Sydney Festival 2013: you should do stuff

The annual month-long celebration of the arts, Sydney Festival, starts in a few days. If you’re going to be in this city during January you should go see an event. Some are free. All will be an interesting adventure.

Rubber Duck says attend the Sydney Festival or else. Picture: Adam Taylor Source: The Daily Telegraph

“Hey, how YOU doin’?” Picture: Adam Taylor Source: The Daily Telegraph

Here’s what I have tickets for or am planning to attend:

  • The Secret River: Two of Australia’s most respected artists come together for the first time to adapt Kate Grenville’s award-winning novel for the stage. Directed by Neil Armfield and adapted by Andrew Bovell, this ambitious new play dramatises the story of two families divided by culture and land.
  • Concrete and Bone Sessions: World renowned professional skaters and BMX riders rule the speed bowl of an Inner West skate park – made super-human by their wheels. Pitted against them, parkourists, breakers and dancers fight for survival in a contest of wit, speed and virtuosity.
  • Kashmere Stage Band: This program combines the heart-warming, foot-stomping tribute of the award-winning documentary Thunder Soul about about the legendary Texan school funk orchestra, narrated by Jamie Foxx, with a rare live performance by members of the reunited band.
  • Osaka Monaurail: Lots of bands pay tribute to the classic James Brown sound of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, but few live and breathe it like nine-piece Japanese funk and soul band Osaka Monaurail.
  • Rubber Duck: The bright yellow inflatable duck at Darling Harbour is five storeys high and five storeys wide and has been popping up in various cities around the world since 2007.
  • Archie Roach: Archie Roach is celebrated as one of Australia’s most gifted artists. He has released a stream of remarkable albums, receiving praise from and touring with Bob Dylan, Billy Bragg, Patti Smith and more.
  • Summer Sounds in the Domain – Sing the Truth: Join thousands of Sydneysiders at The Domain to see singing stars Angélique Kidjo, Dianne Reeves and Lizz Wright, together with the Sing The Truth band, performing classics by their favourite female songwriters, as well as from their own much-loved catalogues.

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