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Stirring Sydney's cultural soul with Sydney Festival 2013


7 January 2013

This year's Sydney Festival is a thought-provoking and fun selection of the world's biggest and best performing and visual arts, including dance, theatre, music, talks and free events.
This year's Sydney Festival is a thought-provoking and fun selection of the world's biggest and best performing and visual arts, including dance, theatre, music, talks and free events.

The University of Sydney with its strong belief in the role of the arts, culture and the life of the mind, will once again help stir Sydney's cultural soul as a major partner of the Sydney Festival 2013.

This is the fourth year the University of Sydney and the Sydney Festival have joined forces to present the Sydney Festival program - a thought-provoking and fun selection of the world's biggest and best performing and visual arts, including dance, theatre, music, talks and free events.

Our participation in this major Sydney event is a perfect fit for the University which throws open its doors year round through its extensive program of public events.

"Whether it be opening eyes, igniting debate, revealing the unexpected or making hearts race just that little bit faster both the University of Sydney and the Sydney Festival strive to inspire and stimulate ideas, connect with the community and celebrate a passion for arts, performance and intellectual debate," Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence said.

Our Sydney Festival involvement is symbolic of the University's place in the cultural and intellectual life of Sydney and our ambition is to ensure as broad a cross section of the community as possible experiences all that the University and the Festival have to offer."

This year the Seymour Centre, the University's performing arts space, will host five shows as well as its late night Courtyard Bar and BBQ during the Festival. People arriving early for Festival performances will be entertained by free live music as part of Courtyard Sessions.

The Seymour Centre performances include the politically charged, sexually provocative and violent Shakespearian thriller The Rape of Lucrece; a Fijian love-story drama, Masi; the interactive improvised performance The Blind Date Project; the visual theatre production Murder, and a dramatic performance of contemporary Arab tragedy In the Eruptive Mode.

Importantly, University staff, students and alumni will be able to purchase discounted tickets for the 2013 program to ensure they make the most of the University's involvement.

A special webpage has been created to explain how to take advantage of the discounts along with program and booking information.


The Sydney Festival 2013 runs from 5 to 27 January.


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