Sydney Festival has begun! There is SOOO much going on it’s not even funny. For three weeks each January, Sydney Festival offers a rich program of around 80 events involving upwards of 1.000 artists from Australia and abroad covering dance, theatre, music, visual arts, cross media and forums. Whoo!!
1. ‘Rubber Duck’ at Darling Harbour:
This is possibly the cutest thing to ever enter the harbour and guess what, it’s a FREE event! Netherlands artist Florentijn Hofman presents his urban scultpure which happens to be in the shape of a ginormous yellow ducky. This is one of my favourite styles of art – fun for no apparent reason. It’s big, it’s bold and just totally larger than life.
Hofman says ‘Rubber Duck’ doesn’t discriminate and has no political connotation. “It relieves everyday tensions, as well as defining them. Its purpose is to do no more than amaze.” The bright yellow inflatable is five storeys high and five storeys wide and has been popping up in various cities around the world since 2007.
2. Song Dong’s: ‘Waste Not’ at Carriageworks.
There is a lot of hype about this artwork (isn’t really exciting when art gets people talking?) Originally from Beijing, artist Song Dong has produced an installation piece to remember. After the death of his father, the work represents his mother’s process of mourning and remembrance. Consisting of the entire contents of her house, ‘Waste Not’ reflects a journey of hardship and grief, resulting in a display of personal resilience and ultimately a celebration of life.
January 5 – March 17 10am – 6pm daily FREE
3. Parramatta Opening Party
Parramatta Opening Party is family friendly and suitable for all ages. The Parramatta Opening Party begins with an afternoon full of music and activities perfect for kids in and around the Riverside Theatres.
So what will be happening on the day:
– The Megaphone Project will be happening along Church Street
– Listen to a symphony of car stereos by composer Matthew Timmis in Car-Cophony
– Check out Parramatta’s fabulous new Baroque-style mirrored Spiegeltent, the Salon Perdu.
– As the sun sets, Church Street will burst into life with Pyrophone Juggernaut the world’s largest hand operated multi octave fire organ, an enormous musical instrument that explodes with flames and irresistible beats.
– Across the road, Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE) will throw open its doors to present Tokyo Love-In’s Tablatronics.?
– And at the end of the night, head along the river’s edge to the Parade Ground @ Old King’s for an exciting double bill including Kashmere Stage Band and Malian superstar Rokia Traoré. We dare you not to dance!
If you’re out and about in Parramatta, you can score yourself 20% off tickets here if you buy 3 or more tickets – whoo!
Where Prince Alfred Park, Church Street, Parade Ground @ Old King’s, Market Street and Riverside Theatres, and more streets and parks around Parramatta
When January 19 from 4-11pm Duration 7 hours! Tickets FREE!
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Hope to see you there,
Love, Festival Girl