From Glyndebourne to Glastonbury - A social calendar for the 21st century
05 January, 2013 - 28 January, 2013
The Sydney Festival opens with a spectacular street party,
transforming the streets and parks of this beautiful city into a
stage for live music and performance.
This prestigious arts festival offers a varied programme of contemporary theatre, music, dance and cinema. Artists and companies visit Australia from all over the world, and the Festival has become famous for its collaborations, commissions and premieres. Art, installations and permance permeate the entire city, with over 40 free events over the course of the festival.
The Festival programme features about 250 events, drawing crowds of over a million, making it the most attended cultural event in Australia.
Mercury prize winner P J Harvey will be headlining. But there is so much more.
The first night of the Festival, a free extravaganza, attracts thousands of people to the city. The afternoon is devoted to children's entertainment. In the evening DJ Norman Jay parking his iconic double-decker bus in Hyde Park, keeping Sydney dancing from 3pm with a marathon eight hour set of idyllic summer tunes.
Meanwhile, one of Australia's leading contemporary artists, Brook Andrew, presents an all-embracing spectacle that brings the buildings and streets around Hyde Park to life with massive projections and street performances amid a bevy of handpainted caravans.