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Amy Poehler pays a visit to VIVID Sydney 2024

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Amy Poehler is in Sydney and celebrating VIVID! Renowned for her versatility and numerous talents including acting, writing, directing, producing, and authoring bestselling books, was present for Vivid Sydney Presents – In Conversation with Amy Poehler along with a sneak peek at Disney and Pixar’s ‘Inside Out 2’. Here is where to eat during VIVID Sydney The sold-out gathering at the Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, treated attendees to an exclusive 30-minute preview of selected scenes from the much-anticipated sequel Inside Out 2. This film continues the story of Disney and Pixar’s Academy Award®-winning and critically acclaimed Inside Out (2015), with Poehler reprising her role as Joy. The Conversation, moderated by Zan Rowe, delved into the fascinating nuances of Amy’s creative mind. Noteworthy attendees who graced the event included children’s entertainer Emma Watkins, television presenter Rove McManus, actress April Rose Pengilly, Senior Vice President & Managing Director The Walt Disney Company Australia & New Zealand Kylie Watson-Wheeler, The Wiggles’ Tsehay Hawkins, comedian Tanya Hennessy, and many more. More on what to expect this VIVID Post-event, a bespoke ‘Inside Out 2’ projection illuminated Customs House at Circular Quay in a one-off, 30-minute display. Vivid Sydney, the Southern Hemisphere’s premier multi-arts festival, transforms the city into a vibrant center of creativity, innovation, and community engagement. Reflecting the 2024 festival theme, Humanity, the Vivid Ideas program serves as a platform for inspiration, challenging conventional perspectives about the world, and bringing sharp analysis, thoughtful discussion, and memorable dialogues to Sydney. The 2024 lineup also showcases must-see events such… Read More

Vivid Sydney Unveils Tekno Train Experience by Paul Mac

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Train travel will never be the same again: in an Australian first, Vivid Sydney today announced Tekno Train by Paul Mac, a one-of-a-kind event that will transform a Sydney Trains service into a moving, sensory sound and light experience for 23 nights only. Exclusive to Vivid Sydney, the Southern Hemisphere’s leading multi-artform festival, and in collaboration with Sydney Trains, Tekno Train by Paul Mac is set to radically reinvent the experience of train travel as a thrilling musical adventure for a limited time only. Passengers will be treated to an original techno soundtrack composed by Paul Mac especially for the Tekno Train, accompanied by immersive custom lighting that will illuminate the interior of all carriages. As the train moves, the lights and music will rhythmically adjust to match the train’s speed and changing landscape outside, crafting a melodic and unforgettable ride through both Sydney’s city circle and disused train lines. Ticketholders will take their seat on what appears to be a standard K set train; however, as the train leaves Central Station, the adventure begins. Hidden lights and speakers will create a communal experience with synchronised lights driven by techno music. The project sees Paul Mac continue a musical journey that shares his unique and emotional electronic dance music language in an unexpected setting. Minister for Jobs and Tourism John Graham said: “Multi-ARIA Award winner Paul Mac composing the tracks on the tracks will lift a routine experience like jumping on a train in the city into a joyous moment and a unique, shared experience…. Read More

Vivid Sydney and what to expect this 2024

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This week marks the launch of “A New Normal,” an exhibition that will bring together more than fifty of Sydney’s most ambitious designers, architects, developers, technologists, brands, and architects to present innovative solutions to some of the city’s most persistent challenges. Find out which restaurants and bars have special offers this Vivid Sydney 2024! Presented in partnership with Vivid Ideas Sydney, Zen Energy, and Landcom, this exhibition aims to showcase practical approaches that collectively represent a $120 billion investment opportunity, promising profitable initiatives that will pay for themselves within seven years. Hosted at the Powerhouse Museum’s Harwood Building from 24 May to 15 June, and free to the public, “A New Normal” is part-gallery, part-pavilion, and part-community meeting place. The exhibition will feature future prototypes and more than twenty concepts aimed at transforming Sydney into a self-sufficient city. These concepts include sustainable solutions such as a beer made from recycled wastewater in partnership with Heaps Normal, the rehabilitation of the Cooks River, a reimagined community gardening model, and a coat hanger-eating robot. Other highlights include a 1,000-megawatt pumped hydro power project capable of powering 500,000 homes for eight continuous hours and a classic 1973 VW Squareback converted into an electric vehicle. Led by Jess Miller, former Councillor and Deputy Lord Mayor of Sydney, this exhibition results from a massive collaboration between some of Australia’s most forward-thinking and practical minds. It aims to serve as a blueprint for a more sustainable decade by assembling real-world solutions to seemingly insurmountable problems. Following its initial success at Melbourne… Read More

What to look forward to at VIVID Sydney this year

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Get excited because Vivid Sydney is back for its 13th year and the opening night was nothing short of spectacular. The night featured a Welcome to Country ceremony, fireworks, drone shows and a Lighting of the Sails at the iconic Sydney Opera House. Indigenous artists representing different language groups added a special touch to the ceremony with an incredible performance. The festival will run for 23 days and will showcase over 300 events featuring the world’s most innovative artists, talented musicians and thought leaders. This year’s theme, ‘Vivid Sydney, Naturally,’ celebrates Mother Nature as the master creator of all things beautiful. You can expect to be blown away by the stunning art installations that are inspired by nature, among other things. Australia’s largest event has expanded to become a world-class program shining a light on all cultural aspects of the city and drawing in visitors from all over the world. With a variety of activations and events happening across various locations in Sydney, including Circular Quay, Taronga Zoo, and the Royal Botanic Garden, there is something for everyone. This year’s program is the biggest in the festival’s history. Minister for Jobs and Tourism John Graham said, “I am looking forward especially to Vivid Music – seeing our venues come alive with some incredible artists – it is one of the best programs to date.” And Festival Director Gill Minervini added, “We have raised the bar on the size and scale of the events and activated new parts of the city. Our lineup features more diverse… Read More

What’s on for Dark Spectrum this VIVID Sydney

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Sydney on 26 May, running until 16 July before touring the world.After three years of intense preparation, the highly-anticipated immersive journey of light and sound known as Dark Spectrum is set to debut in Australia’s largest festival, Vivid Sydney. The first of its kind in the world, Dark Spectrum aims to take visitors on a intense exploration of the human experience, featuring themes such as separation, pressure, reflection and revelation, all represented by individual colours of light which explode within eight unique spaces. Incorporating state-of-the-art technology such as music, robotics, and laser systems, visitors will be able to step inside each artwork as part of a six-week long display. As they wander through the tunnels, visitors will be treated to a five-minute soundtrack in each space, accompanied by a constantly evolving atmosphere, resulting in an overload of light and sound that will trigger unique emotions with every transition. The experience will be highly immersive, with restricted visitor groups entering the tunnels in order to avoid overcrowding. Some portions of the tunnels, originally built in the 1930s as part of Wynyard Station’s unused Platforms 1 and 2, have never before been open to the public, adding an extra layer of exclusivity to the already highly-anticipated event. As visitors move from one tunnel to the next, they will enter new colours of the spectrum, each with its own unique energy, music, and visual effects. Each room in the display is thematically arranged to represent different aspects of the human experience. For example, the first room, titled “Separation”,… Read More

Novotel Sydney does VIVID Sydney

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If you’re planning to visit Sydney this May and June, Novotel Sydney Central should definitely be on your list. The VIVID Festival, an annual festival of light, music and ideas, is coming back and they have something exciting in store for all ages. Novotel Sydney Central has partnered with Sugar Republic to bring an interactive illuminated ball pit to their lobby during the festival. Filled with colorful balls, surrounded by neon lights and available to the general public and guests alike. It’s the perfect way for grown-ups to relive their childhood memories, and for kids to simply have fun! Oh, and let’s not forget about the perfect photo-op for avid Instagrammers! For those wanting to stay closer to the action, Novotel Sydney Central has announced a special VIVID package. This includes an overnight stay in a twin room, buffet breakfast where kids eat free, parking, and a welcome pack consisting of a bottle of wine for adults and a kids pack comprising of soft drinks and glow sticks! But it’s not just about staying at the hotel, because the Thomas St Kitchen and Bar will be offering special VIVID cocktails and food – making this the perfect date night or weekend getaway. So mark your calendar for the 19th of May to the 18th of June, and don’t miss out on Novotel Sydney Central’s VIVID activation. It’s the perfect place to create new memories and have a ball! Make a booking at the Novotel website

Where to get the best view of the city this VIVID Sydney light festival

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VIVID Sydney is the city’s annual celebration of light, music and experience the city-wide, offering locals and visitors yet another reason to head into town – other than to eat at Sydney’s quality restaurants – to enjoy what the city can put on. And the best view for it all, of course, is from the Sydney Harbour Bridge, courtesy of BridgeClimb. Following the sell-out success of the Vivid Sydney Climb in 2022, BridgeClimb is excited to announce they are expanding their Vivid Sydney program with four extraordinary experiences on the iconic Harbour Bridge, such as: Vivid Sydney Climb  This climb is the original Vivid Climb, available from 26 May to 17 June 2023. The Vivid Sydney Climb is an unforgettable experience that offers you the chance to ascend to the Summit of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge during the world’s largest festival of light, music, and ideas and immerse yourself as the city transforms into a mesmerising canvas of colour, light, and sound.  Light Up Your Senses at the Pylon  This climb is a Vivid Sydney first, offering a uniquely Vivid Sydney experience hosted by BridgeClimb within the iconic South-East Pylon of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. This hidden gem, which is a historic landmark, will be open to the public for the first time during the festival, providing guests with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to indulge in the unique views, local sounds, and flavours of New South Wales. Luke’s Vivid Table at the Pylon Lookout  This year, with VIVID on and in partnership with chef Luke… Read More

Best ways to celebrate VIVID Sydney in The Rocks

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Vivid Sydney is on! From 28 May to 18 June, the city comes to light in celebration of the artistry, culture and propensity to celebrate that is the city of Sydney. If you missed our best date night suggestions for the public event period, then scroll down for some more ways to celebrate that are less date-y and more let’s go out and have fun. For food, head to… 6HEAD will deliver an ultimate sensory experience through theatrical gastronomy, where you will have all five senses stimulated as they embark on a culinary journey designed to fascinate. The Rocks Markets will be hosting evenings of tasty treats throughout Vivid Sydney to keep you fuelled up, from pizza and gozleme to gelato, dumplings, crepes, BBQ and more. Throughout the lit-up stalls, visitors can also explore handmade jewellery, fabrics and gifts. And as a bonus, there’ll also be live music! Sights, eats and tunes? Sorted. Tayim’s outdoor alfresco dining courtyard, complete with glowing decorations, for the perfect opportunity to stop and fill up during their Vivid Sydney journey with falafels and fresh lamb skewers with a side of delicious cocktails and wine.  Creperie Suzette, who will be serving up rainbow bagels and glitter coffees throughout the festival. Afterwards, stop by The Tea Cosy, who is transforming their courtyard on Atherden Street into a glow-themed garden, with neon lighting, glowing furniture and special menu items from Thursday to Sunday. For drinks, head to… Blu Bar on 36 has carefully curated a special Vivid Sydney Menu which is available… Read More

Date nights for VIVID Sydney in 2022

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If you’re not climbing up Sydney Harbour Bridge or getting together at one of the many gin opportunities that lie before you this VIVID Sydney 2022, then perhaps date night’s on the cards. The Harbour View Hotel is putting on the festival of lights and visual art in their own way. And by offering delicious takeaway meals with drinks so there’s no need to worry about dinner before exploring the exhibitions around The Rocks. The Harbour View Hotel will be launching a special pop-up glow bar, serving glow in the dark cocktails outside their historic venue in The Rocks. This limited edition glow bar will be available throughout Vivid (from 27th May until 18th June), making it easy to sip on cocktails while you take in the stunning light installations of Vivid.  The Harbour View Hotel will also be selling takeaway packs so you can wander through The Rocks and find the perfect picnic spot overlooking the harbour and Vivid lights. The Harbour View Hotel Vivid Takeaway pack (for $95) includes: Antipasto for 2 Stir fried noodles with chicken bites and capsicum x 2 Flatbread bread with roasted capsicum dipping sauce  x 2  4 x Smirnoff Seltzers  1 x Blanket For more information, head to the Harbour View website