SYDNEY in the summertime is a wild and vibrant creature to behold.
And where better to view this creature running amok than at the annual Sydney Festival, amid surely one of the world’s most diverse performance and arts programs of free and ticketed events.
Comprised of more than 100 events, this year’s festival will get you into the swing of a Sydney summer, kicking off on Saturday January 11, with the traditional Summer Sounds in the Domain free outdoor concert in the heart of the city amid an expected crowd of 60,000.
Disco queen and 10-time Grammy winner Chaka Khan headlines this year’s event as part of a starry night musical extravaganza. Hot Dub Time Machine, the World’s First Time Travelling Dance Party, will kick the evening off with a turbo-charged journey through pop music history, spanning 60 years of hits in a 45-minute set.
Music, street theatre and tantalising food will feature as part of the simultaneous Parramatta Opening Party (POP) 2014.The streets will also be alive with the music of Bella Kalolo, Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers, Gordie Mackeeman and more. Parramatta’s newest music club The Lennox (located inside the Riverside Theatre) will play host to Californian jazz trumpeter extraordinaire Ambrose Akinmusire, and as the sun sets soul-funk sensations Lee Fields & The Expressions will ensure the party continues ‘til late.
The Merchants Store exhibit may look like an run-of-the-mill 19th century Sydney building from afar, until you spot people dangling from the windows, climbing up the walls and crawling on the roof…
This life-size building façade is overshadowed by a giant mirror positioned at a precise 45-degree angle to the ground, allowing the public to ‘play’ upon the building layout.
In Hyde Park, Sacrilege is award-winning artist Jeremy Deller’s life-size synthetic bouncing castle version of Stonehenge. If only Primitive Man had been able to simply inflate the original, things may, I suspect, have been a little easier in the transportation and building stakes for this world wonder.
Boxwars brings an elaborate cardboard battalion to the Festival Village to present hands-on craft workshops for kids of all ages.
Immersive installations will pop up across the city during the 2014 Festival including free events, FunPark (a tribute to theme parks) and The Very Near Future (putting participants in the backlot of a film noir in the making).
Inviting you to explore the idea that all human life is the result of chance, Christian Boltanski presents his first major Australian installation, Chance .
Responding to the architecture and inspiring scale of Eveleigh’s Carriageworks space, this immense and complex installation allows you to witness lives unfolding, following the rhythm of births and deaths across the globe.
Bringing highly acclaimed Slovakian artist Roman Ondák ’s work to Parramatta Town Hall, Project 28 presented by Kaldor Public Art Projects will feature the riveting and interactive favourite of 13 Rooms, Swap , the beautiful and evolving installation.
To continue the festivities and wrap up the Festival on January 26 is Symphony in the Domain. Conducted by world – renowned Australian conductor, Simone Young , the Sydney Symphony Orchestra will perform Gustav Holst’s stunning orchestral suite The Planets – an astrological journey through the solar system that takes audiences from fiery Mars to lonesome Neptune.
Bring a hamper, a blanket and your friends and family and settle in for a free concert under the stars.
Tickets and More Info: sydneyfestival.org.au