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January 9, 2018

Accessibility at Sydney Festival

Sydney Festival 2018 is now in full swing, with more than 150 activities and the biggest range of accessible events in the history of the Festival! This includes tactile tours, Auslan interpretation, theatre captioning and relaxed performances.

Here’s an overview of some upcoming events. You’ll find full details in the programme brochure which is available in lots of different formats including as a downloadable MP3 on Soundcloud.

Four Thousand Fish into Sydney Harbour

This FREE large scale art installation celebrates fisherwoman Barangaroo, the influential and resilient Cammeraygal woman after whom the place is named. Visitors are invited to help the ritual return of ice fish sculptures to the harbour, releasing them every weekend, between 4pm and 9pm, from a modern interpretation of a traditional nawi (bark canoe). Visit the festival website for an Auslan description and audio guide of the concept and rituals of Four Thousand Fish, or scan the QR code at the venue.

Barangaroo Reserve
January 20–21 & 26–28, 4pm-9pm

Barber Shop Chronicles
For African men the world over, the barber shop is more than a place to get a shave and a haircut. It’s a place to hear news, share views and talk politics, women and sport. The audience visits barber shops in London, Harare, Kampala, Lagos, Accra and Johannesburg to eavesdrop on individual problems, common obsessions, the complex legacies of colonialism and jokes without borders.

York Theatre, Seymour Centre
Captioning – 24 January at 7.30pm
Audio description – 27 January at 2pm, with a tactile tour at 12.30pm
Auslan interpreting – 27 January at 8pm

The Wider Earth
Join Charles Darwin’s journey through nature, faith and science brought to life with puppets and actors

Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House
Audio description – 24 January at 1.30pm, with tactile tour at 12.15pm
Captioning – 24 January at 7.30pm

Wild Bore
We all love reading a stinging review. But what if you were on the receiving end? The subversive, hilarious and frequently misunderstood Zoë Coombs Marr, Ursula Martinez and Adrienne Truscott return the slings and arrows to their senders in a biting and hilarious take on arts criticism.

Auslan interpreted – 26 January at 6.45pm

The story of a dry-witted, sex-obsessed and morally unhinged twenty-something, this always outrageous one-woman play fearlessly exposes female sexuality and anger.


Auslan interpreted – 26 January at 8.30pm

Alice in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll’s whirling, fantastical masterpiece is faithfully and beautifully recreated as a nonstop, madcap theatrical adventure for the whole family. See the classic kids’ tale in an all-new Australian adaptation by multi award-winning playwright Mary Anne Butler, starring Dubs Yunupingu as Alice – the first time the role has been played by an Indigenous woman.

Relaxed performances are open to everyone but have been specially adapted for children and young people who would benefit from a more relaxed atmosphere, including those on the autism spectrum. You can download the Alice in Wonderland pre-visit social story, which is in easy English.

Riverside Theatre, Lennox Theatre, Corner Church and Market Street Parramatta
Relaxed performance – 23 January, 12.30pm

Sydney Festival runs until 28 January.

Submit your accessible event to be featured in the What’s On section of our website.