Chatswood’s a trip through time and space for Vivid Sydney 2018
The buildings, streets and even park benches in Chatswood will be transformed into an array of art and light, food and fashion, to create Lightscape for Vivid Sydney 2018 at Chatswood.
From May 25 to June 16, Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, will transform the Chatswood CBD for the fourth year in a row, with immersive projections using NASA imagery and interactive light installations.
Willoughby City Council Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney said the community was excited Vivid Sydney will return to Chatswood.
“It’s a wonderful event that our local community loves. Vivid Sydney brings remarkable cultural and economic development opportunities for the area,” she said.
“What makes Chatswood unique is that each year the precinct is designed as a continuous walk to take you on a sensory journey from the Chatswood Interchange, through Chatswood Mall and past Westfield Chatswood, on to The Concourse and to Chatswood Chase. This could not be possible without the valued contribution, and the collaboration of our Precinct Contributors and sponsors.
“We have developed a reputation for being a family-friendly precinct, with a special daytime exhibition of wearable art and a light walk that is fully accessible for prams and wheelchairs,” Mayor Gail added.
NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Adam Marshall welcomed Chatswood’s return to the festival.
“Vivid Sydney is set to shine brighter than ever in Chatswood this year, with fantastic installations and activities planned for the family-friendly precinct, which opens at 5:30pm each night for 23 nights,” Mr Marshall said.
Visitors can start their journey at Chatswood Interchange, where a giant interactive screen transports you to amazing global locations using green screen technology.
Choose from a fantastic array of international cuisines at Light Market, a pop-up market designed by the creator of Adelaide Festival’s famed Barrio precinct. Built from scaffold and recycled materials and lit by lasers, Light Market is inspired by the favelas of Brazil and Star Wars. A quirky, delicious experience, Light Market is dotted with playful light installations for kids and big kids.
Take a journey through the stars and planets, imagine life on Mars or find yourself in the middle of a black hole at The Concourse. Using NASA’s amazing imagery and 360 degree projection we take you on a deep, immersive dive into the universe.
In an addition, on weekends artists will create their vision of life in 2050, projected live on to the Anderson St facade of The Concourse. Even the park benches will come alive with chatter – when you sit on them, they will actually talk to you.
Fashionistas will love Chatswood Chase’s World of Wearable Art exhibition, where breathtakingly unconventional costumes are on display. Combining light, art and technology these fashion garments are designed by artists and architects from around the world.
Visitors are invited to enjoy great shopping, dining and market stalls and wander through the CBD, including The District which is known as a hotspot for Asian dining experiences.
Vivid Sydney in Chatswood is run by Willoughby City Council and supported by Precinct Contributors Chatswood Interchange, Chatswood Chase Sydney and Westfield Chatswood.
Vivid Sydney at Chatswood is presented as part of Vivid Sydney, which is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s major events and tourism agency. The Chatswood precinct is created by Bluebottle, Modelbox Design, Sydney University and Amigo & Amigo.
Vivid Sydney at Chatswood is on every evening from 5.30pm – 10.30pm, 25 May to 16 June.