Sydney Festival

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Country and Region AustraliaNew South Wales
Type of Festival Dance, Drama, Music
Location of Festival Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Festival Contact Information

Sydney Festival
Level 2, 10 Hickson Road
The Rocks, NSW 2000
Phone: (61) 2-8248-6500
Fax: (61) 2-8248-6599

Festival Description

Sydney Festival is one of Australia’s largest and most attended annual cultural event. Its vast array of indoor and outdoor presentations attracts an estimated 1 million people annually. The much-heralded outdoor program includes Festival First Night – the free opening event in the city’s street with around 200,000 people, as well as the Domain concerts, each attracting around 60,000 people. The Festival presents the very best international and national performing and visual arts, occupying most of Sydney’s theatres, galleries and concert halls, as well as specially created satellite venues throughout the city and surrounds. The Festival is a cultural celebration of Sydney in summer and has become synonymous with the energy, style, spectacle, sophistication and cosmopolitan flair which so quintessentially define the city.

Festival Dates January 9 - 26, 2014
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Festival Events:

Announced programming 2014:
  • Dido & Aeneas
    • The oldest love story in English opera, Dido & Aeneas is the myth of a queen, a soldier and the illicit love that tore them apart. Berlin choreographer Sasha Waltz’s version opens in a wondrous underwater realm, where submerged dancers glide gracefully around a glass aquarium that fills the stage. Featuring sixty dancers, singers and musicians including celebrated baroque orchestra Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Henry Purcell’s 17th century masterwork comes alive like never before.
  • Book your presale tickets by 23 October 2013 to save 10% and receive a complimentary glass of Möet & Chandon on The Deck at The Star Event Centre before or after the show.
  • The full program for 2014 will be announced on October 23, 2013


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Articles and Reviews:
  • Portland Jazz Festival Announces New Managing Director and Lineup for 2010 Event, by Lee Mergner (Jazz Times, November 3, 2009)
  • Festival embraces rock of the new, by Matthew Westwood (The Australian, November 2, 2007),25197,22689091-5006784,00.html
  • Fiennes, Gambon headline Sydney Festival, by Robin Usher (The Age, November 3, 2006)
  • Brickbats and Bouquets: Jazz and the Sydney Festival, by Peter Jordan (Sydney Improvised Music Association Inc. (SIMA); SIMA/ Here & Now, March 30, 2005)
  • Sydney Festival Goes to the Burbs, by Lenny Ann Low (The Age, November 10, 2003)
  • Jazz in the Domain Reviewed, by John Shand (The Sydney Morning Herald, January 13, 2003)
  • Michael Berkeley, David Malouf and Tom Sokolowski with Julie Copeland (Sunday Morning, on Radio National, January 27, 2002)


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Photo slideshow credits:
  • In order of appearance
    • A. R. Rahman crowd, photo credit Prudence Upton
    • Festival First Night 2010, photo credit Prudence Upton
    • Festival First Night 2010, photo credit Prudence Upton
    • Heliosphere at Festival First Night, photo credit Jamie Williams
    • Happy as Larry, photo credit Prudence Upton
    • Ruhe, photo credit Jamie Williams

  • Sydney Opera House
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Art Gallery of NSW
  • Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Queen Victoria Building
  • Town Hall
  • St. James Church
  • The Domain
    Public transportation is recommended as parking is resticted and road closures are in place. Use train to St. James or Martin Place.


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