William Yang, Meow Meow and iOTA are just some of the creative offerings scheduled for 2012’s Sydney Festival, which will kick off with Festival First night on Saturday January 7.

This year the Famous Spiegeltent will again plant its pegs in Hyde Park, with Meow Meow taking up residence five nights a week from January 6-29. The international musical sensation will treat audiences to her spin on the tales of Hans Christian Anderson in Meow Meow’s Little Match Girl.

Renowned photographer of Sydney gay life William Yang will pair up with celebrated composer Elena Kats-Chernin to present a musical slideshow inspired by Facebook and the voyeurism it arouses. I Am A Camera will be playing at the Reginald Theatre at the Seymour Centre from January 17-22 and also in Parramatta.

The Sydney Opera House will host cabaret superstar iOTA as audiences revel in the most outrageous moments from Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Beauty Queen of the Sea. iOTA: Young, Hard and Solo will be playing at the Sydney Opera house from January 17 – 21.

Also playing at the Opera House, Megan Washington will be performing her one night only concept piece, Insomnia. This four movement – Opiate, Amphetamine, Barbiturate and Nicotine – combination or art, photography and design from Washington’s personal archives is sure to stimulate the senses. Her show will only be performed 4 times globally – in London, Paris, New York and now Sydney on January 25.

Tickets for all events are on sale now via www.sydneyfestival.org.au

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