(7pm, Saturday 5 January 2013, The Domain)
Hello everyone and welcome to our 2013 Sydney Festival. I'd like firstly to acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, the traditional custodians of our land, and to pay my respects to their Elders. I also acknowledge the people of 200 nations who live in our city.
This is Lieven Bertels first Festival and promises to be a fantastic three weeks of performances, events and talks that he has gathered from around the world and around Australia.
And tonight we have an amazing line up for a great dance party.
So sit back, enjoy tonight and get to as much as you can over the next three weeks.