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Festival Director: Stephen Hall

Following the massive two-month celebrations of the previous year, 1989’s Festival of Sydney continued with a strong and varied program that included exciting new theatre from Spain, Canada and France, along with music from the United Kingdom, Bulgaria and Spain.

The free outdoor activities once located in Hyde Park moved to the new public recreation areas of Darling Harbour. Free events were staged daily in Martin Place and selected spots in the CBD, including music at lunchtimes and street theatre performances. The Festival even hosted a CBD-wide treasure hunt.

The Festival program existed in digital form for the first time with the IBM Festival Information Centre at Darling Harbour, which featured the IBM InfoWindow System, a touch screen computer with daily festival schedules available to the public.


La Fura Dels Baus

Desirs Parade
Phillipe Genty Company

Victor & Barry
Forbes Masson, Alan Cumming

Knuckledusters: The Jewels Of Edith Sitwell
Devised from the writings of Edith Sitwell by Kerry Walker
Company B Belvoir

David Williamson's Top Silk
Directed by Rodney Fisher
Designed by Shaun Gurton
Starring Tina Bursill and Geoff Morrell

The Wind In The Willows
by Kenneth Grahame
An outdoor adaptation


New Demons
La La La Human Steps

Susanne Linke


Beethoven Symphonies 1 & 9
Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Philharmonia Choir
Conductor: Stuart Challender
Soloists: Lisa Gasteen (soprano), Lauris Elms (contralto), Christopher Doig (tenor), Noel Mangin (bass)

Symphony Under The Stars
Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Stuart Challender

The Wallace Collection


Band Spectacular

Carlos Bonell Ensemble

Joshua Rifkin Plays Scott Joplin

Latin Dance Spectacular at Coca Cola Bottlers Dance Hall
Pardon Me Boys Big Band

Midsummer Jazz
The James Morrison Quintet, Billy Field and his Bad Habits Band, Tommy Emmanuel, Sweet Atmosphere, Georgie Fame and the Aussie Blue Flames

Rock Back The Clock



ESSO Opera In The Park - Puccini's Tosca
The Australian Opera, The Elizabethan Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Stuart Challender


BHP Steel Outdoor Movie Season

Maria: Film


Bone Stone Shell: New Jewellery New Zealand

Gold Of The Pharaoahs

Maria Callas Memorial Exhibition

Taxis Combined Sculpture and Painting Workshop


Australia Day

Bacardi Festival Club

Macquarie St Entertainment

Merlin's Festival Treasure Hunt

Perrier Writers' And Readers' Festival

Street Distractions

The Festival at Darling Harbour


Maria Callas Sings Again


Magnificent Magic
Genii Magical Society


NRMA Motorfest

Schooner Race

The Amatil Ferrython

1989 program

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