The full lineup gets announced tomorrow, but the Parramatta events for next year’s Sydney Festival have already been unveiled. A huge variety of free and ticketed programs will be on offer for festivalgoers, most of which are geared towards families.
Highlights of the program include the jaw-dropping acrobatics, brazen attitude and high-voltage energy of Circolombia, who perform their new show Urban at Parramatta Riverside Theatre for two weeks. The show is described as “a no holds barred autobiographical tale of life on the streets in Columbia”, and comes from sell-out seasons at London’s Roundhouse, and highly acclaimed performances in Paris and Broadway.
The Parra Opening Party (POP) is also back, with hotspots around Parramatta transformed for a day of free entertainment. Free music and kids activities at The Riverside Theatres and Salon Perdu Spiegeltent, a massive musical installation in Church Street for The Megaphone Project, and the world’s largest Pyrophone exploding with flames and irresistible beats are just some of the highlights of the big bash.
The new Salon Perdu Spiegeltent will host Melbourne nine-piece soul band Saskwatch and Sydney-based singer-songwriter Leah Flanagan, along with Lianne La Havas, yMusic and Norman Blake and Joe Pernice, fresh from their performances in Hyde Park. All-male circus Briefs will also return to Parramatta after wowing crowds across Europe.
Sydney Festival Parramatta will wind up with a closing party on Australia Day, featuring free performances from Archie Roach and Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band and the Parramatta City Council’s Australia Day celebrations.
For more information on the festival’s Parramatta program, visit the official website here.
We’ll have to wait and see what gets announced on the full Sydney Festival 2013 program tomorrow, however we do know that David Byrne and St. Vincent will be appearing amongst the activities.