The VIVID Sydney Launch
If you’ve ever had fantasies of being in charge of a massive light and laser installation – and let’s face it, who hasn’t? – you absolutely need to head down to Pyrmont and make your way to The Star.
Officially the largest precinct of the VIVID Sydney light, music, and ideas festival; Pyrmont and The Star have been transformed in to an interactive, multisensory game zone where you can do anything from control a digital fireworks display to participate in a karaoke ‘Face Off’ that will see your singing selfie projected on to the side of The Star.
Vivid’s Game Zone is open until the 8th of June, and leads you from the ‘Mission Control’ desk at the waterside all the way up to the rooftop, where the crowd at Monday’s launch tried their hand at multi-player video games, greeted stilt-walking robots, and even built furniture out of oversized, luminous Lego blocks. The installation is suitable for all ages, which means it’s a great outing for the kids – or even just for adults who love behaving like kids.
On your agenda for your night out at The Star should be: a stop at Mission Control, to try your hand at controlling the light display on top of the casino complex; a visit to Pyrmont Pyro (which is exactly as cool as it sounds) in Pyrmont Bay park, to grab a pair of glow-in-the-dark drumsticks and run the fireworks display; and finally a stop off at the Sky Terrace, where you can get out of the elements and in to the rest of the hand-held video games and take part in the karaoke contest.
If you really want to celebrate VIVID but can’t stand the thought of pushing through the city crowds or getting soaked in rain, don’t stress. The Star’s all set up with heaters, windbreaking walls, and pop-up eateries featuring dishes from some of their best restaurants. There’s also a sweets buffet downstairs, where you can design your own crepes and hot chocolates – perfect for keeping out the chill on the walk home.
All photography by Lily Chen exclusively for and copyrighted by THE F.