Vivid Sydney 2017: Bigger, Bolder, Brighter

New precinct at Barangaroo
Expanded Royal Botanic Gardens footprint
Goldfrapp, AIR & Nick Murphy for Vivid Music
United States contemporary artist, Shepard Fairey headlines Vivid Ideas

The world’s largest festival of light, music & ideas, Vivid Sydney returns bigger, bolder & brighter in 2017 with a new precinct at Barangaroo, an expanded Light Walk through the Royal Botanic Gardens & imaginary creatures that will transform the sails of the Sydney Opera House.

Over 23 nights from Friday the 26th of May to Saturday the 17th of June, Vivid Light will transform the cityscape into a creative canvas, take over Sydney stages with Vivid Music’s biggest program to date & provide a global forum for creative conversations at Vivid Ideas.

Vivid Sydney is owned, managed & produced by the New South Wales (NSW) Government’s tourism & major events agency, Destination NSW.

Vivid Light

For the 1st time, Vivid Sydney’s vibrant kaleidoscope will stream into a new precinct at Barangaroo with a trail of installations winding through intimate laneways, past waterfront vistas & into a foodie paradise. Visitors will be immersed in A Day In The Light, an outdoor theatre of light and sound that lets them become part of the artwork & treated to optical illusions at Trapdoor, which tells the stories of Barangaroo’s past.

The festival’s bright lights will return to the Royal Botanic Gardens with an expanded trail that will take visitors through the heart of the beautiful harbourside oasis. Here, Birds Of Lumos, inspired by the rare rowi species of the New Zealand kiwi, will come to life as they glow & pulse with colour. The nostalgic Dipping Birds, giant 2.5 metre illuminated sculptures, will change colour as they dip back and forth into a pond & quirky installation You Lookin’ At Me? will turn heads as big glaring eyes follow passers-by. A pop-up landmark celebrating our Harbour city, Sydneyland, will provide a beautiful & iconic photo backdrop for visitors & locals.

At the heart of the Vivid Light Walk, the sails of the World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House will be bought to life by a series of imaginary creatures curated & designed by acclaimed cinematographer, editor & graphic designer, Ash Bolland. Audio Creatures will show creatures interacting with the environment, morphing & moving between each other across the iconic sails.

The city’s icons will once again be transformed including the façade of the Museum Of Contemporary Art with Organic Vibrations, a collaboration between Australian artist Julia Gorman & the Paris-based creative and artistic collective, Danny Rose. Interactive lighting display Dreamscape will let visitors put their own colourful mark on the city’s skyline from Circular Quay along the Cahill Expressway to the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer & Executive Producer of Vivid Sydney, Sandra Chipchase, said “In 2016, a record-breaking 2.31 million visitors came to Vivid Sydney, which is testament to the festival’s impressive line-up, continued innovation & growth over the past 9 years”

Vivid Sydney in 2017 will impress with a robust program across Vivid Light, Music & Ideas so now is the time for visitors to start planning their trip so they can be inspired visually, creatively & musically at Vivid Sydney

Popular precincts, Chatswood, Taronga Zoo, Martin Place & Darling Harbour will return in 2017.

The buildings, shopping malls, streets & laneways of Chatswood’s central business district (CBD) will be reinvented as a retrofuturistic smart city called Future City, Smart City with ingenious installations & light sculptures inspired by the ‘steampunk’ design aesthetic of 19th century steam-powered machinery.

Lights For The Wild at Taronga Zoo will return featuring giant animal light sculptures that wowed visitors when they made their debut last year. A few new characters & surprises will join the 2016 favourites including a swarm of buzzing bees & a giant interactive Port Jackson shark.

Martin Place will be home to Sydney’s most popular food & beverage purveyors alongside grand, interactive light installations. Highlights include a new version of the multi-award winning 3 dimension-mapped projection Urban Tree 2.0 & Deep Forest, an urban jungle for feasting featuring an open flame fire-pit with barbeque treats from Porteño & some of NSW’s best fire chefs.

28 tonnes of water will be thrown into the air every minute whilst lasers, flame jets, music & fireworks combine in a celebration of the power of creativity & innovation at Darling Harbour. Magicians Of The Mist water theatre will be a spectacular display of technology & art defining the digital era.

Vivid Music

The beat of the Vivid Music program is stronger than ever with over 250 events in this year’s line-up. Highlights include an Australian exclusive performance by electronic pop duo Goldfrapp and the return of Curve Ball: a large-scale live music & art event created by Fuzzy Music, both at Carriageworks.

Popular Vivid Music events return including Heaps Gay, Soul Of Sydney, Purple Sneakers & The Argyle’s Tokyo Disco.

Vivid LIVE At The Sydney Opera House will deliver an eclectic suite of not-to-be-missed performances from influential American folk-rock band, Fleet Foxes, French electronic superheroes, AIR, British singer & songwriter, Laura Marling, & producer and bonafide hit-maker, Australia’s Nick Murphy.

City Recital Hall breaks from its’ classical roots with an incredible program – Metamorphosis – serving up everything from jazz & dance anthems to multisensory masterpieces. Sydney-based indie rock band, Dappled Cities, will launch their new album IIIII (pronounced 5), Grammy Award-winning jazz singer, Dianne Reeves, will take to the stage in a special one-off performance & Paul Mac will host a Sound Bubble Sound Party.

In a Vivid Music first, Vivid Sydney has partnered with the City Of Sydney to deliver a program across a multitude of city venues. Showcasing grassroots & emerging local music talent, highlights will include a new roof-top festival from Cake Wines, Pie In The Sky & a showcase of Women In Electronic Music at Oxford Art Factory.

Kings Cross returns with an exciting line-up of performance music, art, ‘Avant Cabaret’ & cutting-edge, independent and immersive theatre with a bohemian flavour, part of the Vivid KX program.

Vivid Ideas

The Vivid Ideas program will continue to challenge & inspire with more than 200 events exploring the changing face of the creative industries. Iconic American artist Shepard Fairey, who blurs the boundaries of art & design, headlines the Vivid Ideas line-up. His body of work includes his Barack Obama HOPE campaign, the OBEY GIANT art project & this year’s ubiquitous We The People initiative.

In a Vivid Sydney exclusive, Fairey will share his do-it-yourself approach, career highlights & how he managed to turn his creativity into an authentic voice about street culture. He will also create a large scale public mural live on a wall in Sydney’s CBD & some of his most famous works to date will be part of a pop-up exhibition at the Darling Quarter.

Throughout the city, a series of conferences will connect start-ups, emerging talent, practitioners & entrepreneurs with world-class creators & thought-leaders. Highlights include The Sunrise, which connects start-ups with successful founders; Semi Permanent, returning with a series of interactive, immersive experiences featuring leaders from Getty Images, NIKE, Google and more & family-favourite, Robowars, where some of the country’s best engineers & robotic experts put their self-built robots to battle.

The Vivid Ideas Exchange at the Museum Of Contemporary Art also boasts a diverse line-up of talks presented by creative practitioners covering topics from fashion to place-making, storytelling, ageism, marketing pitching, health, innovation, big data & mixed reality.

Vivid Sydney Sponsors

Vivid Sydney thanks its sponsors for their support of the festival in 2017 including partners, Huawei, Ford and American Express & supporters, Allianz, Canon, City Of Sydney, NSW Department Of Industry, Google, Oracle Liquid, Property NSW, Sensis, Sydney Airport, Sydney Opera House, Technical And Further Education NSW, Technical Direction Company & 32 Hundred Lighting. Vivid Sydney’s access & inclusion partner is Cushman And Wakefield & the festival continues its sustainability partnership with the Banksia Foundation.

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‘Vivid LIVE’ 1st Artist Announced: ‘Fleet Foxes’ *Ballot For Tickets*

4 NIGHTS, SYDNEY ONLY, EXCLUSIVE TO VIVID SYDNEY

“’Fleet Foxes’ have not just expanded & enhanced their sound, they have found a way to remain lasting”Consequence Of Sound

Folk-rock masters Fleet Foxes will première new material from their highly anticipated 3rd album exclusively for Australian audiences at the Sydney Opera House when they make their long-awaited returned for Vivid LIVE in May this year as part of Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music & ideas.

5 years since their last, life affirming shows, the band have chosen Vivid LIVE for their return to the stage, performing over 4 nights in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall.

Due to the expected high demand, tickets will be allocated by ballot (details below).

Fleet Foxes Vivid LIVE performances are exclusive to Vivid Sydney & their only Australian shows for 2017 following sold-out ballots for Morrissey (2015) and Kraftwerk‘s 3rd Dimension Catalogue retrospective (2013) as well as ANOHNI’s immersive & sense-shifting performance Hopelessness (2016).

The 5-piece ensemble rose to prominence in the vanguard of a new wave of folk music in the 2000’s, alongside fellow Sydney Opera House alumni including Sufjan Stevens, Joanna Newsom, Bon Iver, Bill CallahanThe Decemberists.

The band returns to Sydney Opera House with a refreshed line-up featuring Robin Pecknold (vocals, guitar), Skyler Skjelset (guitar), Christian Wargo (bass), Morgan Henderson (multiple instruments) & Casey Wescott (piano). In addition to the core-band, their Vivid LIVE performances will feature additional players including Matthew Barrick (drums).

Fleet Foxes début self-titled album, released in 2008, was billed in Rolling Stone’s 100 Best Albums of the 2000’s while White Winter Hymnal also made Rolling Stone’s 100 Best Songs of the 2000’s. In December the same year, the Sun Giant extended play & their self-titled long play together shared the title of Pitchforks #1 album(s) of 2008.

Their 2nd full-length album, Helplessness Blues (Sub Pop/Inertia) was released in 2011 to critical acclaim &propelled them to Number 6 in the Australian national charts (Number 2 in the United Kingdom & Number 4 in the Untied States (US)) confirming their status as a true crossover success story.

Almost a decade after leading the new-folk revolution, Fleet Foxes will bring their fevered dynamism and signature harmonies to the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall stage & demonstrate once more why they are indeed a band for the ages.

Robin Pecknold said “We are unbelievably excited to perform songs from our new album & to revisit songs from across our catalogue at the Sydney Opera House in May. In this time, when all action towards unity is vital, our means of engendering union is through music, collective communal performance, on any stage that will have us & there is no better stage in the world than the Sydney Opera House. We really hope to see you there”

With the new album expected very soon, Robin Pecknold has created a playlist of artists & songs that inspired Fleet Foxes whilst writing the forthcoming new album.

Destination New South Wales (NSW) Chief Executive Officer & Vivid Sydney Executive Producer, Sandra Chipchase, said “’Vivid Sydney’ continues to attract the world’s best musicians to our city each year. The calibre of artists performing at the festival is testament to its success. I encourage all music fans to plan their trip to Sydney to see internationally acclaimed US band ‘Fleet Foxes’ when they première their new material at these 4 exclusive Sydney shows”

Vivid LIVE, now in its 9th year, will be the 3rd curated by Ben Marshall, the Sydney Opera House’s Head Of Contemporary Music. For Vivid LIVE, Marshall has programmed iconic artists & projects such as ANOHNI, Bon Iver ‘Cercle’, New Order + the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Max Richter ‘Sleep, Kraftwerk, Lauryn Hill, Sufjan Stevens & Morrissey. Ben’s year-round contemporary music program features Underworld, Kasabian, Andrew Bird, James Vincent McMorrow, Billy Bragg & Joe Henry, The Lumineers & Mary J. Blige. The stages of the World Heritage-listed building have also held Brian Wilson, D’Angelo, The National, Florence + The Machine, Tame Impala & Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.

Ben Marshall, Curator Of Vivid LIVE At The Sydney Opera House, said “It is a big moment for us to welcome back ‘Fleet Foxes’ to the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall stage for ‘Vivid LIVE’. Having ended their ‘Helplessness Blues’ tour here 5 years ago, over 3 unforgettable sold-out nights, they have chosen to première their new, fiercely anticipated 3rd album on the very same stage. Like past key ‘Vivid LIVE’ artists ‘Bon Iver’ & Sufjan Stevens, ‘Fleet Foxes’ are taking a 4-night ‘Vivid LIVE’ residency & bringing something special to Sydney for their only Australian performances for 2017. A dramatic & powerful live proposition, Robin Pecknold’s spectral tenor & euphoric, melancholy melodies are something to behold in the Concert Hall & this act’s blazing ambition and restlessness will be on grand display in one of this year’s absolute musical highlights”

The full program for Vivid LIVE At The Sydney Opera House will be announced at the Vivid Sydney program launch this month: vividsydney.com/sydneyoperahouse.com/vividLIVE.

SEASON DETAILS

  • WHAT: Fleet Foxes
  • WHEN: Friday May 26th – Monday the 29th of May 2017
  • WHERE: Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
  • TICKETS: Premium – AUD$119, A Reserve – AUD$109, B Reserve – AUD$89

IMPORTANT TICKETING INFORMATION

An application process has been implemented for Fleet Foxes’ only Australian shows at Vivid LIVE in anticipation of high demand & to ensure everyone has an equal chance to make applications over a 5-day period. This will minimise website congestion & distribute tickets to fans across time zones, states & countries. Successful applicants will be notified via e-mail with a link to purchase tickets between 10am – 4pm (Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)) Friday the 10th of March. Unsuccessful applicants will not receive a link to purchase however will be automatically added to a waitlist in the event of a later release of tickets.

Tickets can be applied for anytime between Wednesday the 1st of March 2017 (6:00am AEDT) & Sunday the 5th of March 2017 (11:59pm AEDT). Successful applicants will be chosen at random from within the allocations designated for visitors & locals. To apply, go to http://sydneyoperahouse.com/vividlive.

ONLY ONLINE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED. APPLICATIONS CANNOT BE ACCEPTED OVER THE PHONE OR IN PERSON.

Vivid LIVE

From the 26th of May to the 17th of June, the Sydney Opera House will welcome some of the most ambitious & innovative local & international artists for Vivid LIVE – a celebration of music on the nation’s most famous stages – as part of Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music & ideas.

Vivid LIVE celebrates iconic artists in contemporary music with newly commissioned works, world première performances & Sydney only appearances from musical greats within Australia & around the world.

Vivid LIVE invites the world’s leading artists, creative collectives, promoters & digital animators to raise the roof of Sydney Opera House‘s theatres, rehearsal spaces, recording studios & most famously, its’ iconic sails, which are transformed into a unique canvas each year for Vivid Sydney.

Vivid Sydney

Vivid Sydney is the world’s largest festival of light, music & ideas, which for 23 days – from the 26th of May to the 17th of June 2017 – transforms the ‘Harbour City’ with its colourful creative canvas. In 2016, Vivid Sydney attracted a record 2.31 million attendees.

Now in its 9th year, Vivid Sydney is owned, managed & produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism & major events agency. Vivid Sydney features large scale light installations and projections (Vivid Light); music performances and collaborations (Vivid Music including Vivid LIVE At The Sydney Opera House) & creative ideas, discussion and debate (Vivid Ideas), all celebrating Sydney as the creative hub of the Asia-Pacific. For more information, visit www.vividsydney.com.

Media Release: Vivid Sydney

‘Australia Day In Sydney’: 2017 Wrap-Up & Race Results

Free entertainment, cultural performances & Harbour races enticed crowds today as Sydney put on a variety of activities.

The Australia Day In Sydney 2017 program paid tribute across Sydney to the country’s traditional land owners & the many cultures that make up the nation, beginning the day with the WugulOra Indigenous Morning Ceremony at Barangaroo & the raising of the Aboriginal and Australian flags on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The annual Ferrython again made a splash with Sydney’s First Fleet ferries decorated & raced towards the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Close by, audiences were treated to the Tall Ships Race, a Tug & Yacht Ballet, a RegattaHarbour Parade as well as an aerial program including a parachute display by the Australian Army’s Red Berets.

The Salute To Australia, conducted by the Australian Army, the Royal Australian Navy & the Royal Australian Air Force, stopped spectators in their tracks, culminating at noon with the singing of the national anthem by much-loved artist, Tina Arena.

The Rocks played host to crowds cheering for some of the best wheelchair competitors around the globe in the 28th #OzDay10K Wheelchair Race.

Thousands of Australia Day revellers & children enjoyed the entertainment on offer at the Children’s Festival at Tumbalong Park in Darling Harbour with a free public concert by music group, The Wiggles.

Australia Day 2017 plans finished with a bang, with an exhilarating symphony of fireworks in the Australia Day Spectacular at Darling Harbour while across the harbour at Circular Quay, more than 5000 revellers flocked to the free public concert Australia Day 2017 – Live At Sydney Opera House featuring Tina Arena, Guy Sebastian, Human Nature, Dami Im, The Wiggles & more. Jump onto TenPlay before the 26th of February 2017 to watch the concert & sing along to all the best moments.

AUSTRALIA DAY 2017 – EVENT RESULTS

OZ DAY 10 KILOMETRE WHEELCHAIR RACE

Men’s Open

  • 1st – Kurt Fearnley, New South Wales (NSW), Australia, 19.36
  • 2nd – Sho Watanabe, Japan, 20.34
  • 3rd – Jake Lappin, Australia, 20.56

Women’s Open

  • 1st – Madison De Rozario, NSW, Australia, 23.03
  • 2nd – Jemima Moore, Australia, 23.11
  • 3rd – Christie Dawes, Australia, 23.12

Masters

  • 1st – Kota Hokinoue, Japan, 20.57
  • 2nd – Jun Hiromichi, Japan, 21.47
  • 3rd – Sukman Hong, South Korea, 22.50

Juniors

  • 1st – Sam Rizzo, Australia, 23.11
  • 2nd –Brad Temberton, Australia, 25.50
  • 3rd – Gregory Luff, Australia, 29.20

SYDNEY FESTIVAL FERRYTHON

  • The Fred Hollows Foundation

TALL SHIPS RACE

  • James Craig

HARBOUR PARADE – BEST DRESSED VESSEL

  • 1st Place – Buccaneer
  • 2nd Place – Norsman
  • 3rd Place – Polpete

Media Release: Australia Day In Sydney

Australian Radio Network Announces Partnership With The City Of Sydney

AUSTRALIAN RADIO NETWORK (ARN) ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE 3-YEAR MEDIA PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CITY OF SYDNEY

ARN today announces a new partnership with the City Of Sydney, kicking off a huge year of events, celebrations & experiences that celebrate the best of Sydney.

As the exclusive frequency modulation (FM) commercial radio partner, ARN’s KIIS 106.5 FM, Western Suburbs (WS) 101.7 FM & The Edge 96.1 FM/Digital Radio Station will play key roles in supporting major events on Sydney’s calendar including the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival, Sydney Christmas & Sydney’s première global event, Sydney New Year’s Eve, which will be presented exclusively with KIIS 106.5 FM.

It all starts with Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival from January the 27th with a 2 week celebration for the Lunar New Year & the Year Of The Rooster.

Over the past 20 years, the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival has grown to become one of the largest celebrations of the Lunar New Year outside of Asia & 2017 will be no exception.

The Sydney Chinese New Year Festival program is packed with a diverse range of events. ARN activations will include KIIS 106.5 FM Lucky Lunar Lanterns while WS 101.7 FM’s Jonesy & Amanda (Brendan ‘Jonesy’ Jones & Amanda Keller) will be hitting the water as part of the celebrity Dragon Boat Racing event & taking the stage to sing one of their karaoke favourites at Massaoke.

ARN Chief Executive Officer, Tony Kendall, said “ARN are extremely proud to be partnering with the City Of Sydney & contributing to a calendar of great events across the year. KIIS 106.5 FM, WS 101.7 FM & The Edge 96.1 FM/Digital Radio Station are made for Sydney – we love the city’s diversity, spirit of adventure & culture”

“The program of events is the epitome of ‘So Sydney’ & the energy that is our #1 station, KIIS 106.5 FM, in particular. From the vibrant celebrations of the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival and of course, Sydney Christmas & Sydney New Year’s Eve, ARN is excited to partner with the City to create memorable experiences for the whole of Sydney & its community”

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the partnership with ARN would open up more opportunities to promote some of Australia’s biggest events: “We are delighted to join with ARN for the next 3 years. This partnership will capitalise on ARN’s capacity to reach large audiences across the nation through their top-rating programs to promote our fantastic city & brilliant events”

ARN will also play a part in helping Sydney transform into a magical summer playground during the festive season with Christmas & New Year activations & experiences including KIIS 106.5 FM broadcasting live on New Year’s Eve making sure listeners don’t miss a minute of the action of Sydney’s ultimate celebration of the city.

For more details on the City Of Sydney, their events & programs, go to cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au.

Media Release: Australian Radio Network

Chinese New Year To Feature Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon Projections For The 1st Time

This year’s Sydney Chinese New Year Festival will add pylon projections to the Sydney Harbour Bridge for the 1st time in the event’s history while there is also the possibility that Australia Day will have similar treatment but also with the Sydney Opera House!

For the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival, the pylon projections will, other than the colour red, feature the Festival’s branding images such as an artist-inspired festival logo & an image of a rooster symbolising the Lunar New Year Of The Rooster.

In Chinese culture, the colour red symbolises good fortune & joy. Red is found everywhere during Chinese New Year & other holidays and family gatherings.

The Sydney Opera House in recent years has also been lit up red while last year, the Sydney Harbour Bridge featured red light-emitting diode lighting (similar to Vivid Sydney’s Dress Circle) for the 1st time along it’s catwalk & arches during the event.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge pylon projections would form part of the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival’s Painting The Town Red.

Also, the City Of Sydney is in talks with the New South Wales Government’s Department Of Premier & Cabinet to light up the Sydney Opera House & the Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylons in the national colours of green & gold for Australia Day. Their inclusion is not confirmed at this stage.

Australia Day is on the 26th of January 2017 while the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival runs from the 27th of January to the 12th of February 2017 with the Painting The Town Red part of the latter event running until the 29th of January 2017 inclusive.

Sydney Spectaculars will be publishing it’s Season 2017 guide in the next week.

Sources:

Australia Day In Sydney 2017 Program & Free Concert Announced

Australia Day In Sydney 2017 highlights will include the WugulOra Indigenous Morning Ceremony at Barangaroo followed by the raising of the Aboriginal & Australian Flags on the Sydney Harbour Bridge & a Children’s Festival at Darling Harbour.

Sydney Harbour will host the Sydney Festival Ferrython, a ‘Tug & Yacht Ballet’, the Tall Ships Race, 2 cruising concerts & the Australia Day Regatta. Australia Day marks a new beginning for some, with citizenship ceremonies taking place throughout the day.

That night, the sky will come alive with fireworks & a sound and light show at the Darling Harbour Spectacular, while some of the biggest names in Australian entertainment unite for the concert Australia Day 2017 – Live At Sydney Opera House.

Australia Day creative director, John Foreman, said the free annual concert was a celebration of Australia’s unique musical & entertainment talent.

“We have brought together some of the biggest names in Australian music to celebrate what makes this country great. The concert promises to be a great spectacle in one of the country’s most impressive locations”

Among the stars performing this January are Tina Arena, Human Nature, Guy Sebastian, Dami Im, James Morrison & The Wiggles, who will swap their skivvies for civvies while performing classic rock. They will be joined by Tony Dee, whose voice inspired the world ahead of the 15th Paralympic Summer Games – Rio de Janeiro 2016, Australian musical legend Russell Morris & up-and-coming singing sensation Natalie Conway.

Tickets for the free event are available via australiaday.com.au/concert from 12pm AEDT today. Availability is on a strict 1st-come-1st-served basis.

Australia Day 2017 – Live At Sydney Opera House is brought to you by the NSW Government through its tourism & major events agency, Destination NSW.

Australia Day 2017 – Live At Sydney Opera House will air on Thursday the 26th of January at 7:30pm on the TEN & WIN Networks.

For more information on Australia Day & Australia Day 2017 – Live At Sydney Opera House, visit australiaday.com.au.

Media Release: Australia Day In Sydney

Sydney Icons Light Up For Lunar New Year

The City Of Sydney & Westpac are Painting The Town Red – lighting some of Sydney’s most iconic landmarks bright red to mark the beginning of the City’s Chinese New Year Festival.

For 3 nights, 27-29 January, buildings across the city – including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House & Sydney Town Hall – will be lit up in the colour of happiness, good fortune & joy to ward off evil spirits in preparation for the Year Of The Rooster.

Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, said the illuminations were the perfect way to launch one of the world’s largest celebrations of the Lunar New Year.

“The Sydney Chinese New Year Festival is the largest and most exciting Lunar New Year celebration outside of Asia & lighting our iconic buildings lucky red will provide the perfect backdrop” the Lord Mayor said.

“Sydney will come alive from Friday the 27th of January welcoming the Year Of The Rooster with over 80 events including art, food, performance, workshops, dragon boat racing & much more”

The illuminations are supported by Sydney Chinese New Year Festival Principal Partner, Westpac, which is celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2017.

“The City is pleased to be partnering with Westpac again for this year’s Festival & we congratulate them on their 200th anniversary. We encourage Sydneysiders & visitors alike to celebrate with us at the many special events, performances & exhibitions on show around the city” the Lord Mayor said.

In addition to the illuminations, Westpac will host a first of its kind Wall Of Fortune at Circular Quay that displays up to 600 Lunar New Year messages every minute on a giant screen measuring 2 metres tall & almost 8 metres wide.

Passers-by can capture their own Lunar New Year fortune by taking a photo of the screen & are encouraged to share their message on social media using #westpaclunar.

At Martin Place, the Westpac Lunar Lantern Hub will feature a 50-metre canopy of red lanterns, nightly disc jockeys and entertainment & food and drink offerings by Messina, Bao Stop & Taylor’s Pop-Up Bar. Visitors can learn to play one of the most popular Chinese games at The Star’s Mahjong Garden, while Messina will be giving away 200 free ice-creams a night for Westpac customers from 5pm.

On Friday the 3rd of February, the Hub will host a party to mark the 21st anniversary of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival with lion dances, community performances & live music. Visitors will be encouraged to join an enormous mass-karaoke sing-along with Massaoke.

Bernadette Inglis, Westpac’s Group General Manger For Retail & Premium Banks, said Westpac is excited to partner with the City Of Sydney for the 2nd year in a row to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

“Westpac is delighted to support the Lunar New Year celebrations & to wish the Chinese community success, prosperity and good luck in the Year Of The Rooster. We are looking forward to lighting up some of Sydney’s landmarks in red & getting involved in many of the wonderful events taking place around the city” said Miss Inglis.

Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival runs from the 27th of January to the 12th of February & features more than 80 events including the City’s Lunar Lanterns trail along the Sydney Harbour foreshore, Dragon Boat Races at Darling Harbour & Lunar Eats at restaurants across the city.

Westpac Activations

Painting The Town Red – at the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Town Hall, State Library of New South Wales, Circular Quay Railway Station, Australian National Maritime Museum, David Jones Elizabeth Street Store & the Capitol Theatre with the support of Aladdin – The Musical. From the 27th to the 29th of January from 8pm until late.

Westpac Wall Of Fortune – at the northern end of East Circular Quay. From the 27th of January to the 12th of February, 10am to 10pm.

Westpac Lunar Lantern Hub – Martin Place between Pitt & Castlereagh Streets. All day, every day until the 12th of February.

The lighting of the Sydney Opera House sails is part of Painting The Town Red & is produced by the City Of Sydney in collaboration with Westpac & Sydney’s Chinese community through the Australian Council For The Promotion Of The Peaceful Reunification Of China.

For more information, visit sydneychinesenewyear.com or #CNYSYD.

Media Release: City Of Sydney