Sydney Festival

Sydney Festival 2014
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Sydney Festival 2014

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
-33.813384, 151.209898 (View Map)
18 Days (Mon, 09 Jan 2017 - Thu, 26 Jan 2017)
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Festival Planned

The Sydney Festival is taking place on January 9th – 26th 2014 and should not be missed! This city-wide festival transforms Sydney into the cultural heart of Australia with a diverse range of music, dance, visual arts, talks and various free & family events.

Download The official 2014 Sydney Brochure here (PDF Format – 116 pages).


The oldschool 1980's Poster for the Festival of Sydney

The oldschool 1980’s Poster for the Festival of Sydney

The Sydney Festival was originally established in 1977 by the Sydney Committee, the City of Sydney and the NSW State Government with the aim of attracting people into the city during the summer month of January. In the early years of the festival, Sydney was host to vintage car rallies, bocce, dog trials and Chinese scarf dancing. Now it has grown to offer in excess of 300 different performances and around 100 events in 20 different venues by over 1,000 different artists from a multitude of countries.

The Sydney Festival is an international cultural extravaganza and covers everything from dance, theatre, music, visual arts and cross media.

Many of the larger free events and long-running concerts are held in The Domain (“The Domain is 34 hectares of open space in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It is located on the eastern edge of the Sydney central business district, near Woolloomooloo.” – Wikipedia) each event attracting some 60,000 people.

During the peak of the Sydney festival (around 2005) the festival was attracting 1.5 million people.

In previous years the festivals free opening event was on the first night and aptly named the “Festival First Night”, in the years 2008-2012 it attracted 200,000 people into the city center.

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Lineup & Schedule

Live music for the festival is normally played in and around the Parramatta suburb. The lineup was released in October ’13 and offers a plethora of music.

For the soul fans you’ve got Lee Fields & The Expressions, for the jazz muso’s, Ambrose Akinmusire, for the indie rock fans Edwyn Collins and performances from Bella KaloloBombinoMike Patton and Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo.

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A full lineup, schedule and venue information can be found at the Lineup page at Faster Louder (Thanks Guys!) (also a good source of information:

Visit Sydney Festival’s ‘All Events’ page for a complete list of acts (music and others…).


Sydney festival 2014 venue map

Sydney festival 2014 venue map

The Sydney Festival takes place in over 30 venues including the Sydney Theatres (Belvoir St. Theatre, Enmore Theatre, Riverside Theatres), Carriageworks, Sydney Opera House, Parramatta suburb and the City Recital Hall (along with various venues in community halls, the city streets themselves and different parks in Sydney).

For the night owls among you, the best late night venues are probably the Festival Bar and Festival Garden. Enjoy and drink responsibly ;-).


Tickets for paid performances are normally around AUS$25 and can be purchased in person at the various venues or you can buy them online at or via the official Sydney Festival online order form.

You can also purchase tickets to all performances on the day at the Tix for Next to Nix booth in Martin Place in the heart of Sydney’s CBD

You can also call the various venues and buy tickets over the phone:

Sydney Festival: 1300 856 876
Ticketmaster: 1300 723 038
Belvoir St. Theatre: 02 9699 3444
City Recital Hall Angel Place: 02 8256 2222
Enmore Theatre: 02 9550 3666
Opera Australia: 02 9318 8200
Riverside Theatres: 02 8839 3399
Seymour Centre: 02 9351 7940
Sydney Opera House: 02 9250 7777

Concession tickets are available for the following:

  • Full-time students
  • Pensioners
  • Seniors Card holders
  • Children 16 years and under
  • Unemployed

Flights & Transportation

The nearest international airport to Sydney Festival is Sydney Airport (SYD) and is located roughly 16KM from Sydney City Center, it will take around 20 minutes to travel via car.

Alternatively you can take the ‘AirportLink‘ that will get you to the center in 13 minutes (prices for which are $16.70 AUD, run every 15 minutes and stop at the following stations: Bondi Junction, Sydney Olympic Park, Parramatta, Strathfield, Hornsby, Gosford, Katoomba, Chatswood, Macquarie Park, Wollongong, Campbelltown – Also connects with the Sydney metropolitan train network)

Sydney Airport’s own Travel To/From Airport page offers a very comprehensive view of transport options and well worth checking out. Taxi’s from Sydney International Airport should be around AUS$50.00.

There are currently around 22 airlines that fly into Sydney International Airport (list of airlines here).

To get the best flight deals I would use SkyScanner as they take 0% commission and are rarely beaten on price. Feel free to do a quick check on prices using their official flight checker below (note: Results will open in a new browser window so you won’t leave this page 8-)):

Additional transport info and a map of this festivals location can be found in the tabbed ‘Map & Transport Hubs‘ section below.

Hotels & Accommodation

The cheapest accommodation options I could find in and around Sydney, Australia during festival period (Early January) are shown below:

*** Prices will rise the closer you get to the festival dates so book early and avoid disappointment… ***

If you are on a super shoe-string budget then search HostelWorld and get a bed in a hostel for as little as $20.72! – (Private rooms from $25.98)

For a full list of good hotels to stay in during the festival period I would highly recommend visiting – Sydney, Australia page.

I would recommend checking hotel reviews on TripAdvisor prior to placing any booking. Alternatively, why don’t you try something different and rent someones apartment during the festival period at AirBnB?! Click here for a free £15 credit towards your first booking! The Official TripAdvisor page for Sydney Hotels here.


We currently have not been able to interview anybody at the Sydney Festival, if you work for the festival and would like to answer a few questions for this section of your listing, please contact me so that we can get something arranged, thank you.


Sydney Festival Highlights

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Post last updated by Paul Thomson on April 30, 2014
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