Sydney – Thursday 5 January, 2017. Deck chairs, a sandpit island with its own jetty, alfresco dining, giant games and a virtual-reality rollercoaster. The Sydney Opera House’s much-loved Summer Playground returns this Friday with its biggest ever line up of free entertainment, transforming the Western Broadwalk into a vintage harbourside fairground from 6 - 29 January.
The perfect way for families and visitors to ease into the new year, this year’s Summer Playground offers the most extensive program yet of music and entertainment, including the Opera House’s signature Creative Play program for kids, circus performances, cabaret and DJs.
Tim Calnin, Sydney Opera House Director of Performing Arts, said: “This year’s Summer Playground has something for everyone. With our largest ever free program of kids entertainers, musicians, DJs and games, as well as a delicious menu of fairground food favourites, it's an ideal place to while away long summer days and nights.
“Whether you want to spend a morning with the kids exploring the sandpit and playing on the miniature jetty or to join your friends for a glass of champagne for dinner, sunset views and great music, it’s a spectacular spot to soak up the best of Sydney’s summer.”
What’s on at the Summer Playground (6 - 29 January):
A bumper line-up of free entertainment for kids and families featuring:
- The smooth talking Gramophon man mixing 20s, 30s and 40s classics on his genuine ‘His Master’s Voice’ wind up Gramophone Players;
- Spellbinding circus tricks and slapstick comedy from the dexterous Kiki and Pascal from Laughter House Entertainment;
- A feast of fresh grooves, catchy tunes, colourful characters and truly rotten puns from award-winning live music experience The Vegetable Plot; and
- Folk pop duo The Teeny Tiny Steevies.
An eclectic mix of Sydney sounds including:
- Powerhouse soprano Ali McGregor performing an adults-only cabaret set;
- The infectious comedic stylings of Barry Morgan's World of Organs and his vintage 1980s Hammond Aurora Classic organ;
- Lady Signs it Better’s stereotype-smashing and devilishly bizarre reinventions of hits from the world’s most famous male musicians;
- Eclectic late night sets from renowned Sydney music veteran DJ Jack Sh*t; and
- The wistful harmonies of internationally renowned folk quartet All our Exes Live in Texas.
The biggest ever Free Creative Play with a range of interactive storytelling experiences set to spark kids’ imaginations and engage them throughout the day, including:
- Roving performer ‘Organ Organ’ whose white robes conceal a macabre costume of the inner workings of the human body. She pushes a trolley of medical and not so medical instruments which kids can use to compose a tune with.
- Literary treasure hunt ‘Story Hunter’ where children uncover chapters of a story of Coney Island intrigue written by cult classic playwright Finegan Krukemeyer by scanning hidden QR codes hidden throughout the playground.
Carnival-inspired fare from Portside Sydney’s hatted Head Chef Lauren Murdoch where New York style gourmet hotdogs, burgers, fairy floss, toffee apples and popcorn can be enjoyed harbourside with a cocktail or a glass of Moët and Chandon.
Virtual reality roller coaster ride ‘Six Flags; Twisted Colossus’ presented by Samsung Gear VR, plus other on site activations including pop up Chandon Cocktail Creation masterclasses and drink offers.
You can also share your summer memories at the Opera House via social media using #sydneyoperahouse.