What is GRAPHIC?

GRAPHIC is a festival at Sydney Opera House celebrating the art of graphic storytelling, animation & music. Featuring world premiere performances and projects specifically commissioned by GRAPHIC, there’s no other festival like it in the world.

The festival’s brief is to give the premier storytellers in comics, animation, illustration and music the resources and context they need to premiere exciting new works, pursue collaborations with other artists, revisit their classic work in interesting ways or create and unveil ambitious new projects.

Where can I buy tickets?

All the usual ways:

  • This website
  • Phone 02 9250 7777
  • In person at Sydney Opera House Box Office. Mon - Sat from 9.00 AM to 8.30 PM and Sun 9.00 AM to 5.00PM

Free events

GRAPHIC will host 10 free events in 2016! What could be better than that? They are all in one day – Saturday 5 November, so make a day of it at Sydney Opera House! Check them out here.

Spaces for free events is limited but there will be tickets available on the day. Please be early to assure your place and get the best seats. If you are unable to attend on the day after registering, please let us know. Available spaces remaining will be offered to patrons close to the start time once ticketed entry is complete. 

Under 15?

Some events at GRAPHIC have classification warnings and contain strong coarse language or adult themes. These are; Moebius Redux, Collection of Shorts (Likely Stories, Dog Clips, Drinky Crow). Please note, Alan Moore Show Pieces contains material strictly for 18+ may be offensive to sections of the adult community. This screening is strictly restricted to persons aged 18 years or older.

Films featured in the Graphic Festival do contain some of the following:
Nudity, horror, sexually explicit nature, adult themes, etc.

Books, Merch & Signings

Our good friends at Kinokuniya Books will be selling artist books, merch and more in the Concert Hall Southern Foyer during GRAPHIC.

Free artist signings will be held following the artists talks in the Concert Hall Southern Foyers. Please come prepared with 1 piece of merchandise you wish to have signed, or purchase on the day from the Kinokuniya Bookstore. 

Please note: Matt Groening will not be signing after either of his Graphic appearances. We encourage all fans to attend Matt Groening and Lynda Barry: Love, Hate & Comics that will host an exclusive Q&A at the event. Questions must be submitted by Tuesday 1st Nov. Further details available here.

Foyer Installations & Activities

Experience the installations in the Southern Foyers, have your own portrait sketched at the GRAPHIC Fauxto Booth and explore the Kinokuniya Bookstore plus so much more!

Festival Map & Calendar

Download the GRAPHIC festival calendar here and the map here. It will help to plan out your day, and direct you through the foyer spaces.

Food and Drink on the Day

GRAPHIC Festival patrons will be transported into Springfield serving large iced donuts (mmmmmmmm donuts), craft beer and selection of quick and easy subs, including ‘Homer’s Delight’ (pulled pork, American cheese, slaw, BBQ sauce) and ‘Sideshow Club Sub’ (ham, salami, herbed mayo,  provolone, tomato). To satisfy that inner Bart in you there will be popcorn, lolly bags and ice cold slushies available too. 


Who presents The Festival?

GRAPHIC co-curated by Ben Marshall and Jordan Verzar. The festival is presented by Sydney Opera House and forms part of its annual contemporary music program, Music at the House, curated by Head of Contemporary Music, Ben Marshall.

In 2016 Music at the House has presented artists including Chet Faker, Florence + The Machine, Hot Chip, Purity Ring. Upcoming acts include The Stone Roses. The Tallest Man on Earth and Angel Olsen and along with its annual centrepiece festival Vivid LIVE. Visit Music at the House for further information.

Getting Here

Circular Quay is a five to seven minute walk from the Sydney Opera House. You can catch buses, trains and ferries to Circular Quay. Drivers can enjoy one of 1200 parking spaces at Wilson Carpark, we recommend booking your park online ahead of time. Refer to major changes to bus stops, routes and timetables before travelling.