Sydney festival, the largest summer festival of Australia has lately announced its 2012 program, which is a three-week celebration starting from January 7. It is expected that there will be a congregation of around one million of visitors in Sydney festival 2012. The Festival uses 30 venues all round the city, including Sydney Opera House and also the parks and city streets. The late-night venues of the festival are the best way to experience the true essence of the events on a pleasant summer night. The event celebrates Australian work and also invites companies from across the globe. The Festival boasts its complimentary large-scale outdoor events, which includes concerts and performances and also a ferry race on the grand harbor of Sydney.
Sydney Festival is renowned for featuring exclusive theatre, music, dance, films, exhibitions that enthrall the city people with all its appeal. In 2012, Sydney is all set to welcome back some distinguished artists, highly admired by Sydney audiences – the celebrated theatre director Declan Donnellan, choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, highly acclaimed National Theatre of Scotland, great singer Mike Patton and Mercury Prize winner PJ Harvey.
Sydney Festival 2012 boasts 11 world premieres, 14 Australian premiers and 15 Australian exclusives, featuring around 1500 artists from across the globe. Sydney Festival initiates with one of the largest free outdoor events of Australia, called Festival First Night, a show that welcomes mass of people to experience the real charm of Sydney in new ways. In past few years, the Sidney people have truly enjoyed the mesmeric free performances of Grace Jones, Brian Wilson, Emmylou Harris, Al Green, Sharon Jones and The Dapkings. Audiences were overwhelmed by the huge projections on buildings. The dazzling performance of the leading contemporary dancers of Australia also arrest audiences’ attention. The festival is a grand celebration on a massive scale also stands for the natural promotion of the city.
Sydney Festival inaugurated in 1977, is the biggest and highly attended cultural event of Australia. This program showcases around 80 events, which include classical music, dance, drama, circus, visual arts and artist talks. There is a gathering of around one million people to watch the ticketed shows and large-scale complimentary outdoor events of the festival.
The Sydney Festival owes its origin to the Waratah Festival, which was founded in 1956 by the Sydney Committee. It was a major cultural event, which included a famous art competition, a parade, exhibitions, beauty contests, performances and the Lord Mayor’s reception at the Sydney Town Hall.
The Sydney Committee, the City of Sydney and the NSW State Government established the Sydney Festival, for luring the locals as well as the visitors to the heart of the city during the summer vacation in the month of January. The festival is celebrated for three long weeks, involving over 1000 artists from Australia as well as abroad. The Festival includes around 20 venues, which incorporates Sydney Theatre, City recital Hall, CarriageWorks and Sydney Opera House. The huge attraction of the Sydney Festival is the Festival First Night, which attracts around 250,000 people in the city centre.
This festival boasts a history of bringing some of the world’s greatest artist to Sydney for the first time, including: Robert Wilson (The Black Rider), James Thiérrée (Junebug Symphony, Au Revoir Parapluie), Robert Lepage (Far Side of the Moon, The Andersen Project, Lipsynch), Philip Glass, Ian McKellen (Dance of Death), National Theatre of Scotland (Black Watch, Aalst), All Tomorrow's Parties, Katona Jozsef Theatre, The National, Sufjan Stevens and Joanna Newsom.