January is the best month to spend your time in Sydney Australia. It is summer, a holiday season and the right time to have fun at the beach.
And if you were there for the New Years Eve you could have also enjoyed live the best fireworks in the world.
But it is also the month when Sydney Festival takes place every year.
The festival is packed with great entertainment.
Lots of things to do in the City during this month.
Australian artists and international performers offer great shows in almost all genres:
Before 2013 the festival was offering a free opening night in the City. Wile this does not happen any more and the free night moved to Parramatta, 20 km west from the City, the Festival is still the best attraction in town.
The events that pull the largest number of crowds are the free concerts in the Domain that usually happen on the weekends.
In 2014 there are two concerts, one featuring jazz artist Chaka Khan and the other featuring the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
The concerts in the Domain are a good way to see great shows. The advantage is that you can listen to stunning voices and performers for free.
But the downside is that the events are crowded, you sit on the lawn, and need to find a place close to one of the big screens to see what is happening on the stage.
Still a nice way to get familiar with art and culture.
Let's just remember what the free nights looked like in the past. They started in the afternoon with shows for children and families in Hyde Park and were going well into the night, with music, dance, entertainment, lights, film and videos.
In 2010 some of the acts of the first night included:
In 2011 the exciting places to be during the opening night were:
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