ELEVATE Sydney taking over The Rocks this New Years

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Six days of live entertainment has been planned to take over the stage as the Cahill Expressway in Sydney is transformed for the ELEVATE Sydney Festival from Saturday 1 to Thursday 6 January 2022. There’s something for everyone, including kids’ entertainment, sport-themed variety shows, disco, musical theatre, pop and much, much more. Mark the dates for some Summer fun!


For the first time ever, Sydney’s Cahill Expressway overlooking Circular Quay, the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, will be closed and transformed into a spectacular stage. ELEVATE Sydney is a free, six-day entertainment and cultural celebration featuring more than 20 acclaimed Australian artists performing from morning to night on the Expressway.

On Friday 26 November, the NSW Government announced an incredible line up of more than 180 artists, including Dance Monkey star Tones And I, Tim Minchin, Baker Boy, Electric Fields, Marcia Hines and The Wiggles. ELEVATE Sydney is part of the government’s efforts to turbocharge the CBD’s recovery.

According to Premier Dominic Perrottet, ELEVATE Sydney will help revive the spirit of the city, reminding the world why tourists travel from across the world to experience our lifestyle.

“The day after the fireworks, this event will begin the new year with a celebration of what makes our city great.

Nowhere else could you hold this kind of event, nowhere has our harbour, our setting or our weather – this is part of our ongoing vision for taking our city from good to great.

This has been a tough time for hospitality and tourism, we’re committed to doing everything we can to get these industries back on their feet and ensuring that our people have the chance to enjoy the city again.”

In an Australian first, the Skyshow will feature 500 choreographed drones over Sydney Cove as a natural amphitheater, creating a dazzling light display.  A boomerang, a waratah and a series of animations will tell a powerful story of Sydney’s past, present and hopes for 2022. 

ELEVATE Kids

ELEVATE Kids will be taking place across four MEGA mornings. All events are aimed at children under the age of 12, designed to offer them a day they’ll never forget. Each day features a different mix of popular performers guaranteed to get children singing, dancing and smiling from ear to ear.

  • Sunday 2 January from 8am-12pm
  • Monday 3 January from 8am-12pm
  • Tuesday 4 January from 8am-12pm
  • Wednesday 5 January from 8am-12pm

The host is the sensational Justine Clarke, Australia’s much loved and bestselling children’s music entertainer and author! Every event starts with a morning wellness session. It will be a movement activity like no other led by Lauren Hannaford, former elite gymnast, fitness coach and (this will impress the kids) former Wiggly dancer with The Wiggles!

Ready Set Dance and the freshest DJ and dancer in town, Romeboy will help get the party started.

Each day features a different mix of popular performers guaranteed to get children singing, dancing and smiling from ear to ear including The Wiggles, Junkyard Beats, Erth, Kangaroo Beach and more!

Allocations are currently exhausted for each of these events, but you can join the waitlist to be first in line when more tickets are made available. Waitlist.

Other ELEVATE Events

  • ELEVATE First: featuring Baker Boy & Electric Fields (1 January, 7pm).
  • ELEVATE Arena: Sports broadcaster Stephanie Brantz, will be in live conversation with your favourite sports stars, including Ashleigh Gardner, Ali Najem, Brian To’o, Emily Watts, Melissa Wu, Rhys Williams and more! (2 January, 2pm).
  • ELEVATE Discotheque: featuring Courtney Act, Leo Sayer and Marcia Hines (2 January, 7pm).
  • ELEVATE Arena: features three football stars including Remy Siemsen, Jada Whyman and Emily van Egmond. Beach volleyball stars Kerri Pottharst and Mariafe Artacho del Solar. Plus Tokyo 2020 high jump silver medalist Nicola McDermott and Wallabies Captain Michael Hooper (3 January, 2pm).
  • ELEVATE Encore: Welcome the cast from SIX The Musical, The Phantom of the Opera and more, hosted by David Campbell (3 January, 7pm).
  • ELEVATE Arena: featuring Swans AFL star Tom Papley, cricketer Shane Watson, Tokyo 20202 Paralympics Gold Medalist Madison de Rozario, Socceroo Rhyan Grant, NRL player Tom Trbojevic and Netballer Caitlin Basset (4 January, 2pm)
  • ELEVATE Music: hosted by Triple J’s Ebony Boadu, featuring BVT, CXLOE, Hauskey, L-FRESH the LION and Ngaiire (4 January, 7pm)
  • ELEVATE Arena: features NSW Swifts netball captain Maddy Proud, 5-time Paralympian Matthew Levy OAM, NSW Drago boat athlete of the year Andrew Wong, WNBL and Opals star Katie Ebzery, Paralympic triathlete Lauren Parker and Olympian Emma McKeon (5 January, 2pm).
  • ELEVATE Sydney Final Night: Join Tim Minchin and Tones And I, hosted by Courtney Act (5 January, 7pm)
  • ELEVATE Curtain Call: To end, they are bringing back musical theatre starts Todd McKenney, John Paul Young and Encore Ensemble, plus disco in the daylight with Marcia Hines and Leo Sayer (6 January, 1.30pm)

The Cahill Expressway will be closed to traffic and pedestrians during ELEVATE Sydney, with public transport and alternate routes available for visitors and residents.

For further information on the program and to reserve free tickets from 2 December, visit www.elevatesydney.com.


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