Spotlight: ‘Vivid Sydney’ Celebrates The Grit & Glitter Of Kings Cross

Masses of music, cult films, mysteries & tales from the underbelly

Buckle up & get ready to paint the town red when Kings Cross is celebrated as a pulsating centre of performance art, immersive theatre, avant-cabaret, music, cult films & nostalgic talking heads as part of Vivid Sydney 2017.

Vivid Sydney Creative Director, Ignatius Jones, said: “For the 1st time, Kings Cross will be an exciting precinct that includes all Vivid Sydney pillars of light, music & ideas called Vivid KX. It is a wonderful mix of genres, theatre, performance, story-telling and light art & it celebrates exactly what makes Kings Cross so special – diversity, creativity, equality & community”

Vivid KX will explore the bohemian underworlds that gave ‘The Cross’ its unique DNA through a genre-bending performance program; pop-up cinema screening the strangest, craziest & best in Australian film & raw and riveting talks of the days of the ‘Golden Mile’.

For the 1st time at Kings Cross, the Coca-Cola billboard will come alive to celebrate the talent, colour, creativity & diversity of Kings Cross. Shot by portrait photographer Katherine Williams, the Characters Of Kings Cross series will feature moving black & white portraits of the individuals that make Kings Cross so special. The projected images will feature on the left-hand side of the sign & will include familiar faces such as Kylie Kwong along with other Kings Cross locals.

The famous Coca-Cola light-emitting diode billboard will for the 1st time in 40 years transform into a continuous light show of vibrant colours & special effects for the entire 23 nights of Vivid Sydney.

Other Vivid KX program highlights include:

  • Welcome To Kings Cross: A dancefloor-driven adventure through diverse genres, eras, movements & vibrant late-night culture in a full-venue experience over 6 floors featuring dozens of disc jockeys (DJs) & one-off performances.
    When: 27th of May
    Where: Kings Cross Hotel
  • Cult Sinema Australiana: Discover the stories behind the stories when Sydney’s cultural underground legends Jay Katz & Miss Death present a subversive program of infamous, legendary & rarely seen cinematic gems in a pop-up cinema including insights & rare commentary from geniuses who created the weird, ultra-camp & high-art masterpieces.
    When: 1st to the 17th of June
    Where: Kings Cross Hotel
  • Murder On The Dancefloor: Who dunnit? Go on a murder mystery tour with this theatrical cocktail-culinary experience. There will be grisly projections & music curated by Australia’s 1st lady of house music, DJ Kate Monroe & a menu of fabulous food and creepy cocktails designed to match the murderous action.
    When: 16th of June
    Where: Crane Bar, Darlinghurst
  • Only Heaven Knows: This beloved musical set in bohemian Kings Cross in the 1940’s & 50’s tells of a young gay man’s discovery of love & life, which, in the heady freedom of the post-war day, is rudely interrupted with the cold winds of intolerance.
    When: 26th of May to the 17th of June
    Where: Hayes Theatre, Potts Point
  • Basement Parties: A daring program of 9 unique, immersive parties in Kings Cross Hotel’s intimate Dive Bar. Bands, DJs, dancers, singers & performers will celebrate something different each night – from glam rock to Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater.
    When: 1st to the 17th of June
    Where: Kings Cross Hotel
  • Hidden Sydney – The Glittering Mile: A wonderfully witty, exceptionally exhilarating cabaret set in a former brothel dedicated to the cast of colourful characters who made the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s the ‘Golden Age Of The Cross’ from standover men, crims & crooks to poets, drag queens, witches & eccentric entertainers.
    When: 26th of May to the 17th of June
    Where: The World Bar
  • Kings Bloody Cross: Discover the grit behind the glitz in these fascinating ‘in conversation’ events. Hear from real-life luminaries, artists, idealists and opportunists who made Kings Cross what it was & lived to tell their tales from the heady days of rock ’n’ roll, free love & corruption to sex, greed & politics.
    When: 27th to the 28th of May, 3rd to the 4th of June, 10th to the 11th of June
    Where: The World Bar & The Wayside Chapel

Now in its 9th year, Vivid Sydney is a major celebration of the creative industries & is owned, managed and produced by Destination New South Wales (NSW), the NSW Government’s tourism & major events agency. Vivid Sydney will run from the 26th of May to the 17th of June 2017.

For more details & to book tickets, visit Coca-Cola is a proud Vivid Precinct Contributor for the Vivid KX program.

Media Release: Vivid Sydney