FOUR superstar magicians, an internationally-acclaimed contemporary artist and one very large rubber ducky will all be in our neighbourhood as part of Sydney Festival Parramatta 2014.
Ten days of free and ticketed events, including the world premier of magic show Band of Magicians and a brand new installation by Slovenian artist Roman Ondak, will be held at venues across Parramatta in January.
The festival program, which was revealed on Tuesday, kicks off with the annual open-air street celebration Parramatta Opening Party, featuring cult Melbourne group Boxwars recreating the cars from Mad Max and smashing them.
The Spiegeltent which has been pitched in Prince Alfred Park during the past few festivals won't be unfolded this year, with The Lennox in Riverside Theatres becoming the hot spot for music.
A giant 15-metre high rubber duck, an installation by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, will rule the roost during the festival as it perches on the Parramatta River.
Festival director Lieven Bertels (pictured left) said western Sydney had a "different feel" to Sydney city.
"In a very positive kind of way, it has a sort of freshness and increasingly also being self assured, has a certain 'no worries' kind of feel about it that we really like," Mr Bertels said.
"That made us want to program the festival specifically to address that.
"But at the same time Parramatta is part of the whole of Sydney and we are the Sydney Festival, so it fits into the whole program as well."
Mr Bertels said people would travel from outside western Sydney to attend festival events in Parramatta.
"Lots of people come from the eastern suburbs, the north shore," he said.
"People get on the train, or drive up to Parramatta and we say that for a lot of people — and we say really proudly — that it is a real discovery."
■ Sydney Festival Parramatta events will run from January 10-19 at Riverside Theatres, Parramatta Town Hall, streets and parks and Parramatta River.