Between George Street and Macquarie Streets, Sydney
Sydney, New South Wales 2000

Festival First Night returns for its second year on January 10, 2009 with an epic, outdoor celebration to mark the opening of the 2009 Festival. It’s all free and you‘re invited!

With the streets again cleared of cars, over 600 major local and international musicians, dancers and artists from around the globe will explode onto open-air stages across the CBD. This is an opportunity to catch some of the biggest names in the Festival for free.

Festival First Night is held in Sydney’s CBD, across its streets, laneways and parks. There are seven precincts, each with stages hosting live acts and DJs. From 2pm Kids First kicks off the afternoon with loads of entertainment and activities designed especially for kids and families. The main stages kick off at 7pm.

Our theme for 2009 is Sydney Dances and we want you to help us transform the CBD into one mass dance floor! We have a short dance work, specially choreographed for Festival First Night, and we’ll be stopping the action on January 10 while everyone dances – The Sydney!

Food and beverages will be sold throughout the event, with some of Sydney’s leading restaurants serving meals in Hyde Park. Some areas will be licensed.

With so much going on, Festival First Night is the ideal time to visit Sydney.

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Added by me_myself on December 18, 2008



Martin Place - dance performances
College St & Macquarie St stages - DJs & dance music

Hyde Park Palm Stage (Park & Elizabeth Sts)
9pm: SoulShaker DJs
9.30pm: Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings

The Domain
9pm: Mr Scruff

Hyde Park Fountain Stage
From 7pm - Balkan beats and a gypsy inspired mix of samba, reggae, rock, jazz and electro
7pm: Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen
7.45pm: Java
9.30pm: The Gypsy Queens and Kings