Announced this evening, the program for Sydney Festival 2019 faces, once again, a rather unique challenge. Per tradition, Sydney Festival both reignites the new year’s cultural festive season (after a weeklong respite from new year’s celebrations) and sets the tone for the year to come.

This year’s program is a truly exhaustive offering of stellar performances from the disparate worlds of the theatre, opera, dance, performance and visual art, as well as circus, burlesque and any other number of works that defy easy categorisation. Included amongst the blockbuster program are 18 world premieres, five Australian premieres and eight Australian exclusives that straddle the spectrum of contemporary culture from haute theatrical collaborations with international luminaries to rousing parties with truly global inflections.

It’s a highly considered offering in which all can find an in-road into some truly important conversations facilitated by dynamic performances, regardless of where you’ve come from. In the gallery above, preview 12 select programming highlights from the Sydney Festival 2019 calendar and discover more below.

Sydney Festival takes place from January 9 – 27, 2019. More information, including the full program, is available here.

Tile and cover image: Tarryn Hatchett/Courtesy of the artist and Sydney Festival