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    Australia’s BIGGEST and FREE celebration of Latin American music, dance, food and culture will pump-up the fun to huge proportions when the annual Darling Harbour FIESTA Festival kicks-off this October 2013.


    Presented by Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, FIESTA is one of the most exciting cultural events of the year, with two days of red-hot live performances across three Darling Harbour venues on Saturday 12 October, from 12noon – 10pm and Sunday 13 October, from 12noon – 6pm.


    With more than 200,000 attendees expected throughout the event, FIESTA 2013 will feature a weekend full of live performances by headline international acts including Latin Reggae iconQuique Neira from Chile, the fabulous alternative Latin American performer Kevin Johansen from Buenos Aires and the hot Brazilian vibes of Sistema Criolina – all of whom are sure to get the crowd up and dancing at Tumbalong Park.


    Saturday night is party night with a spectacular Carnivale-style parade that will surely get Sydneysiders into the salsa spirit.Kicking off at 6.30pm on the opening night of the event (12 October), the parade will feature a vibrant display of giant puppets, samba dancers, capoeira performers, batucada drummers and costumed characters snaking their way along Darling Harbour.


    An open bar and a fantastic Latin American food fare with stalls offering churros, tacos, enchiladas and more will also be available throughout the FIESTA 2013 weekend on the grassed area at Tumbalong Park.


    To break up the pace, Palm Grove will feature intimate live performances by the water, where visitors can also enjoy traditional and modern craft stalls that offer a fabulous selection of jewellery, fabrics and artwork.


    Not-to-be-missed, the open air dance stage at Harbourside Amphitheatre will keep the heat turned-up high all weekend with upbeat tunes, loads of rhythm and an array of hip-shaking dance moves at learn-to-salsa classes.


    Following the main event weekend, FIESTA Nights will see the FREE fun continue from 6pm-8pm on Friday 18 and 25 October as well as Saturday 19 and 26 October when the FIESTA entertainment offering will include interactive roving Brazilian acts and a host of duo and trio performance groups at Harbourside, Cockle Bay and The Village Green at Darling Quarter.


    Latin American-inspired specials will also be available from participating Darling Harbour bars, restaurants and entertainment venues throughout the month.


    For more information about Daring Harbour FIESTA 2013 – including parking and public transport advice – visit darlingharbour.com, m.darlingharbour.com or check-out the Darling Harbour page on Facebook.




    WHEN: FIESTA Festival – Saturday 12 October (12noon – 10pm) and Sunday 13 October (12noon – 6pm)

    FIESTA Nights –   Friday 18 and 25 October and Saturday 19 and 26 October (6pm – 8pm)            


    WHERE: Various venues across Darling Harbour


    INFO: darlingharbour.com or check-out the Darling Harbour page on Facebook

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