Neon pink trees, literal rainbow installations and six-metre puppets are all on the map during this year’s Vivid Festival. If you haven’t planned your visit, we teamed up with Gateway Sydney to round up all the things you didn’t know you could do.
#1 Eat ‘n Drink Your Way Through Three Levels Of Food
Open everyday until late, Gateway Sydney is positioned in Circular Quay, making it one of the best spots to dine pre or post-lightseeing (see what we did there?). Home to over 25 restaurants, bars and cafes spanning across three levels of foodie dining, if there’s nothing pleasing to your whole party here, there won’t be anything in Sydney.
Names including Urban Orchard, Din Tai Fung, Bekya, Salt Meats Cheese, Messina and Four Frogs Creperie will be open late, with a handful of vendors throwing down Vivid-themed specials.
Expect a speciality chocolate sphere from Salt Meats Cheese, a Vivid Sydney Crepe from Four Frogs Creperie and Candy Warhol gelato flavour from Messina.
#2 Drink Vivid-Themed Cocktails
To celebrate the colours of Vivid Sydney, Hurricane’s Grill has created two completely new cocktails. The Vivid Blue is a combination of Absolut Citron, Alize Blue and Blue Curacao topped with raspberry cordial and a dash of lime & lemonade. The Vivid Delight is a little cheekier as a frozen blend of blueberry sorbet, Frangelico, Alize Blue, Blue Curacao, a dash of lime, hazelnut and blueberries.
#3 Free Live Performances
Sydney-based trio, Roadhouses, with perform an open set on 1 June from 9pm until late. Described as a sound of “bruising romanticism”, expect smoky blues led by a melancholic guitarist and songwriter, drummer and base player.
#4 Check Out The Locals-Only Hidden Installations
Popping up only during Vivid Sydney, Gateway Sydney will host light installations in Jessie Street Gardens. A live activation which speaks to the power of unity, collaboration and networks: Synergy is a deceptively simple piece of artwork which works as a representation for a superorganism which requires every micro organism for survival. A Little Birdie Told Me is a comment on our local native bird species and engages the public in a campaign of awareness and action.
#5 Free Talks & Events
Hosted by the Art Gallery of NSW, our picks of the line-up include “Let’s Talk About Death, It Won’t Kill You” and “Come Closer…Sex And Pleasure”. Along with impressively enticing titles (let’s be honest, you haven’t been this excited to attend a open discussion since your friends got together for the finale of the Bachelorette), each of the events are completely free.
#6 Ride On A Magic Carpet
Channel your inner Aladdin and hop on the magic carpet to go to a whole new world (*breathes*). This interactive installation could take you underwater or to outer space, never mind that it’s aimed at kids—we’re just overgrown ones, after all.
Image credit: Ivy Erlinger
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