SHELLY BEACH SNIPPETS NO. 67 June, 2016.
Patricia Newell-Dunkley Photographs by Reginald J. Dunkley.
Vivid Sydney is ablaze with colour as the Festival of Light, music and ideas swings into action until June 18th. Starting in 2009 and now one of the biggest festivals in Sydney, it features many of the world’s most important creative industry forums, a mesmerising free public exhibition of outdoor lighting sculptures and installations and a cutting-edge contemporary music programme.
Vivid Sydney is where Art, Technology and Commerce intersect and Vivid Light transforms Sydney into a wonderland of ‘Light Art’ sculptures, innovative light installations and grand-scale projections for all to enjoy. It is a magical celebration of light-design excellence and the world’s largest outdoor “Art Gallery’. A unique Vivid Sydney experience, there are lighting artists, designers and manufacturers from around Australia and the world to illuminate, interpret and transform Sydney’s urban spaces through their creative vision.
Vivid Music presents a cutting-edge contemporary music programme from local and international acts, including Bjork, New Order, Bon Iver and Boy George, Director Spike Jonze, performing at the iconic Sydney Opera House, to other large venues and small bars. Vivid Music hosts a lively and eclectic range of live performances and ground-breaking musical collaborations. At the heart of Vivid Music is Vivid Live, a programme of music which takes place at Sydney Opera House, Australia’s most famous building.
Vivid Ideas is Asia Pacific’s annual celebration of innovation, creativity and community, building audiences and markets for the creative industries and offering professional development opportunities across the sector. The programme spans from technology and start-up culture to designs and architecture, film and screen content to visual arts and performance, advertising and marketing animation, VFX, Lighting and events.
During the Festival it brings together business and creative leaders for professional development, information updates on their industries, market opportunity and innovations: gathering all the conversations conventions and big announcements in Sydney.
There are Harbour Cruises by The Sydney Heritage Fleet, and Captain Cook Cruises, to view the spectacular lighting displays. The Royal Botanical Garden, Taronga Zoo and The Galleries. The sails of the Opera House are featuring the work of indigenous artists in a display called “Songlines” and Sydney Harbour Bridge constantly changing colour.
Sydney is a fascinating City at any time but with Vivid Sydney it is exciting and upbeat and a great time to explore. Check the beautiful lights on Google and enjoy the spectacle if you can’t make the time to visit.
Melbourne, Victoria’s coastal capital is a city of stately 19th century buildings and tree-lined boulevards. During the Victorian gold rush of the 1850s Melbourne was transformed into one of the world’s largest and wealthiest cities and still is. At its centre is the modern Federation Square development, with plazas, bars, restaurants and cultural events along the Yarra River. In Southbank, The Melbourne Arts precinct is site of arts Centre Melbourne – a performing arts complex, The National Gallery of Victoria displaying Australian and Indigenous Art.
Referred to as Australia’s “cultural capital” the birthplace of Australian Impressionism, formerly known as The Heidelberg School, Australian Rules football, Australian Film and Television Industries, and Australian Contemporary Dance, it is recognised as a UNESCO city of Literature and major city of street art, music and theatre. Home to Melbourne Cricket Ground, State Library of Victoria and World Heritage –listed Royal Exchange Building.
The city celebrates many festivals, Moomba, Melbourne International Arts, Film Festival, Comedy, and Fringe Festival. The Australian Ballet is based in Melbourne, a Symphony Orchestra, Theatre Company and the Victorian Opera.
Koalas and Kangaroos can be seen in Healesville Sanctuary, Raymond Island, Tower Hill, Cape Otway, and Phillip Island. At any of these locations you will meet wildlife up close and personal and experience the Australian Bush. Join an evening express tour travelling directly to Phillip Island Nature Park and Summerland Bay to witness the Penguin Parade. Every evening at dusk the little penguins come home from the sea to Phillip Island this natural phenomenon is a delight to watch and once seen never forgotten.
The brightly coloured bathing boxes of Brighton Beach are an iconic site. The 82 distinctive bathing boxes can be found in a row lining Dendy Street Beach, and since being built well over a century ago they have remained almost unchanged. Not only is this beach a lovely spot to visit for a dip in the sea, it is also a photographer’s dream. There is much to see and do in Melbourne and an ideal location for that special holiday, incorporating sun, sea, and the arts.
Shelly Beach was closed for a day as wild winds stormed the beach making it unsafe for surfing, fortunately it did not last long and all-year swimmers are back in the sea. The birds are extremely hungry and even Princess Pixie the Pomeranian is eating her food without bribes. The cool weather has arrived with sunny days and cold nights, and I am really enjoying it. My books “The Complete Guide to Painting and Decorating Porcelain, Letters of a Travelling Lady, and Wallis the Woman I Love” can be found on Amazon and Xlibris. www.patriciasartworld.com.