FESTIVAL – Sydney Festival 2010: Festival First Night

November 20th, 2009


Festival First Night gets started in the afternoon with Kasey Chambers, Poppa Bill and the Little
Hillbillies and their irresistible country music for kids; Ruby Hunter with her songs and storytelling in Out & About; circus workshops with Sydney’s Aerialize where kids can learn hula hooping, juggling, acrobatics and more; and Sydney-based King Tide with their live blend of dub, reggae, ska and roots.
City streets, parks and laneways will be transformed with outdoor stages and literally hundreds of artists giving everyone the chance to see the work of the Festival’s major artists.
The 2010 Festival First Night features free performances by the legendary Al Green; Australia’s own super-collective of Indigenous singers and musicians, The Black Arm Band, with Hidden Republic; New York’s favourite little big band with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy; those very cool funksters of Tokyo, Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro; and soul and blues with Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears.  Returning in 2010, DJ collective Uber Lingua spread their wings and relocate to Chifley Square, where the palm trees have inspired them to play neo-tropical beats on an international scale. With DJs, musicians, MCs and stunning visuals, Uber Lingua continue the annual ritual of helping launch Sydney Festival in global style.
Hyde Park will be transformed into the sounds and aromas of India, with what will surely be
one of the gems of the night, the exuberant The Manganiyar Seduction, where 43 Rajasthani musicians present their dazzling combination of Indian music and theatre into a lush spectacle of melody, rhythm and song. Sydney-based Bobby Singh and Friends will be exploring Indian traditional music, percussion and dance, and its connections, influences and echoes through music. And as dusk falls, take a stroll down Central Avenue of Hyde Park for a spectacular laser and light show on the canopy.
More info www.sydneyfestival.org.au/firstnight

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