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The Dip & Vivid 2013

June 9, 2013

How do you escape the routine of being a parent to a four and a half month old child? Have another baby. Just kidding – Sydney Vivid Festival 2013 is the answer.  Check-list:

  1. Hand the baby to his grandparents for the night – Check
  2. Get everyone pumped to go out – Check
  3. Hope that the rain stays clear of the city – Check

First stop ‘The Dip’. A dark underground bar/restaurant with a funny sounding menu.  Names such as ‘Levs Dawg’ and ‘The Big Windy’ (both are fancy hot dogs) fill the food selection board. I am still unable to pin point the theme the place was trying to go with, but it definitely had a nice vibe to it. After deciding on the entree and the main it was time to choose something to wash it all down with. With the recommendation from a friend the sangria fruit punch was selected which quickly became my personal favourite. A light fruity wine with real pieces of fruit submerged within, definitely a must have. The first jug for the table made me want to sample their other punches. Unfortunately for the second selection we went with the special they had going for the night. It was a let-down to say the least, advertised as a watermelon drink; I think I would have tasted more watermelon in a homoeopathy concoction. The flavour just didn’t come out, making me feel like I purchased a $30 soda-water jug.

The Dip restaurant

Next it was a quick walk to Darling Harbour for the light show. We discovered that the show starts at certain times, and that the harbour front was already teeming with people. The show itself was a combination of powerful water sprinklers and jets, lights and lasers all choreographed to work together with an eclectic selection of music booming from a long row of speakers. Unfortunately capturing the show proved to be difficult for my camera so please resort to the more professional video I linked to below.

We then made our way to Circular Quay for the second major half of the light displays. The psychedelic projections onto the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia was a pleasant surprise. My camera took well to the colourful animations and made me optimistic about snapping some mesmerising  shots of the Opera House.

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia - Vivid 2013

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia – Vivid 2013

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia - Vivid 2013

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia – Vivid 2013

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia - Vivid 2013

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia – Vivid 2013

Nope, The Opera House was a tougher nut to crack. For some reason my camera produced mostly bland or blurry shots. Without a tripod I knew that it was hopeless to expect anything else. I did my best at enhancing the photos in post-production however.

Opera House - Vivid 2013

Opera House – Vivid 2013

Opera House - Vivid 2013

Opera House – Vivid 2013

My opinion of Vivid is very positive. The crowds witnessed in the city mimicked those of New Year’s celebrations, no doubt many of whom were tourists. Whoever is the brain-child of this festival deserved props for making Sydney Harbour even more beautiful and exciting than it was and attracting those much needed tourist dollars. I would wager that future Vivids will push the boundary even further, with new and exciting light displays, some of which offer interactions.

This is the best video I found of Vivid 2013. Created by Travis Lin

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