The 2011 Sydney Festival opened on January 8 and continued until January 30 with an offering of outstanding works and performances in theatre, music, dance dnd art, together with outdoor performances which were mostly free.
The 2012 Sydney Festival is scheduled to run from January 7 to 29.
The 2011 Sydney Festival First Night took place in Sydney's streets and parks and included free music and dance concerts, circus performances, musical comedy, and multi-media projections at various city sites including Chifley Square, Hyde Park, the Domain and Martin Place.
Theatre offerings included A Life in Three Acts and Bigger than Jesus at Wharf 1 Theatre, Smoke and Mirrors at The Famous Spiegeltent, The Red Shoes at Seymour Centre's York Theatre, and Minto Live performed in the streets of the southwestern suburb of Minto.
Dance performances included Entity and My Bicycle Loves You at Sydney Theatre, and Food Chain at Riverside Theatres in the western suburb Parramatta and Seymour Centre in inner-west Sydney.
A variety of music events took place at Carriageworks, City Recital Hall, Enmore Theatre, The Famous Spiegeltent, Hyde Park Barracks, State Theatre, Sydney Opera House, the University of Sydney, and a number of Parramatta and Sutherland venues.
Art exhibitions were at Artspace, Campbelltown Arts Centre, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Lower Sydney Town Hall, and the University of Sydney's Nicholson Museum. And yes, you could have put your name in lights on the facade of the Australian Museum.
In addition to Sydney Festival First Night, the year's free events included Summer Sounds in the Domain with Los Lobos and Midsummer Shakespeare at Symphony in the Domain, Festival Inside Out events in the western suburbs of Parramatta and Penrith, and the traditional Ferrython at Sydney Harbour on Australia Day, January 26.