Sydney Festival of Summer 2012 January 7-29 started with Australia’s biggest open-air free cultural event, known as the Festival First Night, attracting countless numbers of spectators, who gathered at the centre of the city for eight long hours to enjoy music, dance, visual arts and theatre. The main star of the event was Manu Chao, the worldwide-renowned music megastar, who had more than 60,000 audiences dancing wildly to his exclusive mix of Latin reggae. Other highly popular singers, who rocked the show, were Australian songwriter and singer Meagan Washington, native singer Gurrumul and The Jolly Boys.
To keep the action flowing at a dynamic pace street performances like Lewis Floyd Henry, Tuba Skinny as well as Norman J along with his Good Times Bus came up with entrancing acts. For small kids there were special programs like Holly Throsby, Casper Babypants in addition to Erth’s legendary puppet show, which kept them dancing and laughing all through the afternoon.
The traditional Festival First Night is only the commencement of Sydney’s yearly three-week summer festival. Sydney Festival of summer 2012 is a blast of electrifying dance, theatre, music, talks and exhibitions shows, which capture the mind of the spectators, celebrating exclusively Australian work and welcoming brands from all across the globe.
In the very first weekend, the Festival included a show called Black Capital, which is based on Australian aboriginal culture and includes an assortment of musical programs, theatre, exhibitions as well as a seminar, which exhibit Sydney’s varied present-day aboriginal culture.