Sydney Festival 2023 starts this week with a return to international programming

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Sydney Festival 2023 starts on Thursday and there are three events with French and francophone links for you to attend. Read on to find out about the events from Africa, Canada and Switzerland at Sydney Festival 2023.

Sydney Festival 2023


Afrique en Cirque

Kalabanté Productions

Riverside Theatres, Parramatta

6-8, and 11-15 January

Afrique en Cirque Yamoussa Bangoura grew up in Conkary, Guinea, where his first foray with circus began. He worked his way up through some of the best circus companies in the world before opening his own in 2007. Based in Montreal, Canada, Yamoussa Bangoura’s Kalabanté Productions develops young African circus talent and sharing it with the world.


Afrique en Cirque at Sydney Festival 2023 will see daring acrobats perform authentic and original choreography to the sound of African instruments including the djembe and the kora. Music is as much a part of this showcase of African talent as are the acrobats climbing to dizzying heights.


Ticket prices:

  • Premium Full Price – $79
  • A Reserve Full Price – $59
  • A Reserve Concession – $53
  • B Reserve Full Price – $39
  • B Reserve Concession – $35
  • + booking fee


Afrique en Cirque Dance and Drumming workshop

Kalabanté Productions

Riverside Theatres, Parramatta

10 January 5:30pm & 7pm

Afrique en Cirque

Special guests from the Afrique en Cirque production will lead this African drumming and dance workshop where they encourage people of all levels of practice to experience the liberating joy of dance.


Tickets cost $10 + booking fee for this one hour long workshop.



James Thierrée

Rosylyn Parker Theatre, Walsh Bay

11-14, 16-18, 20-22 and 24-25 January

ROOM Sydney Festival 2023

Swiss-born James Thierrée’s latest work is his most ambitious yet. With his Compagnie de Hanneton he creates a surreal theatrical imagining complete with dance, mime, acrobatics, music and incredible stage-effects.


In this room, the ceiling spins, mannequins come to life, bodies and instruments become one. The walls sing, the room howls with laughter and then disappears into the distance. In this room, everything is possible, everything comes together and then descends into beautiful chaos.


You may have seen James Thierrée’s previous shows at Sydney Festival in earlier years: Au Revoir Parapluie and Tabac Rouge.


Ticket prices:

  • Premium Full Price – $129
  • A Reserve Full Price – $109
  • A Reserve Concession – $100
  • B Reserve Full Price – $79
  • B Reserve Concession – $70
  • Under 30 – $49
  • + booking fee



WHAT: Sydney Festival 2023

WHERE: various venues across Sydney

WHEN: 5 – 29 January 2023

HOW: Purchase tickets via the links above or see the website for the full program

HOW MUCH: Ticket prices vary depending on the event. Sydney Festival also always has some free events and installations.


For other events happening with French and francophone links happening in Australia this month, check out our What’s on in January.



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