Australians love the water and so does Sydney Festival. Over the years we’ve brought entertainment in, around and on Darling Harbour. There’s plenty of magical moments in there, but we picked five of the best.
It was an unforgettable sight – a huge yellow rubber duck sitting in the Harbour, equal parts whimsical and amusing. Florentijn Hofman’s Rubber Duck provided a lot of amusement for locals and visitors alike, and probably featured in a lot of holiday photos too.
A grand aquatic show was performed on the waters of Darling Harbour when Ilotopie’s Water Fools turned our water surfaces into a theatre stage. Cars and bicycles drove on the water, fire lit up the night sky and colour and explosions met ephemeral drama in this never before seen water borne performance. Physics defying physical theatre!
Popping up in Darling Harbour for the enjoyment of the young and not-so-young alike, Waterfall Swing was the perfect summertime playset that created a cascading curtain of water that opened up just in time for the rider to pass through. Thousands of visitors got to relive childhood glee with this amusing installation.
Concert of Fire
In 2006 the Harbour became the playground of French troupe Les Commandos Percu and their incredible Concert of Fire. A blend of percussion and pyrotechnics, it was a stunning visual display that brought new meaning to the phrase ‘playing with fire’.
iiNet Films Afloat
Crowds gathered at Darling Harbour to experience music and film brought together in the iiNet Films Afloat series, with a giant screen floating in the harbour. The Bays performed alongside a screening of Run Lola Run, Enter The Dragon screened with musical backing from Karsh Kale & Midival Punditz, and Ben Walsh & The Orkestra of The Underground performed with Fantastic Planet.