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Vivid Sydney 2017!

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Sunday, April 30, 2017

From Friday the 26th of May to Saturday the 17th of June once again Vivid Sydney is back, now as the biggest event of its kind worldwide! 

Better and bigger than ever, the 3D light projections will light up our beautiful city converting it into a magnificent exhibition of creativity. The lights will be on every night from 6pm to 11pm, giving the city an amazing display of colors, as well as holding a festival of local and international music, sculptures, public talks, and debates from leading creative thinkers from around the world.The Royal Botanic Gardens has become a very popular venue hosting large scale displays last year, and you won't be disappointed. The event achieved a new bench mark last year with an attendance of 2.31 million people (up by 35.4% from 1.7 million in 2015). Experience a fabulous winter with lights & colours in Sydney.


To see photos from previous years please visit our Photo Gallery.

For further information, please visit the official site.


Sculpture by the Sea Bondi 2016

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Saturday, October 01, 2016

Sculpture by the sea returns to Bondi. It is exhibited along the coastal walk between Bondi & Tamarama, which besides having spectacular views the sculptures make it a very interesting one as well. The walk is about 2 km long, exhibiting over 100 sculptures by Australian as well as international artists. This is one of the world’s largest free events for the public to enjoy.

Dates: From Thursday the 20th of October to Sunday the 6th of November 2016.

For further information please visit the official website.

Copyrights of each sculpture belongs to the artist.

Sydney Art & About 2016

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Wednesday, September 07, 2016

The city of Sydney becomes a giant art gallery for public!

A great scale public art event organized by the City of Sydney called "Art & About" is coming back to town. There will be lots of interesting outdoor installations in and around the City, various exhibitionis and workshops will be held in numerous locations for three weeks.

Enjoy a day out spotting something different that appear in street corners and on building or trees, or walk through lines of photos showcasing Australian everyday life hung among spring blossoms! It is an exhibition for everybody. Have a walk around town and see how many you can spot.

The free program is available in some locations.

DATES: From Thursday 15-September to Sunday 9-October 2016.

VENUES: Various places in Hyde Park & Sydney CBD.

FEE: Free event (It may vary for certain events and workshops.)

OFFICIAL WEB: www.artandabout.com.au

 

(Left to right) "Snailovation" by The Cracking Art Group from 2012 event. Copyrights of the artwork belong to the artist/s.


Sydney International Boat Show 2015

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The popular Sydney International Boat Show begun in 1968, and has since grown to become the southern hemisphere’s most recognised consumer event, as well as the show where exhibitors report the highest product sales and business-to-business activity.

In 1989 The Sydney Boat Show made Darling Harbour its home, and it has the largest visitor numbers of any boat show in Australia. This is the 48th exhibition of the Sydney International Boat Show.

While the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre undergoes a major upgrade, the Sydney International Boat Show will hold its undercover exhibitions in the interim facility specially built for the show at the historic working port known as Glebe Island.

The Cockle Bay Marina, always a show highlight will remain on its traditional site in Darling Harbour.

Dates: 30-July to 3-August 2015

Hours: Halls & Marina from 10:00am to 8:00pm

Tickets can be purchased online, or at the venue.

 

For further information please visit its official site.

 

~ Images from recent years. ~

       

Sydney Festival 2015

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Friday, January 02, 2015

The popular Sydney Festival is back in town. It runs from the 8th to the 26th of January, and as always it will be packed with exciting events with around 300 performances,100 events & over 1000 artists.

Theatre, live concerts, dance, exhibitions, opera, installations, etc,etc... All kinds of arts from all over the world get together in Sydney. Some of Sydney's popular restaurants will serve special lunch & dinner packages during the festival.

For ticketing and further information please visit the official site.

Dates: 8 - 26 January 2015

Location: Various venues.  (e.g. Hyde Park, Sydney Town Hall, Opera House, Parramatta, etc.)

Have you seen the gigantic Rubber Duck at Parramatta river? (Artwork by Florentijn Hofman, The Netherlands) This yellow ducky is five storeys tall and five storeys wide! It will stay until the end of the festival.

*Copyrights of the original artwork belongs to the artist.

Vivid Sydney 2014

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Tuesday, May 06, 2014

From the 23rd of May to the 9th of June once again Vivid Sydney is back!

3D light projections will light up our beautiful city every night from 6pm to 12 midnight in wonderful colours, as well as holding a festival of local and international music, and public talks & debates from leading creative thinkers from around the world.
For further information, please visit the
 official site.

 

These photos below are taken during Vivid Sydney in the past. Look for more photo updates in the album in our Facebook! (www.facebook/PatricksFriendlyTours)  

 

             

   

19th Biennale of Sydney

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Friday, March 07, 2014

YOU IMAGINE WHAT YOU DESIRE.

Countless artists and their work will gather in Sydney for the 19th Biennnale, which is one of the largest contemporary and visual art festivals recording around 500,000 visitors in 2012.

The works include several performative projects which will be presented in & around Sydney CBD. The venues include the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), etc, as well as two heritage-listed sights: Cockatoo Island, a former prison and shipyard, and a former rail yard Carriageworks famous for large scale installations.  

The Biennale goes for three months, not only the exhibitions but with an accompanying program of artist talks, forums, guided tours and family days.

Dates: Friday 21-March to Monday 6-June 2014

Fee: FREE

Inquiries: Phone (02) 8484-8700

Website: www.biennnaleofsydney.com.au

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 "Lord Mayor's Inclusion Program" - Access programs for the 19th Biennnale

There will be special presentations for visitors with wheelchairs, blind or visual impaired, hearing impaired in some locations during the Biennale. The venue provides audio-description tours, Auslan-interpreted tours, or a tour in easy-to understand English. 

Dates & Times depends on the venue and booking required. Please refer to the event’s website, go to “TOURS” and look for tours with "Lord Mayor's Inclusion Program".

Hylozic Series: Sibyl Project 2012 by Philip Beesley. Courtery of the artist.

Good Food Month Sydney 2013

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Spring has arrived to Sydney and with the biggest Australian food festival being renewed and returned as “The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Month”.

More than 100 flavours from around the world will get together in numerous locations in Sydney City & suburbs, including Hyde Park. Lots of food stalls will line up to cater traditional & signature  food from around the world, while many restaurants provide special menus, cocktails, or dining packages to show case what Australia is made of, and embrace what we have.

The gastronomic culture of Australia has been influenced by immigrants with colourful backgrounds and produced a new peculiar trend. This would be a great opportunity for you to experience rare cuisine from around the world, to the latest of the modern Australian.

You will find South American food in Fairfield, Chinese & Asian in “Little Shanghai” Ashfield, Italian in Haberfield, Korean  in Strathfield, and visit Parramatta for BBQ feast. There will be more food & culture festivals held in other Sydney suburbs at the same time during October (Check “Community & Outdoor Festivals” in the event’s  website).

There will be plenty of demonstrations and cooking classes by celebrity chefs from different fields, art exhibitions with food themes, taste tours, cooking experience for children, etc.

Dates: Tuesday-1 to Wednesday-31-Oct (Various & limited dates for certain events.)
Locations: Hyde Park (Night Noodle Market), Sydney CBD, plus various suburbs throughout the community (visit the official site).

Night Noodle Market: October 9-12, 14-19, and 21-26, Mon & Tuesdays 17:00 – 21:00, Wednesdays 17:00 – 22:00, Thu & Fridays 17:00 – 23:00, Saturdays 16:00 – 22:00 @ Hyde Park. )

Fee: It may vary depending on each event. Some of them are FREE.

 For the full program and further information please visit the official website.

Official Website: http://www.sydney.goodfoodmonth.com/

Photo: Courtesy of Dominic Loneragan.

Sydney International Boat Show 2013

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Saturday, July 27, 2013

The popular Sydney International Boat Show begun in 1968, and has since grown to become the southern hemisphere’s most recognised consumer event, as well as the show where exhibitors report the highest product sales and business-to-business activity.

In 1989 The Sydney Boat Show made Darling Harbour its home, and it has the largest visitor numbers of any boat show in Australia. This is the 46th exhibition of the Sydney International Boat Show.

The show will be held from the 1st to the 5th of August 2013

For further information please visit its official site.