From January 8-26, 2015, Sydney comes to life for its eponymous festival. Held every year since 1977, this is a cultural celebration encompassing everything from circus to theatre. The Sydney Festival will have close to 400 performances by hundreds more artists, in dozens of venues around Sydney.
Tickets to all performances are available on the day for $25 at the Tix for Next to Nix booth in Hyde Park – the Festival Village – in the heart of the city. The Festival Village is home to The Spiegeltent with a humming lineup of burlesque and music, while the Festival Bar throbs with DJ and band music into the night.
There’s also a number of free events, including concerts in The Domain or Parramatta – the opening party at Parramatta’s Centenary Square on January 9 from 6pm is bound to be a grand affair. Outdoor opera and symphony are some other highlights, as is live music on the Sky Terrace daily.
For family friendly fun, you can’t look past the Australian Museum in the Festival Village from January 20-25 daily. Museum experts will be out there showing kids about everything from animals and dinosaurs through to rocks and making volcanoes erupt. And from January 8-24, the free waterfall swing at Darling Harbour offers festival goers a chance to cool off.
Some festival highlights include:
- Tabac Rouge, created by circus star James Thierrée. Mixing acrobatics, dance and theatre, he plays a once glorious ruler held captive in a hall of mirrors.
- Masquerade, a beloved children’s book reimagined by playwright Kate Mulvany. Her interpretation is sure to thrill audiences of all ages, with live music and starring Wicked’s Helen Dallimore.
- The Kitchen, an Australian exclusive. It’s a wordless yet multi sensory show about the healing power of cooking, with sights, smells, sounds and tastes involved. As the key players prepare Indian food, audiences are drawn in to participate.
If you are visiting for the 2015 Sydney Festival with your Sydney Airport car rental, there are a number of recommended options. Try one of the city Novotels, Ibis, Mercure Hotels or Metro Hotels. Harbour Rocks and Astral Tower offer something a little different, as does The Darling.