Hyde Park will come to life with live music, acrobatic performances, food trucks and more this week when the City of Sydney teams up with Sydney Festival to build a mini-village in the city centre.
The new City-supported Festival Village will be three times the size of previous summer venues set up in Hyde Park, and feature plenty of food outlets, bars and a chill-out zone.
The City is a major sponsor of Sydney Festival, committing $2.2 million in cash and in-kind support this year.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore, who is Chair of Sydney Festival, said the City’s support helped celebrate culture and creativity and gave thousands of Sydneysiders and visitors a chance to see some great art and performance.
“Each year the City invests more than $4 million in major cultural events like Sydney Festival to showcase Sydney’s creative side to the rest of Australia and the world,” the Lord Mayor said.
“We’re very excited about the Festival Village in Hyde Park and I invite all Sydneysiders to take this chance to enjoy summer in the heart of the city.”
The Festival Village in Hyde Park will be open from tonight until 26 January with something for everyone, including a life-size bouncy-castle version of Stonehenge, known as Sacrilege, and a late-night program in the popular Spiegeltent featuring edgy American musician Amanda Palmer.
A mini-library will be set up in the centre of the village, giving visitors a relaxed space to exchange books, read and grab a coffee while the kids join a workshop or storytime on the lawn.
Children are also invited to dance and sing to jazzy beats at Ali McGregor’s Jazzmatazz! and have a laugh with chaotic slapstick comedy Kaput, featuring acrobat Tom Flanagan of the Tom Tom Crew.
Adults will enjoy cabaret, circus treats and awe-inspiring acrobatic offerings from the Spiegeltent headline act, LIMBO. Audiences can also get lost in the mix of gypsy music and acrobats from Scotch and Soda as they charm late-night crowds in the Circus Ronaldo tent.
Sydney Town Hall will be another hub of excitement during Sydney Festival, when Paradiso returns to the Centennial Hall. A star-studded line-up of international and Australian bands will rock the heritage-listed landmark across eight summer nights from 16-25 January.
Sydneysiders can enjoy the likes of American troubadours John Grant and John Murry, Argentinian tango act Orquesta Tipica Fernandez Fierro, rock hero Kurt Vile joined by his band The Violators, and more.
The City’s backing of major festivals like Sydney Festival builds on its own program of world-class events – Sydney New Year’s Eve, Chinese New Year, Christmas and Art & About – as well as ongoing support for a wide variety of major musicals, community festivals and cultural organisations.
In total, the City invests more than $34 million each year in Sydney’s cultural life. This includes grants and sponsorships to over 100 cultural and community groups.
The City is a founding partner of Sydney Festival, which has been running since 1976. Over the past 38 years, it has developed into one of Australia’s biggest and best-loved cultural events, featuring an extensive program of music, dance, drama, visual arts, physical theatre and public lectures.
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