Martin Place Cenotaph Lit During Vivid Sydney

The Cenotaph in Sydney’s Martin Place is once again being lit every night during Vivid Sydney as a mark of respect to Australia’s past and present servicemen and servicewomen.

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Stuart Ayres, said the lighting was supported by the NSW Returned & Services League (RSL) of Australia and symbolises the different branches of the armed services and the various theatres in which they have served.

“The Cenotaph is Martin Place’s most recognised feature and the very location where thousands of Sydney’s soldiers enlisted into the Australian Armed Forces for World War I. It is fitting in the Centenary of ANZAC that the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas embraces it as an important part of its program,” Mr Ayres said.

“The lighting is reminiscent of the various environments in which our soldiers have fought, from the poppy fields of Europe, to the deserts of the Middle East and the jungles of Asia.”

“Taking viewers on a journey from the break of dawn to the final sunset bugle call, the lighting of the Cenotaph ensures the monument remains a place for quiet reflection and remembrance during Vivid Sydney,” Mr Ayres added.

Rod White AM RFD, State President of the RSL’s NSW branch said the lighting is an important tribute.

“Following last year’s respectful treatment of the Martin Place Cenotaph for Vivid Sydney, the RSL was supportive of the monument being lit again this year,” Mr White said.

“We are delighted with this year’s projections, and feel it does justice to the importance of the Cenotaph and the dedication of the many servicemen and servicewomen whom it honours.”

The Cenotaph will be lit with the evocative Vivid Sydney projections from 6pm to midnight until 8 June.

Media Release: Minister for Trade, Tourism, Major Events & Sport – Stuart Ayres MP

Sydney Lights Up For Tottenham Hotspur FC

Sydney lit up when legendary English football club Tottenham Hotspur FC took a climb up the Sydney Harbour Bridge, which was specially illuminated in blue and white lights and with projections of Spurs players on the iconic structure’s sandstone pylons, to celebrate the team’s arrival into the harbour city Thursday morning.

The full squad took time out to see the harbour bathed in colour and light for Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas. As they enjoyed a special BridgeClimb, the players could be seen from below making their way across what is affectionately known as ‘the coathanger’ thanks to their special illuminated vests.

Tottenham Hotspur Players At The Summit Of The Sydney Harbour Bridge Photograph: Destination NSW
Tottenham Hotspur Players At The Summit Of The Sydney Harbour Bridge
Photograph: Destination NSW

To also welcome the legendary football club to Sydney, the western pylons of the Sydney Harbour Bridge were lit up for the first time ever. Shades of blue and white and images of Spurs’ captain and goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris; Spurs’ striker, Harry Kane; and Spurs’ midfielder Christian Eriksen were projected onto the western pylons.

'Sydney Welcomes Tottenham Hotspur' Christian Eriksen Projection Photograph: Destination NSW
‘Sydney Welcomes Tottenham Hotspur’ Christian Eriksen Projection
Photograph: Destination NSW
'Sydney Welcomes Tottenham Hotspur'  During Vivid Sydney 2015 Photograph: Eliot Cohen- Zeitgeist Photography
‘Sydney Welcomes Tottenham Hotspur’ During Vivid Sydney 2015
Photograph: Eliot Cohen- Zeitgeist Photography

On making their way down from the Bridge, Harry Kane took the opportunity to grab a ‘selfie’ with their projections behind them on the Bridge pylons.

Harry Kane In Front Of 'Sydney Welcomes Tottenham Hotspur' Harry Kane Projection Photograph: Destination NSW
Harry Kane In Front Of ‘Sydney Welcomes Tottenham Hotspur’ Harry Kane Projection
Photograph: Destination NSW

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane said “Sydney is a great city and it’s been amazing so far since we got here this morning. I’ve managed to see the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. It looks like a great city and I’m really enjoying my time here. I’ll definitely be coming back on a holiday one day and telling all my mates to come along as well.”

Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris said “It’s my first time in Sydney and I’m really enjoying my time. We are all really excited to discover this nice city.”

NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events and Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres, said “Tottenham Hotspur has been a football institution for over 130 years, and we are delighted to have secured their only Australian game for Sydney through our tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. This visit will showcase Sydney to a global audience and attract visitors from all around Australia and the world.”

“While in Sydney, Tottenham will also have the chance to check out more of Sydney’s attractions including visiting Vivid Sydney, and a day sailing on our spectacular Sydney Harbour. We look forward to showing them why our beautiful city is the number one Australian destination for international visitors,” Mr Ayres said.

Tottenham Hotspur FC is in Sydney ahead of its friendly match against Sydney FC at ANZ Stadium on Saturday 30 May, 2015.

Tickets are still available to this hotly-anticipated match with the renowned Brits and is set to be a once in a lifetime game to see.

For more information on Sydney, go to The full Vivid Sydney program and ticketing information is available at

Tickets to the Tottenham Hotspur vs Sydney FC game can be purchased through Ticketek at

Media Release: Destination NSW

Jude Bolton And Lynette Carroll-Bolton Share Their Ultimate Vivid Sydney Date Night

The world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, Vivid Sydney, is in full swing and romantics are making the most of the loved-up atmosphere including retired Sydney Swans player Jude Bolton and his wife, popular media personality Lynette Carroll-Bolton, who have created their own Vivid Sydney date night trail featuring their festival highlights.

Jude and Lynette shared an illuminated cocktail and seafood platter at Opera Bar while taking in the stunning projections on the Sydney Opera House sails, before strolling along the Light Walk to see some of Vivid Sydney’s most romantic installations.

Lynette said: “We love heading into Vivid Sydney every year. Each year the lights get even more and more spectacular! Now that we have two little ones we have to make specific plans for date night and walking around Vivid is the perfect way to spend the night.”

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Stuart Ayres, said: “It’s great to see people out and about enjoying their unique version of Vivid Sydney, including couples like Jude and Lynette, who are inspiring others to enjoy a Vivid Sydney date through their own Vivid Trail.”

“Vivid Sydney attracted more than 1.43 million attendees in 2014. With visitors coming to Sydney from right across the world for the event again this year, there’s no doubt our city will hold a special place in even more couples’ hearts.”

Sandra Chipchase, Chief Executive Officer of Destination NSW, which owns and manages Vivid Sydney, said: “People both young and old have professed their love against the backdrop of Vivid Sydney’s colourful canvas. This year will be no different with loving installations such as Heart of the City, which pulses with the rhythm of your heartbeat, and Clouds, which features 100 floating orbs, among the attractions perfect for enjoying on a romantic evening stroll.”

“The Vivid Sydney app, which can be downloaded for free now from iTunes and Google Play, can help you design your own perfect date night, or lead you along the itinerary curated by our star couple Jude Bolton and Lynette Carroll-Bolton,” she said.

Jude and Lynette’s top Vivid Sydney date night tips, which you can find on their Vivid Trail, include:

  • Sydney Opera House: Start your date night with an illuminated Vivid cocktail and a fresh seafood tasting plate overlooking Sydney Harbour, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the CBD at Opera Bar.
  • Heart of the City: Start the Vivid Light Walk with Heart of the City where the installation pulses according to the rhythm of your heartbeat. Sit side by side with your sweetheart and share what’s in your heart.
  • Cloud: Continue your Vivid Light Walk around Circular Quay being sure to hold hands as you walk under Cloud, an array of 100 orbs hanging overhead creating stunning and memorable effects.
  • Enchanted Sydney: Pause for a while outside beautiful Customs House in Circular Quay and soak up Enchanted Sydney, where free-flowing images of Sydney’s flora and fauna are projected onto the façade of this iconic building.
  • Affinity: Affinity is a representation of the human brain, where light and sound connect people using hundreds of intersecting neurons. Be connected to your significant other in a unique way with each new interaction creating dazzling light displays as the brain changes its physical structure into more dynamic pathways.
  • Threads: Create a new connection with your beau at Threads, an interactive installation inviting visitors to use two tablets and draw a line, with threads of light and sound created to signify the connection and relationship between one another.
  • You Are Here: Create the perfect long lasting memory and snap yourselves together at the You Are Here arrow, with the Sydney Opera House as the perfect backdrop.
  • Vivid Sydney GameZone at Pyrmont & The Star: Walk through the spectacle of Pyrmont’s Harbourside precinct and try out a range of interactive games together. When you’re done, indulge at BLACK by ezard at The Star for an irresistible Vivid dessert tasting platter with matching dessert wines.

Vivid Sydney is owned and managed by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. The largest event of its kind in the world, Vivid Sydney runs until Monday 8 June. For more information on Vivid Sydney, including Vivid Trails, visit

Media Release: Vivid Sydney

Vivid Sydney Off To A Shining Start

The opening weekend of Vivid Sydney has seen more than a quarter of a million people take in the bright lights of the harbour city as the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas got underway.

NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Stuart Ayres, said the festival’s crowd numbers for opening weekend were up on last year despite wet weather early on.

“Just six years ago, Vivid Sydney welcomed 225,000 people throughout the festival’s entire duration, while this year, almost 280,000 spectators came to experience opening weekend alone,” Mr Ayres said.

“Vivid Sydney is fantastic for local businesses such as hotels, restaurants, cafes, bars and food vendors, with opening weekend survey results showing 73% of visitors purchased food or drinks whilst enjoying the festival.”

“With another two weeks of Vivid Sydney to go and mild weather forecast for much of next week, we expect to welcome many more visitors to one of Australia’s favourite events,” Mr Ayres concluded.

Those attending Vivid Sydney are encouraged to take advantage of the extra trains, buses and ferries which will run throughout the festival.

Owned and managed by Destination NSW, more than 1.43 million attendees visited Vivid Sydney in 2014, 30,000 of which were visiting from overseas.

Vivid Sydney continues each night from 6pm until midnight until Monday 8 June.

Media Release: Stuart Ayres MP – Minister for Trade, Tourism, Major Events & Sport

‘Vivid Path To The Future’ Lights Up The University Of Sydney

The University of Sydney has been transformed into a glittering canvas of light, live performance and inspiring ideas as Vivid Sydney continues to amaze visitors with the official launch of Vivid Path To The Future.

NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres said: “This evening I was delighted to join University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Michael Spence to launch this year’s Vivid Path To The Future program, which has returned with expanded programming touching on Vivid’s three creative pillars – light, music and ideas.”

“Vivid Sydney is where art, technology and commerce intersect, and with exceptional academic staff and students across each of these three areas, it is only natural that Australia’s oldest university plays a big role in this year’s festival and I encourage everyone to explore this exciting Vivid Sydney precinct,” he said.

Throughout the next week, the university’s Quadrangle façade will come alive with vibrant 3D–mapped light projections, created by more than 40 local and international artists, including staff, students and local collaborators. An impressive light walk features along the main promenade and the Sea of Hands, an interactive installation, will grow throughout the festival.

In addition to the light installations and projections, the University’s program features a series of music performances at the Seymour Centre, Musify and Gamify – home for the most innovative new ideas in Australian music.

“The University of Sydney is thrilled to be part of Vivid for a second year. This is a wonderful opportunity for our talented staff and students to collaborate and showcase new ideas and directions in art, music and technology. The University looks forward to welcoming and inspiring the Sydney community with a dynamic program of lights, music and ideas over the next seven days,” said Dr Michael Spence.

Vivid Sydney is owned and managed by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. The largest event of its kind in the world, Vivid Sydney runs for 18 nights from Friday 22 May until Monday 8 June.

Vivid Path To The Future will run from 25–31 May. To see the program and to plan your trip to Vivid Sydney visit

Media Release: Vivid Sydney


Vivid Sydney Sets The City A-Glow: World’s Largest Festival Of Light, Music And Ideas

Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, lit up the harbour city tonight as the much anticipated annual 18 day event, on this year from 22 May to 8 June, got underway.

Sydney’s iconic landmarks, its harbour and urban spaces were transformed by 3D projections and over 60 light installations including the sails of the World Heritage Sydney Opera House.

Just seven years since it first began, Vivid Sydney will again take its visitors from across the world on a journey of creative discovery using light, music and ideas as its platform. Last year, the festival welcomed 1.43 million people.

“For 18 days and nights visitors will experience Sydney like never before as the city bursts with creativity and sheer, brilliant light. It’s truly an un-missable event, and one which we are very proud of,” said NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Stuart Ayres.

Vivid Light stretches across The Rocks, Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, Walsh Bay, Martin Place in the Central Business District, The Star & Pyrmont as well as new areas for Vivid in 2015 – Central Park in Chippendale, awarded the world’s best tall building, and Chatswood to the city’s north. Lighting artists from around the world were invited to submit their creative ideas, with 140 chosen from 16 countries to create their unique works during Vivid Sydney.

The Vivid Music program of cutting edge music including Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House showcases unique performances and collaborations, presenting over 90 performances in venues across the city including Grace Jones, Sufjan Stevens, Daniel Johns and legendary Australian band The Hoodoo Gurus.

Vivid Ideas brings audiences some of the most intelligent and creative minds, who will be together for talks, seminars, conferences, workshops and forums on a grand scale. With 150 sessions and over 400 speakers, the Vivid Ideas program boasts highlights including Multi-Emmy winning writer Matthew Weiner – series creator and exec producer of Man Men and former executive producer of The Sopranos, and Tyler Brûlè, founder of Wallpaper and Monocle magazines and one of the most influential global figures in publishing and branding. Weiner and Brûlè will share their insights following their worldwide success in the creative industry.

“Each and every year, Vivid Sydney aims to connect and inspire people in a shared, vibrant, multicoloured experience. Vivid Sydney puts art into the hands of the public, giving visitors a visually triumphant feast of artistic and technical innovation,” said Sandra Chipchase, Chief Executive Officer of Destination NSW, the State Government’s tourism and major events agency, which owns and manages Vivid Sydney.

Some Vivid Sydney Top Picks:

1. See the Harbour in a spectacular new light
The famous Sydney Opera House will once again transform the sails into a colourful Living Mural from UK company, Universal Everything. Harbour Lights will see a fleet of boats change colours as they ferry through the waterways, and Paint The Town will let visitors take control of the city’s skyline and illuminate it in a rainbow of bright lights.

2. Visit the Argyle Cut to hear from Sir David Attenborough
Get lost in the magic of Mother Nature and hear a few words from Sir David Attenborough at The Argyle Cut from 7pm each week night, and 6pm on weekends. Life Story is based on four years of footage that was captured for BBC’s Life Story TV series and will bring The Argyle Cut to life with flowing natural imagery of birds, marine and animal life.

3. Hug a three-metre crocheted Dolly
Visit Dolly for a Vivid Sydney hug. The three-metre crocheted installation will surely be a favourite for young and old, as well as popular photo spot with the Sydney Opera House in the background. Don’t forget to #ilovesydney.

4. Martin Place hang-out space
Spend some time in Martin Place to see incredible light installations including Robotanic, Spectra and Drum Circle. Then take-on your friends with Intel’s a game of drones before heading to Transcendence, an incredible construction that boasts Real Sense technology, live art projections and some of Sydney’s best food offerings including Porteño, Thievery, Agape Organic, Cantina Mobil and the world-renowned Cow and the Moon.

5. Head to Chatswood and Sydney University
Vivid Sydney has expanded in 2015 so be sure to get to Chatswood to learn the underwater aquatic story of Norbert and The Nautilus and visit the Cabana Bar and 4 Pines Rooftop Bar at Night Markets at The Concourse for some refreshments.

The University of Sydney’s Vivid Path to the Future program kicks off from Monday 25 May and is worth a visit to experience its biggest program ever of light, music and ideas. Think awe-inspiring building projections, Little Creatures Craft Beer Bar and a jam-packed music program at the Seymour Centre. Get there.

6. Dance lovers, head to Central Park on a Friday or Saturday evening
Love to dance? Then head to Vivid Sydney’s new precinct, Central Park, on a Friday or Saturday night to bust a groove alongside Reko Rennie and Beastman’s street art inspired installation, at Silent Disco from 7.00pm. Choose your beats and dance along to tracks from two different Propaganda DJs, and then head upstairs to Keystone’s pop-up bar for a drink whilst overlooking the entire activation.

7. Sweet songs and sweet treats
After controlling electronic fireworks at Pyrmont Pyro in Pyrmont Park, head to the Vivid Lounge at Sky Terrace at The Star. Karaoke lovers can sing their favourite hit as their face is projected onto a nearby wall, and gamers can hit the video gaming station to relive their childhood. Also be sure to grab a sweet treat from The Star’s pop-up festival dessert bar.

8. Selfie lovers delight: Learn how to take the perfect snap
Chat with a roaming Canon ambassadors along the Circular Quay Light Walk who will give tips on how to take the perfect shot of Vivid Sydney whether it’s on a smartphone or SLR. Then head over to the You Are Here installation to master the perfect selfie with the Sydney Opera House as the background.

9. Eat, drink and celebrate everything Italian at Modulations at Carriageworks
If you love good food and Italian disco, then be sure to head to ITALO DINING AND DISCO CLUB to enjoy a dish at a pop-up restaurant from the incredible chefs from Icebergs Dining Room & Bar, Da Orazio Pizza + Porchetta, Fratelli Paradiso and 10 William St. Whilst devouring a bowl of pasta, guests will be entertained by Italian disco legend, Beppe Loda.
Dates: 31 May, 1 June, 2 June, 5 June, 6 June, 7 June.

10. Gamers and YouTube fans rejoice
The first ever event of its kind in Australia, Game|ON is worth a visit for anyone who is into gaming, social media, YouTube, vlogging and creating or developing. Some of YouTube’s biggest stars including fouseyTUBE, Jayesslee and The Royal Stampede will share their digital secrets at the Australian Technology Park from 22-24 May.

Visit for the full Vivid Sydney program.

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One Day To Go! Vivid Sydney Enchants Crowds In Circular Quay And The Rocks

With just 1 day to go until Vivid Sydney sparkles throughout the city, passers-by were surprised and delighted tonight to see a preview of projections and installations in Circular Quay and The Rocks as final testing took place, before the biggest Vivid Sydney ever switches on at 6pm on Friday 22 May.

NSW Minister for Tourism, Trade and Major Events, Stuart Ayres said: “This year’s Vivid Sydney is truly captivating, and I’m sure it will impress local, national and international visitors for 18 nights from this Friday 22 May – Monday 8 June.”

“We saw a glimpse of what’s to come as Customs House was transformed into a stunning flora and fauna inspired projection called Enchanted Sydney that shows Sydney in all its glorious seasons. Just a short walk away, First Fleet Park wowed families with its hands-on installations including Swing Glow, Duck Duck Goose, BeatDice and Affinity. The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia’s (MCA) Mechanised Colour Assemblage was truly spectacular, and best of all visitors can enjoy these along the Vivid Sydney Light Walk for free.”

When lights switch on tomorrow at 6pm, the Vivid Sydney Light Walk will become a night time playground with 60 installations positioned from the Sydney Opera House, through Circular Quay, The Rocks and Walsh Bay. The world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, Vivid Sydney will also see 150 ‘Ideas’ events and over 90 music performances take place around the city, in addition to new precincts at Chatswood and Central Park, and extended programming at the University of Sydney, Pyrmont & The Star and Modulations at Carriageworks. An animated map that highlights the Vivid Sydney hot spots can be viewed below.

Vivid Sydney is owned and managed by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. The largest event of its kind in the world, Vivid Sydney runs for 18 nights from Friday 22 May until Monday 8 June.

To see the program and to plan your trip to Vivid Sydney visit

Media Release: Vivid Sydney


Sydneysiders Urged To Make A Plan For A Safe And Fun Vivid Sydney Experience

Sydneysiders and visitors are being urged to plan ahead of time to ensure they see every sparkle, shimmer and shine of this year’s Vivid Sydney, the largest festival of its kind in the world.

Sydney’s CBD will be transformed into a spectacular display of light, music and ideas when lights go on tomorrow (Friday 22 May 2015). The 18-night festival will run every night between 6pm and midnight until Monday 8 June 2015.

Central Metropolitan Region Commander, Assistant Commissioner Mick Fuller, was joined by Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Stuart Ayres, and Destination NSW CEO, Sandra Chipchase, at First Fleet Park to launch Operation Amberdale today (Thursday 21 May 2015).

Operation Amberdale is a high-visibility policing strategy which will see additional officers patrolling from Circular Quay to Walsh Bay and other festival areas, including Martin Place, Darling Harbour, Pyrmont, Central Park, Chatswood and the University of Sydney, to ensure the safety of the community on each night of the event.

General Duties officers from Local Area Commands throughout the Central Metropolitan Region will be assisted by specialist officers from the Police Transport Command, Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, Mounted Unit, Public Order and Riot Squad and Marine Area Command.

In addition to minimising traffic disruptions and pedestrian congestion, officers will be targeting criminal and anti-social behaviour, boating safety, and protecting property and installations from damage or defacement.

Minister Ayres said with 1.43 million people attending last year’s event visitors should plan their trip in advance and be aware of changes to traffic and public transport.

“Vivid Sydney is bigger than ever in 2015, with a huge and exciting program encompassing lights, music and ideas, as well as two brand new precincts at Central Park and Chatswood,” Mr Ayres said.

“I’d encourage all attendees to plan their trip beforehand using the Vivid Sydney website and app, use public transport, avoid peak periods if possible and to always follows police instructions.”

“This will ensure you get the best possible Vivid Sydney experience,” Mr Ayres said.

Assistant Commissioner Fuller said with large crowds expected to visit Sydney CBD throughout Vivid Sydney 2015, public safety is the top priority.

“Police are working with Destination NSW, which owns and manages Vivid Sydney, and other government agencies to make sure all visitors can see all the festival has to offer and Operation Amberdale is in place for everyone to do it safely,” Assistant Commissioner Fuller said.

“This has become one of the city’s most popular events and with large crowds expected on weekends, we are encouraging families to consider visiting on weeknights.”

“It is easier and safer for young families to navigate between displays with strollers when it is less crowded.”

“On busier weekend nights, crowd barriers will be in place to provide safe viewing areas and police and event marshals will provide directions to allow for pedestrian movement.”

“There will be many visual distractions, so it is important for pedestrians and motorists to travel with care. When on the roadway, the most important lights to see are traffic lights.”

Pedestrians and drivers need to share the roadways and ensure they are aware of their responsibilities.

“We are urging pedestrians not to just follow the crowd. Remember the basics: STOP, LOOK and LISTEN before crossing,” Assistant Commissioner Fuller said.

“At the same time, motorists are urged to slow down and watch out in heavy pedestrian areas, particularly where there are displays.”

Road closures and special event clearways will in place to safely facilitate crowd flow and, like any major event in Sydney, police are urging everyone to leave their car at home and catch public transport.

“With more than 3500 extra trains and buses running throughout Vivid Sydney, public transport is the best option for travel to and from Sydney CBD and Chatswood,” Assistant Commissioner Fuller said.

“On some nights, road closures will impact normal bus routes and stops, so check transport information in advance.”

“Have a plan for your Vivid Sydney experience. Plan how you’re getting to the event, how you’re getting around and how you’re getting home.”

“Ferries have proven to be a popular way for people to get around and see the lights, especially on weekends, so allow additional travel time and consider having a back-up plan.”

With extra maritime traffic expected on Sydney Harbour, police and maritime authorities will be out in force to ensure operators of recreational and commercial vessels are compliant with maritime laws.

“Sydney Harbour is expected to be busy during Vivid Sydney, so skippers should be alert and aware of their surroundings at all times,” Assistant Commissioner Fuller said.

“Before heading out, check the vessel is in good working order, ensure all the required safety equipment is on board and check special event maritime information.”

Visit and follow the links to Maritime for details on exclusion zones and movement restriction times.

Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer, Sandra Chipchase said that this year’s festival is a must-see, and is set to attract visitors from all around the world.

“With a vast and innovative program, Vivid Sydney will transform the city into a colourful canvas of light, music and ideas. “I look forward to welcoming visitors from around Australia and the world to our harbour city, to experience everything the festival has to offer,” she said.

For all the latest Vivid Sydney information, including road closure information and public transport information to help plan your trip, visit:

Media Release: NSW Police Force

Vivid Sydney Announces A New, Free Talks Series: Vivid Ideas’ ‘Sound Advice’ Featuring Artists From Vivid LIVE’s Music Line Up In Conversation

For the first time, a unique collaboration between two of Vivid Sydney’s leading programs – Vivid LIVE and Vivid Ideas – will see contemporary music innovators and artists from the Vivid LIVE line-up join a series of FREE talks at the Sydney Opera House, including TV On The Radio’s Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimp, Bill Callahan and The Preatures’ frontwoman Isabella Manfredi.

Sound Advice will be hosted by ABC’s Double J presenter Myf Warhurst, on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 May in the Joan Sutherland Theatre’s Northern Foyer of Sydney Opera House.

In these exclusive sessions, Myf Warhurst will interview US singer-songwriter Bill Callahan, and The Preatures singer Isabella Manfredi. Myf will also delve into the business of music, speaking with Nic Warnock from indie record store Repressed Records and Royal Headache’s lead singer Shogun, the founders of Future Classic – Nathan McLay, Chad Gillard and Jay Ryves on their ten year journey to global success, and art rock icons Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe from TV on the Radio before they take to the Concert Hall stage for their Sydney Opera House debut.

Jess Scully, Vivid Ideas Curator, says “We’re thrilled to be able to secure some of the Vivid LIVE artists to delve into the big ideas behind the music. Vivid Ideas is all about the thought that artists put in to hone their craft, and innovative ways of getting new work to fans. The Sound Advice series will give audiences first-hand insights into the process behind the records and labels they love.”

Ben Marshall, Vivid LIVE Curator, says “As part of this year’s Vivid Live Sydney Opera House take over, I got in touch with the inimitable Jess Scully to discuss a free Vivid Ideas x Vivid Live collaboration. We both wanted to create a space for an intelligent and in-depth conversation with some of the key artists at Vivid Live and talk about their work in front of an engaged and interested audience. Myf Warhurst was our first choice of host and, thanks to Destination NSW and Double J, she’ll be hosting the incredible array of names who’ve agreed to let us take a look inside their remarkable creative worlds.”

Vivid Sydney is the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, and is owned and managed by Destination NSW, the NSW government’s tourism and major events agency.

Tickets are available now from Registration is essential as there is limited capacity available.


Event: Vivid Ideas presents Sound Advice with… Isabella “Izzi” Manfredi (The Preatures)
When: 3:00pm – 3:45pm, Thursday 28 May
Where: Joan Sutherland Theatre Northern Foyer
Tickets: Available via registration from (limited capacity available)

Event: Vivid Ideas presents Sound Advice with… Nic Warnock (Repressed Records) and Shogun (Royal Headache)
When: 4:15pm – 5:00pm, Thursday 28 May
Where: Joan Sutherland Theatre Northern Foyer
Tickets: Available via registration from (limited capacity available)

Event: Vivid Ideas presents Sound Advice with… Future Classic – Nathan McLay, Chad Gillard, Jay Ryves
When: 5:30pm – 6:15pm, Thursday 28 May
Where: Joan Sutherland Theatre Northern Foyer
Tickets: Available via registration from (limited capacity available)

Event: Vivid Ideas presents Sound Advice with… Bill Callahan
When: 3:00pm – 3:45pm, Friday 29 May
Where: Joan Sutherland Theatre Northern Foyer
Tickets: Available via registration from (limited capacity available)

Event: Vivid Ideas presents Sound Advice with… Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio)
When: 7:45pm – 8:15pm, Monday 8 June
Where: Concert Hall Northern Foyer
Tickets: Available via registration from (limited capacity available)


Myfanwy “Myf” Warhurst is ABC Radio station, Double J’s daily presenter and a highly respected music interviewer with over 20 years’ experience in the media. Myf is known by audiences through her previous work at triple j, hosting the Lunch program and on ABC Television’s long-running music-themed quiz show Spicks and Specks, which still runs primetime on repeat, each weeknight across
the country.

For more information visit

Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House, 22 May – 8 June: For more information visit

Vivid Ideas, May 22 – June 8: For more information visit

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Vivid Sydney More Accessible Than Ever Before

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres today announced initiatives being delivered in 2015 to make Vivid Sydney more accessible and inclusive than ever before.

“Vivid Sydney is a festival that has something for everyone, so we are committed to making Vivid Sydney more accessible to encourage as many people to come and experience, what is now the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas in the world,” Mr Ayres said.

“Some new initiatives this year include increased viewing areas to provide easier access to those with mobility requirements and special needs, increased drop off and pick up zones, audio described tours and a dedicated Accessibility Customer Service Officer to help visitors plan their trip to this year’s festival.”

“This year we’re also delighted that Australian Paralympian, Hannah Dodd, has joined us as a Vivid Trail ambassador to present her own accessible Vivid Trail, which highlights seven installations from Campbell’s Cove to the Sydney Opera House,” he said.

Australian Paralympian, Hannah Dodd said: “I am so excited to share my top picks of Vivid Sydney installations and to promote this awesome festival to other people like me who have disabilities which affect their mobility.”

‘Have Wheelchair Will Travel’ blogger, Julie Jones said: “I visit Vivid Sydney every year with my son who has cerebral palsy. These new initiatives will make it easier for families like ours to get out and experience the city awash with colour. It really is the perfect event to enjoy together and something that we always look forward to.”

Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer Sandra Chipchase said: “Vivid Sydney welcomes visitors from all over the world – making the event as accessible as possible for everyone will ensure Vivid offers an even better event experience.”

Other initiatives include:

  • A specially designed accessibility map, which sets out the best route that is level and avoids steps. The map is available from and at Vivid Sydney
    Information Booths
  • Accessible information booths at Circular Quay and Darling Harbour, which have
    lower counter tops for those in wheelchairs, plus offer water bowls for guide dogs
  • Text to Talk function via, which offers short descriptions of each Vivid Light Walk installation for screen reader or smartphone devices with accessibility options
  • Limited special parking areas (Monday to Thursday) that can be pre-booked by disability groups and disability services within road closure areas, close to installations and projections
  • Auslan interpreters at Vivid Ideas Game Changer major events. Game Changer venues including Roslyn Packer Theatre Walsh Bay and Sydney Town Hall offer hearing loop systems
  • Audio described tours of ‘Lighting Of The Sails’ led by specially trained Sydney Opera House staff for people with vision impairment and their companions to experience the centrepiece of Vivid Sydney.

As crowds build at the weekends, it is recommended anyone travelling with special needs consider planning their trip earlier in the week and early in the evening when it is easier to move around.

Full details of the access and inclusion initiatives at Vivid Sydney are available at:

Media Release: Vivid Sydney