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SSC Newspaper : Strathfield Scene December
By Bernadette Chua When it’s summer in Sydney, there is an electrifying feeling in the air. The sun is shining, our parks and beaches are swarming with crowds but above all, the best international, Australian and local acts congregate to perform at the Sydney Festival. In an announcement last month by the Minister for the Arts and Member for Strathfield, Virginia Judge says the government has pledged their support to expand arts and culture programs in Western Sydney through the Sydney Festival. “ The government is committed to extending the level of engagement that the Sydney Festival has with Western Sydney,” she says. “ We have provided $6.3 million in funding for the 2011 Festival which has helped do just that.” Director of the Sydney Festival, Lindy hume says the Inner West and Parramatta are budding cultural centres and this initiative is a good way to expand the festival outside the centre of Sydney. “Parramatta is a big part of Sydney life and there are many great events going on in Parramatta such as Parramasala,” she says. “Bringing the best performances of art, dance, and theatre out of the Central Business District is a great thing for the Sydney Festival.” Venues in the Inner West and Parramatta will be hosting many of these famed events so locals don’t need to stray too far from home to experience the cultural wonders the Sydney Festival has to offer. With a great lineup of theatre, dance and musical acts, Riverside Theatre, parks in Parramatta, Carriage Works in eveleigh, Sydney University and the Seymour Centre in Chippendale will be added to the list of prestigious venues utilized by the Sydney Festival. “ We have a three year partnership with the University of Sydney,” says hume. “ There are great spaces around the university and so we have a present and future collaboration to use areas such as the Quadrangle.” As one of the premier theatres in Sydney, the Seymour Centre will be hosting most of the festival’s theatre events, from side- stitching comedies to the most melancholy of dramas. Minister for Western Sydney David Borger says the addition of these locations will help to promote Western Sydney, which is now the fastest growing region in Australia. “Festival Inside Out is the newest addition to the Sydney Festival’s free outdoor program,” he says. “It will showcase two of Australia’s finest companies from the worlds of dance and music, to be held at Parramatta Park and the Sydney International Regatta Centre at Penrith.” 10 Strathfield Scene december 2010 christmas special Sydney Festival kicks off a year of entertainment holiday opening hours Date Strathfield Plaza Bankstown Centro Chullora Marketplace Bur wood Plaza Westfield Burwood Rhodes Shopping Centre Monday 20th December 9am-6pm 8.30am- 6pm 9am-5 .30pm 9am-5 .30pm 9am-9pm 9am-6pm Tuesday 21st December 9am-6 .30pm 8.30am-6pm 9am-5 .30pm 9am-5 .30pm 9am-10pm 9am-6pm Wednesday 22nd December 9am-6 .30pm 8.30am-6pm 9am-5 .30pm 9am-5 .30pm 9am-10pm 9am-7pm Thursday 23rd December 9am-9pm 8.30am- 10pm 9am-9pm 9am-9pm 9am- midnight 8am-9pm Christmas eve 9am -5.30pm 8am-5.30pm 9am -5 .30pm 9am -5 .30pm 9am- 5.30pm 8am-6pm Chri stmas Day Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Boxing Day Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed (Reading Cinemas open) Monday 27th December 10am-4pm 9am-5pm Closed 10am-4pm 8am-6pm 9am-6pm Tuesday 28th December 10am-4pm 10am-4pm Closed 10am-4pm 10am-5pm 9am-6pm Wednesday 29th December 9am-5 .30pm 9am-5.30pm 9am-5 .30pm 9am-5 .30pm 9am- 5.30pm 9am-6pm Thursday 30th December 9am-9pm 9am-9pm 9am-9pm 9am-9pm 9am-9pm 9am-9pm new Year’s eve 9am-5 .30pm 9am-5.30pm 9am-5 .30pm 9am-5 .30pm 9am- 5.30pm 9am-6pm new Year ’s Day Closed 10am-4pm Closed Closed Closed 10am-6pm Sunday 2nd January 10am-4pm 10am-4pm 10am-4pm 10am-4pm 10am-5pm 10am-6pm Monday 3rd January 10am-4pm 10am-4pm 9am-5 .30pm 10am-4pm 10am-5pm 10am-6pm