Sydney Festival has announced the 2012 program for its next annual three-week celebration, January 7-29.
Sydney Festival is an explosion of exceptional theatre, dance, music, exhibitions, film and talks that takes over the city, celebrating uniquely Australian work as well as welcoming companies from all over the world. The Festival prides itself on its free large-scale outdoor events including concerts and performances and even a ferry race on Sydney’s iconic harbour.
Sydney Festival is the most wonderful summer festival in the world – a claim underpinned by the city’s lustre and charisma, making it an ideal showcase for the world’s great artists. In 2012, Sydney Festival welcomes back some favourites of Sydney audiences – choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, legendary theatre director Declan Donnellan, the acclaimed National Theatre of Scotland, two-time Mercury Prize winner PJ Harvey, and versatile singer Mike Patton.
Sydney Festival opens with one of Australia’s largest free outdoor events – Festival First Night, an extravaganza that invites everyone to experience Sydney in spectacular and surprising new ways. In recent years, Sydneysiders and visitors alike have enjoyed free performances by Brian Wilson, Grace Jones, Al Green, Emmylou Harris, Sharon Jones & The Dapkings, Arrested Development and many more. Audiences have been dazzled by massive projections on buildings; seen Australia’s leading contemporary dancers; cheered on a mass saxophone ensemble battling it out with a pipe band; learnt to play the ukulele; witnessed three large-scale weddings; enjoyed watching the extraordinary and the very silly; and joined in a dance routine with 200,000 others.
Sydney Festival is Australia’s largest summer festival
For three weeks every January, Sydney Festival presents a broad array of theatre, music, dance, exhibitions, film and talks, attracting up to one million enthusiastic locals and visitors
The Festival uses 30 venues across the city including Sydney Opera House, as well as parks and city streets
Sydney Festival 2012 has 11 world premieres, 15 Australian exclusives and 14 Australian premieres, presenting more than 1500 artists from around the globe
The Festival is a celebration on a massive scale and is a natural promotion of the city – both are synonymous with energy, style, spectacle and sophistication
The Festival has multiple outdoor late-night venues, set amongst some of the city’s oldest buildings and parks. These late-night venues are a great way to experience the Festival ‘buzz’ on a balmy summer night.
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