Sydney Festival 2019

SUNDAY SERIES: MUSIC ON THE GO TOWARDS SYDNEY FESTIVAL 19

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Sydney Festival 19 has a Spotify playlist and this week The Guide spent many pleasurable hours listening to a wide variety of music from some of the fantastic artists who will perform at the festival.

Some of our favourites:

Julia Holter: ‘Words I Heard’.  With an eerie voice and an otherworldly feel, this surprisingly meditative song still has brass and power in the music.

Orquesta Akokán: ‘Mambo Rapido’. It’s impossible to stay still when the big band breaks out with those trumpets.  A real pick-me-up of a song.

Nakhane: ‘Interloper’.  There’s a dance feel underneath the haunting themes here but this is one to sit and immerse.

Elena Kats-Chernin: ‘Lullaby for Nick’. The piano is front and centre in this lilting, lyrical offering which calms and smooths out the cares of the day.

Spinifex Gum: ‘Malungungu’. With an unbeatable beat and superb voices raises to the sky, this song speaks directly to Australians who love their country.

And the song on most repeat?

Les Filles de Illighadad. ‘Eghass Malan’  Addictive harmonies and complex musical references with a pulsing Afro rhythm that is head bopping heaven.

Spinifex Gum. Credit Daniel Pockett

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SUNDAY SERIES: A SNEAK PEAK BACKSTAGE AT THE SYDNEY FESTIVAL.

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In our QUEST FOR THE BEST OF THE FEST we turned our attention this week to preparations. Head of Production John Bayley was very generous with his time  to answer some questions about the the work that gets done before  Sydney Festival 2019.

SAG:     There are so many venues across the festival, 32 by my count from the back of the program. I imagine each would have very specific challenges so as to bring the physical place in line with the artistic requirements?

JOHN:    At the festival we always try to choose the right venue for the show. That’s the ideal. When that’s not possible we work closely with the venue to understand just how far we can push and what we can do to make a show work.

Our aim is to create an environment where an artist can do their best work. Sometimes we create that environment in the space , but also it can be by surrounding the artist with the best people or equipment for their show. All of us enjoy the challenge of making a venue work. Continue reading SUNDAY SERIES: A SNEAK PEAK BACKSTAGE AT THE SYDNEY FESTIVAL.

SUNDAY SERIES: QUEST FOR THE BEST OF THE FEST.

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Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.’

The Sydney Festival has a commitment to Sustainability and their definition as been adopted from the Brundtland Commission’s definition of sustainable development.

You can read the document in full at the Sydney Festival  website.  It covers such areas as power, waste, water and transport.  It also includes information about physical elements such as signage and advertising.

"With an estimated audience of 450 000, over 50 venues with performances by over 800 artists from Australia and abroad, the impact of resource consumption, waste creation, transportation, and greenhouse gas emissions is considerable.

In collaboration with our artists, venues, suppliers, staff, crew, volunteers and, importantly, with our audience together we can meaningfully reduce our resource consumption, waste creation, and our greenhouse gas emissions, so that together we meet our vision for a truly Sustainable Sydney Festival.

We will be enlisting your help to reduce our impact because; we believe that together we really can make a difference." (Sydney Festival Website)

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SYDNEY FESTIVAL PROGRAM ANNOUNCED: TIME FOR CHOOSING.

This image: Biladurang. Credit Pippa Samaya                                                                                            Featured image: Apollo 11. Credit Tony (Li) Tang

Once again the announcement of  The Sydney Festival 2019 brings a pleasurable nightmare of choices.

Human history on display as the Festival swings from  the moon landing , through Mambo  music  of the 40s & 50s and  Shanghai in the 30’s,  on to Romanian Jews in 1908 Canada, back further to reflect on colonisation and then back, back, back to ancient inspiration from our platypus. Continue reading SYDNEY FESTIVAL PROGRAM ANNOUNCED: TIME FOR CHOOSING.