First published on 19 Oct 2012.
OK, so you've probably been toe-tapping to Janelle Monáe in the Opera House or chomping down on noodles in Hyde Park at some point and thought to yourself: You know what, screw what they say about Berlin and New York and Shanghai and all those other lame-ass wannabe cities – Sydney has to be the biggest party city on Earth. Right? I mean, I can't move for festivals in this town!
Well, whether or not you've been there, thought that, the answer seems to be yes. And there's proof.
In yet another of those bits of news that (completely unnecessarily) pits one city against the other, it's been decided that Sydney is the world's festival capital. Sydney Central and The Herald Sun are reporting that City of Sydney executive manager of culture Rachel Healy has come out and said that Sydney has more festivals than any other big city on the planet.
OK, OK, how the bleep does one measure that? (And why the bleep, while we're at it?)
Apparently, during the Olympics London's mayor held a world cities forum that looked at 12 cities and the cultural happenings in each. And guess what? Sydney had the most festivals per capita. Hoorah!
What does it all mean, Basil?
That we like to party I guess. And that excellent Sydney festivals like Vivid, Crave, Sydney Film Festival, Fringe and all those other community festival goodies are getting the world's attention.