Must-see performing arts for 2020

With hundreds of performances and events in Australia, choosing the ones to see isn't always easy. Here's a look at some of the best performing arts' 2020 seasons.


West Australian Opera

Be enchanted, inspired and moved in a year full of opera experiences to delight everyone.  West Australian Opera is proud to share this 2020 season with you. From grand classics, a world premiere concert to exciting new collaborations with diverse artists, companies, and artforms. They are here to share the magic of opera with you.

Musica Viva Industry Subscriptions

Musica Viva are delighted to offer music educators, studio teachers, musicians and arts industry colleagues a very special Industry Subscription to their 2020 International Concert Season. Subscriptions are heavily reduced with up to 70% off the normal price*! Enjoy the finest chamber music with Garrick Ohlsson, Les Talens Lyriques, Chanticleer and more. Applications closing soon. *T&C’s apply.

ATYP Season 2020

In ATYP’s 2020 season, they are wrestling with the complexities of growing up and growing older. As this century moves out of its teens, ATYP is reflecting on what it is to “grow up”. Featuring six world premiere productions of new Australian theatre written by both established award-winning playwrights and some of the countries most exciting emerging writers, this is a season not to be missed.

‘Time Will Tell’, Austinmer Dance Theatre

Austinmer Dance Theatre’s diversity continues to flourish with this triple bill. Since its inception in 2011, Time Will Tell celebrates Austinmer Dance Theatre’s 10th year as a teaching and performance based company. Comprising of dancers aged 17-25 years from all over Australia, this youth company continues to push the boundaries of contemporary dance theatre,  inspiring the next generation of Australia’s professional dancers.


Mahler 8: Symphony of a Thousand

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra performs Mahler’s epic Eighth Symphony with a cast of 1,000 performers, led by Sir Andrew Davis. Give the gift of a thousand stars these holidays. Date: 24 October 2020, Margaret Court Arena.

QUT Gardens Theatre’s Season 2020

A season of stories from home, in 2020 QUT Gardens Theatre proudly presents the best professional touring productions from around Australia, including the 65th anniversary production of a much-loved Aussie classic, a tv comedy brought to life on stage, an historical docu-drama, a music theatre work, a play with ballroom dancing, bookended by two contemporary dramas from outstanding Australian writers.

Darwin Entertainment Centre – A Taste of 2020

Featuring international, national and local talent, the Darwin Entertainment Centre’s ‘A Taste of 2020’ features 35 events from January to June 2020 with genres ranging from comedy to theatre, contemporary to classical music and everything in between. The Darwin Entertainment Centre is the premier performing arts venue in the Northern Territory and continues to bring spectacular shows to the community.

Bangarra Dance Theatre, SandSong

Stepping into their fourth decade, Bangarra will premiere SandSong – a powerful production that traces the ancient memories embedded in Kimberley Country, and creates new narratives for Indigenous futures. Touring Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne and Bendigo.



Tasdance continues to offer ground breaking contemporary dance in Tasmania with two premieres in 2020. Stompin and Tasdance join forces for the first time ever to present an interactive experience, REACTOR, where Mona Foma audiences control the action of 24 dancers.  Then prepare yourself for creation and destruction as acclaimed choreographer Jo Lloyd and blacksmith artist Pete Mattila premiere Collision.

Geelong Arts Centre

With national and international touring artists, a curated season of outstanding theatre and programs to suit every arts lover, now is the perfect time to explore Geelong Arts Centre and immerse yourself in the best arts experiences the region has to offer.

2020 The Sydney Youth Orchestra’s Concert Season

In 2020, the Sydney Youth Orchestra will be led by three conductors to guide and challenge their young musicians.  Only the best to mentor, who each bring a different vision and style to the task – Alexander Briger AO; the international rising star and SYO alumni Toby Thatcher and Limelight magazine’s 2019 Australian Artist of the Year, Benjamin Northey.   

Darwin Symphony Orchestra 2020 Season

Experience a year of new collaborations and inspiring performances. Featuring two premieres with Indigenous artists from NT Dance Company, and Galpu Songman Guwanbal Gurriwiwi, hear the unique cultural voice of the Northern Territory. With beloved classics from Mozart to Shostakovich, and a new Family Proms program, there is something to entertain everyone. Full season on sale 27 Nov 2019.

Sydney Symphony 2020 Season

SSO’s season kicks off in February with the sounds of rhumba, mambo and chachachá at The 1950s Latin Lounge. Hear an electric year of music at the Sydney Town Hall, one of the world’s best acoustic venues, and experience music made with artists drawn from around the globe, including SSO Conductor Laureate Vladimir Ashkenazy, Marin Alsop and Australia’s Simone Young.

Omega Ensemble 2020 Concert Season

In 2020, Australia’s ‘chamber music all-stars’ celebrate 15 years of great artists, inspiring music and powerful performance. The 2020 season sees inaugural seasons in Melbourne and Newcastle as well as the popular sell-out seasons in Sydney. In 2020, the Ensemble also presents world premiere works by composers Elena Kats-Chernin, Sally Whitwell and Gordon Kerry.

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