Creative Minds Meet In Sydney For Vivid Ideas – New Programming For 2014

With the Southern Hemisphere’s largest festival of light, music and ideas less than a month away, Destination NSW, the festivals owners and managers, announced today the largest ever Vivid Ideas line-up of creative leaders and emerging talent, across a program of more than 200 events, spanning 14 creative industries.

New programing for Vivid Ideas by Jess Scully, Vivid Ideas Festival Director in 2014 includes an In Conversation series which brings together two creative minds to explore the motivations, challenges and learnings that underpin their creative careers; a new series of Masterclasses: in-depth workshops for small groups to collaborate with Vivid Ideas keynote speakers; Mini Conferences to provide in-depth insights into innovation in the creative industries, and an Awards Season with more than five award ceremonies celebrating the best of the creative industries in Australia.

NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Andrew Stoner, welcomed the expanded Vivid Ideas 2014 program which he said was an important part of the NSW Government’s ongoing commitment to growing and developing the State’s creative economy.

“About 40 per cent of Australia’s creative industries are based in NSW, employing around 148,000 people, however there is scope to grow this area of our state economy, and bringing together the best and brightest creative minds from Australia and overseas through creative forums such as Vivid Ideas is vital.”

The new program elements to Vivid Ideas 2014 complements a strong line-up of keynotes from international and local luminaries, as well as deep-dive workshops.

Six new Vivid Ideas 2014 keynote speakers have been announced today including grandson of Ray and Charles, Eames Demetrios; renowned scholar, historian and founder of the Big History, David Christian; CEO and co-founder of EpiBone, the world’s first company growing living human bones for skeletal reconstruction, Nina Tandon; digital effects genius Hao Li, and guest speakers from Tomorrow’s Toys and Future Shock.

Vivid Ideas Festival Director Jess Scully said: Whether your passion is design, film and animation, science and technology, gaming, music or photography, Vivid Ideas will have something to inform and inspire.”

Sandra Chipchase, Chief Executive Officer of Destination NSW,the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency and custodian of Vivid Sydney said: “Among the hundreds of thousands of festival goers from here and overseas will be some of the world’s best and brightest creative minds, who have come to experience Vivid Ideas and its most exciting program yet.”

Vivid Sydney Creative Director, Ignatius Jones said: “Creativity often blossoms from collaboration, and it is exciting to see so many of the world’s leading creative minds come together in Sydney for Vivid Ideas, where they can connect with other creative thinkers and lay the ground work for future collaboration.”


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In Conversation

  • Sofles and Selina Miles
  • ARIA Presents How To Get To Number One With Flume, Nathan McLay, Eric Dubowsky & David Champion
  • Battleroy & Damon Sharpe
  • Karen Walker & Mikhail GhermanI


  • Offering Art to the City with Candy Chang
  • Effective, Editorial Curation with Sara Critchfield
  • Inspiring a Loyal Fan Base with Rebel 8
  • Unlocking the Protein Databank with David Goodsell
  • Engineering for Intelligence with Skylar Tibbits & Jeffery Koh
  • Inventing an Icon with Gadi Amit
  • Hijacking the Conversation with Ryan Holiday
  • Brands that Transcend Categories with Karen Walker
  • Capturing the World in 3D with Hao Li
  • Storytelling to Generate Fresh Perspectives with Eames Demetrios


  • Australia’s Industrial Revolution: Manufacturing In 2030
  • Australian Interiors: Objects, Furniture, Textiles
  • Tertiary 3.0: Exploring Local Innovation In Higher Education
  • Artists In Residence: Collaboration and Creative Innovation Between Artists and Organisations

Awards Season

  • Good Design Awards Gala Night 
  • Smart100 – Beyond Ideas: How To Get Your Innovation Recognised and Commercialised
  • Mumbrella 360
  • Stand Up, Stand Out
  • Local Government Arts & Culture Awards 2014


  • Eames Demetrios
  • David Christian
  • Nina Tandon
  • Hao Li

Signature Events

  • Tomorrow’s Toys: Play and Learning Transformed
  • Future Shock: Dramatic Disruptions and New Opportunties

Event Presenters

  • Ubisoft Montreal presents Developing Games: From Indie To Blockbuster – Child Of Light & Watch Dogs
  • The Internet of Things – From Electric Dreams To Reality
  • PLAY presents The Future Media Experience
  • The Future of Lighting Summit 2014

The full Vivid Ideas program is available at:


30 Days Until Vivid Sydney 2014 Lights Up The Dark Winter Nights

The one-month countdown has begun, with only 30 days to go before the Lighting of the Sails marks the opening of Sydney’s spectacular winter festival, Vivid Sydney. Australian Event of the Year in 2013, this year’s Vivid is set to astound audiences once again, with the largest program of light, music and ideas the Harbour City has ever seen.

“In just under a month, the sails of the Opera House will be splashed with colour, and the harbour foreshore and surrounds crisscrossed with breathtaking 3D-mapped projections for this signature event in the NSW Events Calendar,” said Sandra Chipchase, Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer.

“In 2013 hundreds of thousands of festivalgoers from here and overseas flocked to Sydney for the award winning Vivid Sydney, marvelling at our city in lights and snapping up over 51,000 tickets for an impressive program which included concerts, creative product launches, conferences and exhibitions.”

“This year’s Vivid program will be even more impressive, with exciting new light installations, an expanded line up of contemporary and cutting edge music, and world renowned creative industries events celebrating innovation, creativity and community,” she said.

Owned and managed by Destination NSW, Vivid Sydney enthralled more than 800,000 visitors in 2013, generating more than $20 million in new money to the NSW economy. With even more lighting installations in new locations, an expanded musical line-up and 300 speakers at 200 creative events, this year’s Vivid will be by far, the biggest in the festival’s six year history.


Martin Place will hit the lights for the first time this year, featuring new installations with a number of impressive technical innovations, transforming the bustling thoroughfare into a gallery of light like no other. Darling Harbour will again sparkle brightly with water shows spanning two thirds of Cockle Bay, doubling the size of the 2013 Harbour spectacular. French company, Aquatique’s, water show draws upon water jets, fountains and laser displays to paint a creative canvas of beauty and movement on the water.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge will be the largest and most spectacular ‘coat-hanger’ on earth, and the water below will sparkle with Harbour Lights, as vessels and ferries light up to join in the fun. Sandstone will shine like never before on the facades of Customs House and the MCA, and more than 50 light installations will enthral along the Vivid Light Walk.


A favourite feature during Vivid Sydney, music fans will again be spoilt for choice with an expanded Vivid Music line-up in even more venues around the city including the Sydney Opera House (with Vivid Live), Seymour Centre, The Basement, Spice Cellar, Home Night Club, The Argyle, as well as the  brand new event Modulations at Carriageworks (6-9 June), curated by Stephen Pavlovic.

Across it’s venues, Vivid Music including Vivid LIVE will feature performances from a wide range of artists including ACO and The Presets, Anna Calvi, Giorgio Moroder, Halfway Crooks, Hot Chip, James Vincent McMorrow, Laneous & The Family Yah, Ms Lauryn Hill, Ngariie, Penny Penny, Pet Shop Boys, Pixies, The Big Village, The Liars, The Luis and The Wildfires and St. Vincent.


Sydney’s annual celebration of innovation, creativity and community, Vivid Ideas, includes a world renowned program of conferences, workshops, panels, talks, showcases, exhibitions, creative product launches, award presentations and networking functions. Vivid Ideas has quickly become a globally recognised platform for the best and brightest creative minds from Australia and overseas to connect, collaborate and create, and this year’s Vivid Ideas will include 15 signature events and 12 keynote talks showcasing the best creative talent in the market.

Vivid Sydney’s Creative Director, Ignatius Jones says, “Each year the excitement and enthusiasm generated by Vivid Sydney drives us to reach new heights and explore new creative avenues, and developing Vivid Sydney 2014 has been no different. With new precincts, installations, buildings and ideas, this year’s Vivid will be by far the biggest I have been involved in and I cannot wait to see the Harbour City up in lights.”

Fans of Vivid Sydney looking to attend the 18 day festival are encouraged to travel via public transport to avoid congestion on the road.

The full Vivid Sydney 2014 program is available at


Vivid Music 2014

With music a favourite feature during Vivid Sydney, Destination NSW announced today a contemporary line-up of performances and talent for the expanded Vivid Music 2014 program. New venues and more acts will take Vivid Music into Carriageworks, Seymour Centre, The Basement, Spice Cellar, Home Nightclub at Darling Harbour, The Argyle and of course The Sydney Opera House with Vivid Live.

Vivid Sydney, last year visited by over 800,000 people, is an 18 day festival of light, music and ideas. In 2013 it was named Australia’s Event of the Year.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Arts, and acting Trade and Investment Minister, George Souris, congratulated organisers on the new Vivid Music line-up and encouraged fans to make the most of the entire Vivid Sydney experience, on from 23 May to 9 June.

“Boasting world leading artists and creative collectives, Vivid Music continues to wow audiences, expanding this year into new venues and favourite Sydney haunts,” Mr Souris said.

“With Sydney set to be transformed by stunning 3D light projections and installations, Vivid Music gives visitors another unique and creative Vivid Sydney experience,” he said.

Vivid Music Program

Brand new event Modulations at Carriageworks (6-9 June), curated by Stephen Pavlovic, welcomes headliners Pet Shop Boys plus the additions of experimental musicians Liars, iconic Sydney restaurateurs Porteño, and artists from LA indie label Wild Records.

Three performances by multi-award winning electronic pop legends Pet Shop Boys offer a rare opportunity to experience a spectacular multi-media production in an intimate and immersive environment, and their only Australian performances of their 2013/14 Electric World Tour.

Cutting edge Brooklyn artists, Liars, have been pursuing the art of music and performance for over 15 years, and have just released their seventh studio album, Mess. The Quietus describe Liars shows as “beautiful, bizarre and brilliant”, and they’ll be performing at Modulations on Friday 6 June.

Porteño is collaborating with their favorite LA based record label Wild Records to present an unforgettable experience at Wild Porteño, a pop up restaurant / bar open each night of the long weekend. On Monday 9 June, they present the ultimate Porteño live experience with performances from Wild artists The Delta Bombers , Gizzelle and Luis & The Wildfires.

One of Vivid Music’s exciting new venues, The Basement at Circular Quay, boasts a full performance schedule, featuring shows from incredible local talent such as Fishing, one of Australia’s most exhilarating electronic acts, who will exclusively launch their debut album during Vivid Music. Laneous & The Family Yah, The Big Village and the rap-obsessed Halfway Crooks will all make their Vivid Sydney debuts, alongside Australia’s future-soul beacon Ngaiire, whose first Vivid Sydney show will introduce keen new audiences to a wild, deeply moving and renowned live performance featuring some special guests.

In a first for Vivid Music, Spice Spektrum, hosted at The Spice Cellar, will treat audiences to a fusion of food, music and mood. A visual twist on The Spice Cellar will light up each night of the week with different colours, with each colour interpreted through music, food and visuals to stimulate the senses, giving visitors a unique emotional, culinary and entertainment experience.

Other newly announced talent for Vivid Music includes Holeandcorner, featuring at Home Nightclub during the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, in an event which will see the club host its most varied electronic music line-up ever, including DJs’ Hot Chip and Matthew Dear, Guy J, Henry Sais and Cosmin TRG.

Further additions to the Vivid Music 2014 program will be announced shortly including Spectrum at The Argyle.

The centrepiece of Vivid Music, Vivid LIVE At The Sydney Opera House,features a stellar 2014 line-up, curated by Fergus Linehan, including indie-rock band Pixies, Ms. Lauryn Hill, disco legend Giorgio Moroder in his Australian debut, James Vincent McMorrow, and Sydney’s Goodgod Small Club presenting South African Penny Penny as well as Sydney Opera House debutants St. Vincent and Anna Calvi. Unique performance Timeline will see a special collaboration between the Australian Chamber Orchestra, led by Richard Tognetti and electro-pop duo The Presets – in which they present the history of music in two hours.

The Vivid Sydney 2014 program is available at

Unannounced: Two Sydney Harbour Bridge Light Shows For Vivid Sydney 2014 & More!

Second Sydney Harbour Bridge Light Show For Vivid Sydney 2014 – ‘The Vivid Climb’

For the first time in 2014, turn the ‘climb of your life’ into your very own light show thanks to BridgeClimb Sydney. By wearing a special ‘Vivid Climb’ vest, your heartbeat brightens up the summit of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in your own personal light show. As your heart beats, the Bridge beats. Be at one with the structure as your heartbeat brightens up the summit in a vibrant light show. Your display will be as unique as you – the lights will react based on your exhilaration. The ‘Vivid Climb’ will only be available during all climbs departing at night during Vivid Sydney (23 May – 9 June 2014). A ‘Vivid Climb’ in Mandarin departs at 5pm each night during Vivid Sydney.

The Star Features In Vivid Sydney For The First Time In 2014

For the first time in 2014, The Star joins Vivid Sydney as the entire façade of the Astral Tower, The Darling hotel and Sky Terrace rooftop is transformed into a massive light show. The spectacular show will be visible from many vantage points across the city including the Barangaroo-Darling Harbour-Pyrmont precinct. And exclusively at The Star, highlights of Vivid from across the city will be show at the Vivid Bar while guests soak up the ambiance. Sip on a Vivid-inspired cocktail, enjoy great accommodation and dining packages, as well as the entertainment on offer at The Star. The Astral Tower is lit by The Electric Canvas every night from 6pm to midnight, 23 May to 9 June 2014.

Artist Impression By The Electric Canvas
Artist Impression By The Electric Canvas

Vivid Photography

Looking for helpful hints to capture the colours of Vivid Sydney 2014? Representatives from Canon Australia will be in the Light Walk precinct to help you get the best results. For useful camera tips, go to Vantage points for photographers are located around the Harbour from North Sydney and Luna Park to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Dawes Point, Cockle Bay and Pyrmont Bridge. Share your Vivid photos with #vividsydney.

Sydney in Winter: Love Every Second Magazine

A 40-page full colour magazine titled ‘Sydney in Winter: Love Every Second’ , has been inserted into more than 2 million newspapers across Australia and New Zealand from Sunday 30 March 2014. It features over 20 dedicated pages to Vivid Sydney 2014 and will also be available on the Apple Newsstand from early May 2014. Distribution of the magazine will cease around late July 2014.

MIDLAKE Play Vivid LIVE At The Sydney Opera House

Rewiring fan favourites and their cult hits with a freewheeling honesty on stage, MIDLAKE return in adventurous form for a startling new chapter – a band re-born for a heart-rending opening to Vivid LIVE At The Sydney Opera House on Friday May 23rd May 2014 at 8:30pm. Tickets went on sale at 9am on Monday 31st March 2014.

MIDLAKE  Photograph: Vivid Sydney 2014
Photograph: Vivid Sydney 2014

Second James Vincent McMorrow Performance For Vivid LIVE At The Sydney Opera House 2014

Miss out on tickets to James Vincent McMorrow at Vivid LIVE At The Sydney Opera House? Never fear! They have announced a second performance for Saturday May 31!  Tickets went on sale at 9am on April 9.

James Vincent McMorrow Photograph: Vivid LIVE
James Vincent McMorrow
Photograph: Vivid LIVE 2014

Stand Up, Stand Out: Call For Applications

Here’s your chance to win $3,000! As part of Vivid Ideas 2014, Pozible presents ‘Stand Up, Stand Out’, a one night only live pitching event to take place at the Museum of Contemporary Art. 4 selected participants will be asked to deliver a 5 minute pitch of their creative crowdfunding campaign to a live audience as well as a 5-10 minute performance of what they do – be that a film screening, music performance, fashion show or anything else! The event will be hosted by Sydney comedian, filmmaker, writer and successful Pozible crowdfunder Dan Ilic, who raised more than $50,000 to create a 10 week satirical comedy, A Rational Fear. On the night every member of the audience will have $30 to pledge to their favourite pitch. All projects must have a $30 reward to offer in return for pledges. All support received by projects on the night will go towards their campaigns. Once all pitches have been made the number of pledges for each project will be tallied and the one with the most will receive a further $3000 thanks to Foxtel’s arts & entertainment channel STUDIO. Pozible is accepting submissions from creatives for ‘Stand Up, Stand Out‘ until April 20.

Photograph: Vivid Sydney 2014
Photograph: Vivid Sydney 2014

Sydney Film Festival Preview

Here are 26 films to feature at the 2014 Sydney Film Festival:

  • Altman on Altman (On Sale Now)
  • Black Coal, Thin Ice
  • Cold in July
  • E-Team
  • Frank
  • Gabrielle
  • God Help the Girl
  • Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?
  • Joe
  • Killers
  • Love Is Strange
  • The Lunchbox
  • Nelson Mandela: The Myth and Me
  • Omar
  • Particle Fever
  • Pulp
  • The Redfern Story
  • Rosebud Exhibition at the Hub
  • Ruin
  • Sepideh: Reaching for the Stars
  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (On Sale Now)
  • Tom at the Farm
  • Ukraine Is Not a Brothel
  • The Unknown Known
  • Watermark
  • We Are the Best!

Sydney Film Festival 2014 Flexipasses are also now on sale. If you buy a Flexipass before April 24th, you will automatically go into the draw to win a VIP Opening Night Gala experience for two. Sydney Film Festival runs June 4 – 15 2014.

'God Help The Girl' Photograph: Vivid Sydney 2014
‘God Help The Girl’
Photograph: Vivid Sydney 2014

New Wave: Sound at Vivid Sydney 2014

  • Collarbones Meets Synergy Percussion

Premiere Performance: Best of Collarbones, all original sound-design remix like never before. Live percussion and digital wizardry thrash it out on stage in this coming-together of two musical powerhouses. Synergy’s raw, delicate and brutal percussion soundscape is the perfect prism for re-imagining Collarbones’ catchy rhythmic asymmetries, mesmeric harmonies and intricately layered detail. Acoustic percussion textures are manipulated live, Marcus’ hefty soulful voice rises out of the chaos, beats drop and then recede against a spare but cinematic musical backdrop. Tickets went on sale on 12th April.

'Collarbones' Image courtesy of 'Collarbones'
Image courtesy of ‘Collarbones’
  • The Adventures of Prince Achmed

The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) is a silent silhouette animation by Lotte Reineger, considered by many to be the first feature-length animated film. The story, taken from The Arabian Nights, takes you on a fantastical journey, where you encounter a wicked sorcerer, a magical flying horse, an army of monsters and demons, a beautiful princess, and, of course, Aladdin and his magic lamp. The music combines both a live band and a pre-recorded electronic soundtrack, in a boundary-crossing style that includes jazz, blues, rock, classical, electronica and new music. Composer Phillip Johnston has been creating new scores for silent films for 25 years, and has performed his work in the United States, Europe and Australia, at venues that include the New York Film Festival, The Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema, the Roma Jazz & Image Festival (ITALY), Rote Fabrik (Switzerland), as well as the Melbourne International Festival of the Arts, the Sydney Film Festival, and the Sydney Opera House. The Adventures of Prince Achmed is a cutting-edge work of new music and silent film that is fun for the whole family! Tickets went on sale on the 21st April 2014.

Image: Vivid Sydney 2014
Image: Vivid Sydney 2014

The Sydney Opera House Tour – Celebrating VIVID LIVE

Concerts and lights aren’t the only things to see at Vivid LIVE At The Sydney Opera House 2014 – step behind the scenes and experience their state-of-the-art recording studio, where the artists warm-up, and much more with The Sydney Opera House Tour – Celebrating VIVID LIVE!

The Sydney Opera House Tour - Celebrating VIVID LIVE Photograph: Vivid LIVE
The Sydney Opera House Tour – Celebrating VIVID LIVE
Photograph: Vivid LIVE 2014

The Loop’s Portfolio Masterclasses

Hosted by The Loop at Vivid Sydney 2014, get feedback from the professionals on your portfolio (advertising, graphic design, fashion, photography plus more!).

Industry Insight – Graphic Design In 2020

Want to know what trends we will be navigating  in the next 6 years? Experts give their top 3 picks at Industry Insight – Graphic Design In 2020 at Vivid Sydney 2014.

The Internet Of Things – From Electric Dreams to Reality

Tickets are now on sale to get schooled on the emerging ‘Internet of Things – From Electric Dreams to Reality’ at Vivid Sydney 2014. You can get an early bird discount plus access to an IRL after-party with drinks & canapés.

The Big (Shift) To Smarter Working

9am to 5pm? Yawn! The Big (Shift) To Smarter Working will explain how work is changing and why that’s a good thing at Vivid Sydney 2014.

A Cheat’s Guide To Getting That Thing Off The Ground

Hindsight is 20/20 – Hear 4 self-starters tell what they’d do differently if starting-up from scratch at A Cheat’s Guide To Getting That Thing Off The Ground, hosted by Junkee at Vivid Sydney 2014.

‘Making Iconic Houses’ – Iconic Houses Talk Series 

Grand Designs’ Peter Maddison and Karen McCartney explain once and for all what makes a house iconic at ‘Making Iconic Houses’ – Iconic Houses Talk Series held during Vivid Sydney 2014.

Appetite For Distraction

The findings from one of the most in-depth studies into how 16-30 year olds share information is revealed at Appetite For Distraction held during Vivid Sydney 2014.

Photograph: Vivid Ideas 2014
Photograph: Vivid Ideas 2014

Blog Society: The Retreat

From labour of love to full-time job – learn how to evolve your blog at this crash course titled Blog Society: The Retreat at Vivid Sydney 2014.

'Blog Society; The Retreat'  Image: Vivid Ideas 2014.
‘Blog Society: The Retreat’
Image: Vivid Ideas 2014

Designers’ Den

It all comes down to the survival of the best designs at Designers’ Den during Vivid Sydney 2014! Witness the design process in action as they throw emerging designers to the industry’s Design Dragons. At the event, a pre-selected number of contestants will be invited to present their designs to a panel of industry experts before a live audience in a suspense filled game-show format. At Designers’ Den contestants have a unique opportunity to present their ‘idea’ to our carefully curated panel to gather invaluable feedback in their quest for design survival. Our panel of experts represents various ways that success can be defined, through different facets and approaches of the ‘design to market’ process.

Photograph: Vivid Ideas 2014
Photograph: Vivid Ideas 2014

China Australia Millennial Project (CAMP) Workshop

Contribute to the first ever crowd-sourced China-Australia ideas jam on June 2 2014 via this international workshop at Vivid Sydney 2014. Within Vivid Ideas 2015, 100 young innovators from China will touch down in Sydney and collaborate with 100 peers from Australia. Together, participants will hack into the Australia-China relationship to create new solutions for issues common to both our countries.  In order to shape this world-first event in 2015, this June 2014 workshop is inviting key influencers (you) in innovation, entrepreneurship, social change and investment and across sectors such as creative industries, education, science and technology, business, government and more. The workshop is an exciting opportunity to explore and learn about international relations in an increasingly globalised world, and a genuine opportunity to co-create a new way for two nations to craft the future.

Photograph: Vivid ideas 2014
Photograph: Vivid Ideas 2014

Cinecity: Making

30 short film screenings about architecture selected by world-renowned experts at Vivid Sydney 2014.

Photograph: Vivid Ideas 2014
Photograph: Vivid Ideas 2014

Made For People: Wearable Tech & Healthcare

Wearable technology and healthcare trends and forecasts from market leaders Google, Samsung USA, Microsoft, Nike, and more as part of Made For People: Wearable Tech & Healthcare at Vivid Sydney 2014.

Image: Vivid Ideas 2014
Image: Vivid Ideas 2014

Sydney New Year’s Eve 2013 – ‘Shine’ Banners & Lanyards Sold Out!

The Sydney New Year’s Eve 2013 – ‘Shine’ banners & lanyards are now sold out.

NSW Lotteries Scratch eClub – Instant Scratch-Its National Treasure Second Chance Draw Promotion

Are you a member of NSW Lotteries’ Scratch eClub? Well if you purchase a ‘NSW Lotteries $2 National Treasure Instant Scratch-Its Ticket‘ and lose, log on to the NSW Lotteries Scratch eClub website and proceed to the entry page for the ‘NSW Lotteries Scratch eClub – Instant Scratch-Its National Treasure Second Chance Draw Promotion’. Enter the SYS code and you will go into the running to win a $12,000 Sydney New Year’s Eve 2014 holiday package for you and 3 friends which include:

  • A return economy flight to Sydney from the main commercial airport nearest the winner’s residence in New South Wales, with flights to be scheduled between 30 December 2014 and 4 January 2015;
  • 3 nights’ accommodation at a 4 star hotel in Sydney of the promoter’s choice consisting of a total of two rooms with each room being for two people twin share for three nights between 30 December 2014 and 4 January 2015;
  • Tickets to a New Year’s Eve event located in the vicinity of Circular Quay in Sydney to be held on 31 December 2014, which will include viewing of the Sydney New Year’s Eve 2014 fireworks, general entertainment and limited food;
  • Travel transfers in Sydney consisting of a return transfer in a chauffeur driven black sedan car from Sydney Domestic Airport to a four star hotel in Sydney chosen by the promoter
  • $1,000 spending money for the winner

Competition runs from 12am AEST Monday 14th April 2014 until 11:59pm AEST Monday 12th May 2014. Terms and conditions apply. Gamble responsibly.

Fireworks Building – ‘MSB Tower’ – Recommended For Demolition

The heritage listed MSB Tower, used for pyrotechnics during Sydney New Year’s Eve 2012 – ‘Embrace’, has been recommended to be demolished by  the Barangaroo Delivery Authority as part of altered redevelopment plans for a park.

Standing at 87 metres tall, it served as Sydney Harbour’s control tower between 1974 and 2011 after which the operations conducted inside the tower were moved to Botany Bay. In 2012, it featured for the first and only time during the 9pm Family and Midnight Fireworks for Sydney New Year’s Eve 2012 – ‘Embrace’. This year will be the tower’s 40th anniversary.

The MSB Tower is ideally located on Sydney Harbour providing a panoramic view around Sydney Harbour – perfect for operating Sydney Harbour – so since it is no longer used for that purpose, ideas for keeping the tower have made including converting it into a restaurant or a museum. It can even be used as a special vantage point for Sydney Harbour pyrotechnic displays (as well as continuing to be used as a firing location for Sydney Harbour pyrotechnic displays).

The MSB Tower was originally supposed to be part of their redevelopment plans for a park but after finding that the demolition of the MSB Tower will be cheaper to do than keeping it even for worthy reasons such as the ideas listed earlier, the Barangaroo Delivery Authority have decide to recommend to the NSW Government to approve the MSB Tower’s demolition.

A planning application for the MSB Tower’s demolition is currently being prepared.


Relive the MSB Tower’s pyrotechnic appearance in Sydney New Year’s Eve 2012 – ‘Embrace”s 9pm Family and Midnight Fireworks below (It is the most northern used building in the two pyrotechnic displays):

Lights out on the Sydney Harbour Bridge for ‘Earth Hour’

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is world-renowned for its spectacular light displays but this week it will make a different kind of impact by standing in darkness in support of Earth Hour.

A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said the Sydney Harbour Bridge was just one of many global icons joining the cause including the Sydney Opera House, the Eiffel Tower, Buckingham Palace and the Empire State Building.

“All non-essential lighting on the Sydney Harbour Bridge will be switched off between 8.30pm and 9.30pm on Saturday 29 March,” the spokesperson said.

“Traffic and pedestrian lighting will stay on, so motorists will still be able to use the bridge safely.”

“Roads and Maritime Services has participated in Earth Hour since it started in 2007 and we are proud to support this global environmental initiative.”

Earth Hour is the world’s largest united movement to remind people we’re all responsible for protecting our planet with more than 150 countries participating.

For more information about Earth Hour visit

‘Vivid LIVE’ program a sound line-up

Vivid LIVE, the centrepiece music program of Vivid Sydney, is set to tune music lovers in everywhere, with the full program line-up revealed yesterday. Contemporary, cutting edge and influential acts will grace the stages of the Sydney Opera House from 23 May to 1 June as part of Vivid Sydney, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest festival of light, music and ideas.

This year’s Vivid LIVE line-up features world renowned performers such as indie-rock band Pixies and Ms. Lauryn Hill, as well as Sydney Opera House debutants St. Vincent and Anna Calvi. There are also exciting performances by disco legend Giorgio Moroder in his Australian debut, James Vincent McMorrow, and Sydney’s Goodgod Small Club who is presenting South African Penny Penny, as well as many more.


“With the combination of creativity and inspirational artists across light, music and ideas, Vivid Sydney is a unique and very special festival that provides opportunities not only for local Australian talent, but global talent to be part of this exciting event,” said Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner.

Vivid LIVE 2014 is set to wow audiences once again with music genres including indie-rock, hip-hop, electronic, disco, folk, pop and classical. The performances are all special and unique.”

“Of course The Sails of the Sydney Opera House will again captivate the visitors to Vivid Sydney, as they did to over 800,000 people last year, ensuring the festival gives a boost to retail stores, hotels and restaurants over the winter period,” Mr Stoner said.

Last year over 800,000 visitors contributed more than $20 million in new money to the NSW economy during Vivid Sydney 2013, and 40,000 tickets were sold for Vivid LIVE.

The Lighting Of The Sails of the Sydney Opera House, a much loved 3D projection spectacle, is on from 6pm until midnight every night during Vivid Sydney (23 May – 9 June). The sails are this year being designed by award-winning creative agency 59 Productions, whose recent inspiring work has included the Games of the XXXth Olympiad: London 2012 – Opening Ceremony.

Tickets to Vivid LIVE are on sale to the general public on Monday 31 March at 9am at

The Vivid LIVE 2014 program includes:

The Lighting Of The Sails: 59 PRODUCTIONS


Red Bull Music Academy presents ‘The Music of Moroder – The Heritage Orchestra’

Red Bull Music Academy presents ‘Giorgio Moroder In Conversation’

‘Timeline’ – Australian Chamber Orchestra featuring The Presets

Ms. Lauryn Hill

St. Vincent

James Vincent McMorrow

Anna Calvi

Nils Frahm

Kate Miller-Heidke

‘Since I Left You – A Celebration Of The Avalanches’ with Jonti & The Astral Kids

Goodgod Tin Pan Alley

Red Bull Music Academy presents ‘The Giorgio Moroder Studio Party’

Astral People

R.I.P Society 5TH Birthday – 10 Band Revue

Siberian Nights

Future Classic

About Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House

From 23 May – 1 June, Sydney Opera House will welcome some of the most ambitious and innovative local and international artists for Vivid LIVE – a ten-day celebration of music on the nation’s most famous stages – as part of Vivid Sydney, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest festival of light, music and ideas.

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

Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House, 23 May to 1 June. For more information visit

About Vivid Sydney 2014

Vivid Sydney is the Southern Hemisphere’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, which for 18 days – from 23 May to 9 June 2014 – transforms the Harbour City with its colourful creative canvas. Now in its sixth year, and owned and managed by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and 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); and creative ideas, discussion and debate (Vivid Ideas), all celebrating Sydney as the creative hub of the Asia-Pacific. Vivid Sydney, 23 May to 9 June: For more information visit