Sydney Festival First Night 2011 information

January 7th, 2011


  • Saturday 8 January 2011 – various venues around Sydney

The heart of Sydney will be transformed into a magical wonderland for Festival First Night – and you’re all invited to catch some of the biggest names in the Festival for free!

Bring the kids in the afternoon to sing and dance with Lah-Lah’s big band or be wowed by circus company Circa. Bring your ukulele and join some massive music making as Ali Mills and The Ukeladies lead a community play-along to Waltjim Bat Matilda, a Kriol version of the much-loved tune Waltzing Matilda. It’s called You Can Ukulele! so we want anyone and everyone to be involved.

Hyde Park in the evening,will be reborn as a vaudevillian playground. Catch a peek of Eddie Perfect’s new musical comedy Misanthropology and groove to Nashville’s The Dynamites, fronted by soul man Charles Walker. And don’t miss iOTA and the cast of Smoke & Mirrors on the Palm Stage.

At Chifley Square, New Zealand artist Michel Tuffery M.N.Z.M. presents First Contact, a 12-storey high multi-media projection artwork based on Captain Cook’s exploration of the South Pacific. A live soundtrack is provided by DJ NOMAD alongside SouthPacific dancers and drummers.

At the Domain Nukkan Ya Ruby celebrates the life and music of Ngarrindjeri singer-songwriter Ruby Hunter. Archie Roach heads a line-up that includes Amos Roach, Dave Arden, Paul Kelly, Renee Geyer, Tiddas and Dan Sultan, with director Rhoda Roberts at the helm in a triumphant celebration of one of Australia’s true music legends. Then Emmylou Harris and her Red Dirt Boys are set to dazzle as they traverse Americana, bluegrass, country and folk.

Martin Place will explode with some of the best global sounds, including Hanggai from China’s progressive music scene, Senegal’s Daara J Family and hip-hop collective Arrested Development.

Leave the car at home.
For detailed public transport information visit or call 131 500 closer to the event. For information on road closures, alternate traffic routes and parking restrictions visit or call 132 701 closer to the event.

Cycle to Festival First Night and enjoy free bike parking at The Domain and Hyde Park.

Venue Access information

Festival First Night Access to the City and Hyde Park
For people with a disability being dropped off or picked up in the City, we recommend using the First Night managed access point at the corner of Pitt and King Street. To access this area, you must travel eastbound on King Street, and turn left into Pitt. This site provides a small area for vehicles to pull into, and for passengers to disembark. Wheelchair access is available from this point to the CBD and Hyde Park.

Access at The DomainĀ 
The Domain is wheelchair accessible. An accessible viewing area for patrons with a disability is located on the eastern side of The Domain between tower 6 and 7.

Limited spaces will be available for RTA Mobility Parking Scheme Permit Holders and must be booked before the event on 02 8006 5700.

No BYO alcohol. No glass.
Food and beverages will be on sale throughout the event at St Mary’s forecourt, Hyde Park, The Domain and Queen’s Square.

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