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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 2021 lands on the shores of Bondi Beach this winter. An arts festival for all ages, you’re invited to see live shows, play on our world-famous ice rink and look closer to find hidden festival gems. We can’t wait to see you.

COVID-19 Update as at 25 June 5:30pm 

Bondi Festival 2021 has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation in Sydney. The Festival team will contact anyone who has purchased tickets for events or activities to arrange a refund. 

For the full update visit our Latest News. 

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 visit NSW Health.

Getting Here

BONDI JUNCTION STATION

Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra line

BUS STOP

333 & 380 via Circular Quay, Oxford Street, Bondi Junction to Bondi Beach.
381 from Bondi Junction.

PARKING

Paid parking is available on Queen Elizabeth Drive, Park Drive South, Campbell Parade and in the surrounding area.

FREE PARKING from 7pm
on Bondi Park Car Park Campbell Pde & Queen Elizabeth Drive

Secure Parking 148 Curlewis St
Bondi Beach Parking Park Drive

ACCESSIBLE TRANSPORT

Mobility parking bays are located on Queen Elizabeth Drive, near Bondi Pavilion and Ramsgate Ave. Bus stops on Campbell Parade are located near Wayside Chapel, Bondi Beach Public Bar, Bondi Festival Backyard, the Bondi Ice Rink and the Bondi Vista Ferris Wheel. 333 buses are accessible and frequently run between the city and Bondi Beach.

Accessibility

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

Details of inclusive and accessible performances are available on the event pages. This includes: Auslan Interpreted Events, Visual Ratings, Relaxed Performances, Audio Description, Hearing and Sight No Obstacle events.

Contact Us

For any questions regarding accessibility at Bondi Festival please email bondifestival@waverley.nsw.gov.au
We will get back to you within 48 hours. Please tell us 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 made up of a number of venues within the Bondi Beach precinct. Accessibility varies from venue to venue. Please find specific information for each venue below.

Wayside Chapel, Bondi Beach
Wayside Chapel is accessible with accessible and unisex bathrooms and lift access to the performance venue. There are designated spaces for wheelchair users within the venue.
Getting to Wayside Chapel

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.
Getting to Bondi Vista Ferris Wheel

Bondi Fireside
Bondi Fireside is situated on the sand at the south end of Bondi Beach. For wheelchair users, there is a designated seated area on the promenade at the top of the ramp. The promenade provides level access to view Bondi Fireside and to access Half-Man | Half-Bull. Ramps to the sand at the southern end of the beach are currently not access compliant. Contact us if you would like to loan a beach wheelchair and you have someone who can assist you to negotiate access on a steeper non-complaint ramp.
Getting to Bondi Fireside

Bondi Festival Backyard – Roscoe St Mall
Roscoe St Mall is a public area that has level access.
Getting to Bondi Festival Backyard

Bondi Beach Public Bar
Bondi Beach Public Bar has level access, and accessible bathrooms. There are designated spaces for wheelchair users within the venue.
Getting to Bondi Beach Public Bar

Auslan Interpreting LIVE EVENT — PLATFORM

Where this symbol is displayed, one or more sessions will be Auslan interpreted. 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:

  • Absolute Goose – Sat 26 June, 9.30pm Due to the postponement of Bondi Festival’s opening weekend, this event has been cancelled.

If you would like more information, please email bondifestival@waverley.nsw.gov.au

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:

If you would like more information, please email bondifestival@waverley.nsw.gov.au

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 D/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. These tickets are available directly through the online booking system, and the Companion Card holder must present their Card at the Box Office.

If you would like more information, please email bondifestival@waverley.nsw.gov.au

Assistance Animals

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

Social Distancing

Venue capacities are operating under current NSW Public Health orders. 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.
  • Bus stops on Campbell Parade are located near Wayside Chapel, Bondi Beach Public Bar, Bondi Festival Backyard, the Bondi Ice Rink and the Bondi Vista Ferris Wheel.
  • 333 buses are accessible and frequently run between the city and Bondi Beach.

Accessible Toilets

Accessible toilets, ambulant toilets and an adult changing facility are located near to Bondi Pavilion, accessible from Queen Elizabeth Drive.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Bondi Festival still going ahead?

COVID-19 Update as at 25 June 5:30pm
Bondi Festival 2021 has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation in Sydney. The Festival team will contact anyone who has purchased tickets for events or activities to arrange a refund. 

For the full update visit our Latest News. For up-to-date information on COVID-19 visit NSW Health.

What is Bondi Festival?

Bondi Festival 2021 lands on the shores of Bondi Beach this winter. An arts festival for all ages, the Festival invites you to see live shows, play on our world-famous ice rink and look closer to find hidden festival gems.

What are the dates of Bondi Festival 2021?

Bondi Festival was scheduled to take place from 25 June – 11 July 2021. Due to the COVID-19 situation in Sydney, the 2021 Festival has now been cancelled.

Where does the Festival take place?

The 2021 Festival takes place at Bondi Beach, on Bidjigal and Gadigal land.

Festival venues include:
Wayside Chapel (Upstairs), Bondi Beach; Bondi Festival Backyard (Roscoe St Mall); Bondi Festival Ice Rink (Campbell Parade Carpark); Bondi Vista Ferris Wheel (Queen Elizabeth Drive); Bondi Fireside (south end of Bondi Beach); Bondi Beach Public Bar (Campbell Pde); 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. Bondi Festival Backyard and Bondi Fireside). 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.

Can I use my Dine and Discover voucher to buy tickets?

You won’t be able to use your Dine and Discover voucher to book tickets to Bondi Festival shows, however, your Dine and Discover vouchers are also good to use at local cafes and restaurants until 31 July 2021. Find participating businesses and look for additional special offers and deals with our Festival Finds.

Do you have a Babes in Arms policy?

Babes in Arms (under 2) are admitted free , so long as they remain in the arms of their adult throughout the show. This applies to all shows except performances suitable for audiences aged under 2: Angie Who, Colour the World with Tiptoe Giants and The Vegetable Plot: Get Freshall attendees regardless of age will require tickets to these performances.

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.

Babes in Arms (under 2) are admitted free , so long as they remain in the arms of their adult throughout the show. This applies to all shows except performances suitable for audiences aged under 2: Angie Who, Colour the World with Tiptoe Giants and The Vegetable Plot: Get Freshall attendees regardless of age will require tickets to these performances.

Where do I find information about COVID safety?

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

Who presents Bondi Festival?

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

Where do I find access information?

For details on Auslan-interpreted and relaxed performances/events, and venue accessibility, please visit our Accessibility page.

How do I get to the Festival?

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

Buses 333 & 380 via Circular Quay, Oxford Street, Bondi Junction to Bondi Beach.
381 from Bondi Junction Train Station (Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra line).

Catching public transport is strongly recommended as residential parking in the area is strictly limited. For more information on transport, visit transportnsw.info.

Is there parking at the Festival?

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

Secure Parking available at 148 Curlewis St, Bondi Beach Parking Park Drive.

For the Bondi History Walk, there are 15 parking spaces at Hugh Bamford Reserve.

Bicycle parking is available on Campbell Parade.

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

Please visit our Box Office located downstairs at Wayside Chapel (open Tue-Sat from 10am), or talk to one of our friendly volunteers.

How long do events go for?

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

Can I volunteer?

Yes! Our Festival survives off the love and collective efforts of our volunteers. Please register your interest here.

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

Bondi Festival 2021 is fully programmed.

Bondi Festival is curated by the Festival Directors via submissions. Submissions for the 2022 Festival will open in January 2021. To find out when submissions open, follow us on facebook and instagram, and sign up to our e-news.

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.

I have a Food Truck or stall. Can I present at the Festival?

There will not be opportunities for Food Trucks or stalls to be part of the 2021 Festival.

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.

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.

Who do I speak to about Media enquiries?

Head to our Media page for more info.

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.

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 48 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 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 you ask.  Please note, there are no refunds if you don’t show up. If you have purchased your tickets online, and you need to cancel, then we need a minimum of 48 hours notice for a refund, so please send an email to ticketing@starsonice.com.au – otherwise your only option is to re-schedule for a different day and time.

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 15 mins 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 but 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?

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.

Stay Covid-Safe

YOUR GUIDE TO A SAFE AND ENJOYABLE FESTIVAL EXPERIENCE

COVID-19 Update as at 25 June 5:30pm 

Bondi Festival 2021 has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation in Sydney. The Festival team will contact anyone who has purchased tickets for events or activities to arrange a refund. 

For the full update visit our Latest News. For up-to-date information on COVID-19 visit NSW Health.

We are delighted to welcome you to Bondi Festival. The safety of our audiences, artists and staff is of paramount importance. Bondi Festival is delivered under approved COVID-19 Safety Plans following strict guidelines set by the NSW Department of Health. All venues are registered as COVID Safe. Please read the important information below regarding your visit and take the time to read our current COVID Safe measures, noting that we regularly update our processes based on the latest government advice. 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

Venue capacities are operating under current NSW Public Health orders. Seating in the Wayside Chapel 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 at 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
Masks are mandatory in all Festival venues.

Checking in with QR codes
All patrons must check in upon entry to Festival venues via QR code. Please download the Service NSW app prior to arriving at Festival events (assistance will be available if you do not have a smartphone).

Digital tickets
As part of our COVID-19 measures, 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.)

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:

  • Check in on entry – Check in on arrival using the QR code on display at our venues. Download the Service NSW app prior to attending events (assistance will be available if you do not have a smartphone).
  • 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.
  • Wear a face mask – Please bring a face mask with you to wear at the Festival – masks are mandatory in all Festival venues. Masks will also be available on site.
  • Practice good hand hygiene – Hand sanitiser stations are positioned throughout venues for you to use.
  • Arrive in plenty of time – Please allow the extra time needed to check in via QR code on arrival.
  • 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.
  • 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.)

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.

Our Team

Festival Director Rachel Chant
Festival Director Phil Spencer
Producer Tanya Miles
First Nations Music Programmer Troy Russell
Communications and Media Jackie Kuek
Social Media Intern Imogen Vander
Production Manager Billy Cheeseman – dplr
Festival Designer James Browne
Festival Volunteer Joe Brown

Branding Agency Hours After
Promo Photography Robert Catto
Promo Models Chemon Theys, Lulu Quirk, Phil Fiebig, Banjo Beardmore & Arisa Yura

Thanks to Plantabox, Wayside Chapel, Bondi Beach Public Bar, Foti’s Fireworks, Grumpy Donuts, Bondi and Districts Chamber of Commerce and the many contributing colleagues across Waverley Council.

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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.