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November 15, 2018

Sydney Festival 2019: Mini guide to what’s accessible

Sydney Festival welcomes all visitors to its events and ensures that its venues are as accessible as possible. Sydney Festival 2019 offers nine Auslan interpreted events, one captioned, three audio described (all with pre-show tactile tours), and numerous fully accessible circus workshops for all abilities and ages. From circus to cabaret, theatre and talks, across a variety of venues, there is something for everyone.

The complete guide to accessibility at Sydney Festival 2019

Check out the dedicated accessibility page on the Sydney Festival’s website where you can see all the details, and where you can access the Festival program in a variety of formats.

Audio described performances with pre-show tactile tours

Rock Bang: 12 January, 7:30 pm. Tactile tour begins at 6:30 pm. Find out.
A Ghost in My Suitcase: 16 January, 1:30 pm. Tactile tour begins at 12:30 pm. Find out.
The Nutcracker and I: 19 January, 7:00 pm. Tactile tour begins at 6:00 pm. Find out.

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The Nutcracker and I at Sydney Festival 2019

Auslan interpreted performances

Rock Bang: 12 January, 7:30 pm. Find out.
A Ghost in My Suitcase: 16 January, 1:30 pm. Find out.
Biladurang: 17 January, 8:00 pm. Find out.
Blak Box: 19 January, 6:00 pm. Find out.
UTS Big Thinking Forum: Imagination and Endeavour: Fly Me To the Moon: 22 January, 6:00 pm. Find out.
The Weekend: 23 January, 7:00 pm. Find out.
Le Gateau Chocolat: ICONS: 24 January, 8:30 pm. Find out.
Man With the Iron Neck: 25 January, 7:30 pm (post-show Q & A session also Auslan interpreted). Find out.
UTS Big Thinking Forum: Indigenous Australia and Captain Cook: Setting The Agenda for 2020: 25 January, 6:00 pm. Find out.

Captioned performance

A Ghost in My Suitcase: 19 January, 1:30pm. Find out.

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A Ghost in My Suitcase at Sydney Festival 2019

Accessible and inclusive for everyone

Aerialize workshops (includes Thisability, a fully accessible workshop for kids aged 4+ with disability): 11 – 20 January. Find out.

For more

In addition to all these fabulous shows with access services, the accessibility page of the website also has information on surtitled performances, shows which contain little dialogue or music and could therefore be suitable for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, and how to book tickets.

All event and venue pages have accessibility information, and you can utilise the filter system to see only those shows which have specific access services. Look out for the symbols!

Enjoy your accessible experience at Sydney Festival 2019!


This page was first published on 15 November 2018.