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The heart of Parramatta is transformed into an extravaganza that welcomes everyone to experience some of Sydney Festival's best shows.

Bring the kids and enjoy an afternoon of music and activities in and around Riverside Theatres including Jay Laga'aia and Lah-Lah; explore The Megaphone Project along Church Street; listen to a symphony of car stereos by composer Matthew Timmis in Car-Cophony. Visit the Spiegeltent Parramatta, Prince Alfred Park where we turn the typical reality TV talent competition on its head, with a mischievous show letting your kids be the ones to decide who's got talent; circus, silliness and dance all collide in Judgestars. And for those that love to dance to the beat Crossover Dance Studios will offer us a hip hop lesson that everyone can join in.

Over the road, Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE) opens its doors to present Tokyo Love-In's Tablatronics, a work that fuses classical music with electronic beats. Or walk around the Hubster Exhibition from resident creative enterprises or take a moment to check in and tag at their Social Networking Chill Lab.

Keep an eye out for pop up acts across the afternoon including the loud shirt wearing ukulele orchestra Blue MUGS or the free running spectacle Team 9lives. On the Rotunda in Prince Alfred Park Godfrey Uke & his Orchestra with fill the park with summer dance tunes.

Market Street's La Toosh stage will swing to life with The Green Mohair Suits, Vintage Quartestra and DJ Jack Sheesh all afternoon. While you relax stroll through the food stalls and replenish your energy for the night ahead.

As the sun begins to set, Church Street bursts into life with the world's largest Pyrophone, an enormous musical instrument that explodes with flames and irresistible beats. The Riverside Theatre Courtyard changes up a gear with local Hip Hop legends True Vibenation.

Finish your night at POP with a family friendly concert at the Parade Ground on the river's edge. Funk all-stars Kashmere Stage Band formed in Texas in 1967 when inspirational music teacher Conrad O. Johnson rallied his students to combine the passion of soul and the energy of funk with the dexterous arrangements of big band jazz. Members of the reunited band bring the groove, the rhythm and the soul to Parramatta for this rare performance guaranteed to have you on your feet.

Mali's Rokia Traoré is one of Africa's most adventurous singer/songwriters. Her music is exquisite and her voice golden as she traverses blues, African rock, folk and even dance across her diverse repertoire. Performing songs from her full catalogue, Rokia Traoré closes POP with a spellbinding set to leave you in awe.

All areas are wheelchair accessible
Parramatta City Streets and Parks
January 19 from 4pm - 11pm

The Rotunda

4pm, 5:20pm & 7:10pm Godfrey Uke & His Orchestra

Spiegeltent Parramatta
4pm Crossover Dance
5pm Judgestars
6.30pm Meem (18+)

Switch Digital Arts Centre
4:30pm & 7:30pm Tablatronics
4pm - 10pm Art Exhibitions/Social Media Hub

Eat Street
4pm - 10pm The Megaphone Project

Lennox Bridge
4pm &7:40pm Car-Cophony

Cnr Market & Palmer Street
8pm, 9pm & 10pm Pyrophone Juggernaut

4pm DJ Jack Sheesh
5pm The Green Mohair Suits
6pm DJ Jack Sheesh
6:20pm Vintage Quartestra
7pm DJ Jack Sheesh

7pm Awesome Tapes from Africa
8:30pm The Kashmere Stage Band
9:15pm Awesome Tapes from Africa
9:45pm Rokia Traoré

4pm Jay Laga'aia
5pm Lah-Lah
7pm True Vibenation

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No BYO alcohol, no glass. Food and beverages on sale throughout the event at Eat Street on Church. 

Be sun smart – wear sunscreen, a hat and drink plenty of water.

Planning your day? Leave the car at home, book your trip at There's also plenty of transport tips on our venue page.


Parramatta Opening Party
 Access to the City and Prince Alfred Park

All areas of Parramatta Opening Party are accessible. From Parramatta train station, we recommend travelling along Church Street to arrive at the managed access point at the corner of Church and Phillip Street. There will be marshals along the route directing you towards the Parade Grounds @ Old Kings and to Prince Alfred Park.

If you require drop off, we would recommend that you use the drop off area next to Prince Alfred Park on Marist Place (travelling south). There is a small area for vehicles to pull into, and for passengers to disembark. Wheelchair access is available from this point to the CBD and The Parade Ground @ Old King’s site. From here a traffic controller will direct your vehicle to public carparks.

Access at The Parade Ground @ Old King's Site

Parade Grounds @ Old King’s Site is wheelchair accessible. An accessible viewing area for patrons with a disability and their guests will be located next to the Front of House marquee. Limited spaces will be available for RMS Mobility Parking Scheme Permit Holders and must be booked before the event on 0439 386 062. This area is located in the Parramatta Council Swimming Pool - located off O'Connell street.

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For details of the extra public transport that will be operating or to plan a trip, visit, call 131500 or download the Transport Info app.