12 shows not to miss at Sydney Festival

From visual art to cabaret, and from Western Sydney to the heart of the city, here are our must-see picks from the 2020 Sydney Festival program.

French production Opening Night may have cancelled their Sydney appearance due to concerns about the city’s air quality during the ongoing bushfire crisis, but there’s still a wealth of events to see in Wesley Enoch’s fourth Sydney Festival program.

Many such works are new – no surprise given that the Festival is now the country’s leading commissioner and co-commissioner of new work. There’s also a wealth of First Nations works to see and explore – again, no surprise, given that Enoch is a proud Noonuccal Nuugi man.

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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