FESTIVALS & EVENTS
EVENTS & festivals
Sydney’s social calender is packed with festivals and special goings on all year round. Vistor information centres will be able to advise you about what’s on but here’s our list of the best...
EVENTS IN SYDNEY The best events all year round are here
JANUARY Australia Day (www.au
) Austra- lia celebrates the green and gold on 26 January with repattas, barbeques and fireworks. Flickerfest (www.flicker- fest.com
)au) Open-air international short-film festival at Bondi Pavilion.
) This calender highlight floods the city streets and parks with art. Chinese New Year (www.ci
) Chinatown hosts colourful parades and performances in late January or early February such as Geoffrey Rush and Baz Luhrmann. MARCH & APRIL Australian Fashion Week
the flamboyant Oxford St Parade. (www.tr
Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras (www. mardigras.org.au
) Late February or early March. The world’s largest short film festival judged by in- ternational superstars.
) Sydney struts her stuff at Circular Quay in late April. APRIL Royal Easter Show (www.eastershow.com
. au) Twelve day agricultural show and funfair at Homebush Bay. MAY
Sydney Writers’ Festival (www.swf.org.au
) Celebrates the literary in Sydney with guest authors.
JUNE Sydney Biennale (www. biennaleofsydney.com
. au) Don’t miss the Epic International Art Festival held in even-numered years at venues.
30 Escape to Australia SPRING/SUMMER 2012
Sydney Film Festival (www.sy
) A 14-day orgy of cinema held at the State Theatre and other cinemas across town.
(www. manly. nsw.gov.au/
Labour Day long weekend. The jazz is mostly free.
JULY Yulefest (www.katoom- ba-nsw.com/yulefest
. html) The Blue Mountains celebrates Christmas in July. AUGUST City to Surf Run www. city2surf.sunherald.com
. au) This 14Km-long fun run takes place on the second Sunday in August and attracts a mighty 40,000 nutcases who run from Hyde Park to Bondi Beach.
SEPTEMBER Rugby League Grand Final (www.nrl.com
) The two teams left standing in the National Rugby League (NRL) meet to decide who’s best. OCTOBER Goody Food Month (www.gmf.smh.com
. au) Yummy month-long celebration of food and wine.
Manly Jazz Festival
NOVEMBER Sculpture by the Sea (www.sc
) In mid Novemeber the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk is transformed into an out- door sculpture gallery.
DECEMBER Boxing Day on 26 December boats crowd Sydney Harbour to farewell the yachts competing in the gruelling Syndey to Hobart Yacht Race (www.ro
). New Years Eve The Rocks, Kings Cross and Bondi Beach heave with alcohol-fuelled celebrations on 31 December. The Harbour Bridge goes off with a bang. There really couldn’t be a better place to see the new year in than the most beautiful country in the world.
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