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By Charlie David Page
23rd October 2012

If you live in the Harbour City, then the Sydney Festival is one of those events you just can't escape - it takes over the town. It's set to go the same in 2013, with their line-up announced today.

As usual, the festival kicks off with it's huge opening night, Day One. Held next year on Saturday the 5th of January, it kicks off in the morning with a "fun run", continues on to Darling Harbour in the afternoon with Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman's giant rubber duck, and then well into the evening with free performances by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley, Menahan Street Band, Budos Band and Sugarman 3.


For the next three weeks, the city will be overrun with creative acts, the highlight (for us, at least) being the Sydney Opera House bearing witness to a screening of '2001: A Space Odyssey' with a live score from the Sydney Symphony and Sydney Philharmonica Choirs.

Music lovers will have their fair share of enjoyment, with performances by Archie Roach at the State Theatre, Dappled Cities will take over Sydney Town Hall, former Talking Heads member David Byrne joins forces with St Vincent at the State Theatre,and Dirty Projectors are set to take over the Opera House Concert Hall.

Theatre comes alive at the Sydney Festival, with a whole host of shows on offer. The Opera House will host A Masked Ball, as performed by Spain's La Fura dels Baus, Sydney Threatre Company will adapt Kate Grenville's 'The Secret River', and the Seymour Centre hosts the Royal Shakespeare Company's adaptation of 'The Rape of Lucrece', a recent hit at the Edinburgh International Festival.

Sydney Festival is still the first and most prominent on the calendar.

Wrapping things up are a Francis Bacon exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW, talks with German composer Heiner Goebbels, and many a performance in the Famous Spiegeltent.

As Sydney approaches its festival season, Sydney Festival is still the first and most prominent on the calendar. With something for the whole family, it's something you shouldn't - and probably won't be able to - miss.

Tickets are on sale from Monday the 29th October - head to for more details.

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