Sydney Festival

Sydney Festival

Lawn Library:
What you need to know

Free entry
+ Day activities for kids and night events for adults to relax and unwind
+ Books to read, swap and keep for free

Thursday 9 January – Sunday 26 January 2014

Sydney Festival returns to our favourite indoor and outdoor venues this summer to present a huge and diverse program of free and ticketed events spanning contemporary and classical music, theatre, dance, visual arts and more.

The City of Sydney is a major sponsor of the Sydney Festival.

This year’s program includes more than 100 events, many of which are free. Performances will reimagine indoor and outdoor spaces all over Sydney, bringing in the best artists, musicians and performers from across the world. The festival’s calendar includes world premieres, debut Australian performances plus events you’ll only see at the festival.

In the city centre, Paradiso at Town Hall is back following a stellar debut in 2013. Sydney Town Hall is transformed into a live music hot spot for 8 great nights of eclectic music programming. There’s also free entry to the popular Terrace Bar in the early evening and free late night events to keep locals and visitors out into the wee hours of the morning.

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the world-renowned festival at a venue near you.

Sydney Festival 2014

Festival Village at Hyde Park

Our newest village is the perfect place to relax and enjoy Sydney in summer.

Hyde Park’s Festival Garden will triple in size to become the Festival Village, featuring a variety of great circus and cabaret shows, activities and music for everyone from kids to grandparents. Open day and night with free entry, Festival Village is the place to be, plus you can enjoy the soon-to-be festival favourite Sacrilege, a life-size bouncy castle version of Stonehenge.

Lawn Library

At the heart of the Festival Village will be the City of Sydney's Lawn Library.

The library offers a perfect location for families to exchange free books, relax and grab a coffee. There’s plenty to keep the kids entertained during the day with a huge range of creative workshops and story times, while adults can unwind in the space after dark.

The pop-up event is also your chance to learn more about Sydney’s villages and have your say on the future of our city

Lawn Library program

Lawn Library program

Thursday 9 January 11.30am
Thursday 16 January 11.30am

Dreamtime Storytime

Join us for a special Dreamtime Storytime with Gangari artist and storyteller, Kathryn Farrawell. Sit back and relax whilst you hear stories from the dreaming, for families of all ages.

Thursday 9 January 1pm 
Saturday 11 January 1pm 
Sunday 19 January 2pm

Green Villages: Grow food in small spaces

Tight on space? Discover how you can create a thriving edible garden on your balcony or terrace! Join Green Villages and permaculturalist Myriam Pitre and hear the top 10 tips to grow healthy, organic food in small spaces. All while reducing the amount of time, energy and money you put into your food growing project. No bookings needed, just drop by.

Friday 10 January 11.30am
Saturday 11 January 11.30am
Friday 24 January 11.30am
Saturday 25 January 11.30am

Library Kids

Unleash your imagination with stories, crafts and loads of fun! These sessions will dive into some fantastic children's stories perfect for the 3 to 5 year age bracket. No bookings required, just bring a vivid imagination and the kids along. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Facilitator: Tanija Parker

Sunday 12 January 2pm

Circus Workshop

Feel like running away to join the circus? Well, we have you covered, minus the running away part. Join in the fun as we teach you beginner circus skills and balancing acrobatics, who knows you could be a future Sydney Festival performer! 
All ages welcome but bookings are essential. Click here to book
20 participants only.

Tuesday 14 January 6pm
Tues 21 January 6pm

Twilight Storytime

Kick off your Tuesday evening with a fun session of storytelling for the whole family.
Join Beth for exciting stories. Learn all you need to know about bats and you can even get up close and personal with the real thing, just watch out they don't fly away. For families of all ages. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
Facilitator: Beth Koorey

Wednesday 15 January 11.30am
Facilitator: Martyn Han
Wednesday 22 January 11.30am
Facilitator: Pam Ho

Library Kids January (Bilingual)

Bilingual Storytime is a fun session of storytelling (in Mandarin and English) and craft activities for pre-schoolers. Chinese Rhymetime is an animated sing-along session in Mandarin for babies and toddlers and is a wonderful experience in sharing cultures. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Thursday 16 January 1pm


Enjoy using scratchboards, skewers and your imagination to create beautiful prints. Get all the top tips from artist Vanessa Owens, who is one of the talented Pine Street tutors offering classes throughout the year. Visit for more information and see you in Hyde Park in January. All ages welcome.
Facilitator: Vanessa Owens

Friday 17 January 11.30am
Saturday 18 January 11.30am

Matthew Doyle

A 30-40 min cultural interactive workshop on Aboriginal Music and Dance

Wednesday 22 January 2pm

Larry Writer and PM Newton in Conversation

Take a walk on the darker side of inner Sydney in the 1920s and ‘30s. Join Larry Writer as we plunge into the wheeling's and dealings of colourful characters like Tilly Devine, Kate Leigh, the razor gangs and such police as Frank "Bumper" Farrell, Lillian Armfield and Ray Blissett. So join us for this afternoon of Sydney's sordid history.

Thursday 23 January 1pm

Butterfly Creations Workshop

Children are invited along to this fun interactive workshop where they will be given everything they need to create a fantastic butterfly with watercolour. Join Alex Snellgrove from Pine Street who will guide children in their creative pursuit and capture everyone's imagination.

Wednesday 22 January 8.30pm

Late Night Library

Campfire collective (Fringe comedy)
Take a walk on the wild side at the City of Sydney Library with a late night, adults only event. Join Campfire Collective for a night of comedy and laughs.

Wednesday 15 January 8.30pm

Late Night Library

Take a walk on the wild side at the City of Sydney Library with a late night, adults only event. Join Eddie Sharp for a cheeky storytime under the stars.

Last updated: Tuesday, 28 January 2014