The new year starts with the Sydney Festival to get everyone into the mood: music, dance, theatre, entertainment and good food.
The year makes its debut with a big bang.
A great line-up of international and Australian bands, singers, performers, circus shows, spectacular laser displays, family friendly entertainment, music and fun for the kids.
Sydney becomes the place to be and see it all.
It's the place to relax, enjoy and get up and close with quirky, classical or modern art in various expressions.
It is a three weeks celebration of arts and performances that run across Sydney with ticketed events and some free shows.
It happens in January every year. That is why January is the best time of the year to come to Sydney.
Almost all arts are represented: theatre, dance, music, circus, visual arts, philosophical or cultural talks and debates. Everything that stimulates your mind and heart.
The festival is a great opportunity for locals or tourists to get to know and see a number of famous international personalities that come to perform down under.
In 2014 Hyde Park hosts the summer village, with food, ice cream and books during the day and rhythm, DJs and live music at night.
Mums and bubs stroll in the park, toddlers run around, teenagers play chess on the grass, City workers come for lunch, a chat with friends or a book to read.
No need to carry your books - just browse the display and borrow them from the City library impromptu outdoor stand in the village. If you are a bookaholic, the cushioned benches near the book shelves offer a cosy place for your favourite pastime.
There are more reasons to spend time in Hyde Park's village.
One of them is...Stonehenge.
Yes, the iconic site pops up in the park right from the London Festival. It's a huge monument, not the real one, the inflatable one known as Sacrilege.
If you've never seen the real one, you can take a walk...actually a bounce around the large stones and feel like a...modern Druid.
Children and grown ups are welcome to play around and take a leap back in time.
Then visit the night entertainment area at the Rekorderlig Gazebo, the Spiegeltent or the Village Bandstand.
Not much to see during the day, but check out those barrels. Wonder what's in there...?
The area will come alive after dusk with the sound of music, the lively bars and food outlets.
Circus and buffoons? Sydney festival brings the vaudeville to town.
There are more events at the Paradiso Town Hall and in Parramatta. Check out the festival website to grab your tickets and see which shows are free.
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