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Festivals in Sydney

Whip out your denim shorts and sunnies – it's festival season

Written by
Jordi Kretchmer
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  • Music
  • Music festivals
Amongst the slew of events that were called off due to the great big ‘you know what’ last year, the 20th anniversary of Splendour in the Grass was on that sorry list. But now, the famous winter music festival, which sees many people make the pilgrimage to North Byron Parklands in Byron Bay, has been confirmed to take place in 2021. However, it has been pushed back a few months from the originally stated July 2021 date and will be a spring fling in November. Impressively, Splendour is not only back on, but is packing international acts. Confirmed headliners include the world’s biggest virtual band, the Gorillaz, and American rockers the Strokes and rap sensation Tyler, the Creator.  “Huge thanks to our headliners for being flexible and to our amazing Splendour community for their ongoing support. We miss you and we can guarantee that when we see you in November it’s going to be worth the wait!” said Splendour in the Grass co-founders Jessica Ducrou and Paul Piticco in a statement on the Splendour website. “We had so hoped to bring you Splendour’s 20th anniversary edition this July but we can’t stage the event that you know and love within the current restrictions and international border closures.” More acts are to be announced. One other thing to look forward to though, is the warmer weather to keep the muddy gumboot-clad crowds from shivering through the nights (even if Byron Bay’s “winter” usually promises 25 degree days anyway).  The new dates for Splendour fall on Friday
  • Things to do
  • Fairs and festivals
  • Sydney
After a year on hiatus, the return of the world’s largest festival of lights, music and ideas is ready to make up for lost time, with a program on a scale never before attempted by Vivid. More than 200 events, from September 17-October 9, will be transforming the city into a playground of the unexpected, lighting up five main locations across Sydney: Circular Quay, the Rocks, Barangaroo, Darling Harbour and Luna Park. Through its program of illuminations, installations, exhibitions, lectures and live gigs, Vivid 2021 will celebrate the wonder, joy and beautiful diversity of the city, with a line-up shinging the light on Sydney’s rich Aboriginal heritage, the LGBTQIA community, the empowerment of women and the multiculturalism that underpins contemporary urban life. It will also explore the resilience and tenacity that has emerged from the collective experience of 2020, acknowledging our shared trauma but also embracing the hope of a return to normality. Powerful storytelling meets cutting-edge technology in 2021’s audacious 'Lights' program. A staggering 50 immersive and kinetic light installations and projection artworks will be transforming the city into a vast, dynamic canvas. The star of the 'Lights' program is, unsurprisingly, the installation shone onto the most instantly recognisable projector screen in the world, the Sydney Opera House. In 2021, those distinctive sails will be drenched in colour as the vibrant 2013 painting Yarrkalpa (Hunting Ground), by the Martu Art
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