Celebrating its 40th anniversary with bold works of art and big ideas from the best local and international artists – the 2016 Sydney Festival is here!

There’s everything from symphonic marathons to psych rock parties, bold theatrical works, dazzling circus and raucous late-night cabaret.

Take all the things you know and love about The Flaming Lips – the psychedelic pop anthems, the beamed-from-outer-space live shows, and the feelings of joy and goodwill towards your fellow humans, creatures and Martians – and now imagine all of this happening in The Domain, for free.

American musician Tom Waits, working with Kathleen Brennan and acclaimed theatre director Robert Wilson, has reinvented Georg Büchner’s raw and unforgiving Woyzeck as a 21st century musical – something between a fever dream and social drama, a lurid performance dealing with madness, obsession and murder.

Join post-postmodern diva Meow Meow as she raucously subverts Hans Christian Andersen’s mermaid tale of teen self-sacrifice, salvation and seduction.

Olivier and Tony Award-winning Scottish actor-singer-author Alan Cumming is a shape-shifting trickster in his new show. Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs! will be a night of song, showbiz goss and general mischief-making in close quarters.

A true luminary in modern jazz, drummer and composer Antonio Sanchez performs his fervent score live alongside the Oscar-winning movie Birdman. Sanchez’s performance will be largely improvised, just as it was for the film.

Everyone’s favourite Meriton Festival Village is back this summer, the ultimate oasis of musical and theatrical delights, along with plenty of delicious eats, all in the heart of the city at Hyde Park. From raucous cabaret to late night hip-hop, dazzling circus to family friendly fun – there’s something for everyone this January.

Get in early and save with a Festival Multipack on sale 9am Thursday 22 October and general tickets on sale 9am Monday 26 October.

The festival runs from January 7 – 26, 2016.

Whatever you fancy, it’s all here! Head to www.sydneyfestival.org.au/2016/.