The best of the city in one festival, the Sydney Festival is an explosion of visual and performing arts. The streets, theaters, parks and museums of this vibrant cosmopolitan city and its iconic harbor light up with color, light and sound. The premier summer event for Sydneysiders and visitors alike, the Sydney Festival reigns for three magnificent weeks in January.
The festival draws thousands of locals as well as visitors from around the world, drawn by world-class performances held at over 30 fantastic venues. Boasting over 140 events, this major summer festival features more than 1,000 artists. The festival kicks off right after New Year’s, presenting a lively schedule that includes:
- Cultural performances
- Operatic exhibitions
- Dance performances
- Burlesque circus acts
- Carnival rides
- Art installations
- The festival kicks off with First Night, a citywide party offering plentiful free performances, light shows, dance exhibitions and circus acts.
- Sydney Festival also incorporates Australia Day, the official national day of Australia. This holiday is celebrated on January 26 with parties, fireworks and boat races in Sydney Harbor.
- Fantastic free events include Jazz in the Domain and Symphony in the Domain, two awe-inspiring outdoor performances in the Royal Botanic Gardens. Arrive early with a picnic to claim a prime spot on the lawn before a magical evening of world-class music.
- Superstars from around the world come to Sydney to celebrate summer in the city. International artists have included big names like Grace Jones, Brian Wilson, Elvis Costello, Ralph Fiennes and Chaka Kahn. With a reputation as one of the premier festivals in the world, this massive summer event also puts the spotlight on hot new talent from all around New South Wales.
The streets spring to life as hundreds of thousands of people take to Elizabeth Street, Macquarie Street, Hyde Park and The Domain. The usual sounds of cars and buses are replaced by the joyful strains of reggae, rock and jazz. During the festival the city encourages attendees to leave cars at home and use free bike valet parking throughout the city.
Visiting During the Festival
Book your Sydney harbour accommodation well ahead of time as hotel rooms are at a premium during the festival. Find out more about the many restaurant deals and special offers during the Sydney Festival to get the most from your visits. The team at Quay West Suites Sydney will be happy to assist in finding the best prices on Sydney Festival tickets during your stay. More information on the festival as well as tickets are available at www.sydneyfestival.org.au.