Sydney Festival 2012

An explosion of exceptional theatre, dance, music and film that is Sydney Festival 2012 is set to take over the city from January 7-29. The 2012 Festival, looks both near and far, celebrating uniquely Australian work as well as welcoming companies from all over the world.

If a festival exists, in part, to hold a mirror up to its city each year, the cultural evolution of Sydney should be paralleled by the evolution of Sydney's Festival. The 2012 Sydney Festival looks toward the horizon with a truly global summertime celebration of our shared humanity, of Australian innovation and of two dynamic communities with the potential to shape our city's future cultural identity: Sydney's second CBD, Parramatta and Redfern – Australia's ‘black capital’.

Sydney Festival 2012 celebrates Sydney’s unique history and potential with Black Capital, a series of performances, seminars and exhibitions reflecting Sydney's diverse contemporary Indigenous culture in Carriageworks in the heart of Redfern.

For 2012, supplementary funding from the State Government, matched by an increased commitment by Parramatta City Council, has enabled Sydney Festival to significantly expand its program in Parramatta as the focus of its activities in Western Sydney. Building on Sydney Festival’s commitment to presenting work in Western Sydney since 2003, this increased funding facilitated the Festival to present this comprehensive ten-day Festival of free and ticketed events. As the Festival’s newest addition to its program, Sydney Festival Parramatta will in staged in the true heart of Sydney’s burgeoning population. A feast for everyone, with free opening and closing events, the program also includes a whole host of music, theatre and cabaret in Riverside Theatres and Sydney’s newest venue, the very gorgeous Idolize Spiegeltent in Prince Alfred Park.

And in celebration of Australia’s strong creative spirit, the Festival has a whole host of Australian innovators including Gideon Obarzanek, Kate Champion, William Yang, Wesley Enoch, Urban Theatre Projects, Meow Meow, Martin del Amo, Sydney University architecture students and many more. Proving the bold claim that "Sydney Festival is the most wonderful summer festival in the world" is a cinch when one considers Sydney's lustre and charisma as the ideal showcase for the world's great artists. In 2012, Sydney Festival welcomes back some important world names who are favourites of Sydney audiences – choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, legendary theatre director Declan Donnellan, the acclaimed National Theatre of Scotland and songstress Beth Orton to name just a few. And of course, the Festival always prides itself on the many wonderful global artists and companies performing for the first time in Australia.

This year, debut performances include a tale of the beauty hidden within French mediocrity, and the fate of Cairo’s muezzins, the men who call the city to prayer every morning.

All this, and so much more, makes Sydney Festival the most wonderful summer festival in the world.

Sydney Festival 2010
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Sydney 07-29/01/12 Venues throughout Sydney
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