One of the reasons why I love living in Sydney is the amazing cultural calendar full of entertaining options, especially the festivals! Ah, the festivals...
Passed summer and its very cool music festivals, now it’s time for food, wine, books, films, comedy and balanced life.
Take a look at some of Sydney’s most anticipated festivals in 2010:
Sydney Comedy Festival – 19 April to 9 May
Twenty days to laugh as much as you can, up for the challenge? If you are, it’s time to check the program and choose some of many shows available. There will be Australian, American, English and Canadian comedians to choose from. And also many venues: Enmore, Metro, Factory, Parade, Sydney Opera House. Prices are between 25 and 50 dollars.
Sydney Writers’ Festival – May 15 to 23
More than 300 events are divided into five categories, according to Sydney’s icons: Harbour (poetry and fiction), Bridge (connections across borders through translation), fireworks (ideas, issues and debates), Stars (celebrities and bestsellers) and Rocks (Science and Technology, the Environment, the Economy, History, Philosophy). There will be free and ticketed events happening everywhere in the city. On their website you can search events by location, cost, topic, writer etc.
MindBodySpirit Festival – May 13 to 16 and November 4 to 7
What about a whole weekend enhancing your physical and mental wellbeing? Like the idea? So don’t miss this one. The festival will take place at Sydney Exhibition & Convention Centre from 10 am to 7 pm daily. You’ll find more than 200 exhibitors, enjoy free seminars and performances. According to the website, you can also “try yoga, find the latest herbal supplements, have a psychic reading, receive a massage or food detox. Buy crystals, jewellery and unique gifts. Enlist the services of a life coach, spiritual teacher or healer.” Adults pay 16 dollars and children under 14 have entry free.
Sydney Film Festival – June 2 to 14
Prepare to watch the best new films from all around the world in only twelve days! You can watch brand new features from over forty countries, short films, Australian films, documentaries and archive titles. And to make the most out of the films, you can attend any of the wide range of free panel talks, debates and forums. The whole program is to be announced on Friday 7 May, but some of the films you can already wait for are: Fire Me Up (France-Germany-UK), Freak Me Out (Australia), Love Me (China), Make Me Laugh (USA), Push me to the Edge (France), Take me on a Journey (Canada-Ireland), Sounds on Screen (Canada) and Creative Drive (USA). The FlexiPass, which allows you to purchase a group of tickets in advance (10, 20 or 30), is already available; single tickets will start selling from 7 May. Events will be hosted by: State Theatre, Event Cinemas George Street, Dendy Opera Quays and Art Gallery of NSW.
Sydney International Food Festival – October 2 to 22
Not much confirmed yet but that’s not even necessary for us to know that one of the most anticipated festivals in the city will be delicious! The Sydney International Food Festival is always a hit with great attractions and guests. This year they’ll repeat the successful Barbecue Madness launch day, World Chef Showcase and Night Noodle Markets. It will also have dinners, tours and classes; the community and regional festivals will be back as well. You can sign up for Foodie News (email to firstname.lastname@example.org) to keep up to date until the big event.