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For three weeks every January Sydney Festival offers a rich program of around 80 events involving upwards of 500 artists from Australia covering a wonderful array of dance, theatre, music, visual arts, cross media and forums! This is a great opportunity to get to know more about Sydney and really find out what the city has to offer!

Some of the FREE events offered at Sydney Festival which Backpackers in Sydney enjoy are:


This is a program of concerts, which are set to take place at sunrise on some of Sydney’s most popular beaches! Everyone is invited to come and relax on the beach to some beautiful live music by some of Australia’s most celebrated composers. This is a really great way to start your day, and you can go for a swim afterwards!


Enjoy some exhilarating experimental and improvised music together with a film screening! Experience different forms of live entertainment, with classic films on a floating screen taking place at Sydney’s most loved attraction- Darling Harbour!

Every night


Catch some of Sydney’s greatest underground and independent musicians and bands cranking out some fresh sounds in the Famous Spiegeltent every night. Expect a wide range of genres and a truly entertaining night out!


Make your way down to Olympic Park to catch some free movie screenings under the stars! Pack a picnic or enjoy some of the fabulous food available at the event!

If you can spare the cash- there are a number of other great events Sydney Festival has to offer! Here are a few handpicked favourites by The Jolly Swagman Team!


All Tomorrow’s Parties is a hugely popular Music Festival that takes place in the Sydney Harbour and on the beautiful Cockatoo Island! The lineup this year is sensational with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The Saints, Laughing Clowns, The Necks, Fuck Buttons, Michael Gira, Bridezilla, Harmonia and countless other acts!

Performances will take place across four stages with a number of indoor and outdoor bars and ticket prices include a return boat trip to Cockatoo Island!


Morphoses involves a spectacular collaboration amongst dancers, choreographers, visual artists, designers and composers. With an awe-inspiring fusion of different art-forms accompanied by a chamber orchestra- this will definitely be stand-out event at the festival this year!

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Beck’s Festival Bar is on fire for 14 nights with some of the amazing acts in the line-up. The artists are hand picked from all over the world and will provide entertainment from every genre stipe! Head over to the website to have a peek at some of the exciting acts performing this year!

 Stay at Jolly Swagman Backpackers Sydney and enjoy the best that Sydney has to offer.