University plays a lead role in Sydney Festival 2014

8 August 2013

This summer the University of Sydney will help bring one of our city's biggest cultural events to life, as leadership partner of Sydney Festival. For the fifth year, the University will join forces with the Festival to transform Sydney's cityscape with a kaleidoscopic program of performance, art and big ideas.

On Thursday 8 August 2013, the Festival announced the first event of the 2014 program - the Australian exclusive of Dido and Aeneas by Sasha Waltz and Guests. Berlin choreographer Sasha Waltz will come together with celebrated baroque orchestra Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin to present a majestic reimagining of Henry Purcell's 17th century romantic tragedy.

Over the next few months the University will delve into the stories behind some of the most exciting Festival shows in a special video series, Festival Thinking. In this, the first episode (see video above) hear the classic story of Dido and Aeneas and its grand themes of love, passion and duty, from Dr Alastair Blanshard, Senior Lecturer, School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry.

The University of Sydney has a proud tradition of pursuing and sharing new cultural perspectives and thinking.

"All year round the University campus is a thriving hub for art, performance and intellectual debate through our extensive public events program," said Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Michael Spence.

"We share Sydney Festival's ambition to ensure a broad cross-section of the community have access to new cultural experiences. We look forward to engaging with our city this summer in a celebration of art and ideas."

Sydney Festival will run from 9 to 26 January 2014. The 2014 Festival will feature a multitude of diverse free and ticketed events including cutting-edge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander work, large-scale international productions, spectacular circus events, fun children's shows, massive free outdoor events and intimate installations.

The full program will be announced on 23 October 2013, including special offers for University staff, students and alumni. Program updates will be available on the University's Festival webpage.

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