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Area (sq km): 7,686,850
Population: 20,434,176
Nationality: Australian
Local Name: Australia
Language: English
Time Zone: +8 - +10 GMT
Currency: 1 dollar =
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Capital: Canberra
Dialling Code: +61
Electricity: 230V/50Hz
Internet Code: .au
Religion: Catholic,
Anglican,
Other Christian
Climate: Arid,
Temperate,
Tropical
Government: Federal Parliamentary Democracy
Inoculations: None
Driving: Left
Int'l License: Not required
Banking: M-F 9.30-17.00
Major Airports: Adelaide(ADL),
Brisbane(BNE),
Canberra(CBR),
Darwin(DRW),
Melbourne(MEL),
Perth(PER),
Sydney(SYD)

Sydney accommodation for Festival fun

Sydney is a beautiful cosmopolitan city proud of its people and its evolving culture. The Sydney Festival is a chance to celebrate the city, its great venues, its brilliant performers and generally just to have a fabulous time.

Sydney Festival's Australia Day
Sydney Festival's Australia Day

Sydney Festival

The Sydney Festival is the largest cultural event in Australia and is a must-see when you rent Sydney accommodation with VillasPeople.com.

From humble beginnings in 1977 to over one million people in attendance in 2007, the Sydney Festival is indisputably thriving. January is a popular holiday month for Australia accommodation so book ahead.

In an effort to bring people to Sydney, the city and New South Wales banded together to create the first annual Sydney Festival. The festival lasts for three amazing weeks in January and the programme is diverse including live music, art exhibitions, dance recitals, theatre performances, Australian premiers, food shows and the list goes on and on.

The Sydney Festival has something for everyone. The event caters to families with dance lessons for kids, animation shows and loads of music geared toward youngsters.

Australia Day, on 26 January, is best spent at Sydney Harbour where the catamarans race for the Line Honours Trophy. Sydney Olympic Park hosts free movie screenings under the stars while Sydney Harbour has a touring Chinese Junk boat. There are art exhibitions galore and great forums on all sorts of topics for you to see from Australia accommodation.

Sydney Opera House

Theatre in Sydney is one of the best programmes and assets of the Sydney Festival. The scope is wide and the performers are stellar. Enjoy classic shows by Shakespeare and Samuel Beckett one night, then attend a raucous cabaret or an inspired performance art piece the next.

Some famous names associated with theatre in Sydney for the Sydney Festival are Ralph Fiennes, Charles Dance, Helen Morse, Barry McGovern, Stomp, Christopher Marthaler and Maly Drama Theatre of St. Petersburg. Theatre venues in Sydney include famed Sydney Opera House, Sydney Theatre Royal, Customs House Square, Sydney Theatre in Walsh Bay, Parade Theatres and Famous Spiegeltent.

Sydney Festival Music Programme

Not only has Australia’s famous talent come to the stage for the summer festival, but the international world has also come to Australia to grace the stages and amaze onlookers. The Sydney Festival music programme is just remarkable! The festival organisers obviously put great care and effort into making music an integral part of the three week festival.

Hyde Park Barracks is the most popular music venue in Sydney during the festival and has close ties to Beck’s Festival Bar. Expect to hear hip-hop, house, disco, funk, rock, electronica, trance, soul, gypsy and some serious DJs.

The Famous Spiegeltent, the Stage Theatre, The Domain and Riverside Theatres are great music venues of the Sydney Festival. Plan your next holiday in Australia with VillasPeople.com by choosing the right Sydney accommodation for you and the family.

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