The harbour city heats up
The summer holidays offer an outstanding line- up of events in Sydney, writes Angela Saurine
1 Sydney Festival
SUMMER in Sydney is when the city comes alive. Walking through Circular Quay on a balmy evening, there is a buzz in the air that occurs only a few months of the year. The sound of buskers’ music echoes across the sparkling harbour as tourists and locals alike line up for a refreshing gelato, theatre-goers make their way to the Opera House and the after-work crowd heads to the waterfront bars.
There is also a range of events across the city as part of the many festivals that occur each year. Here are five worth checking out. The premier event each summer, the Sydney Festival runs across three weeks in January and includes concerts, theatre performances and family entertainment from the CBD to Parramatta. It begins on January 8 with Festival First Night opening celebrations, which will be headlined by Grammy awardwinning country singer Emmylou Harris at The Domain, while US hip-hop group Arrested Development will perform in Martin Place. American actor, producer and director John Malkovich will star as Casanova in The Giacomo Variations with the Sydney Symphony at the Sydney Opera House, while the newest initiative will include free performances from the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Sydney Dance Company on outdoor stages with Festival Inside Out. Altogether, about 300 performances and 80 events will be staged by more than 1000 artists in more than 25 venues. Tickets go on sale tomorrow and last-minute tickets to all performances will be available on the day for only $ 25 at the Tix for Next to Nix booth in Martin Place. The Festival Garden in Hyde Park is a great place to experience the buzz.
2 The start of the Rolex Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race
This year sees the 66th running of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race and a fleet of about 100 boats are registered to take part. The race starts at 1pm on December 26 as the yachts cross the starting line just off Nielsen Park at Vaucluse. The best vantage points on land are Bradleys Head, Chowder Bay, Georges Heights and Middle Head on the western shore, Shark Island, Steele Point, Vaucluse Point, South Head and The Gap on the eastern shore and North Head in the north.