Top 5 Sydney Festival experiences in 2015

23 December 2014

Sydney Festival is an eclectic annual celebration featuring the biggest and best of the world’s performing and visual arts, with around 400 performances and 1,000 artists in more than 30 venues around town.

From late-night burlesque to alfresco concerts, international theatre, major art installations to contemporary dance, check out the incredible range of free and ticketed events during this month-long program from 8 – 26 January, 2015.

Here’s a look back at some of the highlights of Sydney Festival 2014.

Festival village atmosphere

The Festival Village at Hyde Park was at the heart of Sydney Festival 2014 with a lively atmosphere created by great arts, live music and unique performances. The Festival Village returns in 2015 with an even bigger program including The Famous Spiegeltent, a giant art installation, food and drink stalls, free yoga sessions and an entire week of fun all-ages events dedicated to families.

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Festival Village held in Hyde Park

Stunning performances

The other-worldly circus cabaret show, Limbo, wowed crowds at Sydney Festival 2014 with jaw-dropping contortions, aerial acrobatics, stunts and illusions, and returns in 2015 to wow Sydney audiences once more. Enjoy a great range of other stunning performances including Tabac Rogue featuring James Thierrée, one of the world’s greatest circus performers, and see Timber!, a circus show combining theatre, comedy, live traditional music, folklore and the tools of the lumberjack trade.

Sydney Festival 2014 - Limbo at the Spiegeltent (1)

A fire breather at the Limbo performance

World-class music acts

Sydney Festival 2014 welcomed legendary singer Chaka Khan, famous for her popular hits such as ‘I’m Every Woman’. In 2015, Sydney will be entertained by one of Brazil’s favourite musical export Seu Jorge, offering a set list filled with transformative covers and original tunes drawing inspiration from samba, reggae, Brazilian pop and electronic music. Australian singer-songwriter Tex Perkins embodies the spirit of Johnny Cash during Far from Folson, an outdoor concert in the exercise yard of the recently decommissioned Folsom Prison in Parramatta.

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Chaka Khan performing at the Summer Sounds in The Domain concert

Outdoor concerts in the Domain

The Domain Concert Series fills Sydney each year with an incredible showcase of the music industry’s best and brightest acts across a diverse range of genres. Join the crowds that fill the Domain’s green outdoor space during three free public concerts Summer Sounds In The Domain on 10 January, Symphony In The Domain 18 January, and Opera In The Domain on 24 January. This year, a new ticketed concert, Beat The Drum, celebrates the 40th anniversary of popular national music radio station Triple J with an incredible line up of Australian acts.

Sydney Festival 2014 - Domain Concert

Crowds enjoying a concert at the Domain

Festival fever across Sydney

Sydney Festival celebrations are held all across the Sydney region, with a dedicated program of events in Parramatta in Sydney’s west. Sydney Festival 2014 saw Parramatta Park host the internationally famous five-storey high Rubber Duck, following its Sydney Festival debut in Darling Harbour in 2013 . Be there for the Parra Opening Party on 9 January 2015, an open-air street celebration around Parramatta Town Hall featuring an extensive program of soulful music performances.

Sydney Festival 2014 - Rubber Duck - Parrammata

The big Rubber Duck on Parrammata River