Sydney Festival First Night 2010

(The Domain)

Hello, everyone and welcome. I'd like to acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, the traditional custodians of this land and say what a terrific welcome to Country we've just had.

Welcome to Festival First Night, a night when the people reclaim the streets of Sydney and where we welcome Australian and international artists to give us a taste of the Festival to come.

The Sydney Festival is a partnership between the City, the NSW Government, and the private sector and this year is brought to you by the inspiring director Lindy Hume and the Sydney Festival team.

Sydney is humming tonight.

The Domain is only one stage. In Macquarie Street, College Street, Chifley Square, Martin Place and Hyde Park, other stages are hosting over 600 local and international artists, all of them extraordinary talents.

While earlier, children and families learned about circus skills, dance, and music.

And you are about to experience the inimitable Al Green in his first-ever Australian performance.

So, enjoy tonight's concert and have a great Sydney Festival!