Make history this Australia Day! Free festivities at Bicentennial Park
02 Jan 2013
The FREE festivities will include a giant ‘25’ human insignia in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Bicentennial Park, which has seen more than 1.2 million visitors per year since its opening in January 1988.
More than 600 Sydneysiders will participate in the history-making ‘25’ human formation, to span 40m wide by 40m long. The commemorative spectacle will be captured by an aerial photographer at 4.00pm and all participants will receive a FREE cap as a momento of the special occasion.
The FREE Australia Day Celebrations at Bicentennial Park will also include a smorgasbord of food stalls from noon and an entertainment program that is guaranteed to delight from 2.00pm.
Off-stage entertainment will feature FREE kids’ activities, sheep shearing, whip cracking, sheep dog trial shows, an animal farm, kangaroo characters, pony and amusement rides, face-painting, Indigenous dance and art workshops, craft stalls, a community bazaar and much more.
Also at 2.00pm, an Aboriginal dance ceremony and Acknowledgement of Country service will start an extraordinary main-stage entertainment program to include a colonial dance performance by Australian Heritage Dancers, music by the Tuckitinya Bush Band, a modern Australiana-themed dance act by the Whiz Kidz, the hilarious Leo Bonne’s Kids’ Circus and Magic Show as well as the Bollywood Sensations – a crowd-favourite Indian cultural dance-act.
The beautiful vocal harmonies of the Auburn Newington Community Choir will also delight event attendees with the Choir to perform a range of tracks – including a mesmerising rendition of ‘We are Australian’ to start the Official Ceremony proceedings at 5.45pm.
Following an on-stage Welcome to Country ceremony, Australia Day Ambassador and Paralympic Gold and Bronze Medal-winning swimmer, Michael Auprince, will deliver what is sure to be an inspirational address, before presenting awards to Local Citizens of the Year.
From 6.35pm, the Rhythms of Polynesia drum and dance group and the beats and dance of African group, Chosani Afrique, will get energy-levels up high, before an Aussie rock covers show by the Stingybark band fires-up the crowd for a spectacular fireworks finale to the celebrations at 8.50pm.
One of the most iconic parks Sydney has to offer, Bicentennial Park boasts FREE BBQ facilities, bike hire and the best bike tracks. Sydney Olympic Park is also the official home of the biggest range of school holiday activities of any location in NSW and is constantly buzzing with the best things to do in Sydney – no matter what your age, taste or budget!