With a population of 4.5 million, Sydney is the largest city in Australia and is the capital of New South Wales. It was the founded in 1788 as the first British colony in Australia. Each year, Sydney hosts a number of popular festivals.The first festival of the year is called the Sydney Festival and it is held in January. As Australia’s largest and most popular festival, attendance numbers typically surpass one million. The festival features more than fifty separate events that include classical music, dance, visual arts, drama, and lectures. The Sydney Festival was first held in 1977 as a way to attract tourists.
With annual attendance of nearly half a million, the Biennale of Sydney is the city’s second largest festival. As the name implies, the Biennale festival is held every two years in July. It is an international celebration of contemporary art that features the work of thousand of artists from all over the world. The Vivid Festival is once again in Sydney and is a favourite for tourists and locals alike.
Winning the award for the catchiest festival name is the Big Day Out. This annual music festival is held in Sydney in late January. About fifty musical acts are featured each year and attendance is well over one-hundred thousand.
Last on our brief list is the Sydney Film Festival. First hosted in 1954, it is the city’s longest-running and most respected festival. With prizes for new and established filmmakers, it attracts artists from all over the world.