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Sydney Festival 2012 – Festival First Night

January 7, 2012



The heart of the city is again transformed for Festival First Night – an extravaganza that invites everyone to experience Sydney in spectacular and surprising new ways. All are welcome, big and small. And it’s all free.

  •  Saturday 7 January 2012

More information about the festival here.

Line-up First Night:

Manu Chao La Ventura
Holly Throsby presents See!
Trocadero Dance Palace
Norman Jay
The Jolly Boys
and so much more!

It’s a huge night in The Domain. Starting with a special Welcome to Country, and followed by the enigmatic Gurrumul Yunupingu. The gorgeously idiosyncratic Washington is up next and to top it off, international musical globetrotter, Manu Chao.

Enjoy kids’ fun in the afternoon with Holly Throsby performing her children’s album See! from top to toe, plus Caspar Babypants with his very cool rockin’ sing-a-long. Share the shade with Erth’s puppets (if you dare) or get all tangled up in Polyglot’s bouncy sculpture. Hosted by Melbourne’s madcap Listies, this is one afternoon the kids won’t want to miss.

The good times roll on with DJ Norman Jay parking his iconic double-decker bus in Hyde Park, keeping Sydney dancing from 3pm with a marathon eight hour set of idyllic summer tunes. Meanwhile, one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists, Brook Andrew, presents an all-embracing spectacle that brings the buildings and streets around Hyde Park to life with massive projections and street performances amid a bevy of handpainted caravans.

As the sun sets prepare yourselves for the breathtaking aerial performance As The World Tipped on College Street, telling a powerful tale of eco-crisis. Combining dramatic film and visuals with stunning aerial agility, the stage literally tips skywards as performers cling on for dear life.

The Art Gallery of NSW stays up late on Festival First Night with music, film and performances for the whole family. Inspired by Picasso’s native Spain and his adopted home of Paris, My Sauce Good, Monsieur Camembert and more perform inside the Gallery until 11pm. Entry to the Gallery is free, the major exhibition Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris is ticketed.

Pull on your retro threads and dancing shoes and head to Elizabeth Street to catch Jamaica’s mento masters The Jolly Boys. These dance hall legends get things swinging before The Sirens Big Band open an explosive outdoor Trocadero Dance Palace. The 40s and 50s jive and hop into life as Sydney’s swingsters and rockabillies fill the streets in all their fabulous finery.


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