Sydney Festival 2012 | January 7 – 29

Sydney Festival is on! The city of Sydney is all a buzz this January as Sydney Festival hits our Suburban Streets…and the best part is, events are happening ALL ACROSS Sydney.

So what exactly is Sydney Festival all about? For three weeks each January, Sydney Festival turns Sydney into a cultural celebration based on the highest quality art and big ideas. With around 80 events involving approximately 1,000 artists from Australia and internationally who are experts in dance, theatre, music, visual arts and cross media. So is it free? Well both yes and no, there are a number of free events, but as many are dedicated shows, some events have an admission fee.

With so much going on, where do we start? Well a couple of key events that are happening include: Festival First Night (past), Keystone Festival Bar, Honda Festival Garden, Black Capital and Parramatta. Still overwhelmed? See the full calender here.

Keystone Festival Bar

There are 14 nights of music, with an eclectic line-up of live bands and DJs. Featuring electro-soul, Latin, house, hip-hop, indie rock, sultry chanteuses and tribal beats.

Events include:

So Frenchy So Chic: Asa & Fefe

Future Classic: DJ Koze & Prins Thomas

Sons and Daughters, Songs & The Laurels

Details // Keystone Festival Bar
Hyde Park Barracks Museum
Cnr Macquarie Street and Prince Albert Road, Sydney
January 8-9, 11-14, 18-21, 25-28
Doors open at 8pm (7:45pm on January 9, 11, 12 & 21)
Free entry after 11.30pm (subject to capacity)
Keystone Festival Bar is an over 18s venue only.

Honda Festival Garden

Honda Festival Garden in Hyde Park is a Sydney summer highlight, a welcoming oasis for a drink after work and the perfect setting to enjoy a balmy night filled with theatrical and musical delights. From dusk an eclectic line-up of music from Iceland to Jamaica and beyond heralds in the scintillating new Spiegeltent house show, Little Match Girl, starring the sizzling Meow Meow.

Events include:

Amiina (Spiegeltent)

Bright Club No.1, 2 & 3

Meow Meow’s Little Match Girl

Details // Honda Festival Garden
Hyde Park North, cnr College & Park Streets, Sydney
January 8-29
Closed January 9, 16, 23
Honda Festival Garden and The Famous Spiegeltent are wheelchair accessible

Black Capital

It’s great to see this kind of action happening in Redfern! Presented by Sydney Festival and Carriageworks, Redfern is a place of many stories, of inspirational leaders, fiery rhetoric and activism. Known to locals as the ‘Black Capital of Australia’, Redfern is home to artists, leaders and citizens who vigorously offer Sydneysiders an alternative history and, potentially, our alternative future. Black Capital will house a series of performances, seminars and exhibitions reflecting the diversity of contemporary Aboriginal practice.

Details / Black Capital

245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh
Main entrance: cnr Codrington and Wilson Streets
January 8-29

Events include:

Walk a Mile in My Shoes

I Am Eora

Black Capital Family and Culture Day


For ten days in Parramatta, January 13-22, you can enjoy a full Sydney Festival program of event. There’s also a massive program of free events, with our Parra Opening Party taking over the streets on January 14, a concert under the stars with Dan Sultan, Busby Marou and special guest Kasey Chambers at the Old King’s School site on January 21, as well as activities popping up all over the CBD.

Watch out for art installations literally growing out of empty shop spaces plus the chance to get involved in workshops and art-making with local artists including Parramatta Artist Studios. And check out what’s on at Switch Digital Arts Centre, powered by Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE).

See the Parramatta Brochure for more info.

Events include:

Tubular Bells for Two

 Sydney Festival Details:

When: 7 – 29 January

Where: All across Sydney

How to get there? The best way to get around is public transport

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Images courtesy of Sydney Festival


I hope to see you there

xox Festival Girl