The Sydney Festival celebrates all things art. At this yearâs festival you will find great food, music performances ranging from Hawaiian master musicians to Johnny Cash reincarnated, acrobats that defy gravity, arts and crafts workshops for kids, artisans showing off their skills for painting, sculpture and more, yoga classes, and even fire eaters. There are ticketed and free events with performances targeted toward all age groups.
Kick off the festival on Friday 9 January at 6:00 pm. This event is family friendly, food and beverages will be for sale inside the venue, and as the sun goes down artist Mike Roberts displays his famous Fire Garden. Headlining this event is Merri Soul Sessions a project put together by none other than Australian music legend Paul Kelly.
For anyone who has kids or has ever been a kid the Waterfall Swing on display at Darling Harbor is a must see. This phenomenal swing was designed by a team of artists, designers, and engineers from New York. The swinger gets to swing through a waterfall and just as the water is reached the water ceases its flow and the rider sneaks through unscathed. This attraction will be open daily throughout the festival from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. For the young and young at heart!
Create your very own Sydney Festival reusable shopping bag with Hotbed Designs at their printmaking workshops. Bright colors, geometric patterns, fantastic designs, and a custom souvenir to take home whatever your inspiration Hotbed has over 20 years experience doing large scale art events and will assist you in making the perfect bag. Print workshops will be held daily from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm during family week 20-25 January.
The popular childrenâs book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle comes to life in this delightful performance. Four stories will be featured during the show with 75 different puppets telling the stories. Active, imaginative, and magical to watch this show will delight children and adults alike. Cost for this show is $30 and there are daily performances.
Come and celebrate Australia Day with one of the most exciting water races in Australia. Watch Ferryâs battle each other for a shot at the limelight. Bring a picnic lunch and get yourself a spot at the harbour to watch the Ferryâs race from Circular Quay, to Sharkâs Island, finishing at the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
The Sydney festival has a plethora of events for all budgets and all interests. Food and beverages will be found throughout the festivities and alcohol will be served responsibly after 4:30 pm. The festival is a great place for the whole family to find something fun to do and see.