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Vivid Sydney

A night on the town

For 3 weeks Sydney buildings have been transformed into canvases of light. From 6pm each evening the city has lit up with spectacular colour and movement projected onto some of our most iconic landmarks. The highlights include immersive light installations and projections, performances from local and international musicians at the Opera House and public talks and debates from leading global creative thinkers. Sydney is really the happening place, having had the Sydney Writers Festival last month and the annual Sydney Film Festival to also tempt us – and let’s not forget the normal eclectic range of galleries and exhibitions that are running.

So Saturday night we ventured into the City to experience the light shows. First impressions: I have never seen so many people in one place at the same time. Looking down from the railway station parapet I gasped at the sheer volume of bodies. It was a bit scary. Holding tight to my husband we joined the throng and were swept along toward the Opera House. Here are a few of the wonderful images I managed to photograph whilst being jostled by hundreds of others wanting to do the same thing.

VS1VS2VS3VS4VS5Decided to change the camera setting to night mode and see what I got. Now I know why many people had tripods.

VS6Oops! I held the camera as still as possible. Let’s have another go.

VS7OK, not sharp because I really did need a tripod, but great movement effects. We moved on and climbed as high as possible above the crowds onto the Cahill Walkway which I think is the highest point to look down onto Circular Quay unless you are in or on the top of one of the buildings. From the Walkway we could see the top of Customs House across the Expressway.

VS8VS9Shame we couldn’t see the whole thing. Looking back across the water I got a reasonable shot of the Museum of Contemporary Art with the bridge in the background.

VS10Note the crowds and this was a less busy section. As we moved towards any of the main attractions it became more and more dense.

This is just a small sampling of a weird and wonderful experience, if a bit overwhelming at times.

Resources:
http://www.vividsydney.com/about-vivid-sydney/

 

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Legally Blonde – The Musical

This production, shown at the Lyric Theatre in Sydney, was excellent.  The Lyric is a modern, minimalist style theatre which is well suited to this type of lighthearted, current era event.  It has an ambience quite different to that of … Continue reading

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Cirque du Soleil – OVO

I went to the new Cirque de Soleil production on Saturday.  Superb sets, props and costumes. I had heard good and bad about it and all comments had their place.  The visual aspect was as good as expected but unless … Continue reading

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Ruark Lewis – Survey 1982-2012 exhibition

This exhibition, spanning 30 years of the work of Ruark Lewis, is fascinating.  I don’t understand some of it and certainly not some of the thinking behind many of the works.  Ruark is heavily influenced by Aboriginal culture, imagery and … Continue reading

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Museum of Contemporary Art Visit

Last week Judy, another OCA student, and I went off to see another section of the Sydney Biennale exhibition, this time at the newly refurbished Museum of Contemporary Art.  I didn’t go mad with the photography because I wasn’t sure … Continue reading

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18th Biennale of Sydney Exhibition

A few days ago Judy (another OCA student) and I went to Cockatoo Island to visit part of the 18th Biennale of Sydney exhibition. The island is about a 20 minute ferry trip from Sydney Wharf and has a history … Continue reading

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A few days away – And A Chorus Line.

Last weekend my husband and I (plus  staff) were trading at the Home Buyer & Investment Property Expo in Sydney.  This is the first time we’ve been there and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The photo quality is low because … Continue reading

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Exhibition Review: Look! The Art of Australian Picture Books Today

I was initially attracted to this exhibition because it is all about drawing and, having so many artists included, I wanted to see the diversity and styles of illustration for children’s books. A travelling exhibition created by the State Library … Continue reading

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Enmore Design Centre – Fashion Show

Very peeved that due to  ill-health last Thursday I missed the annual catwalk event by the students of Enmore Design Centre.  This show has been moved from the end of the year to mid-year.  I’m not sure why, but the … Continue reading

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Made For You Exhibition

I was thrilled to go to the opening of this exhibition and sale on Wednesday evening.  The North Shore Craft Group have such a good reputation and their work is always of the highest quality and variety.  I try to … Continue reading

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Regeneration Exhibition – supplimentary

It occurred to me that those of you reading my blog and not being lucky enough to live in beautiful Australia may not have fully appreciated my comments about the Banksia wall hanging because you may not be familiar with … Continue reading

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Regeneration Exhibition

I was very lucky a couple of weeks ago to take advantage of some research done by my fellow OCA student and friend, Judy.  We are both located in Australia and can’t participate in the UK Textile Study days we … Continue reading

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Wonderful Watercolours

On Thursday I spent the day with a group of friends in Sydney visiting the numerous watercolour exhibitions surrounding and within the Royal Botanic Gardens.  We started at the State Library of NSW with the Lewin – WildART exhibition. It is … Continue reading

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Catching up on events.

Last week I had a  trip to the Capitol Theatre in Sydney to see the musical Love Never Dies. Firstly, the theatre.  I haven’t been there before and was thrilled with the sumptuous interior of the auditorium.  It is classed as … Continue reading

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Renaissance Exhibition

Last week my husband and I had a few days away in our nation’s capital, Canberra.  We had tickets to the Renaissance exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia.  Advertised as 15th & 16th century Italian paintings from the Accademia … Continue reading

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The Iron Lady

I have just been to see The Iron Lady in which Meryl Streep portrays the British Prime Minister (May 1979 to November 1990), Margaret Thatcher. Being a Brit by birth but having lived out of the UK since 1991 I … Continue reading

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Gallery Visit – Australian portraits 1880-1960

Exhibition Research Point: This National Gallery of Australia Exhibition is travelling around the country and is currently at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre. It is described on the UQ Art Museum site as follows: This exhibition takes a fresh look at … Continue reading

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Catwalk Event

Enmore Design Centre *EDI Graduation Catwalk Event. *EDI – Event, Design & Illustration Certificate 4, Diploma and Advanced Diploma students. I was lucky enough to be given, along with two other friends, a free VIP ticket to the above end … Continue reading

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Gallery Visit – Enniskillen

Exhibition Research Point: Enniskillen: Recent work of David Rankin. Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre (Gymea, NSW, Australia) I went to see the above exhibition, with some trepidation I must admit.  Ireland and the IRA in the 1980’s is not a … Continue reading

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Catching up on Events

I’ve had a busy time recently. On Sunday I went to see We Need To Talk About Kevin, a film based on the book of the same name by Lionel Shriver.  I read the book some time ago and wondered … Continue reading

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A Chance Encounter

Last night I went to see the brilliant Steve Balbi perform with Danielle Spencer (Russell Crowe’s wife) at The Vanguard in Newtown, an Arty suburb of Sydney.  Fantastic venue, wonderful music, great food and very intimate with only 130 people. Walking towards … Continue reading

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Deep Blue Orchestra

I was struck with how dynamic Deep Blue Orchestra were when I went to their concert a few days ago after first seeing them on a talent show on TV.  On arrival the stage was bathed in a beautiful blue glow.  The lighting had … Continue reading

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