Ultimate Sydney Festival Guide for long weekend: January 23 – 26

Every January, Sydney Festival enlivens and transforms Sydney with a bold cultural celebration based on the highest quality art and big ideas. This weekend is the final weekend of Sydney Festival 2015. Make it count with these recommendations:

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It’s the final weekend of Sydney Festival and if you are going to make the most of it, first fuel up with a Fast Festival Feast after a long day of work.

Discover a unique range of Italian regional wines, handmade pastas and house made salumi at La Rosa in The Strand Arcade for a simple city dinner. Once you’ve eaten it’s off to Sydney Opera House for The Artist: Live in Concert. If you loved the Academy Award-winning film when it was released in 2011, you’ll love it twice as much accompanied by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

You’re spoilt for choice with late night fun in the Festival Village. Get dancing with Rufino & The Coconuts and How To Dress Well or get naughty at The Wau Wau Sisters Are As Naked As The Day They Were Born Again.

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It’s Family Week in the Festival Village so grab the kids and head down from 10am for all kinds of free and ticketed fun. We recommend Jazzamatazz!, The Luck Child and cartoon sing-alongs with Vintage Quartestra.

At 2pm head to Carriageworks for Kiss & Cry, theatre on a scale unlike anything you’ve seen before. If you’re up for the challenge, duck straight over to the Seymour Centre for the 4pm performance of The Kitchen. From the creators of The Manginyar Seduction, it’s a spectacle not to be missed.

Head to Carriageworks if you’re lucky enough to have a ticket to the sold-out Nothing to Lose, then don’t forget there’s always the late-night vibes of the Festival’s final Saturday night to soak up in the Village with friends – free entry until midnight.

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A 30-voice choir, Bree van Reyk’s percussion, 12 young dancers and centuries of dance history. Catch the final performance of PUNCTURE at Riverside Theatres at 2pm.

It’s the final day of the Festival Village, so whether you’re after the acrobatics of A Simple Space and LIMBO or the music of Roger Knox, there’s plenty for everyone, settle in for the evening.


ferrythonMONDAY 26

It’s a public holiday and the last hurrah for Sydney Festival 2015, so start your day at one of our most iconic events, Ferrython. Secure your spot harbourside and cheer on the ferries as they power by. When the race is over, grab a ticket yourself and spend the afternoon exploring Sydney Harbour at your own pace.

See out the Festival in sunset style at Sky Terrace at The Star. With free nightly performances, there may even be some Australia Day fireworks to finish your night with a bang.

To explore all of these options and more, browse the full Sydney Festival program here.

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