The Sydney Festival has kicked off with a city-wide celebration of art bursting into the summer calendar and running through 28 January. Across 24 action-packed days, taking in 50+ venues and enlisting the talents of hundreds of international and local artists, this is certain to be a festival to remembered.
The Thirsty Mile at the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct will be hub for the Sydney Festival. Worming its way around Pier 2/3 and The Thirsty Mile’s pop-up Moonshine Bar is Hi-Vis by British sculptor Michael Shaw. Inspired by the shapes of bee abdomens, lungs, intestines and algae and measuring 46-metres. Some of the city’s most beloved DJs will perform alongside Shaw’s installation at the Moonshine Bar on the first Saturday night of the festival, before American funk and soul artist Judith Hill performs at the festival’s dedicated speakeasy at Sydney Theatre Company on the 7th January.
The festival’s live music series at the Brett Whiteley Studios will feature intimate gigs from Australian singer-songwriter Jo Davie and Grammy-winning powerhouse Judith Hill. Audiences who may have missed out on tickets can now catch Hill in an additional show at Sydney Theatre Company. Following its Sydney premiere earlier this week, Kate Miller Heidke’s new musical comedy BANANALAND, starring Australian Max McKenna, continues over the weekend at Parramatta’s Riverside Theatres.
The Festival will feature performances by Courtney Barnett, Julie Byrne, Lisa O’Neill, SUO, acclaimed South African DJ Mo Laudi (Ntshepe TsekereBopape) and many others.
Head over to the Festival website for full details.