!!! @DALENAPANGNA ON INSTAGRAM


CIRCUS CITY

BIOGRAPHICA

#BIOGRAPHICA: EERIE, ENCHANTING, & ENTHRALLING TO OPERA VETERANS AND NEWCOMERS ALIKE. #SYDFEST

CIRCUS CITY BY NIGHT… YOU BEAUTIFUL THING YOU!

@FINDJESSEJK ON INSTAGRAM

CONGRATULATIONS WESLEY ENOCH AND ALL THE #SYDFEST TEAM! SUCH A WONDERFULLY DIVERSE MIX OF SHOWS AND SO MUCH GREAT NEW AUSTRALIAN WORK. THANK YOU! @CDBENDALL ON TWITTER

HUMANS

PERFORMANCES BY CIRCA NEVER FAIL TO AMAZE ME. HUMANS WAS SIMPLY REMARKABLE! BRAVO! #SYDFEST @CHRISTINES931 ON TWITTER

MEDIA BRIEFS

MERITON FESTIVAL VILLAGE

@ROSEMCC93 ON TWITTER

@RED_FOXC ON INSTAGRAM

LOVING THE ATMOSPHERE IN THE SYDNEY FESTIVAL VILLAGE. SYDNEY ALWAYS SHINES IN THE SUMMERTIME! @LARISSABEHRENDT ON TWITTER

THRESHOLDS

FULL HOUSE AT ‘BRIEFS’ AT @SYDNEY_FESTIVAL TONIGHT. TIP: IT IS AMAZING!!!!! GO SEE IT! @REGDOMINGO ON INSTAGRAM

THE ENCOUNTER

SPEECHLESS @EMILY_BREE_ ON INSTAGRAM

FANTASTIC INSTALLATION @THEDOMAINSYD BY @SYDNEY_FESTIVAL – REMINDS ME OF OUR BACK DOOR GROWING UP IN THE 60’S @_KIM_ELLIS ON TWITTER


Sydney Festival’s media coverage has grown to an unprecedented 6,818 mentions across online, print, radio and television. Online coverage grew dramatically and allowed us to reach a broader international audience this year, especially in response to The Beach at the Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve. Print, radio and television coverage also continued to be strong, with highlights including multiple high profile TV weather crosses.

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AUDIENCE REACH

FESTIVAL MENTIONS IN THE MEDIA

$28,460,438 VALUE IN AD SPACE

584

PRESS COVERAGE DROVE

55,841 VISITS

PRINT ARTICLES IN NATIONAL & LOCAL PRINT MEDIA

15

TO THE SYDNEY FESTIVAL WEBSITE

2,817 RADIO R E 187 RADIO IN PO T DIO PERFOR A R

S RT VIEWS ER ANCE M

1

BETWEEN AUGUST 2016 AND FEBRUARY 2017

PRINT COVER STORIES

2

NEWS RELEASES SENT OUT USING PR NEWSWIRE PUBLISHED ON

575 37,749 WEBSITES

VIDEO VIEWS

107,533,875 POTENTIAL AUDIENCE

323

NATIONAL & LOCAL TELEVISION REPORTS

THE BEACH AT THE CUTAWAY, BARANGAROO RESERVE

534,815

publicity

3 7 3 7,

3.8B

SOCIAL MEDIA ENGAGEMENTS VIA MEDIA & INFLUENCER POSTS

1,310

INTERNATIONAL ONLINE REPORTS

22,738,494 VIDEO VIEWS VIA THIRD PARTY MEDIA OUTLETS

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“WESLEY ENOCH’S SYDNEY FESTIVAL IS SHAKING UP THE DOMINANT CULTURAL NARRATIVE AND GIVING US OFT-OVERLOOKED PERSPECTIVES.” CASSIE TONGUE, DAILY REVIEW

NUDE LIVE

“HERE IS THE HUM AN BODY – LOUD PROUD AND YES, NAKED.” DEB ORAH JONES, T

HE AUSTRALIA

N

“...NOT ONLY IS THIS A TRULY AUSTRALIAN STORY, IT IS ALSO ONE THAT PULSES WITH EXPERIENCES STILL WITHIN LIVING MEMORY.” MAXIM BOON, THE MUSIC

STILL LIFE

LADIES IN BLACK

IN THE

“STILL LIFE IS A BEAUTIFUL PIECE OF MOVING ART, CREATED FROM THE MOST MUNDANE OF OBJECTS AND TASKS.” EMILY SAINT-SMITH, THE AU REVIEW

ALIM QASIMOV ENSEMBLE

“…TRUTH INTERTWINED WITH ITS PERENNIAL LOVER, BEAUTY AND TRADITION…AN EXOTIC MYSTERY OF THE OLD AND THE NEW.” JOHN SHAND, THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

EXIT

“IT LOOKS LIKE SCIENCE FICTION. BUT THIS IS NOT FICTION.” ELISSA BLAKE, THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD 36

“SYDNEY FESTIVAL BRINGS TOGETHER A STELLAR LINE-UP OF PRESTIGE WORLDWIDE AND LOCAL TALENT YEAR AFTER YEAR…” FASTER LOUDER


THE ENCOUNTER

PRIZE FIGHTER

“IN THE 65 THRILLING MINUTES THAT MAKE UP PRIZE FIGHTER, FUTURE D. FIDEL MANAGES TO SAY MORE ABOUT OUR WORLD AND INTERNAL LIVES THAN MANY PLAYWRIGHTS DO IN A LIFETIME.” BEN NEUTZE, DAILY REVIEW

“IT IS HARD NOT TO LEAVE THE ENCOUNTER THINKING: IF ART HAS A ROLE IN BATTLING THE VOLATILE CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL CLIMATE AND IMMINENT ENVIRONMENTAL CATASTROPHE, SURELY IT IS IN WORKS LIKE THIS…” STEPHANIE CONVERY, THE GUARDIAN

“JANUARY IS OUR FAVOURITE MONTH OF THE YEAR THANKS TO SYDNEY FESTIVAL.” TIME OUT SYDNEY

MEDIA

CIRCUS CITY

“NEVER AGAIN, I’M CONVINCED, SHOULD CIRCUS BE REDUCED TO THE IDEA OF SHALLOW POPCORNMUNCHING ENTERTAINMENT, THE POOR COUSIN OF SO-CALLED HIGH ARTS, ON THE EVIDENCE OF THE FIRST WEEKEND OF CIRCUS CITY.” STEVE DOW, THE GUARDIAN

BRIEFS

CRY JAILOLO

HE T D E M R RK O F S NETWO S N W A E N TR GAY G ” . N Y O G L R S E EN HA L H A S V A I R T B S ’S FE Y Y E E N N D D Y Y “S GS N I T A R B LE E C , Y T I C “THE SYNCHRONICITY OF THESE PERFORMERS IS EXTRAORDINARY: CLOSE TO PERFECTION.” JILL SYKES, THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

“…BURLESQUE WITH BALLS, DELIVERED WITH A GLITTER BOMB…AN INTOXICATING DELIGHT, WITH JUST A DASH OF POLITICALLY CHARGED HUMOUR.”

ALANNAH MAHER, THE MUSIC SYDNEY FESTIVAL 2017 ANNUAL REVIEW

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Sydney Festival earns a significant portion of its revenue from the contribution of our partners across the private and public sector. Sydney Festival’s private and personal supporters play a vital role in the Festival, and their support is crucial to our ability to deliver the largest annual arts and culture festival in Australia. Our partners join us to fulfil a variety of objectives that vary from corporate social responsibility by giving back to the community they operate in, to engaging with our audience via tailored marketing campaigns and brand promotion, program alignments, on-site activations or B2B networking opportunities. Sydney Festival tailors each partnership to suit our partners’ business and marketing objectives.

The Beach at the Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve

GOVERNMENT AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS We would like to thank our two founding Partners, the State Government, through Arts NSW, and the City of Sydney, who continue to support Sydney Festival as the premier arts and culture festival in the country. The Festival has a strategic partnership with Destination NSW, the lead government agency for the New South Wales tourism and major events sector, to drive an interstate and international audience to Sydney during January. We further developed our partnership with Barangaroo Delivery Authority by presenting The Beach at the Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve, which drew huge crowds with much media attention and was the highlight of our free program. The City of Parramatta Council continues to support the Festival in developing and presenting an arts and cultural program in Parramatta. This year we introduced Circus City, which we hope to expand over the next two years. UTS increased their commitment to the Festival as a Knowledge Partner. This involved Big Thinking Forums held onsite, digital promotion and programs as well as assisting with the Scent of Sydney and Bayala language program.

City of Sydney upcycled furniture at Meriton Festival Village

UTS Big Thinking Forum: Talking Culture


The Star Sydney celebrated four years as Principal Partner of Sydney Festival. The entertainment precinct was buzzing with Festival activity, including the Sky Terrace DJ Series, the artwork Glitterbox, the musical Ladies in Black at Sydney Lyric at The Star and inclusion of their fine dining restaurants in our Festival Feasts program, plus VIP hospitality at Symphony Under The Stars in The Domain. Meriton continued their support of one of our hub venues, Meriton Festival Village in Hyde Park that housed the Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent and the newly introduced free stage of programming presented by China Southern Airlines. Kirin and James Estate continued as our excusive beverage partners across beer, cider and wine. Special thanks to APN Outdoor, Adshel, ABC, Channel 9 and Foxtel Arts who play a vital role in relaying our program to Sydney and interstate audiences, and to all media partners across print, digital and broadcast platforms. We would also like to thank our production partners who play an essential role in assisting with the staging the Festival. For a full list of partners, please refer to page 54.

partnerships

CORPORATE PARTNERS

Kirin bar at Meriton Festival Village

Hyundai official vehicle partner

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Ferrython

Free village stage presented by China Southern Airlines

Meriton Festival Village

FESTIVAL FEASTS Sydney Festival plays an important role in contributing to the economic prosperity of Sydney during January. We play an active role in the community and the ecosystem of business in Sydney by connecting our partners, developing business opportunities, introducing new audiences and driving sustainable growth. Now in its 17th year, the Festival Feasts restaurant program continues to be a successful initiative that directs new business to 27 partner restaurants across Sydney CBD, Eastern Sydney, Inner-West and Parramatta.

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To learn more about Sydney Festival and partnership opportunities, please contact Brooke Ravens, Senior Sponsorship Manager on (02) 8248 6565 or brooke.ravens@sydneyfestival.org.au.

Mercado


Private donors play an increasingly important role in enabling us to realise the Festival Director’s vision. They enjoy being part of the journey, as well as unique and exclusive offerings during the Festival.

philanthropy

Sydney Festival is a non-profit organisation. We receive some core funding from the NSW Government and the City of Sydney for which we are extremely grateful but this represents only a portion of the total funding. Corporate sponsorship, private support, catering income and ticket sales make up the remainder.

2017 PROGRAM PREVIEW DINNER AT BLACK BY EZARD

Roslyn Packer AC

Wendy Blacklock & Wesley Enoch

Dawn McGuire & Kathryn Lovric

Malcolm Moir, Jodee Mundy & Alex Hunyor

SYDNEY FESTIVAL’S FIRST INTERNATIONAL DONOR TOUR TO LONDON, STRATFORD AND EDINBURGH FESTIVAL, AUGUST 2016

“WE THOROUGHLY ENJOYED SYDNEY FESTIVAL 2017. IT’S A TRIUMPH! WE SAW ABOUT A DOZEN SHOWS AND EXHIBITIONS AND ARE ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTED TO HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SUPPORT THE FESTIVAL THIS YEAR.” Ray Wilson OAM, Jules Maxwell & Robyn Martin-Weber

Jenny Solomon, Jules Maxwell & Marita Supplee

NUDE LIVE SPECIAL PREVIEW AT ART GALLERY OF NSW

ANDREW CAMERON AM & CATHY CAMERON

Photos: Jacquie Manning

Christopher Tooher, Kathryn Lovric, Roger Allan & Rebecca Tinning

Anthony Maple-Brown

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FUN AT THE BEACH AT THE CUTAWAY, BARANGAROO RESERVE

Martin-Weber family

JOIN US ON THE JOURNEY 2018

Photos: GCImagery

Alister Maple-Brown & family

SAILING WITH THE GECKO COMPANY CREW

Learn more about the Philanthropy program and the difference you can make. The program offers different levels of support with a variety of benefits including priority booking, VIP access and exclusive event invitations. Visit sydneyfestival.org.au/support or contact Marita Supplee on (02) 8248 6510 or marita.supplee@sydneyfestival.org.au for further details.

LUNCH WITH LINDA HURLEY REGATTA RESTAURANT ROSE BAY

David Mathlin & the Gecko crew Photos: William Yang

Beau Neilson

Anne Blau, Carina Martin, Christopher Tooher, Sandy Martin & Victoria Taylor

Fiona Winning & Mary Read

Linda Hurley


HOSTED BY HIS EXCELLENCY DAVID HURLEY & MRS HURLEY

philanthropy

ARTIST’S PARTY AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE

Photos: Prudence Upton

Penelope Seidler AM, David Hurley, Kathryn Lovric & Rhae Shaw Vicki Liberman, Adam Liberman & Roger Allan

Malcolm Moir, David Mathlin & David Hurley

Holiday Sidewinder Carmen-Sparks, Ben Brady, Jacqui Scheinberg, Christopher Tooher & Richard Scheinberg

PRIVATE DONOR WRAP PARTY

AT THE HOME OF DAVID MATHLIN & CAMILLA DROVER

Antoinette Albert, David Kirk & Penelope Seidler

Elizabeth Laverty, Tom Hayward & Sarah Benjamin

Peter Freedman AM, Ray Wilson OAM & Isidoro Feldman

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RECONCILIATION ACTION PLAN (RAP) Sydney Festival is now four years into its RAP journey. We remain committed to working towards improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians by creating and fostering an organisational environment that cherishes respect, creates opportunity and builds cultural awareness. Over the past year, Sydney Festival has strengthened its governance and leadership teams with the appointment of two Aboriginal board members and the organisation’s first Aboriginal artist in the role of Festival Director. A partnership with Arts NSW helped fund a mid-career development role for an Aboriginal Programming Associate and the Festival continues to explore opportunities to improve access and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and arts workers. We look forward to developing our 2018 – 2020 RAP over the next 12 months and thank all the Elders, artists and advisors who have helped guide us on this journey.

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Sydney Festival would not be possible without our army of dedicated and generous volunteers. Eventeamwork returned for a fifth year to manage the Festival’s volunteer program, which involved 156 volunteers working approximately 650 shifts from November through to the end of January. The program once again involved 16 team leaders supervising volunteers across various Festival venues including Carriageworks, Meriton Festival Village, the Cutaway at Barangaroo Reserve and Circus City (Parramatta). The team leader program provides a great opportunity for graduates or young professionals to build their leadership and organisational skills. Our enthusiastic volunteers embraced many roles on the ground and behind the scenes, from compiling materials for artists and staff to invigilating art installations and providing information and directions at venues.

ARTS INDUSTRY Sydney Festival is both a leader and a participant in a rich local and global cultural landscape. We foster connectivity and dialogue within the cultural sector and participate in networks and international conversations, both during the Festival and throughout the year. A key pillar of the Circus City program in 2017 was engagement with the Australian Circus community, so we appointed a Circus Advisory Group in May 2016 of seven professionals from across the country to consult on the range of industry events. In addition to providing a platform for discussion around key areas of interest to the sector in our Talking Circus series, we also offered a range of workshop opportunities: three paid workshops were attended by 32 professional artists from around Australia and four tailored workshops were offered for Sydney-based artists. Six Scent of Sydney forums were presented, exploring ideas generated by the work. The Festival partnered again with Critical Path to deliver three dance forums with practitioners speaking to current modes of practice. And for the second year, we partnered with UTS on delivery of two Big Thinking Forums, engaging artists and academics in dialogue around Indigenous culture and history. In 2017, the Sydney Festival Arts Industry Program continued, with 335 local artists and arts workers taking advantage of reduced price tickets and priority access to artist talks and other events.

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VOLUNTEERS

INTERNS This year Sydney Festival hosted 14 internship placements across the company, offered to students attending NSW universities with placements dependent on each intern’s area of study. Placements offered experience as well as exposure to the administration and delivery of the Festival, and insight to strategic goals. The Festival benefits from the energy and enthusiasm of our interns, and we wish our 2017 interns every success for their future. SYDNEY FESTIVAL 2017 ANNUAL REVIEW

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Symphony Under the Stars, The Crescent, Parramatta


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Sydney Festival is the pre-eminent cultural event on the Sydney calendar. The Festival presents great art and unique experiences engaging Sydney-siders and visitors alike in a highly visible and accessible free program alongside a greatly valued ticketed program. The 2017 Sydney Festival was a resounding artistic and financial success. With Sydney turning on its finest summer weather, the Festival was celebrated by record number of attendances, with much of the program the ‘talk of’ Sydney over January. This success is only made possible through the support and partnerships of many and varied stakeholders. Thank you to our government partners the State Government supporting the Festival through Arts NSW, Destination NSW and the Barangaroo Delivery Authority, the City of Sydney and the City of Parramatta.

To our Festival Donors – you make it possible. To the Festival team – the Sydney Festival Board of Directors are a diverse group of business and community leaders, experts in their field and passionate about the Festival and its role in Sydney’s and Australia’s cultural landscape. Our Festival staff, both full time and seasonal, their unwavering commitment and hard work is at the core of our success alongside the many talented artists, creative personnel and technicians who join us each year to generously share their stories and ideas. To our volunteers, interns, contractors and suppliers and vast array of other supporters – thank you for your contributions in making this great event happen. And finally to our audiences – your curiosity and enthusiasm enables us to continue in exploring the new and untested, resulting in our evolving and unique annual program. Thank you for joining us and stay tuned for 2018.

To our many corporate partners headed by our Principal Partner The Star Sydney – we thank you.

Christopher Tooher Executive Director

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supporters

SYDNEY FESTIVAL WISHES TO THANK THE FOLLOWING INDIVIDUALS, FOUNDATIONS AND ORGANISATIONS FOR THEIR GENEROUS DONATIONS OVER THE LAST 12 MONTHS: MAJOR DONOR $100k+ Peter Freedman AM & Lou Freedman

MAJOR DONORS $50k+ CRM Foundation

MAJOR PROJECT DONORS $20k+ Elizabeth Laverty Rockend The Scully Fund DIRECTOR’S CIRCLE $20k+ MEMBERS Anonymous (1) Antoinette Albert Andrew Cameron AM & Cathy Cameron

Michael Crouch AO Peter Hunt AM Adam & Vicki Liberman Dr Kathryn Lovric & Dr Roger Allan The Martin-Weber Family Roslyn Packer AC

FESTIVAL HEROES $10k+ Anonymous (1) Robert Albert AO & Libby Albert Hon. Ashley Dawson-Damer AM Vic & Katie French David Mathlin & Camilla Drover

ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS $5k+ The Arcadia Group John Barrer Larissa Behrendt & Michael Lavarch AO Marco Belgiorno-Zegna AM & Angela Belgiorno-Zegna Jonathan & Judith Casson

Diane Eilert Roslyn & Alex Hunyor Keir Foundation David Kirk MBE & Brigit Kirk Dr Carolyn Lowry OAM & Peter Lowry OAM Elizabeth Laverty Anthony & Sharon Lee Julianne Maxwell Mark & Dawn McGuire Penelope Seidler AM Jennifer & Peter Solomon Kim Williams AM & Catherine Dovey Dr Heather Worth

FESTIVAL LOVERS $1k+ Gillian Appleton Anne Blau

Angela Bowne SC Paddy Carney Darren Dale Wesley Enoch Danny Gilbert AM & Kathleen Gilbert Julian Knights Sandy Martin Ann McFarlane Lyndall McNally Stephen Menzies Mary Read Victoria Taylor Christopher Tooher John Walton AM Annie & Anthony Whealy Ray Wilson OAM

GOVERNMENT AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS PRINCIPAL PARTNERS

PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT PARTNER

STRATEGIC PARTNERS

Barangaroo Delivery Authority

SPECIAL DISTINGUISHED PARTNER

DISTINGUISHED PARTNERS

STAR PARTNERS

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SYDNEY FESTIVAL BOARD PATRON His Excellency General, The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), Governor of New South Wales

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Chair – David Kirk MBE Larissa Behrendt David Borger Paddy Carney Angela Clark Darren Dale Diana Eilert Matthew Melhuish


CORPORATE PARTNERS PRINCIPAL PARTNER

MAJOR PARTNER

SPECIAL DISTINGUISHED PARTNERS

DISTINGUISHED PARTNER

STAR PARTNERS

FESTIVAL LAWYERS

MEDIA PARTNERS MAJOR PARTNER

SPECIAL DISTINGUISHED PARTNERS

DISTINGUISHED PARTNERS

STAR PARTNERS

FBi RADIO TM

ACMN

Marketing & Advertising

BUSINESS SUPPORTERS

CONTRIBUTORS

RESTAURANT PARTNERS

Avant Card Hapag Lloyd Local Measure Staging Rentals & Construction

Artbank Australia Bar Coco CloudWave Dendy Flowers at Kirribilli PR Newswire Pureprofile RDA Research SafetyCulture Serenova

Balla Bishop Sessa BLACK Bar & Grill Café Ananas Cafe Sydney Chefs Gallery Town Hall China Lane Chophouse

The Cuban Place The Dining Room at Park Hyatt Sydney El-Phoenician The Emporium Parramatta Fat Noodle Food Society Fratelli Fresh Macquarie Street

Kindred La Rosa The Strand Lotus Barangaroo The Malaya Mercado Pizzaperta Manfredi REGATTA Restaurant & Bar Sokyo

Steel Bar and Grill Ventuno Pizzeria Birreria Enoteca Walsh Bay Kitchen

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thanks

THE FOLLOWING COMPANIES AND PRODUCTIONS ACKNOWLEDGE THE SUPPORT OF: The Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Sydney Chamber Opera, Ensemble Offspring, ILBIJERRI Theatre Company, Marrugeku Theatre, Circa, Urban Theatre Projects, post, Jodee Mundy Collaborations, Queensland Theatre Company, Australian Art Orchestra, Opera Australia, La Boite Theatre Company, Belvoir, Dancenorth, Sydney Dance Company, Tasmania Performs, Moogahlin Performing Arts, Terrapin Puppet Theatre, Humans

Sydney Chamber Opera, Ensemble Offspring, Marrugeku Theatre, FORM Dance Projects, National Theatre of Parramatta, Urban Theatre Projects, Sydney Dance Company, Mooghalin Performing Arts, Belvoir, post, Carriageworks, Opera Australia, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Jodee Mundy Collaborations

FORM Dance Projects, Urban Theatre Projects, Jodee Mundy Collaborations, Moogahlin Performing Arts, Humans ALIM QASIMOV ENSEMBLE Aga Khan Music Initiative ANTHROPOLOGIES IMAGINAIRES Canada Council for the Arts BALABALA Co-commissioned by AsiaTOPA, Sydney Festival, deSingel Internationale Kunstcampus, TPAM, Mousonturm, Fabrik Potsdam, National Theatre of Taiwan, Embassy of Denmark, Jakarta, Keir Foundation. With special thanks to Kommunitas Salihara BAYALA - LET’S SPEAK SYDNEY LANGUAGE We would like to acknowledge the Sydney Language Project Advisory Group: Uncle Charles ‘Chicka’ Madden, Uncle Allen Madden, Aunty Jacinta Tobin, Professor Jakelin Troy, Professor Larissa Behrendt. We would like to acknowledge the support of the following: Jonathan Jones, Kirsten Thorpe, Ronald Briggs, Samantha Hagan, State Library of NSW, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet BIOGRAPHICA Ensemble Offspring BLOOD ON THE DANCE FLOOR & WHICH WAY HOME Creative Victoria, City of Melbourne, Australian Government Indigenous Languages & Arts Program, RE Ross Trust 54

BURRBGAJA YALIRRA Arts NSW, Department of Culture and the Arts WA, Department of Regional Development WA, Country Arts WA CHAMPIONS City of Parramatta, Riverside Theatres, Packer Family Foundation, The Western Sydney Wanderers W-League, Pirtek Stadium, Venues NSW, Western Sydney Arts Initiative CIRCUS CITY We would like to acknowledge the Sydney Festival Circus Advisory Group: Jodie Farrugia, Darcy Grant, Josh Hoare, Gail Kelly, Bel Macedone, Chelsea McGuffin, Rob Tannion CRY JAILOLO Namto Hui Roba, Regent of Jailolo, Pemerintah Daerah Kabupaten Halmahera Barat, Kantor Pemuda Olah Raga Kebudayaan, Pariwisata, Kabupaten Halmahera Barat, Kompleks Sasadu Lamo, Acango – Jailolo Halmahera Barat, Maluku Utara – Indonesia EXIT Collection: Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris. Based on an idea by Paul Virilio, created by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Mark Hansen, Laura Kurgan and Ben Rubin, in collaboration with Robert Gerard Pietrusko and Stewart Smith. Scientific consultant and collaborators: Bruce Albert, François Gemenne, François-Michel Le Tourneau. Project Leaders: David Allin, Jeremy Linzee, Rodrigo Tisi with Michael Doherty, Aaron Meyers and Hans-Christoph Steiner. Australian premiere supported by the City of Sydney and Artel Construction GLITTERBOX Harriet Gillies, Roslyn Helper, Elizabeth Gadsby HAKAWATI City of Parramatta, Riverside Theatres HOME COUNTRY Blacktown City Council, Blacktown Arts Centre, Packer Family Foundation HOUSE OF MIRRORS Creative Production Services HUMANS Queensland Government ICH NIBBER DIBBBER Commissioned by Campbelltown Arts Centre iD iD is a production of Theatre T & co., co-commissioned by the Government of Quebec, Montreal Arts Council, The City of Montreal, Canada Council for the Arts, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Cirque Théâtre Elbeuf, Le Volcan and La Tohu IMAGINED TOUCH Creative Victoria, Able Australia, Auspicious Arts Projects INSTITUTE Arts Council England, Ipswich Borough Council, Co-commissioned by Warwick Arts Centre and New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich, in association with Dance East and Northern Stage KALEIDOSCOPE Cluster Arts

LADIES IN BLACK Arts Queensland MEASURE FOR MEASURE A co-production with the Barbican, London; Les Gémeaux/Sceaux/ ScèneNationale; Centro DramáticoNacional, Madrid (INAEM) SEX, LYNCH AND VIDEO GAMES Canada Council for the Arts NUDE LIVE Kiera Grant, Leonard Groat, Carole Lamerton, Kenneth R Reed AM, Ray Wilson OAM and Robyn Martin-Weber CHRISTA HUGHES IS OZ ROCKIN’ THE LADIES LOUNGE Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Deborah Tobias Creative Management PRIZE FIGHTER Arts Queensland, Brisbane Festival RETRO FUTURISMUS fortyfivedownstairs SHIT NEON Festival of Independent Theatre, Melbourne Theatre Company, fortyfivedownstairs SPECTRA Arts Queensland, Australia Council, Townsville City Council, Arts SA Australia Japan Foundation, Japan Foundation, Tim Fairfax Family Foundation STILL LIFE Onassis Cultural Centre – Athens, 2WORKS THE BEACH The Vinik Family Foundation, Amalie Arena THE ENCOUNTER A Complicite co-production with Edinburgh International Festival, the Barbican, London, Onassis Cultural Centre – Athens, Schaubühne Berlin, Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne and Warwick Arts Centre. Supported by: Sennheiser and The Wellcome Trust THE FIERY MAZE Originally commissioned and produced by Malthouse Theatre THE SEASON Arts Tasmania, Performing Lines, Yellamundie Festival TIPPING POINT Produced by Turtle Key Arts. Co-commissioned by London International Mime Festival and The Lowry, Salford Quays Supported by Dance City, Harlow Playhouse, artsdepot & Lincoln Drill Hall, Arts Council England YOU AND ME AND THE SPACE BETWEEN Arts Tasmania THANK YOU Michael Abbott, Accessible Arts, City of Sydney Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Advisory Panel, Consulate General of the United States of America Sydney, Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council, Uncle Max Eulo, Jenny Spinak, Paul Nunnari, Spaghetti Circus, Mark Hammer, our volunteers and interns

SYDNEY FESTIVAL STAFF FESTIVAL DIRECTOR Wesley Enoch EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Christopher Tooher FINANCE & OPERATIONS Head of Finance & Operations Tanya Bush Finance Manager Caroline Brosnan Accounts Assistant Julie Crawford Payroll Assistant Carina Mision Executive Assistant Corey Zerna Administration Officer Courtney Lewis Special Projects Coordinator Fiona Jackson PROGRAMMING Head of Programming Fiona Winning Producer, Major Outdoor Events Vernon Guest Program Managers Adam McGowan, Stuart Rogers Festival Site Designer Pip Runciman Programming Associates Ione Davis, Rachel GrimesCarmichael, Louana Sainsbury Music Coordinator Tom Riordan Project Managers Michael Cutrupi, Megan Exton, Caris Harper, Imogen Semmler, Stephanie Walker Programming Administrator Bianca Moseley MARKETING & CUSTOMER SERVICES Head of Marketing & Customer Services Tina Walsberger Marketing & Digital Manager Chris Zajko Publications Editors Alex Lalak, Liz Malcolm Marketing Coordinators Loren Davis, Perrine Huber, Beth Rad Publicity Manager Jessica Keirle Publicists Julia Barnes, Georgia McKay Publicity Coordinator James Pettinger Media Tickets Assistant Flora Mackeddie Graphic Design Manager Anais Taylor Graphic Designer Joel De Sá Look Coordinator Robyn Grant Ticketing Manager Tara Easlea-Harding Ticketing Systems Coordinators Erin Garman, Sarah Toner

Ticketing Operations Coordinator Shirrah Comeadow Guest Ticketing Coordinator Danniella Nocelli DEVELOPMENT Head of Development Malcolm Moir Philanthropy Manager Marita Supplee Senior Sponsorship Manager Brooke Ravens Sponsorship Manager Amalina Whitaker Sponsorship Executive Jane You Development Assistant Alana Gatley Activations Manager Andrea Makris PRODUCTION Head of Production John Bayley Production Manager Clark Corby Crew Coordinator Chantal Roberts Project Manager – The Beach Elise Brokensha Production Coordinators Whitney Eglington, Nathalie Taylor Production Coordinator – Parramatta Tom Webster Transport Coordinator Edwina Guinness Festival Village Venue Manager Gordon Rymer Production Assistant Kat Anastasiou-Bell Technical Manager – Parramatta Romy McKanna Accessibility Consultant Paul Nunnari Domain Manager Alycia Bangma Site Manager Damion Holling Assistant Site Manager Chris Kerr CATERING CONSULTANTS Motti+Smith FESTIVAL DESIGN AGENCY Alphabet Studio FESTIVAL PHOTOGRAPHERS Prudence Upton, Jamie Williams PRINTING Benchmark Design & Print VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT Eventeamwork


SEE YOU IN 2018

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Kaleidoscope

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Sky Terrace, The Star Sydney

Institute

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