New South Wales
Taking the kids to a big event like Vivid Sydney is an amazing experience and creates memories that will last a lifetime. But it’s important to make sure you keep your family safe. Here we share top tips for family safety from festival organisers. While safety comes first, also make sure to enjoy the spectacle with your children. And don’t try to see everything in one night. It’s all beautiful, but there will be more next year!
With the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas set to run from 27 May to 18 June, Vivid Sydney organisers are encouraging families with children to visit early in the week and early in the evening to avoid late finishes for littlies.
• ‘Octopoda’ at Vivid at Chatswood –Last year’s crowd favourite, the Octopoda, returns to invite kids into becoming part of the tentacle percussion ensemble of a remarkable steampunk creature. As kids play the drums, individual tentacles flash and animate rhythmically to the beat. When all the tentacles are activated, the octopus’ brain animates in a surge of pulsating light. The music making doesn’t stop there with Junkyard Beats at Chatswood Mall giving kids the chance to create their own musical tunes at an interactive installation created entirely from collected junk! Chatswood
• Be The Light for the Wild, Taronga Zoo – The Zoo lights up with giant, interactive animal lanterns ranging from the magnificent Asian elephant to the brightly coloured Corroboree frog. Families can interact with the larger-than -life lanterns which change colour and make sound in spectacular fashion. Taronga Zoo, Mosman
• Aqueous, Royal Botanic Garden –By day, the surface of Aqueous will reflect the sky, audience, and surrounding environment. The mirage of shifting colour encourages a moment of play, leading to profound contextual, connected community response in the space. At night, Aqueous will animate and glow in full illuminated interactivity, engaging individuals or groups in collaborative play. To interact with the platforms one must engage actively within the sculpture by stepping, running, jumping, or playing along the pathway. These user-based interactions alter the light and colour of the sculpture. Royal Botanic Garden
Vivid Sydney is the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, which transforms the Harbour City with its colourful creative canvas. Full program at www.vividsyndey.com
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