Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylons Light Up To Honour Fallen ANZACs

Shown projected on the southern pylon of the Sydney Harbour Bridge: MILSON, Capt. Stewart. 4th Bn. Australian Inf. Mentioned in Despatches. Killed in action 6th/8th Aug., 1915. Age 28. Gallipoli 7. Lone Pine Cemetery. Son of Arthur James and E. May Milson, of Walaya, Milson’s Point, New South Wales. Native of Queensland. Image: Roads & Maritime Services

Cancelled for today – 21 April 2015

Due to the unsafe and potentially damaging weather conditions, the projections on the Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylons have been cancelled for today, 21 April 2015.

It is hoped for the program to continue as planned tomorrow, 22 April, at 6pm

To honour the fallen ANZACs for the centenary of the Gallipoli landing, Roads and Maritime Services will showcase a series of poignant images from World War I onto the eastern face of the north and south pylons of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Selected from the archives of the Australian War Memorial and the State Library of NSW, the images help tell the ANZAC story.

Sydneysiders have a unique opportunity to be a part of this special commemoration and pay their respects. Viewing areas will include the Sydney Opera House, Mrs Macquaries’ Point, Dawes Point Park and Bradfield Park in North Sydney.

Viewers will be able to follow the story of each image by visiting the Roads and Maritime Services website on hand-held devices as the images appear on the Sydney Harbour Bridge pylons.

The projections will run in 15 minute intervals from 6pm to Midnight between 21st & 27th April 2015 except for the 24th April when it will run all night from 6pm until 6am on 25th April.

Telling The Story: About The Images

The images will feature 6 ANZAC-related themes:

  • Call to War
  • Journey
  • Gallipoli
  • Portraits of ANZACs
  • Support
  • Commemoration

Each image will be supported by information on the Roads and Maritime Services website, providing information for viewers on the history and background of each image.

The Symbolism Of The Poppy Animation

Every projection series will feature a 2 minute animation of poppies ‘falling’ from the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge pylons.

By the end of the week’s projections, more than 62,000 poppies will have ‘fallen’ from the pylons, representing each of the 62,000 fallen Australians in World War I.

Additional Information

The project is being funded by Roads and Maritime Services & administered by the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Source: Centenary of Anzac commemorations – News & Events – About – Roads and Maritime Services

Sydney Symphony Orchestra Live Projection On The Sails

Audiences across the world will be able to watch the Sydney Symphony Orchestra for the 1st time projected live in concert onto the sails of the Sydney Opera House in a grand salute to Vienna, the world capital of classical music.

Visions Of Vienna, presented by the Vienna Tourist Board, is a multimedia event that will be live-streamed online. It is set to celebrate the importance of music to both cities – Vienna and Sydney – while presenting Vienna’s rich culture of acoustic and visual art.

Footage of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra players performing a classic Viennese program inside the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall will be projected live onto the sails of the Sydney Opera House, with the grand towering figures of the musicians transforming the cultural icon’s western exterior into a moving artwork.

The footage will be accompanied by stunning Viennese imagery inspired by the capital’s striking architecture, the Art Nouveau movement and the works of Austrian secessionist painter Gustav Klimt.

Audiences across the world will be able to view the spectacle unfolding on the sails in a live stream online, filmed from West Circular Quay.

Sydney Symphony Orchestra Managing Director Rory Jeffes said the event would be a chance for the world to see an orchestra like never before and learn more about the ‘City of Music’.

“We’re immensely proud to be joining the Vienna Tourist Board in what will be a celebration of classical music, Viennese art and multimedia excellence,” Mr Jeffes said. “As the world tunes in to watch our players live in action for the 1st time on the sails of the Sydney Opera House, we will be saluting Vienna and it’s contribution to our art form, and giving a friendly wave to our musical counterparts at the many institutions in the Austrian capital.”

Vienna Tourist Board Managing Director Norbert Kettner said the event would be a unique meeting of world-class music and world-class architecture: “It’s hard to imagine anything more impressive than a successful fusion of 2 different artistic disciplines at the very highest level – like we have managed in this case with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra performing the kind of classical masterpieces that Vienna is so famous for and the unique architecture of the Sydney Opera House.”

Visions Of Vienna will begin at approximately 8:30pm AEDT and feature the Sydney Symphony Orchestra performing the 2nd half of Greatest Hits From Vienna, a concert in the spirit of the traditional Viennese New Year’s Day concert. Greatest Hits From Vienna will be led by Vienna-based conductor Ola Rudner and feature Viennese soprano Elisabeth Flechl as soloist in a program of classics, operetta and dance musical favourites by great composers such as Johann Strauss II, Lehar, Mozart, Schubert and Beethoven.

The Vienna Tourist Board invites the public to view Visions Of Vienna from it’s public event area at Campbells Cove in The Rocks. More information can be found at: visions.vienna.info.

Audiences across the world can watch the live stream of the event at: www.sydneysymphony.com and visions.vienna.info.

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VISIONS OF VIENNA – Campbells Cove – 8:30pm Wednesday the 4th of February 2015 AEDT

  • FRANCESCO SUPPÉ-DEMELLI  Overture to ‘Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna’
  • JOHANN STRAUSS II Overture to ‘The Bat’
  • JOHANN STRAUSS II Sounds From Home
  • JOHANN STRAUSS II Artist’s Life
  • JOHANN STRAUSS II Egyptian March
  • JOHANN STRAUSS II Greetings, My Lovely Little Nest
  • JOSEF STRAUSS Without A Care! 
  • JOHANN STRAUSS II By the Beautiful Blue Danube

Ola Rudner – Conductor, Elisabeth Flechl – Soprano

GREATEST HITS FROM VIENNA – Sydney Opera House Concert Hall – 8pm Wednesday the 4th of February 2015 AEDT

  • FRANZ SCHUBERT Overture to ‘Rosamunde, Princess of Cyprus
  • JOHANNES MOZART That Ungrateful Soul Betrayed Me
  • LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN The Creatures of Prometheus’ Finale
  • FRANZ LEHAR Love, Thou Heaven On Earth
  • JOHANNES BRAHMS The Hungarian Dances: No. 4 – In F Minor (F Minor For Orchestra): Little Supported – Lively 
  • FRANCESCO SUPPÉ-DEMELLI  Overture to ‘Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna’
  • JOHANN STRAUSS II Overture to ‘The Bat’
  • JOHANN STRAUSS II Sounds From Home
  • JOHANN STRAUSS II Artist’s Life
  • JOHANN STRAUSS II Egyptian March
  • JOHANN STRAUSS II Greetings, My Lovely Little Nest
  • JOSEF STRAUSS Without A Care! 
  • JOHANN STRAUSS II By the Beautiful Blue Danube

Ola Rudner – Conductor, Elisabeth Flechl – Soprano

Bookings through the Sydney Symphony Orchestra box office on 8215 4600 (9am–5pm Monday to Friday) or select your own seat at: www.sydneysymphony.com

Vale Stephen Hall

Stephen Hall was referred to with great fondness as ‘Festival Hall’, a statement of his extraordinary reign, leading Sydney Festival for 18 consecutive years. It was under his guidance that Sydney Festival flourished from a small community celebration to a unique blend of international theatre, music and dance – sitting alongside food festivals, a ferry race and major free outdoor concerts.

It was Hall and his team of event professionals that directed the Special NSW Bicentennial Events including Australia Day ’88. He was also key to the instigation of the world famous Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks on Sydney Harbour.

Stephen showed enormous commitment to local Australian art companies and artists. He made key contributions to the Sydney Writers Festival, Sydney Dance Company and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra while also programming momentous local theatre such as Bran Nue Dae and Faces In The Street.

Malcolm Moir, Head of Development, Sydney Festival said, “He was a great networker and mentor with great friends from all walks of life including the artists, business leaders and politicians. He will be sorely missed by many. Our thoughts go to his family during this sad time.”

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The Festival Of Sydney 1991-1992 Official Programme
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The Festival Of Sydney 1990-1991 Official Programme
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A New Coin That Inspires

The Sydney New Year’s Eve celebrations are well-known all around the world for their stunning fireworks and fascinating Sydney Harbour Bridge Effect. Following the popular holographic Sydney New Year’s Eve 2013 – Shine coin from nearly a year ago, the Royal Australian Mint has once again partnered with the City of Sydney to present and release an exciting coin souvenir: a 2015 $1 Coloured Fine Silver Frosted Uncirculated Coin featuring the official theme of the Sydney New Year’s Eve 2014 celebrations – Inspire. Sydney is a city that inspires people throughout the world to visit and explore its friendly shores. This year’s theme of Inspire is interpreted in colour on this beautiful silver piece, which will be popular with tourists and New Year’s Eve revellers. With a mintage of 5000, this 1/2 an ounce coin with a diameter of 35.89mm is a fantastic souvenir to keep of this year’s event.

Obverse side of the 2015 $1 Coloured Fine Silver Frosted Uncirculated Sydney New Years Eve 2014 - 'Inspire' Coin Image: Royal Australian Mint
Obverse side of the 2015 $1 Coloured Fine Silver Frosted Uncirculated Sydney New Years Eve 2014 – ‘Inspire’ Coin
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Reverse side of the 2015 $1 Coloured Fine Silver Frosted Uncirculated Sydney New Year's Eve 2014 - 'Inspire' Coin Image: Royal Australian Mint
Reverse side of the 2015 $1 Coloured Fine Silver Frosted Uncirculated Sydney New Year’s Eve 2014 – ‘Inspire’ Coin
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Packaging of the 2015 $1 Coloured Fine Silver Frosted Uncirculated Sydney New Years Eve 2014 - 'Inspire' Coin Image: Royal Australian Mint
Packaging of the 2015 $1 Coloured Fine Silver Frosted Uncirculated Sydney New Years Eve 2014 – ‘Inspire’ Coin
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Go to the Royal Australian Mint’s new release section to view and pre-order. Price: $60 (Australia) and $54.55 (International).