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Sydney — By Lauren Katulka on January 2, 2010 at 12:05 am
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Sydney Parties on with Annual Arts Festival

The dust may have settled on 2010, but Sydney’s not about to stop partying any time soon. From January 9 we’ll be in celebration mode again with the commencement of this year’s Sydney Festival.

It all kicks off with Festival First Night on January 9, where 250, 000 revellers are expected to see free performances from Al Green, The Black Arm Band, The Maganiyar Seduction, and more.

There’s more cheap entertainment at the Beck’s Festival Bar with bands including Grizzly Bear, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Severed Heads, and more playing every weekend.

You’ll need to be quick if you hope to snag tickets for some of the other shows. Al Green, Neko Case, and John Cale are some of the big name musicians set to play headline shows. I’m also intrigued by Rogue’s Gallery, a night of pirate ballads and sea shanties starring Marianne Faithful, Tim Robbins, Todd Rundgren, our own Sarah Blasko, Katy Steele, and many more big musical and acting names.

Theatre buffs also have plenty to look forward to, with an Irish rendition of Giselle, and German director Thomas Ostermeier bringing us Happy as Larry, a very different look at Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

For a full program of events and ticket details make sure you check out the Sydney Festival website.

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