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Discover world music at Sydney Festival
Experience culturally diverse sounds from South Sudan, Cuba, Mali and indigenous Australia.
Sydney Festival    |    17 Dec, 2021

This year Sydney Festival is home to over 130+ events. shows and gigs. We've put together a selection of some of the best sounds from around the world, a rich tapestry of culture, melodies, beats and grooves to help you get the party started this summer.


Joseph Tawadros Quartet at Sydney Festival

JOSEPH TAWADROS QUARTET


"Joseph Tawadros is blessed with one of the most inquisitive musical minds around" Sydney Morning Herald



From thrilling and furiously paced numbers to beautifully introspective and tranquil tracks, Tawadros and his oud instrument have brought striking character to orchestral concerts everywhere from the Royal Albert Hall for BBC Proms, to Sydney Opera House. The Quartet features distinguished Sydney musicians, each a leader in his own field: Matt McMahon (piano), Karl Dunnicliff (double bass) and brother James Tawadros on Egyptian percussion. 

11 Jan
$49 + BF
Speakers Corner (pop-up venue) cnr. College St and William St, Sydney




Gordon Koang at Sydney Festival

GORDON KOANG


"Whether he’s singing in English, Arabic, or Nuer, [Koang] emotes like someone who’s used to making himself heard over raucous crowds" Pitchfork


Blind since birth, Koang’s blend of traditional Neur rhythms and original compositions made him a household name in South Sudan and earned him the nickname “King of Music”. Following a glowingly received 2020 album, Unity, Koang continues to promote his message of hope and resilience through music. He recorded the double A-side release, ‘Coronavirus/Disco’, at Button Pusher studio in Melbourne after a grueling lockdown, playing his signature stringed-instrument, the thom, alongside some of the city’s best musos.


21 Jan
$39 + BF
Speakers Corner (pop-up venue)
cnr. College St and William St, Sydney




James Morrison and William Barton at Sydney Festival

JAMES MORRISON QUARTET WITH WILLIAM BARTON


"One of Australia’s National Living Treasures" Arts Hub



Internationally renowned jazz trumpeter James Morrison joins William Barton, a proud Kalkadunga man whose extraordinary musicality and virtuoso command of the didgeridoo have seen him perform with the Berlin and London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Australian jazz icon James Morrison has toured the world playing with legends like Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones and Herbie Hancock, performed for queens and presidents, and recorded with both INXS and the London Symphony Orchestra.


9 Jan
$59 + BF
Speakers Corner (pop-up venue)
cnr. College St and William St, Sydney


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