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Social spy** Major Lazer tear up Sydney Harbour for [V] Island Parties


Sydney Social 101 had the privilege of being invited to a pretty impressive party that was being held by Channel [V]. Major Lazer came, they saw, then blew the whole joint up in the most raucous Channel [V] Island Party in history. With banging tunes, dancers, backflips and a whole lot of party, the dance heavyweights took over Sydney Harbour for an exclusive DJ set last night.


The Major Lazer crew are notorious for their explosive, mind-blowing shows, but no one had any idea just what was in store for them when Diplo, Jillionaire and Walshy Fire got on the Channel [V] Island. From the moment they hit the stage, they commanded the crowd, tearing through a ferocious set of Major Lazer tracks, remixes and sure-fire bangers that had everyone working it low.

The boys, flanked by their trademark dancers, came to party and it wasn’t long before the shirts were off (crowd included) and Diplo was in the water after backflipping off the island. The debauchery was next level, minds were lost and it was all over far too soon.

This is the summer of [V] Island Parties – exclusive gigs on Channel [V]’s very own floating island. Coming to you direct from Sydney Harbour, we have some of the world’s best artists lining up to party with you


It doesn’t stop here, friends. The next [V] Island Party will be announced next week. Stay tuned to to find out how to score tickets.

Highlights from [V] Island Parties: Major Lazer will be on-air from next week.



Luna Park Sydney once again plays host to the ultimate New Year’s Eve celebration, the perfect platform to witness Sydney’s world famous NYE Fireworks and usher in 2014 in spectacular style at the renowned Harbour Party 2013! With a feast of talent that includes the best of local and international electronic music DJ’s Harbour Party 2013 is set to be an experience that is unmissable, unforgettable and utterly danceable!

Harbour Party at Luna Park is fully licensed with all the creature comfort amenities on site in
the safety of the Parks precinct – and your ticket will also entitle you to unlimited use of the Park’s beloved rides. Harbour Party is undeniably the pinnacle of fun times and merrymaking anyone over 18 can have in Sydney on New Year’s Eve!

Headlining this year is Australia’s leading lady on the decks, the sensational HAVANA BROWN bringing her modern-day renaissance woman stylings to the Harbour Party stage. An icon for the dreamchaser generation, Havana has been a meteoric force on the dance and DJ scene both here and abroad, ever since she went supernova with her first single – a little gem by the name of We Run the Night. The already phenomenally successful DJ has been mounting a no-holds-barred assault on charts as well as dance floors all across the world, making appearances at Korea’s ABU TV Song Festival (where she represented Australia), the Spring Groove Festival in Tokyo, France’s Fun Radio concert in front of a capacity crowd at Palais Onisports de Paris-Bercy, and for millions of viewers on America’s Got Talent. With her debut album Flashing Lights set to drop later this October this dynamo of a DJ and dance artist will no doubt tear up the Big Top stage.

One of the USA’s leading exports in house music, IAN CAREY also joins the Harbour Party 2013 line-up. A mullti-platinum artist with multiple worldwide top 10 hits, including smashes such as Rise, Last Night and Get Shaky, Ian Carey has sold millions of records across every format. He’s DJ’ed in over 50 countries, produces the biggest, baddest house anthems and runs his own labels – GFAB Records &
Muzic Liberated. Undoubtedly one of the worlds best DJ and one of the highlights of this years party

You know him as the mastermind behind iconic production outfit TV ROCK – GRANT SMILLIE’s prowess and prestige in the dance world has resulted in numerous soaring accolades and accomplishments – he holds the record for the most time spent in the Australian club chart top 10 with his track Flaunt It, is the recipient of 2 x ARIA awards and is host of the highest rating dance radio show in Australia on the Nova network for the past 5 years running. Grant will be bringing his expertise and slick stylings to all you partygoers at Harbour Party 2013!

TIMMY TRUMPET is officially Australia’s busiest DJ, ranking in the top 3 DJ’s in Australia’s InTheMix Awards, averaging 7 flights a week, and juggling over 200 shows per year, including major festivals and international super clubs. In less than a decade, Timmy Trumpet has successfully transgressed from the international stage as an acclaimed Jazz musician to the realm of global dance music. Main stages aren’t the only highlight of Timmy’s career – being signed to Ministry of Sound this year and his last three singles have all held the #1 spot in the ARIA Club charts. There is no doubt at Harbour Party Timmy Trumpet will make you dance ‘til the sun comes up, and 2013 is upon us.

After capturing the hearts and minds of the Australian public by taking out the crown of X Factor in 2012, SAMANTHA JADE will bring her undeniable appeal and dance/pop stylings to HARBOUR PARTY! After taking the country and ARIA charts by storm in 2012, with debut single What You’ve Done To Me shooting straight to #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart, whilst it’s accompanying album debuted at #3 on the ARIA Albums Chart. Off the back of dance-pop smash Firestarter, Samantha Jade will ring in the new year in climactic fashion.

Fellow Sassafras collaborator CHARDY makes another welcome addition to the HARBOUR PARTY 2013 line-up. This Ministry of Sound DJ/Producer’s resume includes a string of hits which most recently saw him holding down four spots in the Beatport Top 100, and receiving support from one of the world’s biggest DJ’s in David Guetta. This to go with his ARIA dance Chart No. 1 hit Melbournia which he collaborated on with Timmy Trumpet. Chardy has fast become a firm favourite in clubland with residences in the biggest clubs across Australia ! Chardy will hit the decks in superb form this NYE.

Packing more of a punch than Rocky, Sydney scene-shaker EMBER has sharing stages and rocking riders with the likes of Snoop Dogg, Public Enemy, Missy Elliott, Justice, Calvin Harris, Armand Van Helden, Avicii and Steve Aoki, just to name a few. Ember has proved his credentials in stage-slaying, be it Stereosonic, Big Day Out, Shore Thing, Future Music Festival, Splendour In The Grass, Parklife – and now, this year’s HARBOUR PARTY.

With more artists still to be announced, what better excuse to ditch the NYE crowds and join us on the dancefloors! Celebrate this New Year with style and class, at what is destined the number one party event Sydney has to offer in 2013!


Tickets from or Ticketek or Moshtix – Over 18’s only!

Plus more to be announced



Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority will soon begin cleaning the east-facing façade of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) to preserve and reinvigorate its quayside exterior. But unlike most building works, the scaffold surrounding the iconic building won’t be covered by a dull wrap – it will be transformed into an enormous six-storey high public artwork that will unravel and evolve over three months.

Mike Hewson & Agatha Gothe-Snape - MCA 2013-7


Since Friday 5 July, the artwork has begun to reveal itself in the first of five stages to be carried out over the 89-day period of scaffold construction and disassembly, and will be more than 2,300 square metres at its optimal phase by early August.

Mike Hewson & Agatha Gothe-Snape - MCA 2013-2


Following the fantastic recent success of The Rocks Windmill and Vivid Festival, The Rocks precinct is building a reputation as an arts hub, with the Foreshore Authority championing public art activation, supported by the MCA in commissioning the two artists who will undertake this ambitious project.


The otherwise blank white scaffold covering will be used as a canvas by artists Mike Hewson and Agatha Gothe-Snape, who will collaborate on what is a creative approach to the maintenance of one of Sydney’s most recognised buildings, says Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority CEO Catherine Gallagher.


“We’re very mindful of the MCA building’s prominence on the Sydney panorama.” said Ms Gallagher, “As leaders in place making, the cleaning work presents the Authority with an opportunity to add a stunning large-scale contemporary artwork to the landscape, creating an intriguing and memorable experience for locals and visitors to our city.”

Mike Hewson & Agatha Gothe-Snape - MCA 2013-8

Contemporary as well as relevant, this project taps into the trend of public place making that is embraced by artists the world over. Public place making and large-scale art go hand in hand, working together in a symbiotic relationship to enhance public spaces with somewhat incongruous and imaginative artworks that encourage the passer-by to imagine, re-evaluate and critically engage with their ‘everyday’ environments.


Olafur Eliasson’s The New York City Waterfalls, in which the artist constructed four man-made waterfalls on the city’s foreshore, stands as one of the most stunning examples of contemporary large-scale public art. While closer to home, legendary contemporary artists Christo and Jean Claude captured the world’s imagination wrapping the cliffs of La Perouse with fabric, playing with the idea of art versus nature.


A nod to Christo and Jeanne Claude with a little something extra, the MCA artwork will transform a simple covering into something much more by incorporating elements of both Hewson and Gothe-Snape’s individual styles in an intricate mix of text-based and graphic elements.


Hewson’s installation-based work augments existing architectural structures with illusory and distorting effects, while Gothe-Snape’s conceptual works focus on the human side of art – relationships between people, art and art-spaces. Together, their work will feature a massive typographical illusion that will transform during the five stages of the building’s cleaning process.


Playing with the uneven exterior of the museum, the work will use dimensional perspective and a clever play on words to create a poetic and intriguing artwork that will grow and shrink, and change in appearance and meaning as scaffolding is assembled and deconstructed.


“We want each individual member of the public to interact with the work differently,” says Gothe-Snape. “As each stage unfolds, the work intervenes on the site to create new meanings.”


Underneath this huge work of art, the MCA will continue to exhibit as normal with its impressive Winter Season featuring the Jeff Wall and Wangechi Mutu exhibitions. Opening hours remain the same and the exhibitions will be unaffected – the only difference is that patrons will now experience an additional exterior exhibition as part of their gallery visit.


Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority is proud to manage The Rocks: traditional land of the Cadigal people and the birthplace of European settlement in Australia. While preserving The Rocks’ unique heritage, the Authority produces large-scale and intimate quality events, outdoor markets, and educational tours. The Rocks: it’s a perfect blend of culture, cuisine and myriad experiences worth savouring.


For more information visit

What’s On: Biggest Vivid Ever


Visitors flocked to the biggest Vivid Sydney ever, which included the largest Vivid Light Walk expanding into North Sydney with the lighting of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and Darling Harbour showcasing Australia’s first spectacular water show performances.

The Vivid Music program also expanded into new venues and Vivid Ideas featured more than 180 events with over 6,000 tickets sold. Over 40,000 tickets were sold for Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House.

Mr Stoner said, this year, Vivid Sydney achieved record results for NSW, with crowds significantly larger than last year.

“Vivid also reached audiences in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide through extensive media coverage. I am confident Vivid Sydney will have delivered this year well in excess of the estimated $10 million in economic impact,” Mr Stoner said.

“Vivid has huge appeal and has been successful in attracting visitors not only from this State and across Australia – where domestic travel packages were up 8% – but also internationally, with over 11,000 travel packages sold, including 7,200 from China.

“Bringing so many visitors into Sydney for this festival also delivered terrific results for local retailers who all embraced Vivid. Some of the waterfront restaurants at The Rocks saw a 300% increase in diners, with reports of their capacity last seen during the Olympics. Many Darling Harbour restaurants also experienced similar growth.”

The Southern Hemisphere’s biggest annual festival of light, music and ideas is a signature event in the NSW Events Calendar, owned and managed by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency.

Destination NSW CEO Sandra Chipchase said the most successful Vivid Sydney yet was great testimony to the way the festival has been embraced by Sydneysiders and visitors alike, and the creative services industry.

“So much enthusiasm and passion is invested in making Vivid Sydney a wonderful winter event by not only the creative practitioners involved in the Festival itself, but the hundreds of thousands of people who attended. To be able to hold an event which attracts so many visitors, not only domestically but also from all over the world is very special, and of course is an important contributor to the goal of doubling overnight expenditure by 2020. During Vivid Sydney we hosted 76 media and 284 international travel buyers,” Ms Chipchase said.

“There has been excellent collaboration with key partners and sponsors as well as hundreds of local businesses and communities to make Vivid Sydney a success, and something that is looked forward to every year. It’s a hallmark event for Sydney and Australia, and is also increasing its fan base internationally.”

Vivid Sydney also saw success digitally, with almost 40,000 downloads of the free Vivid Sydney, more than 1 million people visit the website since 1 May, a 200% growth in Vivid Sydney Facebook fans and a huge 2,800% growth of Vivid Ideas fans.

Vivid Sydney 2013 Highlights

Stepping into the history books with Sydney Harbour Bridge: the western façade was lit for the first time by Vivid Sydney partner Intel Australia and 32 Hundred Lighting, with North Sydney Council. It captured the imagination of everyone and even supported the NSW Blues ahead of the first State of Origin Game when Minister for Tourism and Major Events, George Souris, turned the bridge blue with NSW State of Origin vice-captain Robbie Farah.

Extending into Darling Harbour for the first time: more than 200,000 people enjoyed the dancing water fountains and dazzling light and water shows. The show was created especially for Vivid by French artists Aquatique Show International, and staged in collaboration with Destination NSW, the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and the Darling Harbour Alliance. The event was supported by Citibank, which hosted customers at its Pop-Up Bar.

The celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the world’s most iconic space traveller, Doctor Who: legions of costumed fans attend the one night only 3D-mapped projections on the façade of Customs House on Saturday 1 June. The projections, created by Sydney’s own The Spinifex Group, saw Doctor Who travel through space and time, pursued by some of his greatest enemies. The Spinifex Group also created the projections on the Sydney Opera House called Play, and Collaboration #3 with renowned artist Gemma Smith at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.

Vivid Ideas cemented its position as a champion of Sydney and Australia’s creative industries: it showcased Sydney as the place to collaborate, foster business connections and showcase new ideas. Headquartered on the sixth floor of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia with events at more than 25 venues across Sydney, Vivid Ideas grew in 2013 from 100 to 122 unique events and boasted a wealth of creative local and international talent including keynote talks by UK artist and Turner Prize nominee David Shrigley; IDEO’s chief creative officer Paul Bennett; street wear entrepreneur Johnny Cupcakes and big data artist Jonathan Harris.

More than 6,000 people attended 18 days of talks, workshops, panels and meet-ups at the Vivid Ideas Exchange with thousands more attending key creative industry events as part of Vivid Ideas including Semi-Permanent, AMPlify, Australian International Design Festival, Reportage Photography Festival, ISEA 2013, SPARC International Lighting Event, Mumbrella360, X|Media|Lab and more.

Over 40,000 tickets were sold to the 10-day music celebration Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House: audiences were attracted by a stellar line-up that included the world premiere of Empire of the Sun’s highly anticipated second album, Ice on the Dune, in addition to the eight sell-out Kraftwerk retrospective 3D shows, The Catalogue 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8, and the Australian debut of r’n’b soul legend Bobby Womack.

Vivid Music, a new addition to Vivid Sydney sold more than 5,400 tickets for a program that featured leading-edge electronic dance and house music at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, a two-day program of innovative and experimental music at the Seymour Centre, dance music at The Argyle and the sold out performance of datamatics 2.0 by Japanese artist Ryoji Ikdea at Carriageworks for ISEA 2013.

2,000 people danced in front of Customs House to Move your Building: while thousands watched wild horses run across buildings and engines rev out of walls at the Audi installation Speed of Light, the Spinifex Group transformed the historic façade of the Australasian Steam Navigation Company building into a feast of light, colour and speed. Creative light sculptures and installations were selected from around the world, including artists from Germany, England, Italy, France, USA, Korea, Malaysia and New Zealand. Australian light artists featured from Sydney, Queensland, Victoria and regional NSW including Nowra, Wagga Wagga and Tuggerah.

Vivid Sydney’s Illuminating Quick Facts

• Over 800,000 cumulative attendees
• More than 200,000 attendees to Darling Harbour
• Media coverage in over 200 countries
• Over 40,000 tickets sold for Vivid LIVE
• More than 6,000 people attended Vivid IDEAS
• Over 5,400 tickets sold for Vivid Music
• 11,304 international packages sold*
• 7,200 of these international packages from China*
• 8% increase of domestic package sales
• 284 international trade familiarisation visitors (205% increase on last year)
• 40,000 people downloaded the Vivid app
• More than 1 million visitors to
• 200% growth on Vivid Sydney Facebook page
• 2,800% growth on Vivid Ideas Facebook page
*Package sales over the Vivid period generated via JTG


Vivid 101 – Vivid Sydney set to sparkle this long weekend


The annual festival of light, music and ideas is set to attract tens of thousands to the illuminated harbour foreshore of Circular Quay, Walsh Bay, Darling Harbour and North Sydney, and to music venues across The Rocks and the Inner West, for the final days of Vivid Sydney this long weekend.

Darling Harbour’s Vivid Aquatique show has already captivated over 110,000 people across the first week of Vivid Sydney, and due to its growing popularity has now been extended to include more lights, new full-colour lasers and three new water jets to delight crowds, doubling its size and filling Darling Harbour.

With shows on the hour ever hour from 6pm until midnight, audiences will also be treated to new additional dazzling fireworks at more shows over the long weekend including three shows on Saturday night (at 7pm, 8.30pm and 10pm) and two shows on Thursday, Friday and Sunday nights (at 7pm and 9pm). Full schedule below.

Aquatique Show International has developed and installed choreographed water and light shows for the public entertainment for more than 30 years, and has amazed audiences in over 52 countries. The four different shows playing on rotation at Darling Harbour were designed especially for the Sydney public.

Vivid Sydney transforms the harbour city with light, music and ideas


NSW Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner officially opened the fifth annual Vivid Sydney festival (May 24 – June 10) by lighting the sails of the Sydney Opera House to unveil a stunning visual feast of colour, movement and world-class lighting artistry, with amazing 3D-mapped light projections by Australian creative innovators, The Spinifex Group.

Launching a greatly expanded Vivid Sydney this year, including lighting the Sydney Harbour Bridge and transforming Darling Harbour into a spectacular water theatre, Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner said the festival, which is owned and managed by Destination NSW, the State’s major events and tourism agency, reinforced Sydney’s position as Australia’s global city and the creative hub of the Asia-Pacific.

“After a few short years Vivid Sydney is now the Southern Hemisphere’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, and a globally renowned celebration of creativity and innovation,” Mr Stoner said.

“2013 will be the biggest and boldest Vivid Sydney yet, showcasing the city like it’s never been seen before to visitors not only from Sydney and NSW, but interstate and overseas, and promoting the world-class creative industries of NSW.

Vivid Light Shines Bigger and Brighter
“The Vivid Light footprint has tripled in size and for the first time Sydney’s famous Harbour Bridge will come alive with a spectacular installation created through a collaboration between Vivid partner Intel Australia and Sydney’s 32 Hundred Lighting, with support from North Sydney Council, in a world-first interactive programmable lighting installation on the bridge’s western face, controlled by the public from a touch screen located on the Luna Park boardwalk.

“With the Sydney Harbour Bridge installation visible from Balmain, North Sydney and a multitude of harbourside vantage points on the western side of the bridge, Vivid Light illuminates more parts of the city and is accessible to more people than ever before.

“In another first, Vivid Light has extended into Darling Harbour, transforming the area into a spectacle of dancing water fountains, water screen projection performances and dazzling light and water shows, never seen before in Australia, masterminded by France’s legendary Aquatique Show International. Water shows will play on the hour, every hour from 6pm each night of Vivid Sydney, with fireworks joining the choreographed performances each Saturday.

“Crowd favourites Customs House, Circular Quay, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, The Rocks and Walsh Bay will again become a canvas for the public to enjoy wonderful light projections and installations that will appeal to all ages,” Mr Stoner said.

With a record number of applications to be part of Vivid Light, one-third of all light installations are from overseas artists, demonstrating the unique platform Vivid Sydney offers to engage with the best of the global creative economy and foster international business opportunities.

“Vivid Sydney is where technology, commerce and art intersect—delivering real business outcomes. With 37 per cent of Australia’s creative industries located in NSW, supporting creative industries through events like Vivid Sydney is key to the NSW Government’s strategy to grow the NSW economy,” Mr Stoner said.

“In 2012 Vivid Sydney attracted more than 500,000 spectators and we anticipate numbers will reach well over 550,000 in 2013, injecting around $10 million in new money into the NSW economy.”

Vivid LIVE and Vivid Music – Loud and clear with a spectrum of world class talent
Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House tonight opens with a performance by electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk, who begin the first of a four-night presentation of their acclaimed retrospective series that also sold out at MoMA in New York and TATE Modern in London.

With more than 25 music events by leading international and national artists, highlights include the world premiere of Australia’s Empire of the Sun’s much-anticipated second album Ice On The Dune, Underworld’s electronic king Karl Hyde, and the 45-piece Heritage Orchestra performing Vangelis’ original Blade Runner score.

For the first time, an additional music program Vivid Music will be staged in the last week of the festival, focusing on electronic, experimental, improvised music, including the Terminal Projekt at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, Vivid Sydney at Seymour’s New Wave: Sound, and special programs for ISEA2013 and the Argyle.

Vivid Ideas assembles big thinkers in biggest line up yet
The Vivid Ideas program brings leading creatives and thought leaders from across the world to Sydney in over 120 creative industry business events as part of Vivid Ideas, and was voted one of the world’s top ten ideas festivals in the world by the UK’s influential Guardian newspaper.

Vivid Ideas’ program focuses on innovation, discussion, and collaboration. Highlights include Australian-exclusive talks from visual artist and cult icon David Shrigley (UK), streetwear entrepreneur Johnny Cupcakes (USA), digital artist and storyteller Jonathan Harris (USA), IDEO’s Chief Creative Officer Paul Bennett (USA), and revolutionary product designer Jane Chen (USA/India).

Creative industry business events partnering with Vivid Sydney include Australian International Design Festival, The Digital Playground by IDEA Australia, International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) 2013, Semi-Permanent, Sydney Writers’ Festival, Reportage Photography Festival, X|Media|Lab, SPARC International Lighting Event, Sydney Film Festival, Mumbrella360, Head On Photo Festival, AMPlify, and CeBIT Australia.

Destination NSW CEO Sandra Chipchase said, “Vivid Sydney is a ground-breaking event that builds the creative community of Sydney, as well as generating visitation from our key tourism markets. It is Sydney and Australia’s major festival in winter, and a signature event on the NSW events calendar. This year we have a free Vivid Sydney Harbour Shuttle ferry servicing Walsh Bay, North Sydney and Darling Harbour.

“I thank partners Intel, Citibank and Audi and other supporters, and encourage everyone to come and experience Australia’s global event city in a completely different light during Vivid Sydney.”



VIVID Sydney, an exciting festival of international and local innovation and experimentation in music and light installations, is just moments away. Running from 24 May to 10 June 2013 with many great pop-ups and dining destinations nearby, it is easy to stop for a bite and make a night of the bright lights, great music and big ideas.

Panama House at VIVID Terminal Bar

This year Bondi’s hottest eatery, Panama House, will be serving up dishes from south-of-the border at VIVID’s Terminal Bar, the hub of this year’s VIVID experience. The bar, in the Cargo Hall of the Overseas Passenger Terminal, will feature pop-up dining from a range of restaurants as well as wine, music and installations to celebrate the final weekend of the festival, 8-10 June. Munch on delicious street-food with family and friends, while taking in the best view of the silhouettes cast over the Sydney Opera House and other light installations across Circular Quay.

VIVID Terminal Bar

4pm until midnight 8,9,10 June, free entry

The Cargo Hall, Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay

Featuring restaurants: Panama House, Mexicano, Bourke Street Bakery After Hours
Food available from 5.30pm
Astral Projekt light installation

Terminal Projekt, Vivid Music Events – 8,9 June

Guillaume At Bennelong, Sydney Opera House

Where better to experience this year’s VIVID Festival than right in the centre of the action, under the lit-up sails of the Sydney Opera House. Set inside the world-renowned landmark, Guillaume At Bennelong’s restaurant and bar feature spectacular views across Sydney Harbour and the city, providing the perfect vantage point to take in the lights of VIVID. Taste dishes from the new autumn menu or enjoy signature dishes such as the basil-infused yellowfin tuna, Ranger’s Valley beef and passionfruit soufflé. Whatever you decide on, Guillaume At Bennelong combines the best of Australia’s fresh local produce with classical French influences from one of Australia’s most loved chefs, Guillaume Brahimi.

Guillaume At Bennelong

Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point

Open for dinner Tuesday to Saturday, lunch Thursday and Friday

Ph. 02 9241 1999

ArgyleXchange – Saké Restaurant & Bar, The Cut Bar & Grill, Ananas Bar & Brasserie, The Argyle

With four extraordinary venues in one unique space, ArgyleXchange has your dining and drinking needs covered during this year’s VIVID Festival. Start with a Japanese cocktail and a side of sashimi at Saké Restaurant & Bar or champagne and oysters at Ananas Bar & Brasserie followed by French dessert. Indulge in a New York-style steak at The Cut Bar & Grill then hit the dance floor at The Argyle ‘til the early hours. With an impressive outdoor courtyard at its heart, and exceptional restaurants and bars at its soul, ArgyleXchange is the premiere one-stop dining and entertainment hub in The Rocks.

12-20 Argyle Street, The Rocks, Sydney

Open seven days a week

Ph. 02 9009 0806

Free Vivid Sydney Ferry and new Vivid App for effortless exploring

With the biggest ever Vivid Light Walk set to illuminate the Sydney Harbour foreshore in just four days’ time, exploring the new sights and sounds of Vivid Sydney 2013 has just got easier, thanks to a brand new, free Vivid Sydney app, and a freeVivid Sydney Harbour Shuttle ferry service on offer from Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency which owns and manages Vivid Sydney.

On from 24 May to 10 June 2013 every night from 6pm, Vivid Sydney is set to amaze visitors with more than 60 interactive light installations and projections across Circular Quay, The Rocks, Walsh Bay, and new for this year – the western side of the Harbour Bridge at North Sydney, Fort Denison, and amazing, Australian-first water theatre performances at Darling Harbour.

Available for download now, the Vivid Sydney app includes an interactive map with points of interest, information about the projections, light installations and artists; suggested itineraries; and special features including a ‘favourites’ function that highlights ‘not to be missed’ installations to help planning for the best Vivid Sydney experience. For more information visit
The freeVivid Sydney Harbour Shuttle ferry service will operate between Kirribilli, Walsh Bay and Darling Harbour from 6pm-midnight every night of the 18-day event, providing an easy way to reach North Sydney to paint the Sydney Harbour Bridge, or travel to Darling Harbour for the spectacular Vivid Aquatique water show.

“Vivid Sydney is a fantastic, free, family-friendly event, and with more attractions than ever on offer, with the new free app and free harbour shuttle, festivalgoers can plan ahead to get the most out of their Vivid Sydney experience. There are also updates and news on the Vivid Sydney Facebook and Twitter accounts,” said Destination NSW CEO, Sandra Chipchase.

“There are also great dining options with food markets, formal and family dining across the Vivid Sydney footprint,” Ms Chipchase added.

Food with a view

North Sydney’s Food and Artisan Markets will bring Bradfield Park to life from 6pm each Friday and Saturday night during Vivid Sydney, with premium arts and crafts stalls, street theatre, warming winter fare and colourful LED cube seats to sit back and enjoy the best view on earth. The markets are located under the Sydney Harbour Bridge, en route from Luna Park to the Jeffrey Street Wharf and ferry service.

There are plenty of other dining options with views of the illuminated harbour foreshore including Dinner DeLIGHTS at Fort Denison, which offers a sumptuous two-course dinner accompanied by talks from Vivid Sydney light artists, and a guided tour of the historic island which features five light walk installations. The Vivid Night Markets at The Rocks are also on every Friday and Saturday night during Vivid Sydney.

Restaurants along Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Quarter and Harbourside will give diners not only fantastic menu choices but also a perfect view of Vivid Aquatique, the water theatre by Aquatique Show International, playing on the hour throughout the night.

Darling Harbour will also feature a Citibank Pop-up Bar, open from 6pm to midnight during Vivid Sydney.

Transport information

The free Vivid Sydney Harbour Shuttle loops between Ives Steps Wharf (Walsh Bay) to Jeffrey Street Wharf (Kirribilli) to Pyrmont Bay Wharf (Pyrmont) and Towns Place Wharf (Walsh Bay). The ferry loop operates from 6pm each night during Vivid Sydney with final services at approximately midnight. The regular service departs from each wharf every 40 minutes with increased services between 8pm and 10pm. First ferry departs from Ives Steps Wharf at 6pm.

Harbour City Ferries will be operating additional services will be on the Darling Harbour Loop and the River from Sydney Olympic Park to Darling Harbour on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. For timetable details visit

All Vivid Sydney precincts are within walking distance of Sydney Central Business District and North Sydney train stations – Circular Quay, Wynyard, Town Hall, Martin Place and Milsons Point.

Utilise the extensive network of public buses, metro bus services provide direct cross-city and cross-harbour links to a wide range of locations in and around Sydney.
Wilson Parking is offering convenient parking and great deals throughout the 18 days of Vivid Sydney. Pre-book your parking online to take advantage of parking discounts with Wilson Parking’s, Book a Bay.

App and Podcast information

The Vivid Sydney app is compatible with all smart phones. For more information and to download the free app visit the iTunes store or head to

Podcasts are also available for download from the 702 ABC Sydney website to guide you through the light walk and provide additional sculpture information.

An information booth is located at Customs House, on Alfred Street at Circular Quay. An LED pillar close to this location also displays a site map and artwork details.

What’s On: Sydney’s iconic Harbour Bridge lights up in exclusive preview

More than 100,000 LEDs were ablaze in a kaleidoscope of colour on the Sydney Harbour Bridge tonight as the NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment, Andrew Stoner, previewed the iconic structure’s highly anticipated interactive light installation, a new spectacular addition to this year’s Vivid Sydney, ahead of the festival’s opening night on Friday 24 May.

A world-first immersive projection following a collaboration between Vivid partner, Intel Australia, and Sydney-based lightwork innovators 32 Hundred Lighting, extends the Vivid Light Walk across the harbour into the North Sydney precinct for the first time.

The Deputy Premier illuminated the western face of the iconic structure in a colourful rainbow of bold pinks, reds, blues and greens from an interactive touchscreen located on the Luna Park boardwalk. He was joined by Kate Burleigh, Managing Director Intel Australia & New Zealand; North Sydney Mayor Jilly Gibson; and Iain Reed from 32 Hundred Lighting.

“Vivid Sydney has created a historic moment for Sydney – showing the magnificent Sydney Harbour Bridge in a way never seen before and for visitors to interact with one of our most iconic structures, every night of the 18-day festival,” Mr Stoner said.


What’s On: Vivid Sydney expands to illuminate Darling Harbour with Australian first – music and water spectacular

NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment, Andrew Stoner, announced today that Vivid Sydney 2013 will extend to the Darling Harbour precinct for the first time.

Developed, owned and managed by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, Vivid Sydney is an 18-day festival of light, music and ideas. It is the biggest festival of its kind in the southern hemisphere and will take place in Sydney from 24 May to 10 June.

For the first time in Vivid Sydney’s five-year history, Vivid Light will extend to Darling Harbour and transform the precinct into a spectacle of dancing water fountains, water screen projection performances and dazzling light and water shows, never seen before in Australia, masterminded by France’s legendary Aquatique Show International.

Aquatique Show International has developed and installed choreographed water and light shows for public entertainment for more than 30 years, amazing audiences in over 52 countries.

Mr Stoner said: “Vivid Sydney brings visitors something new and spectacular every year – and this year is no exception. Bringing Vivid Light to Darling Harbour will give visitors an amazing and unique Australian-first experience that will showcase the world’s best lighting and water technology, artistry and design. It’s sure to be something people will come back to many times over the duration of Vivid Sydney.

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