The Sydney Festival happens every January, bringing music, dance, film and theatrical performances to Sydney.
Festival in The Domain provides free concerts. So does Symphony in The Domain but with a different type of show. The Festival in The Domain often has a famous international act. The Symphony in The Domain will often have a theme that is different each year but the show will finish with the playing of the 1812 Overture.
1977 was the first year of the Sydney Festival. The event has grown over the years and now there can be over 500 artists putting on nearly 100 shows. The Festival First Night has attracted crowds of 300,000.
The Sydney Festival uses many venues which include The University of Sydney, Hyde Park Barracks Museum, Sutherland Entertainment Centre, State Theatre, Parramatta Park, Sydney Town Hall, Sydney Opera House and City Recital Hall Angel Place.
The list of Festival Directors over the years is Stephen Hall, Anthony Steel, Leo Schofield, Brett Sheehy, Fergus Linehan and is currently Lindy Hume.
During the time of the festival, some restaurants around Sydney will offer special discounts for the Fast Festival Feasts promotion. There are also a number of hotels in Sydney that have special rates for those attending the Sydney Festival. For those driving into the city centre for the Sydney Festival, some parking lots accept a discount coupon from the Sydney Festival Parking Guide.
The Sydney Festival also has an iPhone App that those visiting the events may wish to download. It will help you plan what you are doing with schedule information, details about the Festival First Night and other parts of the event. You can also subscribe to a weekly e-newsletter to learn about competitions, news and special ticket offers for the Sydney Festival.
Many visitors from around Australia and overseas attend the Sydney Festival. Those arriving at Sydney Airport have the option of the buses, train, taxis or rental cars to get to the Sydney Festival.