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Welcome to Sydney Festival 2017 – Our City in Summer

Whether you are part of the 60,000 year history of this place or you’ve just arrived, you know this city is special. The water, the sun, the landscape, the people. This is a city that knows how to have a good time and be thought provoking along the way. This is a city of celebration and challenge, collaboration and competition, creativity and conscience. And Sydney Festival is the time to excite, unite and ignite the people and visitors to Sydney like nothing else.

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The CAIAF responds to recent funding cuts

The Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals (CAIAF) is dismayed by the drastic reductions in funding for the small to medium arts sector as the impact of last year’s cuts to the Australia Council emerges with their announcement of the four-year funding results.

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Farewell Lieven!

As the curtains have now closed on our 40th anniversary Festival, it is time to bid a warm farewell to our Festival Director, Lieven Bertels.

Under Lieven’s four year tenure, the Festival presented some of the world’s best artists and companies and premiered more than 40 new Australian works.
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