Style: May 03, 2019

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Elemental AKL

Vivid Sydney

WINTER FESTIVALS

Vivid Sydney enters its second decade of brilliance

when it returns 24 May until 15 June. Among the light

installations not to miss are Pixar Animation Studios’

projection on the ceiling of the Argyle Cut tunnel in

The Rocks, the Austral Floral Ballet twirling across the

Sydney Opera House sails and the harbourside light

walk to Campbells Cove and Hickson Road Reserve.

A star-studded programme of events includes film

director Spike Lee headlining Vivid Ideas, plus The

Cure, Rufus Du Sol and FKA Twigs on the Vivid

Music bill.

Not to be outshone, Auckland has launched its

inaugural winter festival, Elemental AKL, weaving

themes of fire, water, earth and air into a July-long

party. Highlights include the illuminated, all-wheels

In Motion parade on 6 July, giant glow-in-the-dark

puppet shows to celebrate Matariki and Albert

Park being transformed into Turama, an interactive

playground of light installations, fire shows and

performances from 25 to 28 July, and Lights Out

on Great Barrier Island to enjoy the night sky’s own

magical display.

Queenstown Winter Festival is planning one helluva

party for its 45th birthday, 20 to 23 June. And Visa

Wellington On a Plate expands to an entire month

of burger, dining and cocktail hedonism this August.

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