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Festival Director: Stephen Hall

The 1990 Festival of Sydney saw great local and international talent taking the stage. Well-known Australian actor Leo McKern performed in Boswell For The Defence and the United Kingdom’s Victor Spinetti, known for his roles in The Beatles’ films, performed his one-man show A Very Private Diary. Local audiences were also delighted by the stunning production of The Rover from the State Theatre Company of South Australia.

In new events, the Sydney Harbour Helmet Ride happened for the first time, with cyclists following the foreshore from Mrs Macquarie’s chair to Darling Harbour.


The Rover
Written by Aphra Behn
Directed by Gale Edwards
Designed by Ken Wilby and Mark Thompson
State Theatre Company of South Australia

Written by Peta Murray
Directed by Carol Woodrow
Canberra Theatre Company

The Lover And The Beloved
Inspired by Carson McCullers' The Ballad Of The Sad Cafe
Inside-Out Theatre

A Very Private Diary
Directed by Ned Sherrin
Performed by Victor Spinetti

Boswell For The Defence
A play by Patrick Edgeworth
Directed by Frank Hauser
Designed by Kristian Fredrikson
Performed by Leo McKern


Expressions Dance Company
Artistic Director: Maggi Sietsma

Sha Sha Higby


Symphony Under The Stars
Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Stuart Challender
Hosted by Andrew Denton

Bacardi Festival Club
Rick Price, Raging Waters, The Swinging Sidewalks, Supermarket, Monica And The Moochers

Café Of The Gate Of Salvation

Coca-Cola Bottlers Dance Hall

Michelle Shocked

Midsummer Jazz
Monica and the Moochers, Supermarket

Rock 'n' Roll Picnic
Jon English, John Paul Young and The Eddys

Twilight Concerts

Wynton Marsalis


ESSO Opera In The Park - La Boheme
The Australian Opera
Conductor: Myer Fredman


The Flying Fruit Fly Circus


Australia Day Ceremony

Australia Day Concert

Australia Day Fireworks

Festival Outdoors: Children's Carnival

Festival Outdoors: Street Theatre

Perrier Writers' Week

The IBM Festival Information Centre

The Rocks Painters' Picnic


BHP Steel Outdoor Movie Season


Australia Day 12m International Australia Day Challenge

Australia Day Regatta

NRMA Motorfest

OTC Schooner Race

Parade of Sail

The Coca-Cola Amatil Ferrython

The Sydney Harbour Helmet Ride

1990 program

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