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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

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Cirque du Soleil – OVO

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Ruark Lewis – Survey 1982-2012 exhibition

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Museum of Contemporary Art Visit

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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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