26 January 2012
Aside from Australia Day, January wouldn’t be complete without the 3-week-long Sydney Festival. The entire city is transformed into a cultural celebration showing off a kaleidoscope of events, and featuring over 500 artists from Australia and beyond. In any given year, the festival makes use of most of the main theatres across the city, covering dance, theatre, music, visual arts, cross-media and forums. On top of this throw in the Festival’s three free massive outdoor concerts at The Domain and you have a summer of spectacular entertainment! We’re now heading into the last week of this year’s festival…so if you haven’t checked out any of the entertainment yet then you’re really missing out!
More than any other cultural event, the Sydney Festival defines Sydney’s personality. This year’s festival celebrates Sydney’s unique history and strong creative spirit with a wealth of Australian innovators, as well as new and old global artists. With just over a week left of this amazing Festival, make sure you check out some of our following favourites:
• A History of Everything – January 13-29 (Wharf 1 & 2, Sydney Theatre Company)
A History of Everything spins backwards to the first fiery bang before leaping to our possible hereafters. It’s a profound rollercoasting journey; this production will make you treasure your place in the history of everything.
West Side Story – January 27-28 (Sydney Opera House)
West Side Story is brought alive in this 50th anniversary presentation with the Sydney Symphony playing Leonard Bernstein’s electrifying orchestral score live to the newly remastered film.
• Ferrython – January 26 (Sydney Harbour) FREE
Come to Sydney Harbour on Australia Day and cheer on your favourite decorated ferry as they race across the harbour towards the Harbour Bridge.
• youtopia – January 12-26 (Tin Sheds Gallery) FREE
youtopia is an exhibition of the models, prototypes and digital designs from the University of Sydney’s Master of Architecture students, capturing 30 outrageously theatrical visions.
• Picasso – Until March 25 (Art Gallery of NSW)
In the most significant exhibition of his work ever held in Australia, the Art Gallery of NSW hosts over 150 of Pablo Picasso’s most important paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings from the artist’s personal collection
• Beautiful Burnout – January 18-29 (Seymour Centre)
With the audience seated around a boxing ring, Beautiful Burnout unfolds to the electronic beats of Underworld. The choreographed training and fight sequences simply ooze adrenaline, and the climactic scene – a fight played out in both frantic full-speed and incredible slow motion – is simply breathtaking
Don’t Miss Fast Festival Feasts
Throughout the Festival, between noon – 1pm and 6pm – 7pm, visit any of the Fast Festival Feasts restaurants and receive a main course with a glass of McGuigan “The Shortlist” wine or a bottle of Tasmanian Rain water for just $30. You can also opt for a Premium Fast Festival Feast where you will be treated to a two-course dinner with a glass of McGuigan “The Shortlist” wine and a bottle of Tasmanian Rain water for just $55. Visit this link for more information: Fast Festival Feasts
See the Sydney Festival 2012 website for full program details, including all the remaining free and ticketed shows.