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From big ideas, quality art and performances, Sydney is set to put on quite a show in January. The Australian city transforms each year into a cultural hotspot for visitors. Sydney Festival 2017 is set to comprise of 150 events and 454 performances, which will take place across 46 venues, featuring 1021 artists from 15 countries. With 16 world premieres, 9 Australian premieres and 14 Australian exclusives, summer in Sydney is not to be missed.

Direct from Broadway, the Australian premiere of The Encounter is an award-winning and technologically ground-breaking work from UK Company, Complicite directed by Simon McBurney. From internationally renowned UK company, Cheek by Jowl, and Pushkin Theatre Moscow, Declan Donnellan directs Shakespeare's Measure for Measure in Russian.

Winner of the Helpmann Award for Best New Australian Work, Ladies in Black is Queensland Theatre's new musical directed by Simon Philips featuring original music from Tim Finn (Crowded House). Music headliners include Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and PJ Harvey. Other highlights include 1967 Music in the Key of Yes, a special Sydney Opera House concert to mark the 50th anniversary of Australia's 1967 Indigenous rights referendum.

Hyde Park's much loved festival hub Meriton Festival Village is doubling its free offering and features a variety of circus, comedy, contemporary music and cabaret acts, headlined by male burlesque/cabaret outfit, Briefs.

In Sydney's famous outdoor venue The Domain, crowd favourites Symphony under the Stars and Opera in the Domain return. Coming to Sydney Festival as an Australian exclusive, The Beach is a joyous monochromatic installation of 1.1 million recyclable white balls by US design studio Snarkitecture. All this and more at Sydney Festival 2017

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