Sydney Festival 2017

UNIQUE PERFORMANCE: Soak up the Sydney Festival 2017 atmosphere in Blacktown with live music and art installations. Picture: Joshua Morris

UNIQUE PERFORMANCE: Soak up the Sydney Festival 2017 atmosphere in Blacktown with live music and art installations. Picture: Joshua Morris

Urban Theatre Projects (UTP) will transform a multi-level car park in Blacktown into an exploration of what it means to be ‘home’, as part of the Sydney Festival 2017.

With Aboriginal Elder Uncle Cheeky as host, Home Country shares perspectives on place and identity.

Over the course of the evening – which includes a communal feast – meet Ali from Algeria and neighbour Zaphora who clash over cultural values, sharp-witted Pita caught between the old and new Greek culture and the Blacktown angel, restless in the afterlife.

“This year, there’s a fantastic line-up of artists and events across western Sydney with performances from Australia and around the world,” festival director Wesley Enoch said.

“If western Sydney was its own city it would be the fourth largest city in the country.

“It’s got a real sense of itself. It’s a community of ambition – it’s screaming of how it’s artistically growing and creating new opportunities.”

Written by Andrea James, Peter Polites and Gaele Sobott, and directed by UTP’s artistic director Rosie Dennis, Home Country is a theatrical triptych blending the intimate and the universal.

“Each and every performance and activity are more than worth your while,” Enoch said.

Details: Sydney Festival 2017 will run from January 7 to 29. For more information or to view the full program visit: sydneyfestival.org.au. Note: Home Country contains coarse language.​