The launch of Art & About Sydney's 'Private Lives… Public Places' transformed Martin Place on Friday night. Braving the cold, eager art devotees were rewarded with one giant celebration.
Sydney's Lord Mayor Clover Moore officially opened the festival and announced the winners of the Sydney Life and Little Sydney Lives photography exhibitions. These works can be seen throughout Hyde Park over the next month.
The crowd was happily catered to with drinks from The Grasshopper bar and food trucks offering yum cha, Mexican and Jaffles. Triple J's Robbie Buck MC'd the night and DJ Richard Weiss kept the music pumping.
Members of the Violent Femmes, Midnight Oil and Hunters and Collectors played alongside The Break while, Ben Walsh's Orkestra of the Underground, set the musical score to the screening of Shaun Tan's animated film The Arrival.
A vintage red, double-decker bus was on hand to ferry festival goers to other key Art & About venues around the city. The State Library of NSW hosted the Friday Night Artists' Market and Customs House held public readings, along with the Peru Amazónico International touring photography exhibition.
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