2 December 2010, Events
Sydney Festival

The festival takes place every year in January.
It attracts around one million people, making it Australia’s most attended cultural event.
The Sydney Festival is an annual celebration of arts and culture.

Sydney’s energy, confidence, diversity, beauty and cultural richness are all showcased at the annual Sydney Festival.

For three weeks each January the festival stages around 80 events involving upwards of 500 artists from Australia and the rest of the world. Dance, theatre, music, visual arts, cross media and forums are part of the program.

The Sydney Festival also presents a number of quality, free outdoor events such as the long-running Festival in The Domain with two massive free concerts, each attracting up to 100,000 people. The festival’s recently introduced opening event, Festival First Night, sees the city streets transformed into a series of free stages and precincts. Around 300,000 people attend the festive occasion.

As well as the city’s major and iconic theatre spaces, the Sydney Festival brings action to the people by staging events in unusual venues from the inner city to the outskirts. To be in Sydney at Festival time is to be surprised and delighted by a volley of colourful and creative happenings.

Highly regarded around the world, the Sydney Festival has a history of presenting Australian premieres – part of its commitment to nurturing local artists. It has also brought many of the world’s great artists to Sydney for the first time, and is known for its intelligent, exciting and dynamic programming of cutting edge culture from around the world.

Sydney Festival attracts a total audience of approximately 1 million people across all of its events, making it the most attended cultural event in Australia