2024 Australian arts festival programs come into focus

From Adelaide Cabaret Festival to Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, here are more festival highlights for 2024.
Six anonymous artists, their identities hidden by silver costumes and face masks, pise against a black background, They may be the band TISM. They may not be. Who knows? That's part of TISM's appeal.

Last month, we previewed some of the highlights of the major arts festivals being held over summer, including Adelaide Festival, Perth Festival and Sydney Festival. Here, we explore some of the many festivals the line-ups of which have subsequently been announced, whether as teasers for forthcoming program announcements in coming months, or festivals that are sure to be cultural highlights early in 2024.

From comedy and choral singing to classical music, here are a selection of arts events for your 2024 diaries.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts