The Sydney Opera House today announced a program of Vivid-inspired food and beverage experiences and bespoke tours to complement Vivid LIVE’s distinct collection of artists and celebrate the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, Vivid Sydney.
Sydney Opera House CEO, Louise Herron AM, said the Sydney Opera House is the ultimate location for people enjoying Vivid Sydney. “Vivid LIVE is the centrepiece of our ambitious, year-long contemporary music program. This year for the first time Vivid LIVE is taking over the whole of the Sydney Opera House – not just through the program of influential and innovative artists performing, but also through the transformation of some of our favourite spaces.
“We wanted to create a vibrant festival destination where people can soak up the atmosphere of Vivid LIVE and enjoy the stunning light displays across the harbour.”
Introducing the Vivid LIVE pop-up bar
For the first time, the Sydney Opera House will create a bespoke, indoor harbour-view bar – the Deep Purple Pool Hall – helmed by Jeremy Blackmore and Alex Dowd, of Tio’s Cerveceria and The Cliff Dive fame.
It will be open from 6pm until late every night of Vivid LIVE, from 22 – 31 May, tucked under the Lighting of the Sails at the Sydney Opera House, the centrepiece of Vivid Sydney’s light program.
The bar will offer up a craft-focused menu of downtown favourites, live DJs and free pool, all within the reinvention of one of the Opera House’s hideaways: the Concert Hall Northern Foyer.
Ben Marshall, Curator of Vivid LIVE said, “I have wanted to set up a cool bar in this space for five years, ever since I arrived at the Opera House. Overlooking the harbour, it has the best view in Sydney and people will be absolutely blown away that this jewel in the crown of the Opera House hasn’t been used for this before. Whether you’re up for a pre or post-gig drink or on the look-out for the neon eight-ball outside, you can sneak up the back stairs of the Opera House to the Deep Purple Pool Hall and settle into an incredible secret space in the heart of the city, in the middle of this incredible festival.”
As well as the new pop-up venue, each of the bars and restaurants across the Sydney Opera House precinct will serve up an inspired menu of food and drinks during the festival:
- Opera Bar will be transformed with light projections and retro arcade games. Visitors can dine in with a picnic in the Meat & Cheese Room or order takeaway.
- A bespoke list of festival cocktails, including the ‘Vivid Copper Mule’, will be available at Opera Kitchen, along with its signature burgers, Asian-inspired cuisine and fresh seafood.
- The House Eatery by George will be offering a ‘grab and go’ menu so people can either sit under the sails or takeaway along the light walk.
- Open two hours before shows start, Bistro Mozart will become a casual small-eats cocktail bar, while Theatre Bars will offer light refreshments and snacks – the perfect accompaniment to any Vivid LIVE show.
Bespoke tours – get behind the scenes
Exclusively for Vivid Sydney, two bespoke tours of the Sydney Opera House will be offered to visitors throughout the festival, giving people a rare glimpse into the making of this iconic event.
The Backstage Tour celebrating Vivid Sydney is a two-hour VIP experience that takes you behind the scenes as the Opera House comes alive for Vivid LIVE. In an intimate group, visitors take a peek behind the curtains and step on the stages of the famous theatres before finishing up with dinner and drinks in the Opera House Green Room. Departs daily from Stage Door at 5.45pm between 22 May – 8 June 2015, tickets are priced $165 per person, book online and save 10%.
As the sun goes down and the House lights up, the Celebrating Vivid Sydney Tour ventures inside the iconic shells of the Opera House. You will visit its famous theatres and state-of-the-art recording studio to collect unique insight into the history of the festival and the famous light displays that illuminate the sails in spectacular fashion every year. Departs daily at 5.30pm and 6.00pm between 22 May – 8 June 2015, prices start from $20, book onlineand save 10%.
For information on accessing the Sydney Opera House site during Vivid Sydney 2015, please visit http://www.sydneyoperahouse.
Visitors and patrons are also being encouraged to get involved in the online conversation by using #VividLIVE when sharing photos of the light projections inside and outside the Opera House. The best moments from around the precinct will be curated across social channels and digital screens on site.