Sydney Festival announces extensive line up for 2015

Kicking off the summer season in style, this year’s extensive schedule will consist of 179 events, including 18 world premieres, and will take place across 25 venues in the city. Those on unforgettable Australian tours will be able to join festival attendees to witness a variety of free performances during the 19-day event.

Running from January 9th to Australia Day (26th), the first of the city’s 2015 festivals will also be the 39th instalment of the Sydney Festival and this year promises to be bigger than ever. As in previous years, the Festival Village will be the centre of attention, with this year’s centrepiece being created by Dublin street artist Maser.

Almost 50 per cent of the events are free

A two-storey maze will be constructed using skeletons of freight containers that will be painted in graphic stripes and bold colours, encouraging those attending to immerse themselves in art. Held in the heart of the city, in Hyde Park, people visiting will be able to experience a vibrant atmosphere full of ‘eats, beats and other treats’.

Performances to look out for include Australian singer-songwriter Tex Perkins, who will be channelling legendary musician Johnny Cash during a show at Parramatta Gaol, and a collaboration with The Saints’ Ed Kuepper and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

One of the exciting new additions to this year’s line-up will be a pair of waterfall swings, which are to be built on Darwin Harbour and will allow visitors to swing through the water while remaining bone dry.

Those on award-winning breaks with Scenic Tours won’t want to miss out on this spectacular festival, which is sure to have an event to suit everyone’s taste.

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