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Sydney Festival 2012 – Free Events

January 7, 2012toJanuary 30, 2012

 

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Sydney and Parramatta Festival 2012- list of free events.

  • 181 Regent St: Addressing Black Theatre Exhibition
  • 181 Regent St: Addressing Black Theatre Symposium
  • As The World Tipped – Parramatta Opening Party
  • Black Capital Family and Culture Day
  • Dan Sultan & Busby Marou with special guest Kasey Chambers
  • Edge of Elsewhere (Campbelltown)
  • Edge of Elsewhere (City)
  • Ferrython
  • Festival First Night
  • Holly Throsby presents See! – Parramatta Opening Party
  • Microscope: Festival Artists in conversation with Caroline Baum
  • Narelle Jubelin: Vision in Motion
  • Norman Jay’s Good Times Sound System – Parramatta Opening Party
  • Parramatta Opening Party
  • Summer Sounds in The Domain: Mike Patton’s Mondo Cane
  • Symphony in The Domain: The Young Ones
  • Travelling Colony
  • youtopia

Find more information about the festival here.

181 Regent St: Addressing Black Theatre Exhibition

Presented by Sydney Festival and Carriageworks in association with ABC

In 1972 the National Black Theatre emerged from Regent Street, Redfern with an explosion of plays, dance, activist poetry, biting satire and street theatre, giving new voice to the struggles of the 1970s and the Redfern Aboriginal community.

During its five years of operation, this astonishing cultural renaissance spawned landmark playwrights such as Kevin Gilbert, Robert Merritt and Jack Davis, as well as the careers of remarkable actors such as Bob Maza, Lillian Crombie and Justine Saunders, cultural activist Gary Foley and director Brian Syron.

Curator Rhoda Roberts, one of Australia’s leading arts practitioners and from the first generation of actors to reap the benefits of the early years of National Black Theatre, creates a compelling program of work celebrating the past and future of black theatre in Australia.

The pervasive legacy of 181 Regent St and this extraordinary time is explored in a special anniversary exhibition that draws on personal archives, film and photographs to tell the story of the National Black Theatre and the people who were involved.

Covering pioneering works such as The Cherry Pickers and The Cake Man the exhibition considers where it all began and the ongoing influence of the National Black Theatre on contemporary Aboriginal theatre today.

Where
Carriageworks, Eveleigh

Dates / Times
January 8-29, 10am-6pm daily

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181 Regent St: Addressing Black Theatre Symposium

Presented by Sydney Festival and Carriageworks in association with ABC

In 1972 the National Black Theatre emerged from Regent Street, Redfern with an explosion of plays, dance, activist poetry, biting satire and street theatre, giving new voice to the struggles of the 1970s and the Redfern Aboriginal community.

During its five years of operation, this astonishing cultural renaissance spawned landmark playwrights such as Kevin Gilbert, Robert Merritt and Jack Davis, as well as the careers of remarkable actors such as Bob Maza, Lillian Crombie and Justine Saunders, cultural activist Gary Foley and director Brian Syron.

Curator Rhoda Roberts, one of Australia’s leading arts practitioners and from the first generation of actors to reap the benefits of the early years of National Black Theatre, creates a compelling program of work celebrating the past and future of black theatre in Australia.

Roberts brings together National Black Theatre alumni, leaders and two generations of artists for an extraordinary day of talks, films, play readings and lively exploration of this unique movement and its irrevocable impact on Australian culture.

This spirited and provocative event features contributions from Lydia Miller, Wesley Enoch, Ernie Dingo, Cathie Craigie, Katherine Brisbane, Wendy Blacklock, Gerry Bostock and Redfern resident Mooghalin Performing Arts.

Looking back over four decades and reaching forward to the next generation of theatre makers, the 181 Regent St Symposium recaptures the exuberance, poetry, activism, humor and above all, the political power of the National Black Theatre, a momentous voice for Australian theatre in the 21st century.

181 Regent St Symposium is free to attend, however we ask you to register your interest. We’ll then be in touch with further details closer to the event.

Where
Carriageworks, Eveleigh

Date / Time
Saturday 14 January at 10am

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As The World Tipped – Parramatta Opening Party

“This outdoor show is a lot more than spectacle. It does that rare thing – it makes you gulp with astonishment, but also think.” – The Stage

A real life disaster movie performed live in the night sky, As The World Tipped takes over the evening skyline at Parra Opening Party with its towering presence in Church Street. Combining dramatic film and visuals with breath-taking aerial performance, this work confronts climate change, one of the most pressing issues for the planet with spectacle, humour and emotion.

Suitable for all the family, this outdoor extravaganza features performers struggling to control an increasingly precarious world as the stage literally tips on its axis.

Where
Church Street North, at corner of Palmer St
Parramatta CBD

Date / Time
Saturday 14 January from 5pm

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Black Capital Family and Culture Day

Presented by Sydney Festival in association with Carriageworks

Carriageworks in the heart of Redfern is the place to be for our Family & Culture Day on Sunday, January 8. The official opening ceremonies for Black Capital start at midday with a Welcome to Country, kicking off a colourful and fun-filled program of storytelling, music, art, performance and food.

The doors open on Brook Andrew’s Travelling Colony of caravans as well as 181 Regent St, a milestone exhibition celebrating 40 years of black theatre-making.

Be entertained by highlights from Erth’s latest puppet and multimedia spectacle, I Bunyip. Discover the latest music sensations from the Gadigal Music label – Marcus Corowa, Jess Beck and Duke Box. Sample delicious Indigenous fusion cuisine from Yaama Dhiyaan and keep your eyes peeled for members of the South Sydney Rabbitohs who’ll be around on the day. To everyone, that’s a big Black Capital welcome to Redfern.

Where
Carriageworks, Eveleigh

Date / Time
January 8, 12-4pm

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Dan Sultan & Busby Marou with special guest Kasey Chambers

Celebrate the last night of Sydney Festival Parramatta in true style with this free concert under the stars.

Openers Busby Marou are rocketing up the charts with their single ‘Biding My Time’. With cracking harmonies, charisma and musical talents, theirs is a distinctly Australian style of story-telling.

Special guest Kasey Chambers is a rarity: an Australian country singer who appeals to both the cities and the towns without needing to pander to one or play up to the other. She has five multi-platinum albums and one gold album, has won eight CMAA Awards and a staggering 18 ARIA Awards, making her one of Australia’s elite artists.

To round off the night, Dan Sultan and his knock-out seven piece band deliver a dynamic live set that will have you on a music-buzz for the rest of the weekend. With Johnny Cash grunt, Elvis cool and a voice like raw velvet, it’s no wonder audiences everywhere love him.

Where
Old King’s School

Date / Time
January 21 at 7.30pm

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Edge of Elsewhere (Campbelltown)

Presented by Campbelltown Arts Centre, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and Sydney Festival

From Campbelltown to Haymarket and way beyond, Edge of Elsewhere is a three year project engaging with the diverse cultural mix of suburban Sydney.

In its final year, Edge of Elsewhere showcases some of the most exciting contemporary artists from across Australia, Asia and the Pacific in specially commissioned works developed with Sydney communities.

Presented across two venues, this large-scale exhibition places these communities within a wider Asia-Pacific context. Edge of Elsewhere is a bold commitment to artistic collaboration, community participation and the exploration of contemporary ideas.

Artists: Brook Andrew, Arahmaiani, Richard Bell, Dacchi Dang, Newell Harry, FX Harsono, Shigeyuki Kihara, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Lisa Reihana, Khaled Sabsabi, Phaptawan Suwannakudt, Michel Tuffery and YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES.

Where
Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown

Dates / Times
January 14-March 18, 10am-4pm daily
Exhibition launch: January 13 at 7pm
Artists in Conversation: January 14, 10am-4pm

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Edge of Elsewhere (City)

Information see above.

Where
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Haymarket

Date / Time
January 13-March 3, 11am-6pm

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Ferrython

Dressed and decorated to the nines, Sydney’s beloved Lady Class ferries line up for one of Australia’s most popular and iconic free events.

Come on down to Sydney Harbour with your picnic basket and cheer on your favourite ferry as they carve up the harbour and make their final dash to the finishing line under the Harbour Bridge.

Australia Day Celebrations
Celebrate Australia Day in Sydney on January 26 as the city buzzes with heaps of things to see and do.

Start at the beginning with the moving Woggan-ma-gule ceremony at Farm Cove from 8am. Visit Hyde Park for Main Stage entertainment and a bite to eat and then take in the stories of our newest Australian citizens. Check out the stunning vintage car display along Macquarie and College Streets with the NRMA Motorfest. And make sure you leave time to enjoy the soothing jazz sounds at the Sydney Ports Jazz on the Water at Pirrama Park as the sun starts to set.

Nothing quite compares to Australia Day on Sydney Harbour, with that cavalcade of colour and craft! With the famous Ferrython vessels streaking to line honours, it’s really the perfect playground for Aussies and visitors alike to celebrate the day.

Visit australiaday.com.au for more information and explore the Aussie Vault section for competitions and the chance to win great prizes.

Where
Sydney Harbour

Date / Time
January 26 at 11am

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Festival First Night

Date
Saturday January 7, 2012

Find more information about the First Night here.

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Holly Throsby presents See! – Parramatta Opening Party

“Wow. Wow again. In fact, make that wow cubed. I love this album. Standby for effusive praise. Exceptional… addictive…beautifully giddy…spot-on for kids… superb.” – BABYOLOGY

“Curious…spirited and sprightly…exuberant. It’s rather tough to imagine an artist more suited to such an undertaking” – BEAT

A warm and bubbly dedication to the wide-eyed wonder of being little, Holly Throsby’s wonderful songs take children on kaleidoscopic adventures of motorboats, diamonds, kookaburras and shadows, all peppered with inventive sound. Bringing her album See! to life in Parramatta’s Prince Alfred Park, Throsby’s gentle wisdom and harmonies are powered by drums, keyboard, mandolin, guitar and heehaw-style strings – blended with a live collage of kooky effects and surprise voices. With five acclaimed albums to her name, this is Throsby’s first wild and wondrous musical journey especially for children.

Where
Lawn Stage, Prince Alfred Park
Parramatta CBD

Date / Time
Saturday 14 January at 4pm

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Microscope: Festival Artists in conversation with Caroline Baum

In The Famous Spiegeltent renowned journalist and broadcaster Caroline Baum brings her characteristic rigour and engagement to a series of lunchtime conversations with Sydney Festival artists. Illuminate your Festival experience with this intimate and free opportunity to explore why artists do what they do, and learn about the inspiration behind their creations.

Where
The Famous Spiegeltent, Honda Festival Garden, Hyde Park

Dates and Times

  • Saturday January 14
    Brook Andrew (Travelling Colony)
  • Sunday January 15
    Kate Champion (Director: Never Did Me Any Harm) and Gideon Obarzanek (Director, Choreographer and Set Designer: Assembly)
  • Tuesday January 17
    Meow Meow (Creator and Performer: Meow Meow’s Little Match Girl)
  • Thursday January 19
    Declan Donnellan (Director: ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore)
  • Friday January 20
    Steven Hoggett (Director: Beautiful Burnout)
  • Saturday January 21
    Lieven Bertels (Festival Director, Sydney Festival 2013 -2015)

always from 12.30-1.30pm

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Narelle Jubelin: Vision in Motion

Artist Narelle Jubelin invites you to take a ‘modernist walk’ through architectural landmarks at the University of Sydney. Temporary installations and videos make this a wild and witty excursion through one of Sydney’s least known modernist stories.

The walk includes the remarkable early work of eminent architects Ken Woolley and Peter Webber, animated by Jubelin’s architectural interventions and a survey of her exquisite petit-points. Vision in Motion is a unique opportunity to engage with modernist art and architecture.

Where
University Art Gallery

Dates / Times
January 7-March 30
Mon-Fri 10am-4.30pm
Sat 1-5pm (January only)

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Norman Jay’s Good Times Sound System – Parramatta Opening Party

Norman Jay is one of the world’s most celebrated DJs. A man renowned for igniting dance floors with his killer soul, funk and disco tunes, Norman Jay’s double-decker bus is the single biggest attraction at Notting Hill Carnival in London, Europe’s greatest street party. For Parra Opening Party, Norman Jay is rolling into the heartland of EAT STREET, spinning a marathon set of idyllic summer classics atop his party bus, all in the name of Good Times.

Where
Eat Street near Corner of Church and Phillip Streets
Parramatta CBD

Date / Time
Saturday 14 January from 5pm

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Parramatta Opening Party

You’re invited to a huge opening party offering a whole host of free events across the city. From the opulence of The Idolize Spiegeltent in Prince Alfred Park to the Old King’s School site; from along the riverfront and across Church Street; Parramatta is transformed by big bands, soulful singers, top DJs and street theatre spectaculars.

Bring the kids down to Prince Alfred Park from 4pm as Holly Throsby and her band kick off the afternoon with a fantastical set of children’s songs from her album See! Kids can join in our workshops, learn circus tricks and be entertained by roving performers, while your hosts, The List Operators, keep everyone laughing. Across the road, Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE) throws open its doors for free activities for young people.

Notting Hill Carnival DJ, Norman Jay, parks his iconic double-decker bus in Eat Street for a marathon seven hour set of feel good summer tunes, creating an all-ages street party in the heart of Parramatta.

As the sun sets, the city comes alive with wandering performers, musicians, projections and mobile sound systems entertaining you in the parks, on the streets and along the riverfront.

As The World Tipped takes over the evening skyline with its towering presence on Church Street. As the stage literally tips skywards, dramatic film and visuals mix with breathtaking aerial performance and music.

At the Old King’s School site prepare for a magical evening of music from around the world. DJ Meem kicks things off with his laid back eclectic sets spanning soul, funk, hip hop, gypsy and jazz. Then the Barefoot Divas will take the stage, six fabulous singers and songwriters from Australia and the Pacific. And for a whirlwind finale, the mighty brass and swirling violins of Europe’s magnificent Taraf de Haïdouks and the Koçani Orkestar lift off into an exhilarating celebration of the night.

Come on Parramatta – let’s party!

Where
Various stages and precincts
Parramatta CBD

Date / Time
Saturday January 14
4pm-11pm

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Summer Sounds in The Domain: Mike Patton’s Mondo Cane

Balmy nights and beautiful music: THE Sydney Festival picnic tradition. Our annual free concerts in The Domain are amongst the Festival’s most anticipated events. Join thousands of Sydneysiders and visitors to the city as we pull out the picnic rug and welcome the good times – all for free.

Turn up the summer heat as one of rock music’s most admired and distinctive voices returns to Australia in the guise of an Italian pop crooner. Mike Patton, the charismatic front-man of Faith No More, gives dramatic new life to popular and folk tunes of the 1950s and 60s.

The night features songs from some of the great names of Italian music, including tunes made famous by the likes of Connie Francis and Frank Sinatra.

Under the name Mondo Cane, Patton’s glowing vocals are given beautiful depth and colour by an orchestra, choir and band.

Join us for this thrilling ride through Patton’s passion for all things Italian.

Where
The Domain, Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney

Date / Time
January 14 at 8pm

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Symphony in The Domain: The Young Ones

Sydney Symphony

Conductor: Brett Weymark
Soloists: Emily Sun (violin), Nicholas Russoniello (saxophone)
Featured conductor: Nathan Aspinall

Balmy nights and beautiful music: THE Sydney Festival picnic tradition. Our annual free concerts in The Domain are amongst the Festival’s most anticipated events. Join thousands of Sydneysiders and visitors to the city as we pull out the picnic rug and welcome the good times – all for free.

Experience classical music under the summer stars, with performances by a new generation of soloists, together with the Sydney Symphony.

Soulful saxophonist Nicholas Russoniello, winner of the 2011 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Award, plays Yoshimatsu’s beautiful concerto Cyber-bird.

Bruch’s famous Violin Concerto in G minor is played by the outstanding young violinist Emily Sun, who has worked with orchestras across Australia and Asia since the age of ten. She recently starred in the inspirational film Mrs Carey’s Concert.

Young Queensland conductor Nathan Aspinall will take to the podium with Strauss’ Blue Danube.

Add the traditional concert climax, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, and Sydney is in for a wondrous night of classical power.

Where
The Domain, Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney

Date / Time
January 21 at 8pm

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Travelling Colony

Travelling Colony is a major new work by Brook Andrew, whose interdisciplinary arts practice travels internationally. For two decades this celebrated artist has been creating astonishing interventions into history through installation and interactive monuments, playfully seducing audiences into new ways of seeing compelling issues of race, consumerism and history.

Inspired by his Wiradjuri tradition, the circus and pop culture, Andrew has created a cavalcade of dazzling handpainted caravans in the huge industrial foyer of Carriageworks. Enter each of the caravans in Travelling Colony and immerse yourself in the stories of Redfern – its personalities, struggles and community.

Through this whirling zig-zag of caravans, archival footage, reflections and projections, visitors will be inspired by the histories of Redfern.

Where
Carriageworks, Eveleigh

Dates / Times
January 8-March 4
10am-6pm daily and open late on performance nights

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youtopia

Australia’s most promising young architectural minds were challenged to design new performance spaces for three Sydney Festival venues – Festival Garden in Hyde Park, the historic Quadrangle at the University of Sydney and the massive Turbine Hall on Cockatoo Island.

youtopia is an exhibition of the models, prototypes and digital designs from the University of Sydney’s Master of Architecture students, capturing 30 outrageously theatrical visions.

Imagine light clouds twinkling to your step in the Quadrangle, a ceiling of shifting musical chairs in the Turbine Hall or the Garden’s totally immersive kaleidoscopic space of reflective multi-coned mirrors.

Where
The Tin Sheds Gallery

Dates
January 12-26

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