The World's First Magic Supergroup
One year ago, four of the hottest young magicians of the moment met for the first time and the world’s first magic supergroup was born. Natural showmen, Justin Willman, Nate Staniforth, Justin Flom and Australia’s own James Galea are the faces of modern magic. Keep your wits about you for this one!
Free kids' workshops
The only good war is a boxwar! Boxwars brings its elaborate cardboard battalion to Festival Village. Get hands-on in workshops designed for kids of all ages. Join in at any time and stay as long as you want to decorate your own reclaimed cardboard hat.
Relax on the lawn with a good book
Don't miss the City of Sydney's Lawn Library, nestled among the trees in Hyde Park all festival long. Grab a coffee and beat the heat among shelves full of hundreds of books, all free for you to take home.
The kids can also enjoy a full calendar of children's rhymetime, twilight storytime and late night readings, and there'll also be fun, creative workshops.
Get revved up for Australia Day
If you think Sydney Harbour is spectacular on a quiet day, wait until you see the Ferrython
. The annual Australia Day celebration sees our ferries go racing from Circular Quay to Shark Island and back under Sydney Harbour Bridge. Pack a picnic and cheer on our ferries as they get fast and furious.
Urban spaces & fantastical dreams
Bidwill Shopping Plaza
Developed with local communities of Bidwill, FUNPARK merges fantastical dream worlds with contemporary experiences. Walking through the disused Bidwill Shopping Plaza you might stumble into an interactive arcade cinema, a political rock opera or a spontaneous hula-hooping session.
Shakespeare re-imagined by Tim Crouch
Acclaimed in London and New York for his one-man shows for all ages, Tim Crouch shoves Shakespeare's minor characters into the spotlight to hilarious effect. Crouch re-imagines Twelfth Night through the eyes of Shakespeare's most pent-up steward. A riotous rant from a man notoriously wronged.
Ali McGregor does jazzy beats for kids
Lead by the insanely talented cabaret star Ali McGregor, this hour of jazzy beats and trashy pop classics will get your children singing, prancing, twisting and dancing. McGregor and her jazz trio are joined by two dancers who teach rock'n'roll, swing and jive moves.
Circus Ronaldo Tent
"Choreographed mayhem was never this beautiful" The List (UK) Kaput is a beautifully poignant & silent movie-esque debacle. Inspired by slapstick legends Buster Keaton & Charlie Chaplin, this side-splitting hit comes to Sydney after a critically-acclaimed season at Edinburgh Fringe. Suitable for 8+.
A dazzling display of slapstick
Circus Ronaldo Tent
The 6th generation of a renowned Belgian circus family, Danny & David Ronaldo have charmed audiences all around the world. With a tip of the chef's hat to slapstick, vaudeville and commedia, La Cucina dell'Arte offers up a hearty serving of buffoonery and the nostalgic romance of traditional circus.
Ancient rock'n'roll of the East
From the dusty plains of northwest China's Shaanxi Province comes the tradition of Lao Qiang or ‘old tunes'. Lao Qiang is energetic folk music accompanied by shadow puppetry. The Zhang Family Band performs this centuries-old form of storytelling with humour and energy.
Uncanny architecture on a grand scale at Darling Harbour
Paris and London have marveled at the perspective-skewing art installations of Argentinian artist Leandro Erlich. Now, it’s our turn. Merchants Store may look like an ordinary building from afar, until you spot the people dangling from the windows, climbing up the walls and crawling on the roof.
Daring & whimsical aerial acrobatics
Ockham’s Razor, known for daring yet refined aerial acrobatics, brings three vividly theatrical works to Sydney Festival. Using tailor-made aerial equipment, the agile physical performers investigate themes of isolation, reliance and the way our actions impact on those around us.
Turning up the volume on Shakespeare's classic
Chicago hip-hop sensation Q Brothers take their inspiration from the original genius lyricist: Shakespeare. Together, the brothers have created a fiery, feisty musical ad-rap-tation of Othello. Innovative, intelligent and street smart, Othello: The Remix is suitable for ages 10+.
Free family fun
Imagine a perfect summer night filled with free music, street theatre and amazing food for the whole family to enjoy. This is POP 2014. With Sydney festival artists such as Boxwars, Ambrose Akinmusire, Hot Dub Time Machine Bella Kalolo, Ben Caplan and The Casual Smokers, and Lee Fields & The Expressions.
Kaldor Public Art Projects
Parramatta Town Hall
The celebrated Slovakian artist Roman Ondák merges art with experiences of everyday life, challenging perceptions with poetic ideas and humorous interventions. Ondák's work relies on public participation in the discreet dislocation of objects from their usual settings. Make your mark at Project 28!
The Duck is back!
The Duck is back. As soon as the five-storey high, yellow Rubber Duck
floated into Cockle Bay last year, it became something of a celebrity. Back to play in our corner of the bathtub, we've invited the Duck to make a splash at duck-feeding HQ in Parramatta.
Don't forget you can follow the yellow duck footprints all through Parramatta to find the Duck.
Bounce on life-size inflatable of Stonehenge
A timeless monument treated to an irreverent modern makeover. Baffling historians for centuries, Stonehenge is reimagined as a life-size inflatable castle– with everyone invited to have a bounce. This new work by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller has become a contemporary art feel-good hit.
Fun topsy-turvy ingenious thingummybobs
Circus Ronaldo Tent
In Squaring the Wheel, a quirky character finds topsy-turvy ways to look at a pile of junk. With a little imagination, a frying pan turns into a friend, a broom plays music, an egg takes a walk, and even the most ordinary household items become extraordinary fun. Suitable for ages 5+.
Retelling of The Pied Piper
An immersive retelling of The Pied Piper of Hamelin is a unique journey for children and adults. With an unusual twist- one part of the audience is invited onto the stage and into the story. Given wireless headphones, it is an intimate and participatory experience viewed by the seated audience.
Circus Ronaldo Tent
A sonic journey for the whole family. Beatbox addict Tom Thum makes musical magic using only his mouth and a microphone. Packing an entire sound system into his throat, he creates mind-blowing soundscapes of impossible beats, phenomenal notes and a whole band's worth of instruments.