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Sydney Festival brings the party to Parramatta this summer

Sydney Festival brings the party to Parramatta this summer

Party on in Parramatta this summer season when Sydney Festival returns with a riveting program of entertainment, art and music from 9 – 24 January 2015.

Launched this week, the Festival’s 2015 Parramatta program features an exciting array of free and ticketed performances for the whole family including the Parra Opening Party (POP) returning as the first free public event of the Festival and a must-see performance by Tex Perkins inside Parramatta Gaol.

Lord Mayor of Parramatta Cr Scott Lloyd said Parramatta City Council is proud to be a major partner of the Sydney Festival and looks forward to seeing it return to Parramatta.

“Parramatta has a long history supporting Sydney Festival and major events like this provide an opportunity to get access to exclusive music, theatrical experiences and high quality entertainment in the heart of Western Sydney,” Cr Lloyd said.

“Sydney Festival is an exciting event that brings great economic and social value to our City. It has become a true highlight on Parramatta’s events calendar and I look forward to welcoming visitors from all over Sydney.”

Sydney Festival, Parramatta program includes:

Parra Opening Party (POP)

Friday 9 January, 6 – 11pm
Centenary Square

Parramatta will be filled with music, street theatre and amazing food. Parramatta’s twilight opening street party begins with music from the legendary Paul Kelly who will present his new music collaborative project Merri Soul Sessions starring Dan Sultan, Clairy Browne, Kira Puru and Vika and Linda Bull. As the sun sets, sit back and enjoy the sounds of Radical Son, Christine Salem, New York City DJ Small Change, street musician Uptown Brown and the Waratah Drumcorps.

Far from Folsom
Tex Perkins and the Tennessee four with Rachael Tidd

17 January 8:30pm
Parramatta Goal
Tickets $44 – $89

Rock legend Tex Perkins performs behind Parramatta Gaol bars to embody the spirit of Johnny Cash for one special night. In a re-creation of America’s notorious 1968 Folsom Prison concerts, Tex performs songs at a seated, outdoor concert in Australia’s oldest serving prison.

Tickets on sale 9am Monday 27 October. Book on 8839 3399 or

Presented by Cirque Alfonse

Preview 8 January 2015 7:30pm
9 – 18 January 2015 7:30pm
Saturday 2pm and 7:30pm
Sundays 2pm
No Performances on Monday
Tickets $32 – $65

Timber! Combines circus with theatre, physical comedy, live traditional music, folklore and the tools of the lumberjack trade. Circus tricks performed by three generations of family members including a 67-year-old grandfather.

Tickets on sale 9am Monday 27 October. Book on 8839 3399 or


A Dance Through Time and Place
Riverside Theatres
Preview 21 January 8pm
22 January 8pm
23-24 January 2pm and 8pm
25 January 2pm
Tickets $25 – $40

Puncture embraces the risk and ritual of intimacy on a dance floor. Dance routines will be accompanied by a live 30-voice (people?) choir and percussionist Bree van Reyk.

Tickets on sale 9am Monday 27 October. Book on 8839 3399 or

Disco Dome

An after-dark walking tour
Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE)
9 – 10 January 8pm
16 – 17 January 8pm
23 – 24 January 8pm
Adults only 18+
Tickets $89 (Food and drinks/cocktails included)

Journey through the streets of Parramatta and revisit a time from 1979-95 when Parramatta grooved to disco music. The tour features music, history and architecture in Parramatta.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Adapted from books by Eric Carle
Riverside Theatres
8 – 18 January 10am and 2pm
Wednesdays and Saturday at 10am, 12pm and 3pm
No performances on Monday
Tickets $30

After delighting readers for more than 45 years, now the caterpillar makes it way off the page and onto the stage.

Tickets on sale 9am Monday 27 October. Book on 8839 3399 or

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