Another spectacular Sydney Festival

The 2014 Sydney Festival has wrapped up after two-and-a-half weeks of drama, music, dance, art and celebration.

Sunday night's Symphony in the Domain was a glorious finale. Simone Young conducting the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and fireworks accompanying Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture was a great way to bring the Festival to an end.

The Festival Village in Hyde Park was a stand-out success, attracting more than 100,000 visitors. It proved to the perfect place to see a performance, share a meal and a drink with friends, try some gelato, and visit the City's very own Lawn Library. Around 4,500 people of all ages jumped on Jeremy Deller's inflatable Stonehenge each day.

The night I saw Limbo at the Spiegeltent the crowd in the Festival Village was a great mix of ages, tastes and interests.

I was also pleased to see the Town Hall converted into Festival Paradiso and filled with people enjoying live music. Bringing live music to our Town Hall is a great example of the City using our buildings to increasing opportunities for musicians and audiences - one of the recommended actions in the Live Music Matters action plan.

The world premiere of Black Diggers at the Sydney Opera House was one of my Festival highlights. This moving work, directed by Wesley Enoch and written by Tom Wright, brought to life the untold stories of Aboriginal Diggers who served Australia on the battlefields of World War I.

I recently unveiled contemporary artist Tony Albert's design for Yininmadyemi - Thou dids't let fall, the working title of a new artwork that will honour the sacrifices and bravery of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service men and women. The work will be installed in Hyde Park South by Anzac Day 2015, to mark the centenary of Australia's involvement in World War I.

Congratulations to everyone who worked on the Festival, to the performers who took part, and to the audiences who embraced an eclectic and exciting program.

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