Here are just a few highlights from the middle weekend of the Festival – This Friday, Saturday and Sunday.This one is about those unique experiences and events that form the heart of #sydfest.

FRIDAY 16

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Kick off your weekend at James Thierrée’s circus, dance, theatre extravaganza Tabac Rouge. From there, it’s straight across to The Famous Spiegeltent for a 10.30pm performance of Between the Cracks by Melbourne’s Yana Alana. A one-woman cabaret filled with burlesque and blame, Alana’s return to the stage is definitely worth the late night.

SATURDAY 17

Recharge your Festival batteries with a morning in saltwater – your choice of Sydney’s beaches. Head to the Seymour Centre by early afternoon from your choice of a veritable smorgasbord of bite sized Festival treats at About an Hour. All shows around 60 minutes, all shows $35.

Next up, schedule an early dinner with friends at the Double Down Diner in the Festival Village – a delicious collaboration between Porteno and Messina.

After a post-dinner drink from the LP Bar in the Village, stroll down to the Opera House and treat yourself to the final performance of Kate Mulvany’s acclaimed Masquerade to round out a quintessential summer’s day in Sydney.

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SUNDAY 18

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Start you day with a lie-in before heading back to the Seymour Centre for another afternoon of About an Hour – you barely scratched the surface yesterday.

When it’s time to dine, Food Society in Darlinghurst has a great Feast on offer to Festival-goers. The chilled out atmosphere and delicious menu is the perfect precursor to the Australian première of Perry Keyes’ Sunnyholt project. The acclaimed musician will share tales of Sydney’s western suburbs from the late 60s to the present day, with the assistance of a full band.

Alternatively, spend the night under the stars with Symphony in The Domain, this year a mix of classical music and the sounds of contemporary Indigenous Australia

Once the 1812 Overture wraps, wind down and reflect on your weekend in the Festival Village.

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