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Hakawati - Sydney Festival 2017

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by Carisma (subscribe)
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As a fan of art and culture, I always love seeing what the Sydney Festival has to offer. Having only seen one performance so far, I do have to say, the Festival has already proven to be spectacular.

Hakawati
Image by Eric Berry.


Hakawati, based on the ancient Arab tradition of story-telling, is a drama performance with a twist. Rather than being set on a normal stage, guests are invited to a traditional 4-course dinner at El-Phoenician restaurant in Parramatta. In keeping in line with the tradition, guests break bread together, as the storyteller transports them into another world.

Hakawati
Image by Eric Berry.


The first course is a selection of dips with fresh and fried breads, followed by an entrée of falafel balls and hot pastries. The third course is chicken skewers, salad, and roast potatoes, followed by a dessert of traditional Middle-Eastern coffee, and fresh fruit. In between each course, the reader is treated to a tale, such as Aladdin and Sinbad. Each tale is entertaining and has been adapted slightly to make it funnier and more appealing to a modern audience, for example, setting the scene in the faraway land of Kellyville. The final performance is a dance routine, which for me, was the perfect ending to a fantastic night of food and laughter.

Hakawati
Image by Eric Berry.


Hakawati is running at the Sydney Festival from January 11 to January 21. Tickets start at $65 per person and include dinner. I'd recommend this performance for adults who are fans of good food and entertainment but particularly for those who are fans of Middle Eastern food and culture.
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Why? To be transported to a world of fairy tale.
When: 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Phone: 02 8839 3399
Where: El Phoenician Restaurant
Cost: $65
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How nice would that be to be a part of a beautiful cultural atmosphere in a restaurant with some of the best food :)
by RC (score: 3|1221) 1010 days ago
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