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Sydney Festival is a celebration of art, performance and big ideas; transforming Sydney every January

Embracing the art of summer since 1977, Sydney Festival is a city-wide celebration of culture, creativity and the questioning mind. From the streets to the beach, in stately theatres and in secret basements, it animates locations across Greater Sydney with a trailblazing free and ticketed program of theatre, music, dance, visual art and all the experimental in-between places of live performance.


Sydney Opera House, Sydney
Sydney Festival - Encantado


Presented by Sydney Festival

Fri, 5th to 10th January in 5 weeks. Sydney Opera House, Sydney. Tickets $59 to $99

The enchanted and disenchanted in a jubilant dance

In Brazil, the word encantado refers to the object of an enchantment or a spell. Then there are the encantados, the enchanted ones, spirits that move between heaven and earth, through jungles, rocks, riverbeds, sand dunes and plants. But now that human action threatens life on Earth, what will become of the encantados?

Emerging onto a stage decked in a vibrant patchwork, 11 dancers transform 140 colourful blankets into shape-shifting costumes and personas in Encantado, a wild celebration of nature and our place in it.

Encantado is the brainchild of the Rio de Janeiro-based choreographer, activist and teacher Lia Rodrigues, who, over her 40-year career, has worked tirelessly to build synergies between art, activism and social processes.
Inspired by the very real environmental and spiritual struggles experienced in today's Brazil, Encantado asks: How can we become close to each other and to the world we are part of once again?

The enchanted and disenchanted move in endless dance, as Encantado builds from stillness to a joyous crescendo of freedom.

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Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

Set below the famous white sails the Forecourt to the south and the Northern Broadwalk both offer patrons stunning harbour and city views and the backdrop for a once in a lifetime event. The Forecourt offers the largest capacity of any Opera House venue and has hosted a number of large-scale concerts including Florence and the Machine and Crowded House as well as welcoming international icons such as Oprah. The Forecourt has a standing capacity for up to 6000 general admission and the Northern Broadwalk has a standing capacity for up to 2400 general admission.
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Every January, Sydney Festival starts the new year with a bang, transforming the city with a bold cultural celebration based on critical ideas and cutting-edge art and performance.

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