January 2014: Sydney Festival

29 August 2013

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On January 9 2014, the epic Sydney Festival comes alive for three weeks until January 26.

The city-wide event will see roughly 300 performances put on in 20 venues by over 1,000 artists, with free concerts in The Domain or in Parramatta every Saturday and an array of cultural and musical offerings throughout the three-week festival.

One day, burlesque dancers will be performing in a circus extravaganza, the next, the Sydney Symphony will be delighting crowds of families and classical music lovers. Performances will be all over the city, from the Carriageworks to the Riverside Theatre to the Sydney Opera House itself.

Sydney’s CBD will be at the heart of the activities with contemporary music attraction Paradiso at the Town Hall and operatic performance Dido & Aeneas at the Sydney Lyric in Pyrmont.

As the first act to be confirmed, the Dido & Aeneas show is not to be missed. It’s the story of the tragic, illicit love between a queen and a solider. To make it even more spectacular, Berlin choreographer Sasha Waltz has set the show underwater, with dancers performing in a giant on-stage aquarium. They will be accompanied by the celebrated barqoue orchestra Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin.

Hyde Park will play a central role as a venue for the event, with the Festival Village opening up the Famous Spiegeltent for performances on a nightly basis. To keep the party going, head to the Festival Bar to see the collection of DJs and bands who will be spinning their tunes to make sure everybody is on their feet.

Three decades of successful festivals have built up the reputation of the city and the locals as a premier event on the Australian calendar. Free and ticketed events ensure there’s something for all tastes, all budgets and all visitors from near or far.

You can request a brochure ahead of time so you can pick which performances and shows you’d like to see once the programme is released!