BONDI FESTIVAL 2024 ANNOUNCED

by | May 30, 2024

Waverley Council is thrilled to announce this year’s Bondi Festival, boasting an astonishing arts line up that’s bolder and better than ever before, with first-class theatre, comedy, cabaret and interactive experiences, from Friday 5th to Sunday 21st July 2024.

Returning to its spiritual home at Bondi Pavilion (as well as various locations around Bondi), the 17 day, all-inclusive festival will have family-friendly shows and adults-only options. Alongside the world class arts line up, visitors can also enjoy Bondi’s famous ice-skating rink and the legendary Bondi Vista Ferris Wheel, an unforgettable ride with 360-degree views of the stunning Bondi Beach.

Bondi Festival officially launches with the annual Waverley Art Prize announcement on 5 July. Running since 1986 and in its 38th year as a painting and drawing prize, this year the Waverley Art Prize is returning to the Bondi Pavilion Gallery as Bondi’s staple event in the local and national art prize calendar.

The opening weekend also sees the world premiere of Proud, Proud Woman: A Ruby Hunter Tribute, a special event celebrating the enduring legacy of Ngarrindjeri, Kukatha and Pitjantjatjara singer songwriter Ruby Hunter as a trailblazer for young First Nations artists. Featuring Dan Sultan, Emily Wurramara and a slew of other local musicians, the tribute night is named after Ruby’s song, Proud, Proud Woman, the first song Hunter performed in public, in 1988, at the Bondi Pavilion.

Week Two kicks off with the return of Bondi Festival 2023 favourites Gladdy Drawing Club. Presenting the performative life-drawing collab of your dreams, GDC bring their iconic inclusive and body-positive life drawing classes back to Bondi, featuring guest artists Wendy Sharpe and Andrew Yee.

In the Theatre, Burnout Paradise – the smash hit of Melbourne Fringe 2023, a wild love letter to the labour, recklessness, and euphoric optimism that precede burnout, where four performers tackle an escalating series of tasks on treadmills – and Blood on the Clocktower: Live – Sydney’s ultimate social deduction board game, transformed into a chaotic comedy show on stage – both deliver an electrifying blend of fun, eccentricity, and awe, with playful challenges and unexpected twists making every moment unforgettable.

July 5 – 21

The full program and tickets are available at https://www.bondifestival.com.au

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