Sydney Festival returns to Carriageworks in 2023 with three solo exhibitions by Australian artists The Huxleys, Paul Yore and Thea Anamara Perkins alongside six performances spanning opera, dance, puppetry and music.

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Free exhibitions

Thea Anamara Perkins:
14 Dec, 2022 – 12 Feb, 2023
Wed-Sun, 10am-5pm

Paul Yore: Word Made Flesh
5 Jan – 26 Feb, 2023
Wed-Sun, 10am-5pm

The Huxleys: Bloodlines
5 Jan – 5 Mar, 2023
Wed-Sun, 10am-5pm


Ticketed events

Thu 5 Jan, 7:30pm
Fri 6 Jan, 7:30
Sat 7 Jan, 7:30pm
Sun 8 Jan, 3pm

Polar Force
Fri 6 Jan, 7pm
Sat 7 Jan, 12pm
Sat 7 Jan, 4pm
Sat 7 Jan, 7pm
Sun 8 Jan, 12pm
Sun 8 Jan, 4pm

Tue 10 Jan, 7pm
Wed 11 Jan, 7pm
Thu 12 Jan, 7pm
Fri 13 Jan, 6:30pm
Sat 14 Jan, 1pm
Sat 14 Jan, 6:30pm

Thu 12 Jan, 8:30pm
Fri 13 Jan, 8:30pm
Sat 14 Jan, 3pm
Sat 14 Jan, 8:30pm
Sun 15 Jan, 6:30pm

Holding Achilles
Thu 19 Jan, 7pm
Fri 20 Jan, 7:30pm
Sat 21 Jan, 1pm
Sat 21 Jan, 7:30pm
Sun 22 Jan, 5pm

Thu 19 Jan, 8pm
Fri 20 Jan, 6pm
Fri 20 Jan, 8:30pm
Sat 21 Jan, 5pm
Sat 21 Jan, 8pm

Cohab Coffee will be open throughout Sydney Festival serving light refreshments.

Wed 4 Jan
5pm – 11pm

Thu 5 Jan
10am – 7.30pm

Fri 6 Jan
10am – 7.30pm

Sat 7 Jan
10am – 7.30pm

Sun 8 Jan
10am – 5.30pm

Mon 9 Jan

Tue 10 Jan
3pm – 7.30pm

Wed 11 Jan
10am – 7pm

Thu 12 Jan
10am – 8.30pm

Fri 13 Jan
10am – 8.30pm

Sat 14 Jan
10am – 8.30pm

Sun 15 Jan
10am – 6.30pm

Mon 16 Jan

Tue 17 Jan

Wed 18 Jan
10am – 5.30pm

Thu 19 Jan
10am – 8pm

Fri 20 Jan
10am – 8.30pm

Sat 21 Jan
10am – 8pm

Sun 22 Jan
10am – 5.30pm

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Presented by Carriageworks and Sydney Festival.

Thea Anamara Perkins' mural work 'Stockwoman' in the Public Space at Carriageworks.
Stockwoman  | Thea Anamara Perkins

Covering the walls of Carriageworks’ public space, Stockwoman is the most ambitious work to date of Arrernte and Kalkadoon artist Thea Anamara Perkins. Stockwoman traces ancestral stories across Country from Alice Springs to Redfern to reframe our imagining of the Australian landscape.

Curated by Aarna Fitzgerald Hanley

14 Dec 22 - 12 Feb 23
A shadow walks past The Huxleys prints hung on the wall at Carriageworks.
Bloodlines  | The Huxleys

Bloodlines is multi art form exhibition which honours and worships legendary artists lost to HIV/AIDS. The Huxleys work evokes the colourful rebellious and creative spirit of these outwardly LGBTIQA+ artists that helped shift the worlds of queer art and culture into new realms. The exhibition will feature large scale photographic work, video art, music, and a huge queer performative celebration.

Curated by Jacob Boehme.

5 Jan - 5 Mar
A person wanders through Paul Yore's exhibition WORD MADE FLESH

Paul Yore: WORD MADE FLESH is a new architecturally-scaled installation, anarchically composed of improvised makeshift structures, mixed media sculpture and found objects, collage and assemblage, painting, video, and pulsating sound and light. Conceived as a cacophonous, kaleidoscopic ‘gesamtkunstwerk’, WORD MADE FLESH imagines a queer alternative reality.

Curated by Max Delany, in collaboration with Paul Yore and Devon Ackerman.

5 Jan - 26 Feb
Antarctica - Sydney Festival 2023
Antarctica  | Sydney Chamber Opera & Asko|Schönberg

Featuring the world-class Dutch ensemble Asko|Schönberg, Antarctica is a mesmerising exploration of the historic, mythic and scientific beliefs inspired by the last great wilderness on Earth.

5-8 Jan
Polar Force - Sydney Festival 2023
Polar Force  | Speak Percussion

Antarctica’s beauty and infinite complexity are explored in Polar Force, an immersive and multi-sensorial live music performance combining custom-built instruments with pristine field recordings within a white inflatable structure.

6-8 Jan
Tracker - Sydney Festival 2023
Tracker  | Australian Dance Theatre

Developed by celebrated First Nations creatives, this beautiful interweaving of dance, ceremony and text invites the audience into an open and transformative ceremonial space to explore the complex legacies of decisions made in the context of racist colonialism.

10-14 Jan
Manifesto - Sydney Festival 2023
Manifesto  | Stephanie Lake Company

Manifesto brings together nine dancers and nine drummers on nine kits in an explosive ‘tattoo to optimism’, rooted in the ancient and frankly unbeatable symbiosis of dancing and percussion.

12-15 Jan
Garrett and Will Huxley sewing a quilt in their studio.
Stitch n Bitch  | The Huxleys

Bring your creative energy and join The Huxleys for a ‘Stitch n Bitch’ session where you can contribute to their Bloodlines Quilt as well as hear from an influential voice from the LGBTQIA+ community.

14 Jan + 25 Feb
Holding Achilles - Sydney Festival 2023
Holding Achilles  | Legs On The Wall & Dead Puppet Society

Written by David Morton, this co-production is a vibrant interpretation of one of the great mythic stories. Featuring aerial performance and exquisite puppetry, Holding Achilles blends heightened physicality and powerful design to weave a story of mythic proportions.

19-22 Jan
Kairos - Sydney Festival 2023
Kairos  | Meryl Tankard

Kairos is a vibrant new dance work responding to the political, social and environmental unrest that defines the turbulent present. Created by three world-renowned Australian artists, this production will encompass a vast lexicon of human experience and human movement: the dark and challenging; the ugly and beautiful; the humorous and joyful.

19-21 Jan