How to tackle the final week of the Festival

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January 24, 2018
Sydney Festival
Sydney Festival wraps up this Sunday 28 January, but there’s still a whole bunch of action happening, from blockbuster theatre and music shows to free art experiences.

And best of all, this weekend is three days long, so you’ve got an extra day off to traverse the city and hit up all our spots. Scroll down for some top picks of where to go.

Wednesday 24 January

Model Citizens at Prince Alfred Square, Parramatta, at 7.30pm

If you haven’t had a chance to catch the eye-popping new Circus Oz show Model Citizens at Circus City yet, get in before it’s too late. The Music gave it four stars, describing the show as “incisive and funny” and a “complete departure from regular life,” while The Conversation called it “a triumph of skill and political satire.”


Thursday 25 January

The Wider Earth at Sydney Opera House, 7.30pm

Catch actor Stephen Conroy and a cast of stunning hand made puppets retelling the story of Charles Darwin’s voyage of international discovery on the Beagle; the Sydney Morning Herald gave it four and a half stars, writing "this is a voyage of extraordinary theatrical discovery that celebrates the power of curiosity, the natural world and big ideas."

Friday 26 January

Baraya at Barangaroo at 7.45am, and Ferrython on Sydney Harbour from 10.45am

Treat yourself to a full Festival experience this Friday. In the morning, reflect on Australia’s Indigenous heritage with the moving Baraya – Sing Up Country ceremony at Barangaroo Reserve, then wander around the foreshore to find a picnic spot where you can watch all the action of the Ferrython (or, if you’re down for free drinks and a free lunch, score one of the final tickets for passengers to ride aboard the racing ferries).

Meriton Festival Village in Hyde Park

Then stop by the Meriton Festival Village in Hyde Park for a dip in the Village Pools, and to experience all the free and cheap art experiences at the Village Sideshow presented by China Southern Airlines. Opens at 4.30pm till late.




Saturday 27 January

Lisa Reihana Cinemania at Campbelltown Arts Centre, from 10am

You don’t want to miss the enthralling, hour-long wrap-around video work in Pursuit of Venus [infected], which explores myths of colonialism and the lived experience of Indigenous Australians and Pacific Islanders.

“When New Zealand artist Lisa Reihana’s colossal video work premiered in its full form at the 2017 Venice Biennale, it was quickly declared by some critics to be the best work of the entire line-up, and deserved to be recognised as ‘one of the key artworks of recent years’,” wrote Time Out Sydney.

“The effect on the viewer is the sense that you’re actually floating through time and space, viewing a panorama of imperial antipodean conquest, the first nations people the Europeans found there and the cultures that remain,” The Guardian added, summarising Reihana’s career retrospective as “an immersive and seductive experience.”


Pussy Riot Theatre: Riot Days at Carriageworks, 8pm

There’s only a few tickets left to catch this intense theatre/music performance by Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina, which tells in brutal detail the story of Pussy Riot’s arrest, torture and solitary confinement in Russia for protesting Putin.“Full of fierce, rousing joy [it’s] a generous document to defiance, a kinetic invitation to dissent,” The Guardian wrote. “I left blazing with hope."


Sunday 28 January

Barber Shop Chronicles at Seymour Centre at 5pm

What better way to finish off your 2018 Festival experience than with one of the most energising – and moving – theatre experiences in the program.

Barber Shop Chronicles is a high energy, fast-paced and poetic string of interlinked vignettes that take you inside the world of barber shops in the African diaspora, where black men can express themselves away from an ever-present critical white gaze.

Performed by a talented troupe of British actors and exploring themes from male role models to the aftershocks of slavery and legacies of Mandela and Mugabe, Barber Shop Chronicles has been garnering rave reviews all over; Limelight Magazine gave it four and a half stars, writing, "razor-sharp dialogue drives this brilliantly upbeat, multi-layered exploration of community."

Catch the cast talking barber shops and getting fresh haircuts in Western Sydney on the 7.30 Report over here, and score tickets for the final performance on Sunday below.



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