Darling Harbour News April 2015
|Darling Harbour feels the love||Vivid returns for its third year|
|Nomanslanding lands in Darling Harbour||Advertising opportunities|
|Darling Harbour construction update||Updates: in and around Darling Harbour|
Darling Harbour feels the loveThe results are in and we’re feeling even more loved-up about Darling Harbour than usual. Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority’s (SHFA) February Month of Love and Chinese
New Year campaigns saw visitors to the area increase by 7.1 per cent from 2014.
The Darling Harbour Month of Love campaign is part of a three-year strategy developed by the NSW Government to keep the area vibrant during its transformation. It certainly appears to be working, judging from these recent stats:
- More than 2.1 million people movements were recorded in Darling Harbour during the period 7 February to 7 March, which was a boost of more than 144,000 from last year.
- SHFA also reported a 61 per cent increase in tenant participation in the Month of Love, including special offers, on the back of the huge popularity of the event last year.
- Social Media engagement was huge with a campaign reach of over 2 million and over 2.5 million views of the video tribute to Freddie Mercury, brought to us by Month of Love partners, Mardi Gras. See for yourself why this clip has been so popular.
- Even marriage proposals were up! There were five known proposals during the month long festival dedicated to love in all its forms.
Chinese New Year celebrations also enveloped the precinct and the Chinese Garden of Friendship. The lanterns of love and the Chinese lantern festival were a huge hit with hundreds of visitors leaving messages of love along the urban stream. The Chinese Garden of friendship entertained a full garden with most events throughout the program completely full. To see this amazing celebration browse our Facebook photo gallery or YouTube videos.
Nomanslanding lands in Darling Harbour
After much excitement and preparation, the world premiere of Nomanslanding–a free interactive and reflective experience to commemorate the Centenary of ANZAC—will launch in Darling Harbour from 2 April – 3 May.
At the centre of this world-first event is a breathtaking installation floating on Cockle Bay. Visitors will be taken on a poetic interpretation of a soldier’s experience during wartime.
Nomanslanding is a global collaboration, initiated by Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (SHFA) and created by five international artists. It will make its world debut at Darling Harbour, before traveling on to the Glasgow Life / Merchant City Festival in Scotland and the Ruhrtriennale Festival of the Arts in Germany.
A full Public Program of events will include a Poppy Remembrance Wall, where visitors can make their own poppy; Peace has Trembled Here, a photo and diary journey of World War 1; and The Descendants Project, a unique exhibition commemorating ANZAC and Turkish experiences at Gallipoli.
It is estimated that up to 30,000 people will take part in the extended Public Program and that up to 2 million visitors will view this outstanding temporary feature in the bay.
Nomanslanding will be open daily from 2 April – 3 May, 11am – 7pm (last session at 6.30pm).
FREE to visitors, first come first served basis. Find out more at darlingharbour.com.
A major milestone was reached in March with a ‘topping off’ ceremony of the new theatre at the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney). The ceremony is a common tradition in the building industry and marked the completion of the concrete pour for the top floor of the theatre. About 1,000 workers have been involved in the construction of the theatre structure so far, pouring 23,000 tonnes of concrete and using 100 tonnes of steel.
Opening in December 2016, the new theatre will host major conventions and opening ceremonies, as well as entertainment acts, and will deliver an exceptional audio and visual live experience for audiences.
Work on reinvigorating the public space at Darling Harbour has also now begun and you may have seen hoardings go up underneath the Pier Street overpass and outside the Chinese Garden of Friendship. This is where the first stage of work is taking place and, over the coming year, you will see hoardings shift around the precinct to allow work to be completed in stages. Throughout the program, pedestrian access will be maintained and will be clearly identified with directional signage. The Chinese Garden of Friendship and the Darling Quarter playground will remain accessible throughout, so that there will be plenty of space for visitors prior to Tumbalong Park’s reopening—scheduled for early December.
We’ll continue to keep you updated on progress on both ICC Sydney and the public space in this newsletter, as we excitedly watch it all unfold.
Vivid returns for its third year
Once again the bright lights of Vivid will heat up Darling Harbour and surrounds during Sydney’s cooler months. Our beautiful harbourside precinct is again at the heart of this spectacular 18-day festival, which runs from 22 May to 8 June.
In an Australian-first, the Vivid Laser-Fountain Water Theatre will combine computer-controlled fountain jets and spirals, rainbow lasers and dancing flames, choreographed together in a glorious symphony of light and music to a soundtrack devised by Sydney’s electric music gurus, The Presets.
Nearby, a dazzling light show, based on the colour palette of Antarctica, will play on the rooftop of the Australian National Maritime Museum. Visitors can wander along the museum’s foreshore until midnight, past a fleet of illuminated heritage vessels and the lovingly restored Cape Bowling Green lighthouse.
Find out more at vividsydney.com.
Looking to promote your business and events in Darling Harbour? Commercial signage opportunities are now available for hire. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit shfa.nsw.gov.au for more information.
Updates: in and around Darling Harbour
The public works continue around Darling Habour, with hoardings and directional signage in areas as needed. Access to the Powerhouse Museum will also be temporarily redirected.
Chinese Garden Forecourt
The current Darling Harbour Live (DHL) hoarding will move closer towards the Chinese Garden of Friendship when work begins on the Public Domain upgrade. Hoardings will be in place from 26 March until 19 June. There will be directional signage placed along the hoardings and public access to Darling Harbour through the Chinese Garden of Friendship forecourt during these works.
Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) exhibition update
An additional timeline featuring the wonderful facts and events from the rich history of ANMM will be on display in April. The timeline will be placed on the DHL hoarding near the Urban Stream and will also be used to promote ANMM’s current exhibition Voyage to the Deep.
Powerhouse Museum access
There is temporary redirected access to the Powerhouse Museum and its latest exhibitions. Check out Circus Factory, which is great for the school holidays and showing until Sunday 3 May. If you appreciate design and jewellery, A Fine Possession is on exhibition until Sunday 20 September. Visit powerhousemuseum.com for details.
As part of the Darling Square redevelopment, the Harris Street overpass has been removed. Additional signage for visitors wanting to access the museum has been placed in various locations throughout Darling Harbour and nearby streets.
Extra signage has been placed at Powerhouse Forecourt; at the Pier Street overpass; along the Darling Square Hoardings at Hay Street; along the Darling Harbour Live hoardings, at the corner of Quay Street and Darling Drive; and at the QCUA, with a concise map explaining easy alternate routes.
Last update: Thursday 02 April 2015