Whats on at the Sydney Festival 2011 ‘Festival First Night’

December 17th, 2010


Whats on at Sydney Festival First Night 2011

  • 8 January 2011
  • 3-9pm

Sydney will be transformed into a magical wonderland for Festival First Night – a great opportunity to catch some of the biggest names in the Festival for free!
Afternoon: 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.
Evening: Hyde Park 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.

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.
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.

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