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March 13, 2014 Lifestyle No Comments Email Email

Australia’s premier circus, sideshow and street theatre festival returns to Sydney’s Darling Harbour during the Easter long weekend– April 18-21 – with fun-filled circus antics, hilarious comedy capers and heart-stopping stunts to excite, thrill and entertain all ages.

Aerial All-starsPresented by Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, HOOPLA 2014 promises to deliver some of the most exciting international and local street theatre and circus acts ever seen in Australia, with three nights and four days of family-friendly entertainment from 12pm – 9.30pm, Friday 18 April to Sunday 20th April and 12pm – 6pm, Monday 21 April.

HOOPLA 2014 is one of many big events and festivals staged by the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority attracting 26 million visitors to Darling Harbour each year and helping to contribute more than $1.2billion annually to the visitor economy in NSW.

Dozens of family-friendly performances are set to take place throughout the precinct during the four-day long weekend, with a jam-packed FREE entertainment outdoor program to keep the kids happy for hours and modestly- priced spectacular indoor shows (from $5-$15).

cirquedublokeTicketed events will be held in a variety of beautifully handcrafted circus-style tents – the Ukiyo, La Petite Grande and The Little Palais – with thrilling acrobatics, jaw-dropping magic and a bit of tomfoolery with comedy, amazing stunts and a lot of fun.

More than 30 events will be staged, meaning there is absolutely something for everybody, so as they say in circus speak…”Come On Down!”

Stand-out not to be missed events at Darling Harbour HOOPLA 2014 include:

A Simple Space – Gravity and Other Myths (GOM)

Recognised as one of the most exciting circus ensembles in Australia and creating work that is highly physical, innovative and unique, A Simple Space is a dizzying collection of works in new circus; raw, frantic and honest.

It is all about awe-inspiring displays of strength, skill and creativity.

Cirque Du Bloke

Mada's MarvelsNail-biting acrobatics, death-defying stunts and a large helping of mischievous Aussie humour are accentuated by a boisterous soundtrack of classic pub rock anthems, to create a fast-paced and highly-skilled circus production – Cirque Du Bloke.

Mada’s Marvels

In this one-man magical menagerie, Adam Mada combines his acclaimed international cruise ship show with daring and rarely seen acts of conjuring madness. It’s dangerous, smart, surprising and non-stop entertainment for adults and children alike.

Wheel of Steel

The Wheel of Steel rotates at heart stopping speeds, powered only by the artist who leaps, runs and performs daredevil skills in a death-defying display of fearless acrobatics and astonishing balance. This high adrenaline act is performed without the aid of safety nets or wires and reaches a height of 11m making it a truly on the edge of your seat experience, bringing the action as close as possible to the audience. 

Man and Machine

Combining man and machine, this work will see aerialist Zebastian Hunter perform an aerial act suspended from a crane.

Aerial All-Stars

In this show some of Australia’s most talented aerialists will come together to present an extravaganza of flight. Featuring a range of aerial apparatus, including cloud swing, aerial hoop, trapeze, and aerial stirrups, these performers will fly through the air, pushing their bodies to the limits in a thrilling display of aerial prowess.

Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority’s vision is to make extraordinary places in Sydney that the world talks about.

For more information about HOOPLA at Darling Harbour this Easter long-weekend visit darlingharbour.com. Remember to plan your journey to Darling Harbour via public transport – trains and buses will run regularly to the CBD during the Easter period.

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