Sydney Festival 2012

December 19, 2011 by

Festivals & Events, Local Recommendations, Things To Do

Sydney Festival 2011 - photo courtesy of Mat Tyrrell via Flickr

Sydney Festival 2011 - photo courtesy of Mat Tyrrell via Flickr

Every January, Sydney celebrates summer in the city with three weeks packed full of performances, exhibitions and events. Attracting over 200,000 people to its first night alone, Sydney Festival is the top event on every Sydneysider’s calendar.

With an extensive line-up of free shows, everyone has an opportunity to enjoy the festival. The festival kicks off on Saturday, January 7th with family-orientated entertainment that the kids will love. An eight-hour dance set begins at 3pm and huge light projections and street performers entertain the crowds until nightfall and the evening performances begin.

Some free festival standouts include:

First nightAs the World Tipped. An aerial performance based on the world’s eco-crisis that literally sees performers clinging on to a tipping ‘world’ for dear life.

First night – Picasso inspired music, film and performances at The Art Gallery of NSW.

First night – Get your jive on (and your retro threads) to join the swingers and rockabillies at Trocadero Dance Palace.

Jan 8 to 29 – A series of events and exhibitions exploring Sydney’s Aboriginal culture at Carriageworks.

Jan 13 to 29Edge of Elsewhere. Works by contemporary artists from across Australia, Asia and the Pacific at Campbelltown Arts Centre and the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.

Jan 14 & Jan 21 – Make the most of the balmy nights with free concerts at The Domain.

Jan 26 – Australia Day promises a swathe of free entertainment around Sydney Harbour and it doesn’t get more bizarre than the annual ‘Ferrython’, when dressed-up harbour ferries battle it out to be the first to the Harbour Bridge finish line.

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- Emma McMahon

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