Anywhere Festival launching anywhere but a theatre in Parramatta

Parramatta’s outdoor spaces, historic buildings and local shops will be taken over by 92 performances of 28 different shows when the Anywhere Festival hits the city from 8-17 May 2015.

The full festival program will be launched with performances anywhere but a theatre at Centenary Square outside Parramatta Town Hall between 12.30pm-1.30pm on Friday 27 March.

Full Program at Link

“It’s time to see some amazing performances in unexpected places and explore Parramatta at the same time,” said Paul Osuch, Artistic Director of Anywhere Festival.

Proudly supported by Parramatta City Council, the innovative Anywhere Festival is ten days of performances and events that take place anywhere but a theatre, as a way of bringing performance art to the streets.

Highlights of the festival include video works in the Roxy car park, music at Hambledon Cottage, theatre at the Female Factory, comedy in a space that was previously a Chinese restaurant and a complete selection of activities at Connect Studios and the Shh Centre 4 Hybrid Arts in North Parramatta.

“The Anywhere Festival is about fun shows in interesting spaces at affordable prices so that anyone can go to a few shows and explore Parramatta in a different way. That’s really the key and why I love this festival,” Mr Osuch said.

The festival has run for four years in Brisbane and in 2012 was named one of the “Top Nine International Festivals You Must See!” by QANTAS Travel Insider along with big established intternational festivals like Edinburgh Fringe and Salzburg Festival.

“We are looking forward to hosting the Anywhere Festival, which will provide a unique experience for everyone to enjoy. It’s not often you’re able to catch a pop up comedy or drama production at your local café,” said Lord Mayor of Parramatta Cr Scott Lloyd.

“Parramatta already boasts a vibrant and expanding arts scene and the Anywhere Festival program provides another fantastic opportunity for the community to see innovative theatre and art in the heart of Western Sydney,” he said.

The Anywhere Festival in Parramatta features a mix of local and visiting performers. Highlights include: Comedian and Triple J presenter Medleine Culp in “Madeleine Schmadeleine” and Josipa Draisma in “Josipa Draisma is… Jean Claude Van Damme” at the Old Peking Duck Restaurant on Darcy Street.

  • Reworked after seasons in major festivals, “My Love Had a Black Speed Stripe” takes a man’s love of his car where you would never expect.
  • Brislington Medical & Nursing Museum is hosting “The Performing Nurse” for two performances only.
  • Information Cultural Exchange present two FREE performances – exciting new music in the Erby Place Laneway and new video work created by some of Australia’s leading contemporary artists in the Roxy carpark.

The full program and tickets can be booked online at www.anywherefest.com (fix font) and tickets can be purchased at the door. Most shows are in small venues so as the cliche goes “book now to avoid disappointment”!

For further information, imagery and show media releases, head to http://anywherefest.com/category/blog/ or contact Paul Osuch on 07 3102 4683 or anyone {@} anywherefest.com

* Image: Audiences enjoying performance by Wayne Jennings and Richard Grantham by a swimming pool.