Your Guide to the Meriton Festival Village – Sydney Festival
15 December 2015
Whether you’re looking to relax lazily in the afternoons or bring on the warm evenings in style, you really can’t go past the Meriton Festival Village in Hyde Park. Starting Thursday 7th January and going right through to Tuesday 26th January, everyone’s favourite Festival Village is back and will be better than ever. Open every day but Mondays from 12pm, there will be a mixture of both free and paid events with something fun for everyone.
As a part of Sydney Festival, it’s the ultimate place to listen and see musical and theatrical entertainment, and enjoy some of the best food this city has to offer. Wanting to enter the nightlife in the best way possible? Licenced bars open from 4pm, so you’ll be able to get the party started in style.
If you’re looking for a place to take the kids, the Meriton Festival Village is actually hosting Family Week (12-16 January) where there will be plenty for the kids to see and do. There are heaps of activities for them to get involved in that they are sure to enjoy. Some of the activities for them include:
Bubble Disco 12th – 15th January 10am – 3pm 16th January 12 – 3pm Price: Free
Anyone can get involved and enjoy this silent disco with bubbles. Headphones are provided, so all you need to do is put them on and enjoy the music spun by DJ’s. Everyone in the family can get together and dance, surrounded by floating bubbles.
City of Sydney Lawn Library 6th January, 12pm–10pm 7th – 10th January, 12pm–11pm 12th – 16th January, 10am–11pm 17th – 26th January, 12pm–11pm Closed Mondays Price: Free
Situated under the trees and umbrellas, the Lawn Library is a great place for the whole family to kick back and relax with a good book. There will be storytime, children’s activities, and many other workshops for the kids to enjoy during Family Week.
Super Box Friends 12th –16th January Workshops: 10am–12pm Free Play:12.30–3pm Price: Free
6 – 10 year old kids will be able to enjoy the workshop to release their creativity and create their very own super box robot. This is a great opportunity for creative ones with good hand skills and who can follow instructions for the whole 2 hours, as they will benefit the most. Parents will need to stay with their kids and watch as they make some great projects. For kids who aren’t in the age group for the workshop, they can enjoy the free play time session instead.
Don’t worry, there is also plenty to do for the adults as well. With many events, great food and drink and entertainment, there’s plenty to keep you occupied. Some of the great shows/events to catch are:
Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs 8th January at 5.15pm & 11.45pm 9th January at 9.45pm & 11.45pm Duration: 75 minutes, no interval Price: Priority Entry $79 General Admission $69/$62 + transaction fees
The Olivier and Tony Award-winning singer-actor-author is making an appearance here at the Meriton Festival Village. He has an amazing stage presence that is like no other, and provides entertainment that is both cheeky, mischievous and inspiring. He is joined by Emmy Award-winning musical director , Lance Horne to provide an unmissable show.
Meow Meow’s Little Mermaid Preview: 6 & 7 January at 9.45pm 8th – 23rd January Tue–Fri at 9.45pm Sat at 7.30pm Fri 22nd also at 7.30pm Sat 16th also at 9.45pm Sun 10th at 7.30pm Sun 17th at 9.45pm No performance on Mondays Duration: 70 minutes, no interval Price: Priority Entry $79 General Admission $69 /$62 + transaction fees
This is a take on The Little Mermaid that is very un-Disney. With musical compositions from the likes of Kate Miller-Heidke and Megan Washington, join Meow Meow as she provides a rogue story-telling of Hans Christian Andersen’s mermaid tale. Be prepared for an entertainment delight of salvation, sacrifice and seduction.
The Very Worst of The Tiger Lillies Preview: 6th January at 8pm 7th January at 5.45pm 8th – 17th January at 8pm No performance on Monday Duration: 75 minutes, no interval Price: Priority Entry $69 General Admission $59/$53 + transaction fees
If you’re looking for something a little different and quirky, The Tiger Lillies should be your destination. This cult three-piece from London are a fun mixture of cabaret and music hall, performing a wide variety of songs and bar room brawl songs. Bizarre and beautiful, their performance is full of emotion and hilarity.
What Will Have Been 7th, 9th, 10th, 13th, 15th & 16th January at 5.15pm 8th, 12th & 14th January at 7.30pm Duration: 65 minutes, no interval Price: Priority Entry $55 General Admission $45 /$41 Family Ticket $120 (General Admission, 2 Adults & 2 Children) + transaction fees
If you love the circus, then you need to check out What Will Have Been. Offering an array of acrobatics with trapeze, aerial ropes and each other’s bodies, this show will surely provide some awe-inspiring sights and beauty. Alongside the acrobatics is the live violin performance by Rebecca Seymour, to truly give your ears the musical talents they deserve.
Songs For The Fallen 19th – 24th January at 10.30pm Auslan interpreted performance on 23rd January. Bookings essential.
Priority Entry $65 General Admission $55 /$50 + transaction fees
Inspired by the life of Marie Duplessis, the courtesan who died at the age of 23, this cabaret performance will allow you to enter her world and see into her Parisian boudoir. It’s the last soiree within her chambers, and Australian cabaret star Sheridan Harbridge will bring all of this to life. This show will provide you a good time with outrageous and corset-busting performances.
Secrets 8th – 10th January at 5.45pm Duration: 60 minutes General Admission $45 + transaction fees
This Australian exclusive show is all about the things that we hope to keep hidden away from others. Based on true secrets told by the performers by audiences of the past, Secrets is a jazz filled frenzy that will surely be a revelation. The performers include American soprano Claron McFadden, and is accompanied by talented musicians to give you your jazz fix.
40 Ways to Love Your City 23rd January at 2pm 24th January at 12pm & 2pm Duration: 60 minutes Price: General Admission $35/$32 + transaction fees
Cultural historian, author and performer, Warren Fahey, provides a thoughtful reflection of our city and the people within it. This performance marks 40 years of the Sydney Festival and is a true celebration of Sydney. Topics vary from New Year’s celebrations right through to the waratahs within the area, there is something for everyone, whether you’re a local who has lived in this great city all of your life or whether you’re a visitor for the day. This is a show that shouldn’t be missed.