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5 Cool Things To Eat, See And Do At This Year’s Sydney Festival

Every January for the last 41 years, the Sydney Festival has transformed the city into an incredibly bold cultural celebration, based on big ideas and cutting-edge art and performance.

It’s got everything you could ask for in a festival, from jaw-dropping underwater symphonies and modern Indigenous art to delicious desserts and even a massive wedding reception. With more than 134 events across 51 venues in 24 days, there’s a lot to see and do.

Here’s five choice picks you should definitely check out at this year’s festival.

#1 Love Is Love Wedding Reception

Tomorrow, on Tuesday, January 9, people will celebrate an historic day in Hyde Park: the first day that same-sex couples can formally marry in Australia. So, how do you celebrate such an occasion? Well, a giant rainbow wedding reception complete with cake, champagne and pink swimming pools is a good place to start.

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Image: Peter Hershey

You can have a go at playing wedding singer, too, with a karaoke carousel free for guests between 6pm and 8pm.

Bespoke cake creations courtesy of Black Star Pastry and My Little Panda Kitchen are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. All are available while supplies last, so get in early to secure your slice.

When: Tuesday, January 9, 6pm to 8pm

Where: Hyde Park, Elizabeth Street, Sydney


#2 Messina Gelato-Biscuit Hybrids

Guys, I know we said your sweet tooth would be satisfied, but Messina biscuits are going to blow it out of the water.

Whenever a new Messina creation rolls into town, it causes quite the stir — and with good reason. And, at this year’s Sydney Festival, the gelato giant will be dishing out one of the latest and greatest, the Disco Biscuit.

Part-biscuit, part-gelato, part-disco – these babies are the ultimate textural pairing and we’re keen to get in on the action. Flavours include Saturday Nut Fever, The O.G., and Bisco Inferno.

When: Friday, January 5, to Sunday, January 28, from 4:30pm ’til late.

Where: Hyde Park, Elizabeth Street, Sydney


#3 Aquasonic

Aquasonic is the world’s first underwater band — an ethereal underwater concert performed by five musicians submerged in aquariums.

Their instruments are custom-made, and the sounds they make are truly otherworldly. It’s going to be weird, you won’t want to miss it.

Tickets start at $53, and can be booked online.

When: Monday, January 8 and Tuesday, January 9

Where: Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh


#4 Sydney Festival Village Sideshow

If you’d like to kill a bunch of birds with one big stone, Hyde Park is the place to be during the festival. Every year, the park transforms into a hub of food, laughter and glitter.

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Image: Sydney.com

There will be carnival-themed rides, art installations, arcade games, pop-up swimming pools, amazing eats and lots more. It’s also the place you can belt out to your all-time favourite tunes from the Karaoke Carousel.

When: Tuesday, January 9, to Sunday, January 28, from 4:30pm ’til late

Where: Hyde Park, Elizabeth Street, Sydney


#5 Jurassic Plastic

What’s better than a fun exercise in creativity and nostalgia? Jurassic Plastic is a hands-on, interactive art installation, allowing visitors to take discarded plastic toys and create something entirely new.

There are a bunch of different workshops you can book if you’d like to get more hands-on, with later sessions available for adults. Sessions are are free, so check out the website to see when you can drop by.

When: Saturday, January 6, to Sunday, January 28, from 9am to 5pm (closed Mondays)

Where: Sydney Town Hall, 483 George Street, Sydney

(Lead Image: Sydney Festival)