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Sydney Festival Parramatta

Sydney Festival Parramatta returns with a jam-packed program of free and ticketed events.

With an even bigger and better Spiegeltent, the Salon Perdu, and free opening and closing events suitable for the whole family, there's something for everyone at Sydney Festival Parramatta.

The jaw-dropping acrobatics, brazen attitude and high-voltage energy of Circolombia takes over Parramatta Riverside Theatre for two weeks with URBAN, fresh from sell-out seasons at London's Roundhouse and highly acclaimed performances in Paris and Broadway. Sexy and gritty, URBAN is a no holds barred autobiographical tale of life on the streets in Colombia.

Last year's hit Parra Opening Party (POP) is back, with the heart of Parramatta transformed for a day of free entertainment. The Riverside Theatres and Salon Perdu Spiegeltent will look after the kids with music and activities; The Megaphone Project turns Church Street into a participatory musical installation for all; Matthew Timmis' Car-Cophony creates a symphony of car stereos; Tokyo Love-In's Tablatronics fuses classical music with electronic beats; and the world's largest Pyrophone explodes with flames and irresistible beats! POP will wrap with a free performance from funk all-stars Kashmere Stage Band and Malian superstar Rokia Traoré.

In the Parramatta Festival Garden, 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 returns to Parramatta after whooping up a storm across Europe, ready to tantalise and tease with a contortion of vaudeville, burlesque, dance, clowning and that meat tray raffle scene.

Sydney Festival Parramatta comes to a close on Australia Day, with a free performance from Archie Roach in the evening, alongside Parramatta City Council's Australia Day celebrations (including fireworks!) and Lah-Lah's Big Live Band for the kids.

Find out about all our early release events, and look out for the full Sydney Festival program tomorrow, October 23. 

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