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Lights, camera action! Vivid and Sydney Film Festival take over Sydney

CREATED ON // Monday, 02 June 2014 Written by // Pip Ditzell

I hope you’re enjoying one of our favourite winter events, the southern hemisphere’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, Vivid.

With so many harbourside buildings lit up, so much music and so many ideas floating around, it’s hard not to be excited by the magic of this annual festival.

One of the stand-out projection works is on the façade of the City of Sydney’s Customs House and is called Play Me.

This interactive light show has a touch screen where people can choose their own musical instrument to project onto the front of the building; then you can play it - literally.

For the first time, Vivid has expanded onto Sydney Harbour, with a fleet of ferries covered in LED lights, which change colour as they enter into different zones on the water.  

Vivid ends on 9 July, so if you haven’t been yet, why not make a night of it this week and take a walk around the harbour and enjoy the atmosphere.

If indoor events are more appealing to you in winter, the Sydney Film Festival starts this week. With films from all over the world, there’s sure to be something to move and delight you.

The Festival Hub at Sydney Town Hall is a great place to unwind before, after or between films. Located in Lower Town Hall, it’s a great place to enjoy some light refreshments, talks, performances and free Wi-Fi.

Most Hub events are free, so check the festival program online for more information at sff.org.au.

This month, Kings Cross Library starts its new monthly series, Authors up the Cross, in partnership with the Potts Point Bookshop. For their inaugural event at 6.30pm on 10 June, local authors Mandy Sayer and Linda Jaivin will be discussing the latter’s new novel, The Empress Lover, in which the worlds of post-war Peking and modern day Beijing collide.

It’s just one of the many exciting free events, author talks and workshops on the City’s Library program.

Check it out online at coslibrary.eventbrite.com.au and remember that bookings are essential.

Have a great month and, as always, you can contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 02 9265 9333.


Pip Ditzell

Pip Ditzell

Pip Ditzell is the City of Sydney GLBT Project Coordinator.

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