Art & Design

Our picks for Sydney Festival 2015

By Lucy Cook
19th Dec 2014

Once again, Sydneysiders are spoilt for choice this summer with the range of different events popping up all around town as part of Sydney Festival 2015. Such a lengthy event program is a daunting and time consuming and we, at The Urban List, love to give you a helping hand to make the most of what Sydney has to offer, so we’ve compiled a list of the events we are most excited for this festival.

Disco Dome

If disco is your game, then this will be your idea of heaven. For three consecutive Friday and Saturday nights, Parramatta will turn into funky town with Disco Dome — an immersive, after dark walking tour and dance event that reviews Parramatta nightlife between 1978-1995. The tour will see you getting physical with participatory performance channeling Jane Fonda and Richard Simmons before ending the night in a Boogie Wonderland. Buy yourself a ticket and start dusting off those dancing shoes.

Beat The Drum: Celebrating 40 years of Triple J

The Cornerstone of Australian music and culture, Triple J, is turning 40 and they’re getting a bunch of amazing Australian artists together to put on a massive concert to celebrate. The line up features Hilltop Hoods, The Presets, The Cat Empire, You Am I, Vance Joy, Ball Park Music, The Preatures, Nina Las Vegas, Gotye, Bernard Fanning and a whole lot more to fill out The Domain on the 16th of January, with a lineup as legendary as that, be sure to get your tickets early.

So Frenchy So Chic

Francophile’s of Sydney, rejoice! So Frenchy So Chic has returned to give us our fill of provincial charm and Parisian sophistication, no passport required. The picnic/festival hybrid lets you chill out and dance to the music of four French artists ranging from surf-rock to futuristic electro pop, before digging into some delicious French inspired picnic fair. From picnic hampers to charcuterie boards, there are plenty of delicious options to choose from to keep your stomach happy throughout the day.

Higher Ground by Maser

A world of converging architecture, bursting with colours will rise out from the Hyde Park lawn, relying on you to bring it to life. Physical and visual boundaries collide as you explore the space full of explosive colours, shapes and stripes. Part art installation and part selfie heaven, it’s like stepping inside a painting and will be sure to feature on every Sydneysider’s Instagram feed.

Complimentary Yoga with Lululemon Athletica

With so many great events to check out during the Sydney Festival, you’ll be run off your feet and feeling the need to take a moment for yourself and relax. Lucky for you, lululemon will bring festivalgoers complimentary 1-hour yoga classes in Hyde Park. Summer days are meant to be spent outdoors, so take advantage of this free event and soak up the sun while you move, breathe, strengthen and stretch.

The Artist Live in Concert

After winning five Academy Awards in 2011, you probably are already aware of the beautiful film ‘The Artist’. Directed and written by Michel Hazanavicius this silent film follows a silent movie star who meets a young dancer, when the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions. The film’s electrifying orchestral score will be performed on stage by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, truly bringing the film to life in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall.


Musos are in for a treat this summer with the Australian premiere of BODY/HEAD. Sonic Youth co-founder Kim Gordon has teamed up with experimental guitarist Bill Nace and together they deliver squalling, mostly improvised guitar pieces layered with feedback and guided by Gordon’s signature primal vocals. Combined with visually mesmerising projections, this dark performance is sure to be unique!


Walk around the inner city and there are plenty of bearded, lumberjack styled men roaming around, but none quite like what you’ll see at Timber! This family event is full of sweat, sawdust and beards, showcasing the circus skills of three generations of this family of circus performers from Quebec’s Cirque Alfonse. The performance combines traditional circus acts with theatre, physical comedy, live traditional music, folklore and the tools of the lumberjack trade, perfect to get your fix of wood chucking and whip cracking before the Sydney Royal Easter Show rolls into town.

Image credit: So Frenchy So Chic

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