360 performances & 92 events, welcome to Sydney Festival 2013
The 37th annual three-week-long arts festival, Sydney Festival 2013, took off January 5th and will be doing its best to entertain, educate and celebrate Sydney in summer, until January 27th.
This years trilogy of free outdoor spectacles for the opening night brought 60,000 festival attendees to dance and party in Sydney's famous outdoor venue The Domain. The first-day events included Fun Run (an eccentric comedic marathon), The Arrival of the world's largest and happiest Rubber Duck (and that's a huge one, really, happy too) and of course the dance-the-night-away party.
During the three weeks at least 500 000 people are expected to visit the festival (compared to five years ago, the size of the festival has pretty much doubled. With 360 performances and 92 events, there's something for everyone. Among them 18 are actually offered to everyone for free.
Sydney Festival 2013 is presenting 10 world premieres, 3 Australian premieres and 25 Australian exclusives.
In addition to featuring works by The Royal Shakespeare Company, legendary David Byrne in collaboration with St Vincent and lots of others, this year's festival will also be returning with kind of a Festival-within-the-Festival which debuted last year. Sydney Festival Parramatta will be offering everyone the chance to enjoy some of Sydney Festival's best shows.
There's still some time to visit probably the best summer festival in the world!