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BONDI FESTIVAL ACKNOWLEDGES THE BIDJIGAL AND GADIGAL PEOPLE, WHO TRADITIONALLY OCCUPIED THE SYDNEY COAST. WE ACKNOWLEDGE AND PAY OUR RESPECTS TO ABORIGINAL ELDERS BOTH PAST AND PRESENT.

Bondi Festival is an arts festival for all ages, inviting you to experience live shows, play on our world-famous ice rink and look closer to find hidden Festival gems. We can’t wait to see you this winter, 1 – 17 July 2022.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Bondi Festival?

Bondi Festival 2022 lands on the shores of Bondi Beach this winter. An arts festival for all ages, we invite you to see live shows, play on our world-famous ice rink and look closer to find hidden festival gems.

Who presents Bondi Festival?

Bondi Festival is presented by Waverley Council, in partnership with Bondi and Districts Chamber of Commerce.

What are the dates of Bondi Festival?

Bondi Festival 2022 bursts into life for 17 days and nights, from Friday 1 – Sunday 17 July 2022.

Where does the Festival take place?

The 2022 Bondi Festival takes place at Bondi Beach, on Bidjigal and Gadigal land. 

Festival venues include:

Bondi Bowlo, Badlambs Barbershop, Galilee Catholic Primary School, Bondi Beach: Sparky the Library Van (Bondi Park), Bondi Festival Ice Rink (Campbell Parade); Bondi Vista Ferris Wheel (Queen Elizabeth Drive); and various sites within this precinct.

Do I need to buy tickets to attend events?

The Festival is made up of ticketed events and open-access sites (e.g. Sparky the Library Van). Due to limited capacity within our performance venues, we recommend purchasing your tickets in advance.

Please visit our ticketing Terms and Conditions page for more information.

Can I make group bookings?

Group bookings are available for the Bondi Festival Ice Rink.

Is there a child price and an adult price for performances and shows?

No. There is one ticket price for performances and shows (as advertised on each individual event page).

Do you have a Babes in Arms policy?

Babes in Arms (under 2) are admitted free to all performances, so long as they remain in the arms of their adult throughout the show.

Do I need to buy a ticket to attend the show with my child? Or can I leave them at the theatre?

All children must be accompanied by a ticket-holding adult at all Bondi Festival performances and workshops.

Where do I find access information?

Access information for specific events and venues is listed on there individual pages. You can also find this info on our Accessibility page.

Where do I find information about Covid Safety?

For more information about our safety measures, visit our Covid Safety page.

I am an artist. Can I present my work at the Festival?

Bondi Festival 2022 is already programmed. If you have a show that you would like our team to know about for future programming, please fill out our Artist form on our Contact page. Also, be sure to follow us on facebook and instagram, and sign up to our e-news to be the first to find out about artist opportunities.

How do I get to the Festival?

The Bondi Festival precinct is located around Campbell Parade and Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach.

Catching public transport is strongly recommended as residential parking in the area is strictly limited. For more information on transport, visit transportnsw.info. Click here for a map of South East Sydney bus routes.

Is there parking at the Festival?

Paid parking is available on Queen Elizabeth Drive, Park Drive South, Campbell Parade, Glenayr Ave, Curlewis St and in the surrounding area. There are no parking fees on Queen Elizabeth Drive and Park Drive South after 7pm.

Secure Parking available at 152 Curlewis St, Pacific Bondi Car Park and the Hub Shopping Centre Car Park on O’Brien St.

Parking is very limited near the Bondi Bowlo.

Bicycle parking is available on Campbell Parade.

Where can I go for assistance or information during the Festival?

Please visit our Box Office located in Bondi Park, near the entrance to the Bondi Festival Ice Rink. Across the Festival dates, the Bondi Festival Box Office will be open:

Thursday – Saturday: 12pm – 7pm
Sunday: 12pm – 5pm.

How long do events go for?

For specific event times, please check the individual event pages.

Will there be food at the Festival?

Bondi Festival takes place in the heart of Bondi Beach and is surrounded by lots of excellent cafes, restaurants and bars. Head to our Festival Finds page to check out specials on offer throughout the Festival dates (please note, these will continue to be updated leading up to the Festival dates).

How do I get involved as a partner or sponsor?

Bondi Festival is always keen to have conversations with prospective partners. Head to our Partnerships page for more info.

I am a local business. How do I get involved in the Festival?

Waverley Council partners with the Bondi and Districts Chamber of Commerce to present Bondi Festival. Please get in touch with the Chamber board to find out how you can be involved.

I have a food truck or stall. Can I present at the Festival?

At the moment, the Festival is not accepting expressions of interest from food trucks or stalls to be part of the 2022 Festival. Keep an eye on our facebook and instagram pages and sign up to our e-news for any updates.

Why don’t you have printed tickets?

As part of our Covid-safety plan, Bondi Festival ticketing has gone digital. This is also in line with our commitment to sustainability.

Do you accept cash payments?

Only cashless payments are accepted at all Bondi Festival box offices and events.

Who do I speak to about Media enquiries?

Head to our Media page for more info.

I would like to make a complaint or give feedback/a compliment. Who do I speak to?

For any of the above, please contact Bondi Festival by email on bondifestival@waverley.nsw.gov.au. All complaints will be responded to within 72 hours.

Who do I contact if I have a general enquiry?

For any general enquiries, please contact Bondi Festival by email on bondifestival@waverley.nsw.gov.au.

Will the Bondi Vista Ferris Wheel still operate in the rain?

The Bondi Vista Ferris Wheel is an outdoor event and will continue to operate in most weather conditions including rain. Tickets purchased for the Bondi Vista Ferris Wheel are valid for any day the Wheel is open. Should you wish to reschedule, you can simply attend another day without any further action required from you.

Will the Bondi Festival Ice Rink still operate in the rain?

The ice rink is outdoors and designed to proceed in all weather conditions, rain or shine. There is a marquee onsite to provide shelter if needed. In the event of a rain forecast, please assume your skating is going ahead. In some circumstances, we may be able to reschedule your tickets to another session if requested and we have availability. Please note, there are no refunds if you do not arrive to your session. For enquiries regarding the Bondi Festival Ice Rink or to reschedule your session, please contact ticketing@starsonice.com.au. Refunds and rescheduling are at our discretion.

How young can you skate?

Children aged 2 years and up can skate, with children from 2-5 years required to have a responsible parent or older child skate with them and be in control of them. Helmets are available if required, free of charge.

How long is the skating session?

Each skating session is 45 minutes, and they start on the hour. We allow the final 15mins of the hour to scrape the ice, if necessary, and for you to take off your skates, and for the next session to come in and get ready.

Can I book a longer skating session?

You can book more than 1 session, however, you will still need to get off the ice after each 45 mins of skating.

Do I need to pre-book to ice skate?

Pre-booking isn’t essential, however, it is recommended as some sessions do sell out.

Can I go on the ice without skates?

Sorry, skaters only on the ice.

What sizes do you have skates in?

Our smallest skate is a size 12 for children, or double runners which strap onto your child’s shoes; our largest is a size 13 in adults.

Can I bring my own skates?

Yes, of course, however the price is the same.

What is a Penguin?

This is a penguin. But also, the Ice PAL Penguin is an item you hire and it helps to hold you steady on the ice. It is great for most ages.

Do I have to pay if not skating?

No, spectators are free.

Getting Here

BONDI JUNCTION STATION

Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra line

BUS STOP

  • 333 from Circular Quay via Oxford St and Bondi Junction to Bondi Beach
  • 380 from Bondi Junction To Bondi Beach
  • 379 from Bronte via Bondi Junction to North Bondi (for Badlambs Barbershop, Bondi Bowlo, Galilee Catholic Primary School)
  • 386 and 387 from Bondi Junction to Vaucluse (for Bondi Bowlo)

PARKING

Paid parking is available on Queen Elizabeth Drive, Park Drive South, Campbell Parade, Glenayr Ave, Curlewis St and in the surrounding area. There are no parking fees on Queen Elizabeth Drive and Park Drive South after 7pm.

Secure Parking operated by Wilson Parking is available at Pacific Bondi Car Park (152 Curlewis St) and the Hub Shopping Centre Car Park (O’Brien St).

Please note, parking is very limited near the Bondi Bowlo.

ACCESSIBLE TRANSPORT

Mobility parking bays are located on:

  • Queen Elizabeth Drive near Bondi Pavilion
  • Ramsgate Ave near Campbell Parade
  • Blair St opposite Galilee Catholic Primary School
  • Curlewis St near Glenayr Ave.

Bus stops on Campbell Parade are located near all Bondi Beach sites. 333 buses are accessible and frequently run between the city and Bondi Beach. 379 buses are accessible and run close to Badlambs Barbershop.

 

Accessibility

Bondi Festival is working to make our Festival inclusive for everyone.

Details of inclusive and accessible performances will be available on each of the event pages. This includes: Auslan Interpreted events, Relaxed Performances, Hearing No Obstacle, Language No Obstacle and Sight No Obstacle events.

Contact Us

For any questions regarding accessibility at Bondi Festival please email bondifestival@waverley.nsw.gov.au or call us on (02) 9083 8988. We will get back to you within 72 hours. Please provide your number if you prefer to be contacted by phone.

Send Us Your Feedback

We would love your feedback to help us make our program and services even more inclusive. Please contact us at bondifestival@waverley.nsw.gov.au if you have any queries or suggestions regarding accessibility at Bondi Festival.

Physical Access

Bondi Festival is held within a number of venues within our Bondi Beach and North Bondi precinct. Accessibility varies from venue to venue. Please find specific information for each venue below. If you have any questions about access to the below venues, or would like more information, please call us on (02) 9083 8988 or email us at bondifestival@waverley.nsw.gov.au. We will endeavour to get back to you within 72 hours. Please provide your number if you prefer to be contacted by phone.

Bondi Bowlo

Unfortunately, the Bondi Bowlo is not a wheelchair accessible venue due to the following reasons:

    • The primary entrance has several steps (ramped access is available through the kitchen)
    • There is no accessible toilet available at the venue
    • There is no mobility parking available at the venue.

The best parking for Bondi Bowlo is on Blair St, although parking is very limited.

For public transport, the 386/387 buses (via Bondi Junction) stop on Old South Head Road after O’Sullivan Rd, a 4 min/400m walk from the venue. The 379 bus (via Bondi Junction) stops on Glenayr Ave opposite Warner Ave, a 5 min/300m walk from the venue.

Badlambs Barbershop

Badlambs Barbershop has one step up from the footpath. A temporary (non-compliant) ramp will be provided to allow access to the venue for wheelchair users. Please note, there is no accessible toilet and no accessible parking available at the venue.

The best parking for Badlambs Barbershop is on Roscoe St, Curlewis St or at the Pacific Bondi Car Park (152 Curlewis St) – approx. 300m from the venue. The closest mobility parking spot is at 71 Curlewis St  – approx. 80m from the venue.

For public transport, the 379 bus (via Bondi Junction) stops on Glenayr Ave, a 1 min/43m walk from the venue. The 380/333 (via Bondi Junction) stops on Campbell Pde, a 7min/700m from the venue.

Bondi Festival Ice Rink

The path to the Bondi Festival Ice Rink is wheelchair accessible. There is a single step inside the marquee and a small ramp with a single step/lip onto the ice. Wheelchairs are permitted on the Ice Rink.

Bondi Vista Ferris Wheel

The path to the Bondi Vista Ferris Wheel is wheelchair accessible, however, due to steps up to the deck, the Bondi Vista Ferris Wheel is not accessible for wheelchair users.

Lyre: A Theatrical Séance Secret Venue

Lyre: A Theatrical Séance takes place in a secret location. Audiences will meet at our Bondi Beach Box Office and be transported by a non-wheelchair accessible bus to the venue. If it’s easier for you to go directly to the secret location, please contact us at either bondifestival@waverley.nsw.gov.au or on (02) 9083 8988 so we can enable this journey.

The secret location is accessible, however, it is approximately 60m from the nearest road. Closer access to the venue can be arranged for drop-off only.

Please note, there is no accessible toilet and no accessible parking available at the venue. The performance includes moving through low-lighting areas.

Sparky the Library Van

Sparky the Library Van is stationed in Bondi Park, on grass. The path to Sparky is wheelchair accessible, however, the Library set-up will be on grass beside the path. An accessible toilet is approximately 300m from the Van, situated north of the Bondi Pavilion.

The Village by The Kids Walking Route

The Village by The Kids is a walking tour through Bondi Beach that lasts approximately 50 minutes. Whilst the final route will not be determined until closer to the Festival dates, the event will involve walking along narrow and uneven pathways and up and down slopes. Whilst the walk is done at your own pace, there are limited opportunities to sit down during the tour. For more information on the route and to discuss whether it might be suitable for you, please contact us at bondifestival@waverley.nsw.gov.au or call us on (02) 9083 8988.

As the route is yet to be determined, we are currently unaware of whether toilet facilities will be available on the route. Please check this page closer to the festival for updated information on toilet facilities.

The best parking for Galilee Catholic Primary School is on Blair St or at the Pacific Bondi Car Park (152 Curlewis St) – approx. 900m from the venue. The closest mobility parking spot is on Blair St opposite the venue.

For public transport, Galilee Catholic Primary School can be accessed by bus 379 via Bondi Junction.

Auslan Interpreting LIVE EVENT — PLATFORM

Where this symbol is displayed, one or more sessions will be Auslan interpreted. Auslan interpreted performances are for audiences who are Deaf or hard of hearing and use Australian Sign Language (Auslan). Experienced Auslan theatre interpreters stand to the side of the stage and interpret dialogue and any text into Auslan, signing live. Audiences requiring this service are seated in the section closest to the interpreter to ensure good sightlines. Check the Accessibility section on each event page for dates of Auslan interpreted sessions. Tickets for Auslan interpreted events can be purchased through the Bondi Festival website.

Auslan Interpreted Performances:

If you would like more information, please email bondifestival@waverley.nsw.gov.au or call us on (02) 9083 8988.

Relaxed Performances

These performances are open to everyone but have been specifically adjusted to create a safe and welcoming environment for people who benefit from a more relaxed environment – this could include people with autism, sensory sensitivities and/or learning disabilities, as well as those living with anxiety or who have experienced trauma. Tickets for Relaxed Performances can be purchased through the Bondi Festival website.

Relaxed Performances:

Exquisite Corpse – all sessions are relaxed
Acqua Profondo: A Trilogy – all sessions are relaxed

Language, Hearing and Sight No Obstacle Events

These events indicate that audiences can understand and engage with the event/performance without a comprehensive understanding of the English Language, if Deaf & Hard of Hearing, or Visually Impaired. Please note, these classifications are subjective.

Hearing No Obstacle Events/Performances

Sight No Obstacle Events/Performances

Language No Obstacle Events/Performances

Companion and Carer Cards

Bondi Festival supports the Companion Card program. For patrons who require assistance of a companion or carer, a second ticket is issued at no cost to the Companion Card holder. Companion Card holders are required to phone or email their valid Companion Card number and expiry date. Please email bondifestival@waverley.nsw.gov.au or call (02) 9083 8988.

Assistance Animals

Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs and assistance animals are welcome at all Bondi Festival events and venues.

Social Distancing

Seating is unreserved and audience members will be seated alongside each other. We encourage you to consider your comfort levels before attending.

Transport & Parking

  • Mobility parking bays are located on Queen Elizabeth Drive, near Bondi Pavilion and Ramsgate Ave; Blair St opposite Galilee Catholic Primary School, and at 71 Curlewis St, approx. 80m from Badlambs Barbershop
  • Bus stops on Campbell Parade are located near the Bondi Festival Ice Rink, Bondi Vista Ferris Wheel, Box Office and events in Bondi Park. 
  • 333 buses are accessible and frequently run between the city and Bondi Beach. 379 buses are accessible and run close to Badlambs Barbershop.

Accessible Toilets

Accessible toilets, ambulant toilets and an adult changing facility are located near to Bondi Pavilion, accessible from Queen Elizabeth Drive. These are approximately 500m from the Bondi Festival Ice Rink and 400m from the Bondi Vista Ferris Wheel. Please note, these toilets close at 8pm.

Our Team

Festival Director Rachel Chant
Senior Producer Alice Farley
Producer Kim Walsh
Communications Milestone Creative Australia
Publicist Original Spin
Production Manager Gordon Rymer
Festival Volunteer Piroozi Desai
Branding Agency Hours After

Thanks to Badlambs Barbershop, Bondi Bowlo, Galilee Catholic Primary School, Jackie Kuek, Waverley Library, and the many contributing colleagues across Waverley Council.

Stay Covid-Safe

YOUR GUIDE TO A SAFE AND ENJOYABLE FESTIVAL EXPERIENCE

We are delighted to welcome you to Bondi Festival.

The safety of our audiences, artists and staff is of paramount importance. Please read the information below regarding your visit and note that we regularly update our processes based on the latest government advice. We strongly encourage you to check this page for the latest safety measures prior to your visit.

SAFETY MEASURES MAY CHANGE BEFORE YOUR VISIT

Please be aware that when you come to Bondi Festival, capacity limits and seating are in accordance with the NSW Public Health orders current on the date of the performance, not at the time of buying your ticket.

AUDIENCE CAPACITY

Performances will proceed at 100% capacity limits in line with current NSW Public Health orders. Seating in all our venues is unreserved and audience members will be seated alongside each other. We encourage you to consider your comfort levels before attending.

WHAT WE ARE DOING TO KEEP YOU SAFE

Increased cleaning and hygiene

Enhanced cleaning procedures will be in place across all our venues. This includes regular cleaning of high-traffic areas and high-touch surfaces using hospital-grade disinfectant, and cleaning of performance spaces between events. Hand sanitiser stations will be available throughout frequently accessed areas.

Wearing of masks

We strongly recommend you wear a mask in all Festival venues. 

For your own safety and that of our artists, staff and fellow audience members, we recommend you bring a fitted face mask and wear it over your mouth and nose at all times during the performance and wherever you cannot physically distance from others.

Digital tickets

As part of our COVID-19 measures and commitment to reducing our environmental impact, Bondi Festival is issuing e-tickets only. This minimises the number of people at box office and provides contactless admission to events. Please make sure you have your e-ticket ready on a mobile device for our staff to view as you enter the venue. Assistance will be available if you do not have a smartphone. Please contact the Box Office at (02) 9083 8988 for alternate e-ticket solutions.

Cashless payments

Only cashless payments are accepted at all Bondi Festival box offices and events.

HELP US HAVE A COVID-SAFE FESTIVAL

To ensure that everyone remains safe at this year’s Festival, please follow these guidelines:

  • Stay at home if you feel unwell – Stay home if you feel unwell or if you are displaying any of the COVID symptoms as identified by the NSW Department of Health.
  • Wear a face mask – We recommend you bring a fitted face mask with you to wear at the Festival. Masks are strongly recommended while inside all our Festival venues including during the performance. 
  • Bring your e-ticket – Please make sure you have your e-ticket ready on a mobile device for our staff to view as you enter the venue. Assistance will be available if you do not have a smartphone. Please contact the Box Office at (02) 9083 8988 for alternate e-ticket solutions.
  • Practice good hand hygiene – Hand sanitiser stations are positioned throughout venues for you to use.
  • Practice social distancing – Practice social distancing (1.5 metres whenever possible) while queuing and while moving around Festival venues, and follow the guidance provided by our staff and signage.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work together to bring Bondi Festival to life. We look forward to welcoming you to the Festival.

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    Bondi Festival acknowledges the Bidjigal, Birrabirragal and Gadigal people, who traditionally occupied the Sydney Coast, and we pay respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders both past and present.