Sydney Festival 2014: 9-26 January

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One of the largest and most anticipated events in Australia is Sydney Festival which takes place every January. The first Sydney Festival was held in 1977 and, since then, it has become so big and diverse that it has attracted crowds of up to one million in recent years. Sydney Festival usually draws to a close on 26 January which coincides with Australia Day.

The festival is a cultural celebration which boasts all that Sydney has to offer its locals and tourists. There are around 80 events held during the three week festival, such as Jazz and Symphony concerts in the famous Sydney Opera House. Big names from all over the world take part, and past artists include Björk and Elvis Costello. Some of the performances you can see include dance, theatre, music and visual arts.

Most of the festival events require a ticket. However, there are street celebrations such as fireworks, parties and open-air concerts which are free.

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