A pair of waterfall swings will be built at Darling Harbour for the festival where, as the rider swings towards the cascading curtain of water, a gap will appear in the shape of the person’s silhouette allowing them to pass through bone dry.
Announced at the program launch on Thursday, the swings are one of 85 free live events at the festival which runs from January 8 to Australia Day, 2015.
Director Lieven Bertels says the 39th edition of the Sydney Festival won’t only appeal to the mainstream festival-goers but also niche markets.
“It is the biggest summer festival party on the planet,” Mr Bertels told AAP.
“It is very typical at a Sydney Festival to get unusual experiences.”
But the swings are not the only way the organisers are taking the festival to a whole new level.
Visualised by Irish artist Maser and built over two storeys on Hyde Park lawn, the Higher Ground installation will re-imagine a world of converging architecture and geometry.
The installation which organisers bill as “stepping into a painting” will be in the same spot as the life-size Stonehenge bouncy castles in 2014.
But for Bertels, one of the highlights of this year’s festival will be James Thieree’s production, Tabac Rouge.
Recognised as one of the world’s pre-eminent contemporary performers, Thieree, the grandson of silent screen legend Charlie Chaplin, will bring together acrobatics, music, dance and circus acts in his largest and most extravagant work yet.
Sydney Festival 2015 will feature 179 events, with almost half of events free to the general public.
More than 900 artists from 30 countries will take part in 495 different performances at 25 venues.