The Sydney Festival is a celebrated mainstay of the city's summer calendar. For 3 weeks every January, the city comes alive with a spectrum of music, dance, art and drama performances and events. This cultural celebration attracts both Sydneysiders and visitors, who descend on the city to make the most of the balmy nights and festive atmosphere. With a mixture of free and ticketed events, pop-up bars, food outlets and various festival locations and attractions all over Sydney, there's something for everyone at the Sydney Festival.
In 2011 the Sydney Festival will run from January 8 – 30. Because the festival is spread throughout the city, no matter where you choose to stay you'll be amongst all the action. Get in the festive spirit and book some funky accommodation from which to enjoy the celebrations!
Here's a few of the festival highlights:
- Festival First Night. Marking the first night of the festival, January 8th is set to be a musical, dramatic and artistic extravaganza! Free events are to be held in Hyde Park, Chifley Square, The Domain and Martin Place. Catch Nashville's ‘The Dynamites' in Hyde Park, for example, or marvel at the 12-storey high multi-media projection artwork in Chifley Square.
- Free events. Yes, you read right, free! The Sydney Festival offers a number of non-ticketed events for all to enjoy. In fact seeing some of the biggest festival acts in 2011 won't cost you a penny. Grammy winning Latin music aficionados Los Lobos, for example, will perform in a free concert in The Domain on January 15. The Domain will also hold festival favourite Symphony in the Domain on January 22. More information on other free events in in the 2011 program can be found here - http://www.sydneyfestival.org.au/2011/Free/.
- Ticketed events. Ticketed theatre, music, dance, family, talks, visual arts and film events will be held throughout the city during the Sydney Festival. Catch shows at some of Sydney's most iconic venues including the Opera House. The Sydney Theatre Company and the Sydney Dance Company are performing at various locations around the city, as are visiting artists such as Sufjan Stevens and Beach House. Get your tickets early! Find more information on ticketed events here. http://www.sydneyfestival.org.au/2011/Music
- Beck's festival bar. This pop-up bar in the historic Hyde Park Barracks is popular with music lovers and those who like a beer or 5! The bar serves up drinks but also some of the festival's best cutting edge musical talent and DJs. Entry is free after 11:30 pm, and the Beck's Bar is one of the best places to take wile away the summer nights in Sydney in January.
If you're in Sydney this summer, make sure you make the most of the Sydney Festival as it takes over the city in January. If you want to stay close to all the action and are looking for accommodation, Surry Hills, Darlinghurst and other inner city suburbs are good location choices.